For students that want a more engaged and intentional educational environment, Ferris Living Communities are a great opportunity for merging academics and out of the classroom education. In the years of research done on living community models in colleges across the nation, living communities have consistently shown to improve a student’s educational experience as a whole.
Ferris State offers several different living communities options for our students. Each community is designed to have academic support through faculty and the educational department associated with the community.
Living, Learning Communities
Living, Learning Communities (LLC) are residential communities that introduce and integrate academic and social learning through faculty involvement and holistic education. LLCs are designed to great a greater sense of community through increased opportunities for faculty and peer interaction. LLCs provide students and faculty opportunities for connection outside the classroom and support networking across common interests.
The DEAL Living and Learning Community
What’s The DEAL?
The DEAL intentionally fosters Diversity awareness, Engagement experiences, Academic enhancement, and Leadership skills among freshman students. The primary focus of the DEAL living and learning community is to help students develop cultural competency with other diverse students through service learning, small group discussions, and other on and off-campus activities. Students that elect to participate in the living and learning community will also participate in the DEAL Early Move-In Program. During the Early Move-In Program, DEAL students will foster strategies in college and career readiness, make social connections, and get acclimated to Ferris’s campus and greater Big Rapids community. The DEAL will provide a family-like community and staff support to help you transition and be successful. For questions please contact us at [email protected]
For FAQs and to APPLY to the DEAL Early Move-In and Living and Learning Community Visit: The Deal
Applications include both programs and are accepted on a rolling basis. Spaces are limited.
A Themed community is a group of students living together in a residence hall to pursue shared educational and involvement goals. Each themed community has a faculty or staff advisor who support the members of the themed community.
A Friendship community is a group of students living together in a residence hall community pursuing shared educational and involvement goals. These communities exist for only one academic year and needs to be applied for each academic year. The difference between a Friendship and a Themed house is that a friendship community does not have a faculty/staff advisor and is completely organized by students.