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Students and Family

Our Philosophy for Students

Living on-campus gives our residents the opportunities and advantages that can make the collegiate experience more memorable, more enjoyable, and more successful. Living with us allows a student to connect with other students both on an academic and social level, making their time at Ferris an experience in life skills development. Family support systems may find the following transition information helpful as they assist their students in making decisions regarding living on-campus at Ferris State.

Residents Are Treated As Adults

The Office of Housing and Residence Life views parents, guardians, and family members as partners in the journey that a student takes in continuing their education. Although that role may be changing from "caregiver" to "consultant", you play an important part in the student's academic and social success at Ferris State. We view your student as a young adult and will work with him/her directly to address any issue.

Our focus is the student.

We support the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and therefore are not able to share educational information with family members. Although prior to the Ferris State experience family may have had access to student's information, with the Office of Housing and Residence Life, the student's confidentiality of information is supported.

Involvement Contributes to Academic Success

Our office strives to offer out of classroom co-curricular programs that will connect with your students in-classroom experiences. Encouraging students to attend these programs will enhance their learning in the areas of critical thinking, self-awareness, communication, diversity, citizenship, membership, leadership, and relationship development. In and out of classroom experiences are valuable to students and play a role in overall development and success.  Family support in encouraging them to look at the Ferris experience from a holistic sense is appreciated.

Academics Come First

We refer to students as "students" and not a tenant because that is their primary identity at Ferris. We provide study rooms, educational programming, periods of quiet hours, and access to university resources within residence halls. Our office wants every student to become an ideal Ferris Bulldog graduate and to make you proud. Students should speak to their Resident Assistant, Hall Director, or Hall Front Desk for any assistance they may need.