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Home School Admissions Policy

Ferris State University welcomes and encourages "home schooled" students to apply for undergrad admission. Ferris State University operates a liberal admissions policy, admitting applicants who give evidence that they are qualified through education, aptitude, interest, and potential to complete the University's graduation requirements.

Experienced Admissions Representatives will individually review all applications for admission on a rolling basis. The applicant's academic credentials test scores, involvement, and program will be considered in the admissions decision. Admission requirements, criteria, and guidelines are applied equally to all students, including "home schooled" students.

A review of the academic credentials will consist of all high school/college level coursework and all available standardized test scores.

Documents required for “home schooled” students:

  • Undergraduate application for admissions with required application fee.
  • High School Transcript including a list of courses taken, grades received or level of proficiency attained.
  • College transcripts, if any college level coursework has been taken.
  • Official GED Scores.
  • Official ACT test Scores.

A student who meets his or her state's requirements for home schooling at the secondary school level has the academic qualification necessary for title IV eligibility. Like a high school diploma, completion of a home school program at the secondary level may be self-certified. A student must show a high school diploma, the equivalent of a high school diploma, or an alternate to a high school diploma.

High School diploma equivalents are: General Education Development Certificate (GED) or State certified received after passing a state authorized exam that the state recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma. High School diploma alternatives are: Passing scores on an approved ability to benefit test or completion of a home school program. The ACT test has been approved by the Secretary of the Department of Education as an "Ability to Benefit" (ATB) test. The ACT test consists of a test in English and a test in Math. 

Ferris State University Admissions Office
CSS 201
1201 S. State Street
Big Rapids, MI 49307
1-800-4-FERRIS (433-7747)
[email protected]