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Welcome to Big Rapids

Home of the Bulldogs

Ferris State University is located in Big Rapids, Michigan, just one hour north of Grand Rapids, one hour east of Lake Michigan, and only minutes from your next hiking, biking, tubing, or climbing adventure.

As our founder, Woodbridge N. Ferris said, "This is wonderful country up here.”

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Adventure is Calling

No matter the season, the Big Rapids area offers many ways to explore nature, including miles of trails, beautiful golf courses, 257 acres of park land, all the camping adventures you could ask for. The mighty Muskegon River, just east of campus, is a favorite tubing and fishing spot.

With more that 200 registered student organizations - from the FSU Outdoors club to the Snow Shredders skiing and snowboarding club - you'll always have a crew of Bulldogs ready to explore with you.

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At the HearT to it All

As a Ferris State Bulldog, you'll be a big part of our community. In addition to a wide-variety of on-campus events and and activities, you'll find a never-ending opportunities for adventure off-campus.

Big Rapids Bucket List Top 10

  • Tubing the Muskegon River
  • Exploring the Manistee National Forest or Clay Cliffs
  • Hiking the White Pine Trail, Hemlock Park, or Mitchell Creek Park
  • Golfing at Katke Golf Course
  • Playing disk golf at Northend Riverside Park
  • Enjoying coffee shops, boutiques, and restaurants in Historic Downtown Big Rapids
  • Taking a swim at the community pool
  • Catching a production at Stage M Community Theater
  • Checking out local art festivals, the free music series, parades, and the Michigan Art Walk
  • Picking up fresh, quality ingredients at the Big Rapids Farmer’s Market

Small Town Vibes, Big City Conveniences

Big Rapids also boasts many of the conveniences of city living. Discover coffee shops, boutiques, and a wide range of restaurants in Downtown Big Rapids. Get the essentials and more at the big box stores just a few minute away.

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