Live & Learn @ Ferris

We want you to succeed here at Ferris State University. The faculty and staff of Ferris State are dedicated to providing you with support and challenges so you can achieve your goals. 

For those seeking specialized or innovative experiences beyond the classroom, we offer something more: intentionally designed live-learn communities that integrate academics with social life. In these communities, you'll meet peers who share your passion for learning, faculty and staff who challenge and support you, and enriching opportunities beyond the classroom.

Explore our communities, and Apply to Join a Live-Learn Community.

The Honors Program

The Honors Program at Ferris State University provides intellectual challenges, resources and support for highly able and motivated students while encouraging service and leadership for the public good. Students from all majors are welcome to apply to Honors.

Entrance requirements include two of the following three: 3.5 high school GPA or greater, 1150 SAT composite or higher, or top 10% in graduating class; along with a solid record of service and leadership.  Students who are close to these criteria but with exemplarily records of service and leadership are encouraged to apply.

POSIT POSIT stands for Pharmacy and Optometry Scholars in Training. The POSIT Scholars Program seeks to recruit, retain, educate and graduate a diverse cohort of pre-pharmacy and pre-optometry students. The POSIT Scholars Program assists talented students who wish to enter pharmacy or optometry professional programs succeed and grow at Ferris State University. Students take common classes, such as FSUS 100, BIOL 121 and CHEM 121. Supported by a dedicated Faculty Director, students have access to additional resources, such as supplementary instruction.
S3OAR The Sustainable, Scalable Scholarships, Opportunities, Achievements, and Results (S3OAR) is an Live-Learn Community of 36 students. This LLC focuses to improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians. S3OAR Scholars will participate in an orientation, a freshman seminar, a living/learning community in North Hall, entrepreneurship education, a variety of co-curricular and enrichment opportunities, and career shadowing. This program is open to students in STEM fields with majors that reside in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering and Technology.

Interested in more than one community? The Application will ask you to rank your preference for each of the following communities. Space is limited in some, but we work hard to meet each of our students' preference. Each program has specific entrance requirements, so please review these before applying.