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.
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 them 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
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.
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.
The Office of Housing and Residence Life at Ferris State University is committed to
establishing inclusive and educational communities of citizen scholars which support
the Mission and Core Values of the University. The following initiatives are the
foundations of our work.
The Office of Housing and Residence Life Challenges and supports students as they
explore and take ownership of their individual growth and development.
The Office of Housing and Residence Life supports and embraces the academic initiatives
of the University through intentional student interactions and programming.
Recognize and Embrace Diversity
The Office of Housing and Residence Life champions acceptance of an individual's personal
values and celebrates all individuals through role modeling and educational programming
while assisting the exploration of student responsibilities as active citizens within
a global society, cultivating a diverse learning community.
The Office of Housing and Residence Life provides safe and maintained living environments
conducive to building community and fostering outside-of-classroom learning.