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Twitter: @FerrisState ("14,00 students in classes on its main campus in Big Rapids, 19 statewide off-campus sites and at Kendall College of Art and Design.")
Big Rapids, Michigan
About Ferris State University
From the Admission Office of Jason E,. DaDay (Assistant Director of Admissions) asked four F.S.U recruiters to answer the questions for the blog to give several different perspectives. These recruiters are indicated by the letters below,.
1.Describe your institution and what type of student is the best fit.
(a) Ferris State University is a career oriented, hands-on institution that provides students with the tools and resources necessary for a successful career. With our faculty led classrooms and our small class sizes our focus is on our students and their future.
The type of student that would be the best fit at Ferris State University is someone who ultimately has a goal in mind for their future. We want someone who WANTS a degree and WANTS their future career. This “want” will motivate the student to produce their best work and ultimately will lead the student to success.
(b) Ferris State is a hands on university focused on providing students with the knowledge and skills to reach their goals. A student who loves to be active and involved in their classes will excel at Ferris State.
(c) Ferris’ programs suit all types of students – whether it be those that want to be a doctor, or prefer a hands on engineering technology trade. We have 180 career-oriented programs so anyone can find a fit here!
(d) Ferris is made up of students who want to be part of a community. Our students are the kind of people who are looking to get involved and support their campus.
2. Why is post-secondary training important?
(a) Post-secondary training is so important because of the competitiveness within the economy especially as we continue to look at the global perspective. You need to acquire the skills and abilities to set yourself apart from the competition and continued training is the step in the right direction. Employers are looking for potential employees that will bring fresh ideas to the table and bring change to the overall business and with continued education and training students are able to adapt to changes and be that change everyone is looking for.
(b) Post-Secondary training is important because of the doors it opens for advancement. Having advanced knowledge and skills beyond the basics ensures that you will continue to take on more responsibility and challenges.
(c) I’ve heard people say that a post-secondary education isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be, and I couldn’t disagree more! At Ferris, we don’t JUST do a typical 4-year education, we do experience and regardless of what you want to “be,” you need that experience.
(d) At the most basic, I think it is something people regret not doing. In addition, it provides people with so many more opportunities than what would be available to them with a high school diploma.
3. As the parent of a middle school student, what steps can I take now to help my child succeed in the future?
(a) As a parent it is crucial to start having your student explore different career opportunities and start to decide what it is that they would like to do “when they grow up”. It isn’t something that needs to be set in stone but this early exploration will open up many opportunities over the next few years to allow your child to dive into what their passion is. Once that passion is determined the student can start to narrow down what schools will be the best fit to allow him or her to succeed. Also it is very important to instill the importance of education and the value that it will bring to his or her future so that the student remains motivated and focused on future opportunity.
(b) Stress to them the importance of starting out on the right foot. The first year of high school can make or break a student’s chances at academic merit based scholarships
(c) Seeing as how you have 5 years still, the best thing you can do is just figure out what your child’s good at and what they love doing. Then, find the program that best fits them and know its requirements and its success rates. Preparation is the best thing you can do, both financially and academically.
(d) The most important thing is to get excited about the steps they will take after school, and to realize their child might not fit into the future they had envisioned for them. Every student is unique and has their own path that they need to follow.
"Regarding our admission requirements, a student is admissible to Ferris State University if they have at least a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 (on a four point scale) and a composite ACT score of 17 or higher. A 2.5 G.P.A. and 17 ACT do not guarantee acceptance directly into a program of choice, as each program has its own admission requirements that are based upon the rigors of that program. Students who are accepted to the University but not directly into their program are often placed in “pre” programs or General Studies where they complete the requirements that they are lacking for their program of choice and taking general education courses." (Mr. DaDay)
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