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Ferris State University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB Faculty AccessibilityB
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionC
Academic SuccessC Creativity/ InnovationB
Individual ValueC University Resource UseC
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyC+ FriendlinessB+
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeC
Surrounding CityD+ Extra CurricularsC
SafetyA-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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He cares more about Excess Competition than the average student.
Date: Jan 28 2008
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I'm a transfer student from another school. Like the other College I attended some instructors are better than others. Contrary to some colleges the University offers the ISYS program and Business College has many instructors with doctorates. In fact, all my instructors over the last 2 years, save 1, had achieved at least 1 doctorate and many also manage businesses of their own.

The course work is pretty lax and is often team based, to the chagrin of many students who are used to being assigned detailed instructions. While that helps build interpersonal skill sets it also allows some students to pass work off to other students, which works in your favor if your there to learn.. In my experience the lax course work is not a byproduct of laziness, but a mechanism to encourage creativity. Pretty much universally, the grading criteria on such projects includes the appropriateness and design of the projects elements.

The projects I've worked on in my last year have felt more like graduate level work as they had broad boundaries and little instruction. Instructors of capstone courses have the attitude that they are there to point students in the right direction, but not iterate basic computer language syntax and business strategies that the student should have the capability to translate to new languages or business situations.

Social life is somewhat bland in Big Rapids, although to an extent Ferris and the nearby Central Michigan University are considered party schools. In truth the there are few places to party other than the university campus… Two thirds of the Big Rapids population are affiliated with the University. Of the 19,000 people living in the area 11,000 are students.

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