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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Heartside
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    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.
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    Ferris State

    Overview

    Ferris State University is the fastest growing public university in Michigan, with more than 14,000 students enrolled in classes on the main campus in Big Rapids, Michigan, 19 off-campus sites in Grand Rapids and throughout Michigan, and FSU's Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. The school emphasizes a hands-on approach to education that enables students to learn practical skills for new jobs in a changing world.

    History

    FSU was founded in 1884 as the privately owned Big Rapids Industrial School. It became a state institution in 1950, and it underwent several name changes before becoming Ferris State University in 1987.

    Programs

    FSU in Grand Rapids offers Associate, Bachelor and Master degrees in more than 25 areas, as well as a variety of professional certificate programs.

    Students

    FSU - Grand Rapids students take classes at Grand Rapids Community College in the heart of downtown. Students can take advantage of dorm-style living in Ferris-affiliated housing or arrange their own housing.

    Athletics

    FSU offers 15 intercollegiate sports at its main campus in Big Rapids, including NCAA Division I men's ice hockey. No athletics are offered in Grand Rapids.

    Location

    FSU classes are held at Grand Rapids Community College, in the midst of a downtown's business, entertainment and cultural district.

    Admissions

    Email fsugr@ferris.edu or contact:
    Ferris State University Student Service Office
    151 Fountain Street NE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    (616) 451-4777
    (800) 998-3425

    Ferris State University

    • 151 Fountain Street NE
    • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    • (616) 451-4777
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