Student Support Services

Academic Advising

Advising involves both the development and communication of accurate information regarding degree programs, courses, resources, University and College policies and procedures, and career opportunities intended to help students in attaining their educational goals.

Career Counseling

Career counseling offers students the opportunity to explore career fields and potential areas of study. Students take career assessments and process the results with a Licensed Professional Counselor. This one-on-one attention helps students focus on their personal and professional interests, career values, and personality type to find a compatible career and academic major. The Center also collaborates with several area high schools to assist their students in defining their career interests and educational goals.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center staff builds on the foundation that personal counseling is a therapeutic and educational experience for students in their personal and academic growth.

Disabilities Services

The mission of Disabilities Services is to serve and advocate for students with disabilities, empowering them for self-reliance and independence while promoting equal access to educational opportunities and programs. Information, reasonable accommodation, adaptive technology, and counseling are offered to students. Professional development is also offered to Ferris faculty and staff. Informational packets for High School Counselors are also available through this office.

Educational Counseling

Educational counseling facilitates the exploration of strengths and challenges in a student's academic performance through insights into the learning process. Through assessments and meeting with a licensed counselor (in groups or individually), a student is guided to reaching his or her highest potential for success.

FSUS 100 Freshman Seminar Class

This class is taken by all new first-year students to help them in their transition to Ferris State University.

SCHOLARS Program – Peer Mentoring

The SCHOLAR (Socio-Cultural Holistic Learning and Retention) Program established the Peer Mentor Program to assist first-year students in their academic success.

Structured Learning Assistance (SLA)

SLA is an academic support program that creates learning partnerships with faculty, SLA facilitators, and students. The SLA program targets high-risk-for-failure courses, not students. Highly motivated and very successful students may also enroll in SLA courses to help ensure future success in their courses.

Tutoring and Academic Support Center

This Center provides all Ferris students access to a variety of academic skill-building opportunities in a format that accommodates various learning preferences and schedules.

Writing Center

The Writing Center is a free tutoring service provided by Ferris State University to all students, faculty, and staff. Its mission is to provide help with all aspects of the writing process, from preliminary brainstorming and outlining, to revising and polishing final drafts. The Writing Center will also provide help writing business letters, applications, and resumes.