Ferris State University is gearing up to welcome approximately 2,500 students to campus
for orientation sessions designed to prepare them for the transition to college life.
First-time and transfer students, typically accompanied by parents, will visit Ferris
during 16 orientation sessions that begin Monday, June 16. Ferris’ one-day orientation
program helps new students familiarize themselves with the university and to learn
about their academic major, graduation requirements, support services and more. Organizers
note that orientation is valuable for incoming students to get their Ferris experience
off to a solid start.
“Orientation is important for freshman and transfer students to attend as it lays
down a foundation for success prior to the first day of classes,” said Eric Simone,
coordinator of admissions event programming, who added that orientation attendance
is required for all incoming degree-seeking Ferris students prior to their first semester.
Orientation check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., and the day wraps up by approximately 3:30
p.m. Students have their identification card photo taken, opportunities to meet with
faculty, staff and academic advisers, and to register for classes. Students also learn
more about the university during a welcome presentation. Orientation includes a financial
information session and complimentary lunch at the Rock Café for the student and two
“I think the most important part of the orientation process is helping students know
that they are meant to attend Ferris,” said Shane Liening, a Marketing major and student
orientation leader this summer.
One of the primary orientation goals is to help incoming students have a smooth transition
into their first year at Ferris.
Liening, a junior from Fremont, said that he is excited to help students become familiar
with campus and to show them how great it is to be a Bulldog. Orientation leaders
complete two weeks of training as preparation to answer questions from incoming students.
At the conclusion of orientation, students and families may take a tour of campus.
Currently, renovation projects are in progress. This includes the creation of the
new University Center. The UC is scheduled to open in January 2015.
For additional orientation information or to register for a session, please visit
The first day of classes for the Fall 2014 semester is Monday, Aug. 25.
Follow the conversation online using #FerrisOrientation.
Last updated: 02-11-2015