Parents
Students
College Planning Calendar


Beginning college is an exciting experience, but it also is a challenge that requires planning ahead to make the transition easier. The planning process for your son or daughter begins early in the junior year of high school and continues through their senior year and the summer prior to their first fall semester of classes.

Junior Year

September

Help your student list the ways to reach his or her greatest academic potential this year by developing good study habits, such as making a day-to-day commitment sheet, setting aside specific time to study for each class.

November

Discover your college-bound student’s career interests and future goals. Explore more than 170 academic degrees listed online to see which Ferris degree matches your student’s career goals. If you have any questions, call an FSU counselor at 1-800-433-7747 or Email a counselor at the Admissions Web page.

December

Happy Holidays!

January

We encourage you to talk to parents of students who attend Ferris. Discover why they and their student chose Ferris State University. As an example, a parent whose student is in the Honors Program says, “The dorms are wonderful compared to what I’ve seen at other schools. That sold me as a mother, knowing my student would have a good living environment.”

February

You can help your future college student begin preparing for the ACT exam. Be sure your son or daughter lists Ferris’ ACT number — 1994 — so we receive the scores.

Juniors who are prospective college student-athletes must file with the NCAA Clearinghouse toward the end of the year. Encourage your athlete to get application information from his or her high school counselor.

March

Take your student to visit our college campus while classes are in session. Set up a tour of Ferris' campus by calling 1-800-433-7747 or online at www.ferris.edu/visits.

May

Check out scholarship opportunities

June

Check out the Ferris resident hall information online.

July

Your student can apply free to Ferris online at by visiting the Admissions Web page.

August

Discuss goals, grades and activities for the coming year. Many colleges carefully examine senior-year grades and courses.

Senior Year

September

Call 1-800-433-7747 for information or to learn about how to set up an on-campus visit.

October

Encourage your student to apply to Ferris early. Make sure that your student has completed the application. Your student can apply online by visiting the Admissions page. You can set up an on-campus visit with your son or daughter. Ferris’ Admissions Office offers general campus tours on select Saturdays and every weekday at 1 p.m. After a tour, parents and students are invited to explore campus on their own. Campus maps are available in the Admissions Office.

November

Talk with your student about how you are going to finance his or her college education, discuss different financial aid packages and explore potential scholarship opportunities at Ferris.

December

Happy Holidays!

January

File your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) before February 1.

File online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Honors Program applications are due in February.  For information about the Honors Program, call (231) 591-2216 or visit the Honors Web site.

February

There is still time to apply to Ferris State University. 

March

Make sure that your student continues to apply for independent scholarships in your community.

Complete a Housing contract.  Click here for more information on Housing & Residential Life.

April

Congratulations! Qualifying seniors are accepted to Ferris State University.

May

Make sure that your student's final high school transcript has been or will be sent to Ferris State University.

June

Enjoy the graduation ceremonies and celebrations! Remember, Ferris orientation sessions run mid-June to mid-July.

July

Help your college student start packing!

August

Welcome to Ferris!