Program Advisors for Statewide Programs

We are committed to providing the answers and information you need, when and where you need it. Whether you have a question about your degree program, need to know which classes to take next, or just want some helpful advice, Ferris has knowledgeable advisors specific to your degree or program of interest. Advisor help make sure you don't take more classes than you need and help you balance your schedule with Ferris and community college classes to best utilize your financial aid. 

How to find the advisor for your program:
Simply go to your desired or current program's information page where your advisor's name and contact information is listed.

How to schedule an appointment:
Find an appointment time that fits your calendar by using our online scheduling system. As always, if you have other questions, please send an email or call your local office for assistance.

Advising FAQ

    • Make sure you don’t take more classes than you need to, wasting valuable time and money.
    • Make sure you balance your schedule with Ferris and community college classes to best utilize your financial aid.
    • Make sure you plan your schedule ahead. Not every class is offered each semester. Don’t get into a situation where the only class you need isn’t offered the next semester, or you aren’t taking enough credits to qualify for financial aid. Advisors help you plan ahead.
    • What classes should I take next? Make sure you leave your appointment with an updated program plan.
    • Is my class schedule impacted by financial aid? This mostly affects students taking technology intensive courses with a slightly higher tuition. It is best to balance these courses each semester with other Ferris courses or community college classes.
    • How many credits will I take each semester? Financial aid awards vary based on credit load. Six credits is considered part-time and twelve credits is considered full-time. Note that some internships may be less than six credits, but are considered full-time for financial aid.)
    • Will I need to take summer courses? Financial aid budgets are created for the academic year beginning with fall semester. Make sure you don’t use all of your aid before summer semester if you’ll be taking classes.
    • Are there classes I can test out of using CLEP or another proficiency test? Successful prior learning assessment can save you time and money. Ask your advisor if it’s an option for you.
    • Did I get all the information I need for Michigan Works? If applicable.
  • Make sure your updated transcripts from all previously attended institutions have been submitted to Ferris (including your community college transcripts from the previous semester, if applicable.) If Ferris does not yet have them, bring your unofficial transcripts and order your official ones so that your advisor may see what you’ve taken and create the best personal program plan.
Note: This advising scheduling system is only for students at off-campus locations or in a fully online program. Students in programs on the main campus in Big Rapids should contact their college dean's office for assistance in scheduling with their advisor.