Ferris State University's main campus in Big Rapids is ideally located in a college-town setting. Their location is in the heart of the West Michigan vacation land. Big Rapids boasts a vibrant downtown area with businesses that welcome college students.
You'll also like the University's close proximity to larger metropolitan areas of the Midwest. Their main campus is located within a one hour drive of Grand Rapids and is three hours from Detroit and four hours from Chicago.
The county has award-winning schools and an award-winning hospital, local law enforcement who are well trained and dedicated to making sure our homes and businesses are safe. Arts are alive and well in our downtown, with our own Artworks art gallery that offers classes and sells art by local artists, and hosts, along with Ferris State University, the Festival of the Arts, a month long celebration of the arts each February.
Big Rapids and Mecosta County is the place for year-round fun for the entire family! During the summer you can enjoy a canoe trip down the majestic Muskegon River or hit the links at the golf courses recognized by Golfweek and Golf Digest magazines. In the fall enjoy a walk along the scenic Big Rapids Riverwalk - with access for all. The White Pine Trail in the winter is great for snowmobiling or cross-country skiing, and you can cast a line in one of our numerous streams, rivers and more than 100 lakes. Hunting is also abundant with our 14,000 acres of state land and private game areas.
Big Rapids boasts a vibrant, historic, downtown district with many unique shops and businesses within walking distance of the University. Stroll down on your lunch hour and listen to live music every Friday in Pocket Park during the summer and buy the best Michigan-grown produce and flowers at the Farmer's Market that begins in May of each summer. Major supermarket and restaurant chains are also located near campus for 24-hour availability and convenience.
Big Rapids, MI climate is mild during summer when temperatures tend to be in the low 20's and very cold during winter when temperatures tend to be around - 5 degrees Celsius.
The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of - 11 degrees Celsius.
Temperature variations between night and day tend to be moderate during summer and fairly limited during winter.
The annual average precipitation at Big Rapids is 87.6 cm. Rainfall in is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest month of the year is August with an average rainfall of 11.4 cm.