Founder / About Us


Mary E. Kidder

Born in a small town in Vermont, USA, Mary E. Kidder devoted her life to missionary work and education as a missionary for the Reformed Churches.
In 1869 (2nd year of the Meiji Era), Mary came to Japan on the recommendation of S. R. Brown, a pioneering missionary in Japan, and founded Ferris Jyogakuin in the following year.
She was just 36 years old.
Her numerous letters with deep passion about women's education in Japan have been published as "The Letters of Mary E. Kidder."

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School Crest

The Ferris University school crest is a shield emblazoned with an intertwined "F" and "S" standing for "Ferris Seminary," the school's original name. The shield is a symbol of the strength of the faith that will protect us from the storms of the world (Ephesians 6:16). The three colors of white, yellow, and red represent faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13:13).

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School Song

The verse composed in celebration of the completed University building in 1929 after the Great Earthquake occurred was originally sung to the melody of a hymn. The present song came into existence in 1950 (25th year of the Showa Era) to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the school.
Of all collected lyrics from people who were connected to the University, the lyrics written by Hanabusa Yasuko were selected. Hanabusa Yasuko was a teacher of Japanese who had attended Ferris and Tokyo Woman's Christian University before returning to Ferris as a teacher of Japanese.
The melody, meanwhile, was composed under the guidance of Dan Ikuma, a lecturer at Ferris.
These were combined to produce a rich expressive work.

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Numbers of Students and Teaching Staff

The Number of Registered Students

(May 1, 2014)

Total Undergraduates Graduates Total
2,634 67 2,701

The Number of Full-time Teaching Staff

(May 1, 2014)

Faculty/Department Full-time Teaching Staff
Professor Associate
Instructor Assistant Total
Faculty of Letters Department of English Language and Literature 11 1 5 0 17
Department of Japanese Language and Literature 6 1 0 0 7
Department of Communication Studies 7 2 0 0 9
Faculty of Global and Inter-cultural Studies Department of Global and Inter-cultural Studies 22 6 1 0 29
College of Music Department of Musical Arts 2 4 1 0 7
Department of Performing Arts 6 1 2 0 9
Other 0 0 3 1 4
Total 54 15 12 1 82

*Not including the President

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