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Founder

Founder
Mary E. Kidder(1834–1910)

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."

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).

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.

Number of Students and Faculty Members

The Number of Registered Students

(May 1, 2019)

Total Undergraduates Graduates Total
2,530 33 2,563

Undergraduate

Faculty Department 1st
year
2nd
year
3rd
year
4th
year
Total
Faculty of Letters Department of English Language and Literature 99 132 108 109 448
Department of Japanese Language and Literature 93 106 100 115 414
Department of Communication Studies 102 113 108 121 444
Faculty of Global and Intercultural Studies Department of Global and Intercultural Studies 215 233 219 246 913
College of Music  Department of Musical Arts 83 59 50 50 242
Department of Performing Arts - 17 21 31 69

※The College of Music was re-organized and the Department of Performing Arts ceased accepting new students when it merged into the Department of Musical Arts.

Graduate Schools

Graduate School Graduate Program 1st
year
2nd
year
3rd
year
4th
year
Total
Graduate School of Humanities  Graduate Program in English Language and Literature Master 2 2 - - 4
Graduate Program in Japanese Language and Literature 1 1 - - 2
Graduate Program in Communication Studies 1 2 - - 3
Graduate Program in English Language and Literature Doctor 1 1 1 - 3
Graduate Program in Japanese Language and Literature 0 0 1 - 1
Graduate Program in Communication Studies 0 1 2 - 3
Graduate School of Global and Intercultural Studies Graduate Program in Global and Intercultural Studies Master 2 0 - *1 3
Doctor 0 0 0 - 0
Graduate School of Music Graduate Program in Musical Arts Master 0 2 - - 2
Graduate Program in Performing Arts Master 3 9 - - 12

*Four-year master’s course

The Number of Tenured Faculty

(May 1, 2019)

Faculty Department Tenured Faculty
Professor Associate
Professor
Lecturer Assistant
Professor
Research
Associate
Total
Faculty of Letters Department of English Language and Literature 9 0 3 1 0 13
Department of Japanese Language and Literature 7 1 0 1 0 9
Department of Communication Studies 7 3 0 0 0 10
Faculty of Global and Intercultural Studies Department of Global and Intercultural Studies 19 7 0 0 0 26
College of Music Department of Musical Arts 10 3 1 0 0 14
Others 0 0 5 0 1 6
Total 52 14 9 2 1 78

2018 Post-Graduation Career Paths

Undergraduate

Faculty Department Number of graduates Number of graduates in employment Number of graduates pursuing further study
Faculty of Letters Department of English Language and Literature 110 97 4(3)
Department of Japanese Language and Literature 102 94 2(2)
Department of Communication Studies 109 94 6(4)
Faculty of Global and Intercultural Studies Department of Global and Intercultural Studies 204 184 1(1)
College of Music  Department of Musical Arts 48 34 5(1)
Department of Performing Arts 33 25 6(4)
Total 606 528 24(15)

※ ( ) indicates the number of students advancing to graduate school.

Graduate Schools

Graduate School Graduate Program Number of graduates Number of graduates in employment Number of graduates pursuing further study
Graduate School of Humanities  Graduate Program in English Language and Literature Master 3 0 2
Graduate Program in Japanese Language and Literature 1 1 0
Graduate Program in Communication Studies 0 0 0
Graduate Program in English Literature Doctor 0 0 0
Graduate Program in Japanese Literature 1 0 0
Graduate Program in Communication Studies 0 0 0
Division of Global and Intercultural Studies Graduate Program in Global and Intercultural Studies Master 0 0 0
Doctor 0 0 0
Graduate School of Music Graduate Program in Musical Arts Master 1 0 0
Graduate Program in Performing Arts Master 7 5 0
Total 13 6 2