About Ball State University

Founded in 1918, Ball State University. is a Public college. Located in Indiana, which is a city setting in Indiana, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 17,011 full time undergraduate students, and 4,987 full time graduate students.

The Ball State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 1014 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Ball State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate62%
Application Deadline
Application Fee55
SAT Range990-1170
ACT Range20-24

Admissions at BSU are considered Selective, with ,150% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 16 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

88% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 48% were in the top quarter, and 18% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Ball State University.

2%
“We”re apathetic”
22%
“We know about current events and vote”
64%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
11%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
2%
“We save it for the classroom”
19%
“Sometimes, but not often”
61%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
17%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
4%
“I only go out in groups”
46%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
49%
“I feel extremely safe”
24%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
42%
“We bought the gear”
34%
“We live for the big game”
1%
“It”s not really our thing”
8%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
59%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
33%
“We”re a very artistic group”
1%
“Haven”t met them”
2%
“Available in class”
68%
“They keep regular office hours”
29%
“They”re always available”
2%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
15%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
81%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
2%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
3%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
18%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
41%
“We only party on weekends”
38%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
5%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
54%
“There might be people who do”
37%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
5%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
2%
“We”re apathetic”
22%
“We know about current events and vote”
64%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
11%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
2%
“We save it for the classroom”
19%
“Sometimes, but not often”
61%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
17%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
4%
“I only go out in groups”
46%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
49%
“I feel extremely safe”
24%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
42%
“We bought the gear”
34%
“We live for the big game”
1%
“It”s not really our thing”
8%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
59%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
33%
“We”re a very artistic group”
1%
“Haven”t met them”
2%
“Available in class”
68%
“They keep regular office hours”
29%
“They”re always available”
2%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
15%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
81%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
2%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
3%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
18%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
41%
“We only party on weekends”
38%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
5%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
54%
“There might be people who do”
37%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
5%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Ball State University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    356 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    248 Students rated off-campus housing 3.9 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    377 Students rated campus food 4 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    379 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    378 Students rated class size 4.2 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    375 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    377 Students rated local services 3.9 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    380 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Ball State University?

180 Students rated Ball State University

Anthony - 05/29/2024

As an alum of Ball State University, I can confidently say that my time there was nothing short of extraordinary. From the vibrant campus life to the top-notch academics, Ball State offered an experience that exceeded all my expectations. First and foremost, let’s talk about Charlie Cardinal, the greatest mascot on planet earth. Charlie’s infectious energy and school spirit were always a highlight at games and events, creating a sense of unity and pride among students. There’s nothing like the rush of cheering alongside Charlie at a football game, his antics and enthusiasm making every event unforgettable. Another unique and delightful aspect of Ball State is the Happy Friday Guy. This legend on a scooter, decked out in tights, zooms around campus every Friday wishing everyone a “Happy Friday” and giving high fives. His positivity and quirky charm were a perfect way to end the week, reminding us all to find joy in the little things. Academics at Ball State are stellar, with dedicated faculty and a wide range of programs that cater to diverse interests. The professors are not only knowledgeable but also genuinely invested in their students’ success. Small class sizes foster an engaging learning environment, making it easy to participate and connect with peers and instructors. Housing options are excellent, providing comfortable and convenient living arrangements. From modern dorms to apartment-style residences, there’s something to suit everyone’s preferences. The campus facilities are top-notch, with state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, and libraries that support a productive academic experience. Student life at Ball State is vibrant and inclusive. There’s always something happening, whether it’s a club meeting, a cultural event, or a concert. The recreational activities are plentiful, with a fantastic rec center that offers everything from fitness classes to intramural sports. The beautiful campus itself, with its scenic green spaces and relaxing spots, encourages outdoor activities and social gatherings. Overall, Ball State University is a place where you can thrive academically, socially, and personally. The supportive community, excellent resources, and unique traditions make it a standout institution. My time there was filled with unforgettable moments and invaluable experiences, and I’ll always hold Ball State close to my heart. Go Cardinals!

Para - 03/28/2024

Ball State is a very well-rounded university. They have a lot to offer, and you don't feel like you're being drowned out by other students. During my tenure there, I was able to find multiple groups of students that I enjoyed spending time with, in and out of the classroom. There are some downsides, much like any school, but I believe the positive far outweigh the negative.

Ezekiel - 12/18/2023

Ball State University's academic landscape impressively combines tradition with innovation. The diverse array of programs caters to various interests, allowing students to explore and find their academic passions. Professors, many of whom are seasoned experts in their fields, not only impart knowledge effectively but also create an inclusive learning environment. The emphasis on interactive classes fosters critical thinking and meaningful discussions. The commitment to experiential learning sets Ball State apart. The university actively promotes internships, co-op programs, and research opportunities, providing students with hands-on experiences that bridge the gap between theory and practice. This approach equips graduates with practical skills and a competitive edge in their respective fields. The campus itself is a well-maintained haven for learning. State-of-the-art facilities, such as modern classrooms, well-equipped laboratories, and a resource-rich library, contribute to a conducive learning environment. The recreation centers and green spaces offer students a balance between academic rigor and relaxation. The sense of community at Ball State is palpable. Active student organizations and a vibrant social scene create a lively campus atmosphere. Numerous events, ranging from cultural festivals to academic conferences, provide students with opportunities to engage beyond the classroom. However, like any institution, there are areas for improvement. Some students note that administrative processes could be more streamlined, enhancing overall efficiency. Nonetheless, these challenges are minor compared to the overall positive experiences offered by Ball State University. In summary, Ball State University stands out as a dynamic institution that effectively blends academic excellence, experiential learning, and a vibrant community, making it a fulfilling environment for students seeking a well-rounded education.

Kilynn - 09/25/2023

I love most aspects of Ball State. The people are very accepting and non-judgmental. Not only that, but the professors are very understanding and kind, I haven’t had a problem with one yet. The food is mostly ok (it’s dining hall food) the dorm I live in is nice. The surroundings outside of campus however, aren’t the nicest in the world. It does make me clutch my purse a little tighter, but other than that, Ball State isn’t a bad campus by any means, but it could always improve. Like, with their Wi-Fi, which you would think would be better, but isn’t. Let’s just say, if you need to work from your dorm room, don’t. Other than that, it’s pretty good!

Ball State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Ball State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Ball State University is 62%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would tell myself to go in completely focused on school work. Don't second guess myself and be confident. I would also tell myself to not be so wrapped up in my boyfriend. Stay social and have fun.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Everyone seemed to be very welcoming and willing to help and get to know everyone.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Ball State University has a beautiful campus and is a great place to attend college.

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  5. What's unique about your campus?

    There's a lot of activities to do on the weekend such as Late Night. Late Night is great! It's every Saturday night, and each night there's a different theme. Also each night, there are some different activities. There's always a dance floor to get the groove on. One time there was a caracature artist. She drew pictures for free! Those things at amusement parks run about $30-40. It's always a great way to have fun. Guests are only a $1 if they aren't a student at the school. Saturday nights are never boring.

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  6. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Anybody ready to focus, and take full advantage of their learning opportunities, would be perfect for Ball State. Ball State offers a variety of programs, groups, and help for all kinds of students with different backgrounds. I think the majority of people would fit in, and enjoy their years on campus. The teachers and students are accepting of all people, and are more than willing to help when asked.

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  7. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I would have known that importance of actually applying for scholarships, instead of ignoring my parents when the encouraged me to fill them out.

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  8. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    My school is dwarfed by the two powerhouse schools of Indiana, Indiana University and Purdue University. Ball State is a great school, and I wish that it woudl be given a little more credit. I also wish BSU had more recognizable name, such as Indiana University.

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  9. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Crowded sometimes

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  10. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Ball State University has a small to mid size campus with relatively small class sizes allowing for instructor/student interaction.

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  11. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    It is allowing me to achieve many different degrees at the same time without too many complications.

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  12. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Broadcasting/Journalism and Teachers College

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  13. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone who wants to be in a big city with constant motion. Muncie is a small town with farmland surronding.

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  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Students at Ball State have a reputation for being immersed in alcohol, rather than learning. When many think of Ball State University students, their minds instantly jump to images of wild parties, crowded bars, and drunk students stumbling all over the place. In reality, this is not what ALL Ball State students are doing. A small portion of the student body engages in regular alcoholic activity, while a larger portion can be found participating in one of the university's student groups or clubs. The media coverage tends to center around the negative aspects of Ball State University students and therefore tends to allow outsiders to view the students only in that sense because that is the only view they are given.

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I absolutely LOVE it here at Ball-State University! There are about 15,000-20,000 students that attend Ball-State each year making it large, but not large enough that you will feel overwhelmed. Another nice feature is that the campus is not extremely spread out. Usually a student can walk from one end of campus to the other in about 10 minutes. The class sizes are good as well. Most of the classes I have been in only have around 20-30 students. One of my favorite aspects is that the University works hard to provide students with several entertainment opportunities each week. For example, each Friday night the University Program Board shows a movie that is out of theaters, but not out on DVD yet. Then on Saturday nights this same organization will host a big party called Late-Nite with all kinds of fun activities such as bowling, dancing, games, and more! Finally, Ball-State has gone out of its way to make sure that students always have access to necessary technology and transportation. Many sources, have reported that there is a 1:1 ratio of students to computers. So no matter when you need access to a university computer, you will be able to find one available! There are also several shuttles/buses that can not only get you around campus, but also around Muncie! Muncie has allowed Ball-State students to ride their public transportation (MITS buses) for free allowing students to get what they need off-campus with ease whether they have a car or not!

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  16. What are the academics like at your school?

    Within the last few years, Ball-State University has really stepped it up academically. Incoming students now need to have higher GPA's and grades in order to be accepted in to the school. Students attending the university now need to receive a grade of C or higher in order to pass a class. However, not all departments have the standard 90{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c}, 80{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c}, 70{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c}, 60{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} grading scale. For example, the grading scale in the school of music is much more intense. In fact, anything lower than a 75{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} is considered to be failing. Generally, most students genuinely care about their grades and will work hard in their classes. So if you are interested in coming to Ball-State, you must be willing to study! But don't let this frighten you. The classes here are great! Most of my classes are fairly small--usually around 20-30 students and the professors know how to make the class interesting. You'll soon find that you enjoy the work for these classes. Another great aspect of Ball-State's academics is the Honors College. The students that are accepted into this college are in for a real treat! These honors courses are set-up quite differently than typical courses. Many of them are primarily discussion based and there are several interesting course subjects that you would not otherwise have access to. Some of the other perks that come with the honors college is priority course scheduling, an opportunity to live in newly renovated and air-conditioned honors dorm, and extended access to books from the library. So if you have the grades and you're interested in a different kind of learning experience, you should definitely look into the Honors College!

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    The student voluntary services

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  18. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    I decided to go to Ball State after having gone to two other schools in Indiana. I started out at IU Bloomington and soon found myself to be in culture shock due to the new population size and atmosphere (maybe the freedom as well). So I then went to the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. While USI was a very friendly and welcoming school, it was at least a 4th the size (or less) of IU and I felt as if I were missing out on what was supposed to be the 'real' college experience. At Ball State I found the welcoming atmosphere, where I could take control of my college experience, perfect. It wasn't overbearing and scary, but it wasn't like going to a amped-up high school, it was what I pictured a college to be like. That's why out of all my choices, Ball State was finally the right one.

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  19. What do students complain about most?

    This Weather! Dear me, it is icy, snowy, and freezing 75{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} of the time you will be enrolled in school here at BSU. Before I arrived, students told me the winters would be bad, but I had no idea. Walking to class becomes even more of a task when you've fallen on polished ice sidewalks numerous times and your snot is sliding horizontally across your face because of the frigid wind. Don't count on the bus system, charter system, or campus escorts to help you out too much during these hard times either. They're just as occupied trying to preserve body heat as you are. My advice: layers, hot drinks, carpooling, and scheduling classes before the sun goes down and Muncie turnd into an arctic tundra. Good luck and bundle up aspiring students!

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  20. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Not at all. The perceptions of Ball State students is largely negative; that we're slackers, that we're only here to party. It's just not the case. Of course there are some students like that, but many of my classmates are very focused, intelligent, and actively involved in a clean campus life.

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  21. How often should I phone home? Is once a day too much?

    It really all depends on how close you are with your family and if you are more depend on your parents or if you are independent. Some students have no problem talking to their parents every day, I would say that as the year goes on, the phone calls will become a little less. It's okay to branch out and become independent from your parents, afterall, college is the time in your life when you become the person that you are meant to be, so have fun with it, and call them when it feels natural to!

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Student Body

Students

60%

female

40%

male

17,011

Total Undergrad Enrollment

4,987

Total Grad Students

17%

Out-Of-State

83%

In-State

N/A

International

Organizations

381

Student Organizations

14

Fraternities

14

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

31%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
1%
% Black or African-American
8%
% Hispanic/Latino
4%
% White or Caucasian
79%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

88% of students attending Ball State University receive some sort of financial aid. 35% were awarded federal grants. While 65% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$25,428

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,320

Books and Supplies

$9,936

Room and Board

36,684

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$8,697
$30 - $48K
$11,203
$48 - $75K
$16,230
$75 - $110K
$19,088
$110K & UP
$20,739

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