Muncie, IN
Ball State University


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Recent Reviews

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

Ball State is a lot of fun, but a lot of work.

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

Ball State is a lot of fun, but a lot of work.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Students who can balance a healthy social life and school should attend Ball State

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

Do not choose a college simply based on your financial situation. Choose the college you will feel the most comfortable at. Visit the college, and make sure it can offer everything you need academically.

Eliza
Describe the students at your school.

Diverse in many ways, but many students are very disinterested and don't put forth much effort towards their schoolwork. The ...

Describe the students at your school.

Diverse in many ways, but many students are very disinterested and don't put forth much effort towards their schoolwork. The academic atmosphere is pretty poor outside of the Honors College. Some students will be friendly, but many will be from the frats or sororities and will be stuck-up.

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

The best advice I have is that you need to find the school that can provide you with the best education possible while also offering the kind of services that you will need during your time there. If you are in a research-oriented major, make sure your school has a great library. If you are in an artistic major, look for schools that have adequate studios, theaters, or other facilities. But I would suggest that while you look for schools that provide what you want, you should also consider schools that would be putting you out of your comfort zone or require you to learn to adapt to a situation. I think this is one of the most important things to take from the college experience. You need to learn to open up to new experiences and people in order to be prepared for life after college. Also, you should take your acadedmics seriously, but not so seriously that you forget to enjoy the ride. Don't stress over it all so much that you miss out on friends and fun. Like they say, 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'.

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

The friends that I've made. How our campus is not too big, but not too small.

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

I brag the most about the atmosphere of the school. It is very warm and welcoming, and it really reminds you of the comfort o...

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

I brag the most about the atmosphere of the school. It is very warm and welcoming, and it really reminds you of the comfort of being at home. The first thing you get to know is the Muncie area where the campus sits in the midst with all its beauty. Everyone is helpful to one another and very kind. It was not hard for me to get to know people or receive help from staff and other students. I would say that is the thing I love about Ball State; it provides an excellent environment to be in.

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

The only thing that I can say is the worst thing, which I believe is the same at all colleges/universities is the fact that the increasing costs of the university causes a constant struggle for students to attend including myself. Of course, the administration does all that it can to assist in these issues, but it can still become a strain for the finances being in the economy that we are living with right now. It is something that I think most college students have a problem with.

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

The best advice that I can give is explore as many universities as you can to see what fits the student the best. It is always good to go on college visits and/or stays to get a feel of what a school will be like. I think it is very important to do research on every school to find out what the school is about and what it can offer you. Never be ashamed to ask as many questions as you can to get an understanding of the school. The way to make the most out of a college experience is to throw out other people's impressions of what their experience was like and discover your own through your own journey. Remember that no two people will have the same experience. The way to make the best out of the college experience is to take full advantage of everything that is being offered there. That way when you leave college, you will look back and be able to say you enjoyed it as opposed to thinking of it as being held captive only to do academics and nothing else. There is a fuller experience awaiting than solely academically.

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

Decide on a major before you go to college, even if it means taking a year off after high school. Getting out there in the wo...

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

Decide on a major before you go to college, even if it means taking a year off after high school. Getting out there in the workforce might help you decide what you want to do - whether it be for solely money or pleasure, it's important to find what you want to do before you go to college. Otherwise, if you have infinite amount of money then going to college and deciding from there is alright too. One of the most important ways to decide what you want to do with your life is to make something of it. Get out there in the community, volunteer, talk to professionals in different fields. While the world is changing and getting a college degree is important for getting a job, finding out what you want out of life is even more important.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Reputation pales in comparison to two other colleges in the state.

Kyle
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are usually friendly and helpful.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are usually friendly and helpful.

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

Look locally, since a college is way more expensive out of state. A college degree from any school means more money in the long run, so why spend more? Also, make sure the school has more than one program you think you would be interested in. Many friends have changed their majors because they found out that what they thought they wanted to do and what they were actually doing where not much the same.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about Ball State University is the teaching staff, because they have always been nice and if you have had any sort of problem with the class they will always help you.

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

My advice to parents and students about choosing the right college is a little out of the ordinary. The advice is that when a...

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

My advice to parents and students about choosing the right college is a little out of the ordinary. The advice is that when a student is visiting a school, they must feel at home. They should not feel uncomfortable in any way, maybe scared, but the scariest things in life are the most worthwhile. When I visited my school for the first time, I felt as though I had already belonged there. It helped a tremendous amount when beginning school in such a new place.

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

That laundry was $1 to wash + $1 to dry... each load.

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

Ball State is very accepting of all races, religions and sexualities, and is a great school to get hands-on experience.

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

Ball State is very accepting of all races, religions and sexualities, and is a great school to get hands-on experience.

What kind of person should attend this school?

The person that should attend this school should be interested in gaining a hands-on experience and doing less research and reading-based work to learn. Ball State focuses on giving the students the chance to learn not by reading, but by doing it.

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

To students: follow your own instincts when picking your school. Your parents, friends and neighbors don't know what college campus is going to be best for you, you do. Don't be afraid to tell your parents you feel like a little distance will be better than living at home and don't go somewhere because your friends will be there. You'll make new, amazing friends in college, and your parents will understand as long as you're making your decision for you.

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

I would tell students to find a school that you like and that they will feel comfortable at.

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

I would tell students to find a school that you like and that they will feel comfortable at.

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

How boring the city is compared to places I've, but people always talk to me about the football team.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing is probably the school work and to me the lack of tutoring

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

The worst thing I believe is the financial aid. For anyone who gets denied the schools financial aid has a hard time paying t...

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

The worst thing I believe is the financial aid. For anyone who gets denied the schools financial aid has a hard time paying the tuition.

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

I believe a lot of research goes into finding a college that is right for you. You need to make sure it's not too big or too small for your taste. And financial research would be a good thing to do as well. One thing that is very important is knowing if a school you are interested in offers the degree or area of study you would like to do into. Of course if you do not know it doesn't matter as much. I think an overall look at everything is the right way to finding a college. And to make the most of your college experience you would need to definitely have an open mind about everything and be social. If you are not a social person you are pretty much going to be somewhat of a loner you entire college life. And keep up with your studies to keep up good grades. The better your grades and the more social you are the happier you will be.

What's unique about your campus?

The best would have to be the multicultural center and the work it does. Ball State's campus is very diverse and helpful with any situation like that.

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

Look for the college that you dream of going to and then look into what kind of financial aid is available to you and your fa...

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

Look for the college that you dream of going to and then look into what kind of financial aid is available to you and your family. Make sure that you always have back up schools in mind and do the same for those. Go to your dream school if you can. Make sure you look into all the facilities such as: on or off campus living, dining, availiability of resources, and extracurricular activities. Make sure you visit your prospective schools! Something might sound nice on paper but visiting the school can really give you a different perspective. To make the most of your college experience, go to class and work hard. You can still have fun by joining clubs and going to activities. Live on campus if you have the chance to. Living in the dorms you make many friends and connections all over campus.

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

I wish I would have known a little bit more about the food choices before I had chosen a meal plan. I also would have like to know more about our academic advisors and how to change one if we needed to.

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

The worst thing, well I haven't found one yet.

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