Muncie, IN
Ball State University


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Recent Reviews

Zachery
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are helpful , sociable, intelligent and hopefully some of them will be lifetime friends.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are helpful , sociable, intelligent and hopefully some of them will be lifetime friends.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about school is buckling down and studying.

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

I believe students should make the decision as to the school they will be attending based on his or her research regarding the type of school they would want to attend. The school should have an excellent reputation in the field the student will be pursueing and possibly be near family if they believe the family ties may be difficult to be away from or far away if they need the distance. Parents should be supportative, loving and give advice if asked. I think a very valuable tool is to visit the school beforehand to feel the atmosphere for themselves and meet some of the professors in their area of majoring. Also if there is a particular sport you enjoy make sure it is available. Just go with your intution and it will usually lead you in the right direction.

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

Make multiple visits. Go to sporting events, eat the campus food. Just try to imagine yourself living there on your own.

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

Make multiple visits. Go to sporting events, eat the campus food. Just try to imagine yourself living there on your own.

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

More scholarships or financial aid info.

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

Ball State is green, wireless, and interactive.

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

Ball State is green, wireless, and interactive.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The scheduling of biology classes is ridiculous and makes it very difficult to take the classes I really want.

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

Make sure you pick the school that is right for you, not just the one that is closest to home or gives you the most money. When you get to college, get involved right away--don't wait! Make sure your professors know your name, get an internship, volunteer--it will all be worth it when you start building your resume and looking for jobs.

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

Its a school that makes you feel very at home.

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

Its a school that makes you feel very at home.

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

I can't stress enough how important it is to get involved with things. The more friends you make, the better your college experience will be. When you visit the college of your choice, you will just know its the right one, so don't settle for anything less! I highly recommend spending at least one year in the dorm. It helps you really get to know some other students who feel the same way you do.

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

That the big event before orientation for freshmen would completely change how many friends you make along the way.

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

Its one of the best campuses that I have seen.

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

Its one of the best campuses that I have seen.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

One that wants to pass just for showing up.

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

I would advise anyone looking at colleges to visit them before they decide because its not possible to know if you will feel like you belong there or not with out being there. Also, I would advise that they not choose the schools that they apply to based solely on what major they think that they are going to study because they are likely to change their major after a few classes.

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

The best advice I can give is to visit each college that you are considereing to see what it is really like. Looks can be som...

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

The best advice I can give is to visit each college that you are considereing to see what it is really like. Looks can be sometimes deceiving and the best colleges don't always look the part at first sight. Definitely choose a college that has a lot to offer because it is difficult for most people to decide what they want do with the rest of their lives during their firstt year of college. Also, to make the most out of your college experience, be sure to get involved in as much as our schedule allows you to. That is something that I didn't take advantage of and wish that I would have. I probably won't get those same opportunities again for the rest of my life.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing is trying to figure out what to study because of the variety of subjects that are offered. Everything seems so interesting and it seems that there aren't really any limits.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone who wants to attend a school where it is big enough to feel important but not too big that it makes you feel small should attend this school. Also people who want to feel at home and like they fit in.

Erik
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Yes, people here about the party scene here. But that's how it is for all schools. The football team is awesome. We are an a...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Yes, people here about the party scene here. But that's how it is for all schools. The football team is awesome. We are an all wireless school. We have the one of the top Journalism programs in the country. This school is very up-to-date when it comes to Media. Spectacular computer labs and electronic equipment. In a nutshell, every department has something outstanding about it.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

There are a lot of people who aren't thinking about their futures - partiers, sports players, etc. I hate to have to categorize it like that, but it is a reality that everyone has to accept. When you can get past these people you can start looking at yourself and motivating yourself to do well in school, and be able to be around these peopl, based on the fact that you are going to go further in life than they are.

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

The best thing you can do is to find people like you - it's a long process but it's also well worth it. You have to try things that you like doing, things that relate to you. For instance, I love music, and there is an independent record store just off campus. So I started getting involved with that - donating music, buying music solely from there, helping to put on shows. It gets me out of the house and makes me active. And that is the kind of thing that makes college a unique experience - you find people who share the same things as you, and the fact that they were total strangers at first makes it better.

Zach
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Ball State is a school where you can feel comfortable being yourself. People at this school don't really care what kind of b...

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

Ball State is a school where you can feel comfortable being yourself. People at this school don't really care what kind of background you come from, and are generally accepting of who you are. The size of BSU is perfect for the college setting. A little over 25,000 students and staff total, and an average class size of 30 members. Learning becomes for focused on the students and the professors are always available for appointments, and if by chance they are not available, most will go out of their way to meet the needs of the students.

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

I would advise the students to really look into the major they are choosing. After that, look at the schools that have exceptional programs in the field of study. Visit those schools, and get a feel for what it will be like. As for parents, I suggest that you stay "under the radar", your child is becoming an adult and the school that they pick should be there decision alone. It is the start of their future, and while parents play and important role in their future, the student needs to know what freedoms he/she can begin to have as a college Freshmen. To make the most of your college experience, go to the school that YOU desire. If you have friends going there, then it may be easier to enjoy school. More importantly, GET INVOLVED. Most campuses have hundreds of student programs that you can be a part of. Being a part of one or two organizations allows you to make multiple life-long friends that will be there for you forever. Finally, make the most of college by being yourself, don't worry about what others think about you. Be smart, study hard, and have fun.

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

I wish that I would have known that the major of elementary education at BSU was challenging. It has been a great experience thus far, but I have had my ups and down when it comes to working through my major. That is probably the only thing that I can honestly come up with!

Natalie
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is best known for either the architecture program or the fact that David Letterman graduated from Ball State.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is best known for either the architecture program or the fact that David Letterman graduated from Ball State.

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

Get involved in the residence halls. Meet all of your neighbors and make the most of any free time you may have. Although college is about getting an education, have wonderful friends along the way makes it a million times more fun!

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing a bout Ball State is how friendly the people are. Everywhere you go people smile at you and hold the door open.

Lynne
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

I like that it is far enough away from home that I can stay here, but it is only an hour and a half from home so I can go hom...

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

I like that it is far enough away from home that I can stay here, but it is only an hour and a half from home so I can go home if there is an emergency. I also like the fact that BSU is a medium size school. There are a lot of activities to get involved in and you can get from one end of campus to the other in less than fifteen minutes. BSU was the perfect fit for me and my needs. I am a business major and they have one of the best business programs around.

What's unique about your campus?

I think the best thing about my school is the atmosphere. You can do almost anything you want. You can study anywhere on campus, people are really friendly and helpful. BSU is kept really clean and tidy so there isn't trash all over the streets and sidewalks. Right now there is some construction going on around campus, but the construction crews are really careful and aware of when students are around. BSU is just an overall great place to get a higher education.

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

Take as much time as you need to decide which college is right for you. Do not let someone make the decision for you just because they may want you to go to the college they went to. Visit many colleges you are interested in and if you need to, make lists about what you did and did not like about each campus. As far as making the most of your college experience, get involved. If you are interested in sports, do intramural activies. Same with art club, or religion club, or whatever you like to do. Just don't sit around wishing you were out doing something when you very well could be. If you want to be a part of something, go be a part of it. College is about you finding who you are and your place in life. If you don't go out and try new things, you won't know what you do and don't like. So I'll leave you with this...try new things, don't be afraid to be who you are, and live! (But, please be responsible) Thank you!

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