Students Say

The cornerstone of Ball State University's educational philosophy is its commitment to experiential or "immersive learning." In addition to completing class work, students participate in research or community-based projects and complete capstone requirements. Students love these "unique" and "practical" opportunities that "prepare them for the future." Ball State has many "very distinguished" academic programs, including communications, theater, education, and architecture.

Overview

Applicants
16,896
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average HS GPA
3.35

GPA Breakdown

21%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
22%
3.00 - 3.24
22%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
480 - 580
SAT Math
480 - 580
ACT Composite
19 - 23

Deadlines


Regular
August 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

The cornerstone of Ball State University's educational philosophy is its commitment to experiential or "immersive learning." In addition to completing class work, students participate in research or community-based projects and complete capstone requirements. Students love these "unique" and "practical" opportunities that "prepare them for the future." Ball State has many "very distinguished" academic programs, including communications, theater, education, and architecture. There is also an Honors College, which "provides a unique experience for students who want to further enrich their education." Professors in the Honors College are "far beyond excellent," and instructors throughout the school are also "excellent" and knowledgeable," with "many… still doing research and writing papers in their fields." They are "very accessible and caring" and "want to see [students] succeed." Ball State offers students "an immense amount of opportunities." "If you aren't changed for the better during your time here," a public relations student quips, "you must be a caveman."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
1,150
with Terminal Degree
776

611
Men
539
Women
132
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


David Letterman
CBS Late Show with David Letterman

Jim Davis
Paws Incorporated; Creator of Garfield

John Schnatter
Founder and CEO, Papa John's Pizza

Doug Jones
Actor

Dr. John Seffrin
President, American Cancer Society

Blaine Bishop, Brad Maynard
NFL

Angela Arhrendts
CEO, Burberry Group, London

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
72
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,638

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,027

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,300

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,373

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,638

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$8,318
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$22,988
Required Fees
$662
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,020

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,352
Transportation for Commuters
$2,664

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Ball State is a large state school with almost 20,000 students, so there are people from "all walks of life." "The typical student is likely from Indiana or somewhere in the Midwest," and is "probably white." That said, the school is becoming more ethnically and religiously diverse, and there is a "large population of international students, so "it is…impossible to get on a bus or go to a dining hall or to the library without hearing a few different languages." A nursing student says "for the stodgy Midwest," Ball State "offers a nice out-of-the-box feel." "Fitting in is simply a matter of getting involved with the any of the numerous activities and rubbing elbows." "Most students take their studying seriously" and are "hard-working," but they "also make some time to spend time with other people in their dorm as well as others," and "enjoy going out and partying on weekends." Despite its large size and "somewhat large campus," Ball State "is a friendly and comfortable community in which to work, live, and study."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
16,652
Out of State
10%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
44

Demographics

57% female
43% male
10% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Ball State's campus is "beautiful and not too big," and it has a "friendly and open atmosphere" often associated with smaller schools. The campus is "going green," and students love that the school is "forward-thinking" and "embraces new technology. " The campus is completely wireless, and the David Letterman building (yes, that David Letterman) is "full of all sorts of new technology for everyone to use." These advances are all a part of Ball State's effort to shake its image as a "party school," so it can be viewed "as even more of an elite school." Plenty of students still like to let loose, however, and the solid Greek system means it's not hard to find a party. Lots of students are down on the "boring," and "awful" town of Muncie, but others defend it. "Muncie has become way more interesting," says a psychology major. "There are plenty of nice shops, restaurants, and even a pretty decent theater that puts on a variety of shows throughout the year." Luckily for students who aren't fans, "The village right off campus features sports bars, a restaurant, fast food, book stores, and other little novelty spots," and the school isn't too far from Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. However, "there are so many activities…at Ball State you rarely need to leave campus," including lots of "late night activities, movie nights, and clubs on and off campus."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
42%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
74
First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
81

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
369
Number of Honor Societies
33

Number of Social Sororities
15
Number of Religious Organizations
27

10% join a fraternity
11% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Cardinal)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Diving
Football
Golf
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Cardinal)
14 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: IWU & IPFW

Sustainability

Ball State University’s Council on the Environment (COTE) was established to “promote the sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of ecological systems that sustain life” on campus and in the surrounding area. Each of its 102 administrative units has prepared a unit-level sustainability plan outlining what it will do to help the university achieve its strategic sustainability goals. The university has completed the first half of a two-phase, multi-year project, which replaces its coal-fired heat plant and Freon-based chill plant with a district-scale ground source heat-pump-chiller heating and cooling system. This geothermal system that will save the university up to $2 million a year in annual net operating costs and eliminate some 85,000 MT of annual Scope I emissions. In keeping with BSU’s sustainability makeover, LEED Silver is required for all new construction on campus. In 2012, BSU hosted its ninth “Greening of the Campus,” an interdisciplinary conference series aimed at responding to on-campus environmental challenges and in 2013 hosted the first in a series of Geothermal Conclaves on the design, installation and operation of geothermal technologies. BSU is also home to the Center for Energy Research/Education/Service (CERES), “an interdisciplinary academic support unit focused on issues related to energy and resource use.” The university publishes annual Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) assessments of its sustainability performance; developed by faculty-mentored student teams as part of the Building Better Communities (BBC) Fellowship Program. In addition, the university has received a Gold Rating through the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) among other substantial regional, national and international recognitions for the integrated, whole-systems implementation of its sustainability leadership.

Green Rating
98
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
16%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
888

Average Number of PC's per Lab
27

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenovo, Apple, AT&T, Avaya, Cisco, Verizon

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jacquie Vegh
Assistant Director of Admissions

Address
Ball State University
Office of Admissions
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone
866-770-3163

Email
jsbradburn@bsu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Recreation and Wellness Facility
Bracken Library
Emens Auditorium
Atrium
Letterman Communication & Media Bldg
Museum of Art, Sursa Hall, Cooper Science, Student Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Muncie
Minnetrista Cultural Center
Muncie Mall
University Village
Scotty's Brewhouse
Movie theaters, Cardinal Greenway

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday~Saturday
Mon-Fri 8-5
866-770-3163

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 11 AM and 2 PM; 11 AM Sat
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
www.ballstatesports.com

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
contact academic department

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
Dates Specified

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Shuttle buses, city buses, taxi service; closest airport: Indianapolis Int'l Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
www.bsu.edu/map/article/0,,32192--,00.html

Local Accommodations
see URL listed below
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Key Stats

16,896
Applicants
16,652
Size
61%
Acceptance Rate
1060
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists