Ball State University in Muncie, IN

About Ball State University

Ball State University, which was founded in 1918, is located in the midsized city of Muncie, Indiana, approximately sixty miles northeast of Indianapolis. The campus encompasses over seven hundred acres and includes more than a hundred buildings as well as statues, seasonal foliage, and ponds.

U.S. News & World Report listed Ball State as 103rd among the top public schools in the 2013 'Best Colleges' rankings. In 2012, the publication ranked the university as the 184th university in the nation.


Ball State comprises seven colleges that offer over 180 undergraduate programs, including preprofessional studies, and more than 120 graduate and specialist programs. The most popular undergraduate programs are in liberal studies, elementary education, and radio and television communications. There are three libraries available on campus: the main Bracken Library, and the Science-Health Science and Architecture branch libraries.

There are plenty of opportunities for online learning available to students at Ball State. Individual courses, as well as entire degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, are available. Undergraduate students, for example, can earn a bachelor's degree in business administration or general studies entirely online.


Ball State University has a rolling admissions policy, admitting students all year long. However, the university also has priority application deadlines for those seeking admission. Those interested in enrolling for fall semester should apply by March 1st. If students would like to be considered for scholarships, they should apply even sooner, by December 1st.

To apply, students will need to have their official transcripts and standardized test scores sent to Ball State's office of admissions. They will also have to fill out the application for admission (either online or on paper) and submit the non-refundable $55 application fee. Students should also arrange to have any Advanced Placement (AP) scores sent to the university as well.

In 2011, 68% of those who applied to the university were admitted, and of those, 40% went on to enroll in classes. Over 90% of Ball State's undergraduate students attend classes full-time. The majority (84%) of students who attend Ball State are white, and 56% are female, as recently as 2011.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for undergraduate students attending classes full-time for the 2012-2013 school year was $4,159 per semester for Indiana residents and $11,494 per semester for non-residents. Yearly fees for residents and non-residents include a $336 technology fee, $174 recreation center fee, and a $152 health center fee. In addition to tuition and fees, students can expect to pay $1,000 per year on books and materials.

Graduate tuition also varies based on the student's residency status. Graduate tuition for residents attending full-time (defined as nine credit hours) in 2012-2013 was $3,833 per semester, while non-residents paid $9,557 for nine credit hours. The university offers over 900 graduate assistantship opportunities each year for those who need help paying for their education.

School Type Public, 4-year*
Degrees Offered Associate, bachelor's, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's, post-master's certificate, doctorate*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 17,627 undergraduates, 4,520 graduates in 2011*
Student Housing Nine residence halls and two apartment communities**
Schools and Programs Seven colleges, more than 180 undergraduate and 120 graduate degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other (271)
Bachelor's: Liberal Studies (363)
Master's: Elementary Education and Teaching (150)
Doctorate: Educational Leadership and Administration, General (21)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students who began in 2005:
33% in four years
55% in six years
60% in eight years*
Admission Rate 68% in 2011*
Entering Class Size About 3,800 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 79% for full-time students*
Middle 50% ACT Scores of Admitted Students 21 to 23 (ACT Composite)*
Application Due Date Rolling; however, incoming freshmen should apply by March 1st**
Undergraduate Tuition $4,159 per semester for Indiana residents, $11,494 for non-residents (full-time tuition rates as of 2012-2013)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011 (full-time beginning undergraduates):
Federal grants (33%)
State and local grants (50%)
Institutional scholarships and grants (42%)
Federal loans (59%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 86% in 2011 (full-time beginning undergraduates)*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Ball State University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 2000 West University Avenue, Muncie, IN 47306-0855
  • Phone: 800-482-4BSU(4278)
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