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Ball State University
Muncie, IN
Ball State University was founded in 1918 and gained university status in 1965. It provides undergraduate students with advantages typically found at both large research universities and small liberal arts colleges. For instance, Ball State is an inexpensive public comprehensive university that is large enough to offer 130 different majors, has more than 300 student organizations, and offers a highly sophisticated computer technology infrastructure. However, like a small liberal arts college, more than 90% of undergraduate classes are taught by full-time faculty, the academic buildings are a short walk from the residence halls, and the average class size is 31. Its 955-acre campus is located in a residential area one mile northwest of downtown Muncie. Campus architecture includes Tudor-Gothic and modern styles.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 17,011
   Women 10,126 (59.5%)
   Men 6,885 (40.5%)
Graduate Students 4,987
Entrance Difficulty  
Overall Admission Rate Not reported
Early Action Offered  
Early Decision Offered  
Regular Admission Deadline  
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.45
SAT Math 538 average
490-580 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 546 average
500-590 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 22 average
20-24 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance In-state: $23,940
Out-of-state: $39,714
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $9,654
Out-of-state: $25,428
  Room and Board $9,936
Average Percent of Need Met 71%
Average Freshman Award $13,496
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 1,017
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 11% of classes
10-19 students: 31% of classes
20-29 students: 35% of classes
30-39 students: 11% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes
Muncie Population 70,316
Nearest Metropolitan Area Indianapolis
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 90% of freshmen, 41% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Cardinal
Sororities 17% of women participate
Fraternities 15% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.3% Asian
7.8% Black/African-American
4.5% Hispanic/Latino
3.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
81.4% White
1.8% Unknown
International Students 1.8% from 40 countries
First-Year Students Returning 81.3%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 44.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 65%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 16.7%