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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collegeType
Public
studentType
Coed
16,702
Undergraduates
6,648
Men - 39.8%
10,055
Women - 60.2%
5,808
Graduates
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Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
77% of 23,305 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.48
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
Not reported
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Cost of Attendance
In-state: $24,962
Out-of-state: $41,742
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $10,020
Out-of-state: $26,800
Room and Board
$10,870
Average Percent of Need Met
74%
Average Freshman Award
$14,712
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$28,603
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,063
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
10%
10-19
32%
20-29
36%
30-39
10%
40-49
6%
50-99
4%
Over 100
2%
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Indianapolis Population
70,316
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Indianapolis
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
37% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Cardinal
Sororities
15.2% of women participate
Fraternities
15% of men participate
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0%
Asian
1.3%
Black/African-American
8.5%
Hispanic/Latino
6.1%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
4.1%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
78.7%
Unknown
1.2%
International Students
1.2%
First-Year Students Returning
75.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
11.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
67%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported