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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.

Website: www.bsu.edu/

Public
Co-ed
17,004
Undergraduate
Students
(59.5%) 10,123 Women
(40.5%) 6,881 Men
5,509
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
62% of 24,191 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
 

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.50
SAT Math
530-610 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
589 average
550-630 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
23 average
20-24 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

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
66%
Average Freshman Award
$13,625
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$28,275
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,022
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 10% of classes
10-19 students: 32% of classes
20-29 students: 36% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes
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Campus Life

Muncie Population
70,316
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Indianapolis
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
44% 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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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.2% Asian
8.6% Black/African-American
5.0% Hispanic/Latino
3.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
80.7% White
1.1% Unknown
International Students
1.4% from 33 countries
First-Year Students Returning
78.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
47.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
67%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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