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.

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: $24,550
Out-of-state: $41,122
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $9,896
Out-of-state: $26,468
Room and Board
$10,234
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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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3  
Foreign Language   3
Social Studies 2  
History 1  
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required for some August 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Not used if submitted August 1
SAT Subject Tests Only Not used if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
2000 West University Avenue
City, State, Zip
Muncie, IN 47306
Phone
(765) 285-8300
Fax
(765) 285-1632
E-mail
askus@bsu.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
 
Application Fee
$55
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Not reported
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
 
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for some freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
62% of 24,191 applicants were admitted
Women
63% of 15,388 applicants were admitted
Men
60% of 8,803 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
4,787 (32%) of 15,017 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,822 (29%) of 9,701 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,965 (37%) of 5,316 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.50
3.75 and Above
26%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
21%
3.00 - 3.24
20%
2.50 - 2.99
15%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
530-610 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
2%
Score of 600 - 700
23%
Score of 500 - 600
62%
Score of 400 - 500
13%
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
589 average
550-630 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
4%
Score of 600 - 700
31%
Score of 500 - 600
58%
Score of 400 - 500
7%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
23 average
20-24 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
6%
Score of 24 - 29
36%
Score of 18 - 23
56%
Score of 12 - 17
2%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 18%
Top quarter: 48%
Top half: 86%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $24,550
Out-of-state: $41,122
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $9,896
Out-of-state: $26,468
Room and Board
$10,234
Books and Supplies
$1,354
Other Expenses
$3,066
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline April 15
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning January 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001786
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
3,496 (96.5%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
2,685 (78.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,685 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,004 (38.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
66%
Average Award
$13,625
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,761 (71.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,900
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,462 (90.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,659
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 1,853 (66.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
555 (12.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $7,419

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
12,693 (87.0%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
10,084 (79.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
10,045 (99.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
4,064 (39.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
66%
Average Award
$13,785
Need-Based Gift
Received by 6,381 (62.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,490
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 8,954 (89.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,884
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 5,903 (56.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
2,112 (12.6%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $8,175

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
72%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$28,275
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Architecture, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Home Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Dance, Debating, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Community Service, Leadership
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Adult Students, Children of Faculty/Staff, Ethnic Background, International Students, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities, Out-of-State Students, Veterans
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Advertising
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel and Textile Manufacture
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Architecture
  • Architecture and Related Services, Other
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Astronomy
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Statistics
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Chinese Studies
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Community Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Construction Management
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Dance, General
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
  • Dietetics/Dietitian
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Earth Science Teacher Education
  • Economics, General
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Environmental Design/Architecture
  • Environmental Science
  • Family Systems
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Finance, General
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Industrial Technology/Technician
  • Insurance
  • Interior Design
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Latin Teacher Education
  • Legal Professions and Studies, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Nursing Practice
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Chiropractic Studies
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Optometry Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
  • Real Estate
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Selling Skills and Sales Operations
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
  • Technical Teacher Education
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Communication/journalism, Health professions and related sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
1,022
Part-Time Faculty
269
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
62%
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
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not reported
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
955,762
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
578
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Music, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Architecture II, Master of Science, Master of Liberal Arts, Master of Urban Design, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Urban and Rural Planning, Master of Architecture

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Anthropology
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Business Education
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication--General
  • Computer Education
  • Computer Science
  • Economic Development
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Psychology
  • Elementary Education
  • Emergency Management
  • English
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Family and Consumer Sciences-General
  • Geology
  • Geosciences
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Homeland Security
  • Interior Design
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Management Information Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Middle School Education
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Natural Resources
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing--General
  • Nutrition
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Political Science
  • Rhetoric
  • School Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Psychology
  • Special Education
  • Speech and Interpersonal Communication
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Education, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Audiology

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Computer Education
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Psychology
  • English
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing--General
  • Rhetoric
  • School Psychology
  • Special Education
  • Writing

Location and Setting


Muncie Population
70,316
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Indianapolis
Campus Size
1,140 acres

Weather

Temperature
17.2 average low in January, 82.7 average high in September
Rain
132 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Muncie
Nearest Train Station
56 mile(s) from campus in Indianapolis

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
44% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
56%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Cardinal
School Colors
Cardinal and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cheerleading x   x  
Cross-Country Running x x    
Field Hockey x x    
Golf x x x x
Gymnastics x x    
Soccer x x    
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x x x
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x    
Volleyball x x x x
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x x
Field Hockey x x
Golf x x
Gymnastics x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running    
Field Hockey    
Golf x x
Gymnastics    
Soccer    
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field    
Volleyball x x
Women's Club Sports
baseball, bowling, equestrian sports, fencing, lacrosse, racquetball, rock climbing, rugby, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, water polo
Men's Club Sports
bowling, equestrian sports, fencing, lacrosse, racquetball, rock climbing, rugby, soccer, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, water polo, wrestling

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, bowling, golf, racquetball, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, table tennis, tennis, track and field, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, student voluntary services, national society of collegiate scholars, dance marathon, cardinal catholic, national society of leadership and success
Sororities
15.2% of women participate
Fraternities
15% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
17,004
Women
10,123 (59.5%)
Men
6,881 (40.5%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
15,203
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
Average Age
22
All Graduate Students
5,509

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
78.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
47.6%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
58.9%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
61.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
67%
Average Starting Salary
67%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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