Ball State University

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School Overview

Ball State University is a research university in Muncie, Indiana. Commonly known as BSU or Ball State, it is a state-operated school that offers a wide range of Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programs through seven academic colleges.

Ball State was originally established as a normal school and has expanded over the years, both in terms of academic curriculum and student population. Today the school enrolls more than 22,000 students each year, with almost 4,000 graduate students. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has designated Ball State as a research university with high activity (RU/H).

Ball State hosts a very large resident student community. Almost 7,000 students live in the school’s ten residence halls. The “Unofficial, Unbiased Insider’s Guide to the Most Interesting Colleges” named the freshman residence program one of the best in the U.S.

Online and Distance Education

Ball State offers various course delivery methods to help students conveniently earn the degree or certificate they’re looking for. The university’s distance learning programs are offered online, live a various off-campus locations throughout the city, or via a hybrid program with combine on-site courses with online courses.

All degrees which are entirely online are offered through Ball State’s Division of Online and Distance Education. There are more than 10,000 students enrolled in one of the university’s many web-based, online courses. About fifty percent are students pursuing a degree entirely online and the other fifty percent are students enrolled at Ball State’s campus program who are supplementing their traditional degree with online courses.

Currently, Ball State offers over 65 online degrees and certificates. Students also have the options of completing individual courses online. There are over 500 online courses available at the undergraduate and graduate level.

General Information

Admission Office

2000 University Avenue

Muncie, IN 47306-1022

(765) 285-8300

(800) 482-4278

Fax: (765) 285-1632

Contact: Tom Taylor

Vice President of Enrollment, Marketing and Communications
Main Address

2000 University Avenue

Muncie, IN 47306-1022

(765) 289-1241

Total undergrads: 16,832

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 4,039

Degree-seeking undergrads: 16,575

Graduate enrollment: 3,411


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 73%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 78%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $7,212 $7,500 $7,830 $8,214 +4.90%
Books and Supplies $930 $930 $970 $1,000 +3.09%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,240 $7,598 $8,052 $8,208 +1.94%
Other $2,576 $2,672 $2,788 $2,692 -3.44%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $6,736 $7,000 $7,228 $7,508 +3.87%
Other $476 $500 $602 $706 +17.28%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $17,958 $18,700 $19,640 $20,114 +2.41%
In-state Off Campus $15,354 $15,930 $16,630 $17,428 +4.80%
In-state with Family $8,142 $8,430 $8,800 $9,214 +4.70%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $6,556
In-state Student Fees $706
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $16,416
Out-of-state Student Fees $706

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 3,380 84%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,333 58% $18,391,489 $7,883
• Federal grants 863 22% $3,734,877 $4,328
• Pell grants 847 21% $2,740,553 $3,236
• Other federal grants 817 20% $994,324 $1,217
Local and state government scholarships or grants 1,953 49% $7,585,786 $3,884
Institutional scholarships or grants 1,484 37% $7,070,826 $4,765
Student loan financial aid 2,388 60% $14,392,960 $6,027
• Federal student loans 2,368 59% $12,261,576 $5,178
• Other student loans 233 6% $2,131,384 $9,148

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 3105 1212 74 302 36
Architecture and Related Services 118 63
Architecture 67 46
City/urban, Community and Regional Planning 21 13
Environmental Design/architecture 4
Landscape Architecture 26 4
Area, Cultural, Ethnic, Gender, and Group Studies 4
Women’s Studies 4
Biology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences 78 31 5
Animal Physiology 16
Biology and Biological Sciences 78 15 5
Business, Management, Administration and Marketing Services 421 121 71 22
Accounting 79 24
Actuarial Science 18 14
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Studies 35
Business Administration and Management 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 36
Business/commerce 83 83 21
Business/managerial Economics 21
Entrepreneurship 8
Finance 74
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration 13
Management Information Systems 22
Marketing/marketing Management 91
Operations Management 9
Purchasing, Procurement/acquisitions and Contracts Management 1
Sales and Sales Operations 2
Communication and Journalism Studies 281 36
Journalism 115 6
Public Relations/image Management 20
Radio and Television 166 10
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 47
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services, Other 47
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 14 17
Computer and Information Sciences 14 17
Education 438 480 29 7
Adult and Continuing Education Administration 11
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 21 9
Business Teacher Studies 4 3
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 28
Curriculum and Instruction 11 7
General Education 3
Education off Individuals with Multiple Disabilities 75
Educational Leadership, Management and Administration 110 10
Elementary Education, Teaching and Instruction 162 110 2
Health Teacher Education 15
Junior High/middle School Teacher Education
Kindergarten/preschool Teacher Education 13
Physical Education/coaching Teacher Education 157 78
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education 7
Secondary Teacher Education 13
Special Education Teacher Education 66 1
Special Education and Teaching, Other 4
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 6
Technology and Industrial Arts Teacher Education 5 23
Engineering Technology 68 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields, Other 6
Industrial Technology/technician 62
Robotics Technology/technician 1
English Language and Literature/letters 115 26 6
English Language and Literature 61 14 6
Rhetoric and Composition 54 12
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 63 1
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 7
French Language and Literature 14
German Language and Literature 4
Japanese Language and Literature 13
Linguistics 1
Spanish Language and Literature 25
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences 255 158 3 22
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other 3
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 42 3
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist 5
Dietetics/dietitian 16 3
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other 10
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 5
Medical Radiologic Technology/science – Radiation Therapist 13
Nuclear Medical Technology/technologist 6
Pre-dentistry Studies 13
Pre-medicine/pre-medical Studies 17
Pre-physical Therapy Studies
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 156 101
Respiratory Care Therapy/therapist 6
Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 39
History 51 7
History 51 7
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 100 4
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 100 4
Human Services 48 34
Public Administration 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 23
Social Work 48
Legal Studies 13
Legal Assistant/paralegal
Legal Professions and Studies, Other 13
Pre-law Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 389 203
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 203
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 389
Library Science 1
Library and Information Science 1
Mathematics and Statistics 17 14
Mathematics 17 7
Statistics 7
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 3 2
Biological and Physical Sciences 2
Historic Preservation and Conservation 3
Natural Resources and Conservation 14 6
Natural Resources/conservation 14 6
Physical Sciences 46 19
Chemistry 33 9
Geology/earth Science 5 4
Physics 8 6
Psychology 103 84 23
Clinical Psychology 14
Counseling Psychology 36 7
Educational Psychology 13
Psychology 103 4
School Psychology 26 3
Social Psychology 4
Science Technologies/technicians 2
Biology Technician/biotechnology Laboratory Technician 2
Social Sciences 140 27
Anthropology 15 10
Economics 12
Geography 32 3
Political Science and Government 36 4
Social Sciences 16
Sociology 29 10
Visual and Performing Arts 182 29 9 2
Art/art Studies 8 5
Dance 8
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 59
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 58
Music Pedagogy 2
Music 25 2 9
Music, Other 24 22
Work and Family Studies 146 9 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences 144 9
Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services, Other 1
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other 2
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B
City/Community/Regional Planning B
Environmental Design B
Landscape Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Actuarial Science B
Administrative/Secretarial Services A
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management A,B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Office Management B
Operations Management B

Communications & Journalism

Journalism B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Business Teacher Education B
Education of Multiple Handicapped B
Elementary Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Kindergarten/Preschool Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B


Engineering – General B

Engineering Technologies

Graphic arts management B
Industrial Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Vocation, family, and consumer science B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
French B
German B
Japanese B
Latin B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Medical Dietetics B
Medical Radiologic Technology A
Nuclear Medical Technology A
Nursing (RN) B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Radiation therapy A
Respiratory Therapy A,B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
General arts A
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Science Technologies

Chemical Technology A

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies A,B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Ball State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (765) 289-1241
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 2000 University Ave, Muncie, IN 47306
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 22,443
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 61%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 12,634 (56% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $10,020
Out-of-state Tuition: $26,800
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 91%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $11,650

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Ball State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Ball State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 454
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 312
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 51195
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 456
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 21
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 113
Education 28281915
Engineering 11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 4
English Language and Literature/Letters 111
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 142
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 61
Health Professions and Related Programs 341652
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 111
Legal Professions and Studies 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Mathematics and Statistics 212
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2111
Natural Resources and Conservation 1121
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 221
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 153
Psychology 5272
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 113
Science Technologies/Technicians 11
Social Sciences 355
Transportation and Materials Moving 1
Visual and Performing Arts 31061
Grand total 7181318124

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Ball State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $10,020
Out-of-state $26,800
Books and supplies $1,384

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,512
Out-of-state $22,616

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 3,357 91%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,803 76% $11,650
Student loan aid 2,347 64% $7,625

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 11,530 71% $11,269
Federal student loans 9,086 56% $6,903

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Ball State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Ball State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 23,305 8,045 15,260
Percent admitted 100% 74% 78%
Percent admitted who enrolled 17% 19% 17%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Ball State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 22,443
Undergraduate enrollment 16,702
Graduate enrollment 5,741

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Ball State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Dietetics (DIETT) - Dietetic Technician Program
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
    • Radiologic Technology (RADTT) - Programs for radiation therapists
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
    • Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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