Ball State University


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Public

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Indiana


Ball State University is a mid-sized public university located in Muncie, Indiana, about an hour from Indianapolis. Preprofessional fields such as business, education, communications, and nursing are all popular among undergraduates. The Communication and Media Building is named after the school's most famous alumnus, David Letterman. The university has won high marks for its value, its environmental efforts, and programs in areas such as music and business. In athletics, the Ball State Cardinals compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference.

Most Popular Majors

Business, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Journalism, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Physical Education, Psychology, Radio and Television

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 20243
Total Grad Students: 2116
Undergraduate Students: 18127
Faculty: 945

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 21:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 19:1

Percent Male: 47%
Percent Female: 53%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 35%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 58%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

2000 University Ave
Muncie Indiana 47306


Main Email:

Main Phone: 765-289-1241

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Chris Munchel
Director of Admissions , Office of Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:
Tonya Mason
Administrative Coordinator, Office of Admissions

International Admissions Contact:
Vicki Villarreal
International Admissions Administrator , Rinker Center for International Programs

Athletics Contact:
Tom Collins
Athletics Director , Athletic Department

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

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Minimum GPA for Applying:
We'll consider you for admission if you've earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for all transferable course work attempted.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
The lowest grade earned for any course that may be transferred for credit is a C or higher.

Credits (Min/Max):
You must complete 15 of your last 20 credits at Ball State to earn an associate degree, and 30 of your last 40 credits for a bachelor's degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
Submit your SAT/ACT scores. If you have not taken the SAT/ACT, you may be required to do so if you have less than 30 hours of transferable credit, or if your GPA is below 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Please submit your scores if you have taken either test.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Applicants with less then 24 completed college credits must submit a statement of good standing from prior institution(s).

Essay(s) required:
There is a required 500 word maximum essay on the application.

Application Fee:
There is a $50 nonrefundable application fee.

Other Requirements:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 20 24
English 19 24
Math 19 24
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 480 580
Math 480 580
Writing 460 560

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 1837

Transfers Accepted: 1065

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 58%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 68%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -10%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1020

Other Expenses: 2710

Room and Board: 8472

Tuition and Fees: 22538

Total Cost: 34740

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 8558

Total Cost – In-State: 20760

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
At Ball State, more than 75% of our students receive financial aid in the form of loans, scholarships, grants, and other options. The most common types of aid are: Grants, Loans, Scholarships, Fee remissions, and Employment.

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 6019

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 84%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 54%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 59%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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