B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Ball State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mid-American Conference
Address
2000 University Ave
Muncie, IN 47306
Website
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Ball State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
62%
Application Deadline
August 10
SAT Range
990-1170
ACT Range
20-24
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$13,369/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,697/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,203/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,230/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,088/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,739/ year
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Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.227 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.235 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.235 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,110Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
35%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 150 responses
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  • Everyone does their own thing, pretty chill
    31%
  • Outgoing and confident
    25%
  • Laidback
    13%
  • Unique
    11%
  • Hangout with thier friends and somewhat social
    9%
  • Monkey see monkey do
    5%
  • Keep to themselves
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
58%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.261 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.304 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 165 responses
Report
  • Immersive
    37%
  • Great atmosphere
    21%
  • Great
    15%
  • Surprisingly good for academics
    10%
  • Social
    6%
  • Immaculate
    5%
  • Diverse
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
58%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.158 responses
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Ball State University Reviews

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I have truly enjoyed my experience at Ball State University. I am enrolled in Teacher's College in the Elementary Education Program. I have had the privilege of building long-lasting relationships with classmates and outstanding professors in this program. All of my education classes have around 15-25 students in them. I personally love this class size because it allows me to create more meaningful and authentic relationships with my professor in a setting where I can have more one-on-one instruction if needed. With the encouragement and help of professors and my advisor on campus, I have been introduced to the opportunity to travel and teach in England for the summer. I am excited to announce that I have made the decision to study abroad! Without Ball State's professors and immersive learning opportunities, I would not be heading in the positive direction with my career that I am today. I am so thankful that I chose Ball State University to earn my degree in Elementary Education!
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I was very hesitant to go away for college, but Ball State showed me every reason to love being away! Everyone is very friendly, and Ball State is truly my home away from home. If I had the chance to go back and choose another college, I wouldn't. As a nursing major, college can be very difficult. The teachers are very flexible as long as you contact them directly, don't be afraid to ask for help! The food served is actually a lot better than I expected and have places like Taco Bell, Chick-fil-a, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, and Papa John's right on campus! Ball State also strives to keep their campus as clean as possible and even have a building made of recyclable items. Ball State is small enough where it is not a hassle to get to class, but also large enough where you feel like you are getting that college experience you always dreamed of.
Ball State is a great school that offers tons of classes and academic opportunities including free tutoring, career search help, and great extra curricular activities! We also have a beautiful campus that is very easy to navigate, along with fabulous dining options. Overall, Ball State is a school I am proud to represent, and if you're in the process of choosing a college, you should definitely consider becoming a Cardinal!