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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Ball State is an above-average public university located in Muncie, Indiana. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 15,203 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Ball State acceptance rate is 62%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia, and Family Studies and Consumer Sciences. Graduating 62% of students, Ball State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,000.
About Ball State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mid-American Conference
Address
2000 University Ave
Muncie, IN 47306
Website

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
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1080-1240
ACT Range
20-24
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$13,535/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,658/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
90%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.227 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.257 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.257 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,203Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,801
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 164 responses
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  • Everyone does their own thing, pretty chill
    37%
  • Outgoing and confident
    23%
  • Laidback
    12%
  • Unique
    11%
  • Hangout with thier friends and somewhat social
    8%
  • Keep to themselves
    5%
  • Accepting
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
59%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.283 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.326 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 187 responses
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  • Immersive
    36%
  • Great atmosphere
    22%
  • Great
    14%
  • Surprisingly good for academics
    10%
  • Social
    6%
  • Immaculate
    4%
  • Diverse
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
62%
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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The things I liked most about attending BSU were the student events, the many dining options around campus, including the buffet, and the faculty. Many were really inspiring and cared about the success of their students. Late Nite events were fun and there were many diverse social events. Not much of a party scene though.REALLY diverse population and an international campus. Loved that! I had friends from all over the world. Things students should know, campus housing and navigating help with housing can be tricky. I had a challenging roommate and there was little help on that front. Then, my next roommate was a foreign student who was bullied out of her room by her roommate and her roommate's friends...she was left with no room and no got no help until she found someone (like me) willing to have her join their room.
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Hi my name is India Garner and I am a junior here at Ball State University; double majoring in Child Life & Child Development with a minor in Ethics. Originally Ball State was not my top choice, but then once I came and became involved with the Code Red Dance Team, Camp Kesem, and being the social media director of Make-A-Wish on campus... I honestly could not imagine being a part of any other university. Ball State is a place that truly feels like a home away from home. Everywhere you turn there is a friendly face, organizations for any interests, supportive staff/ professors, as well as Charlie Cardinal who go above and beyond to make you feel so welcomed and that you truly have a place and were meant to be a part of this giant family. I could not express enough how coming to Ball State was easily the best decision of my life. Trust me. Chirp Chirp!
There are a lot of things that I love about Ball State. For the most part I have had very good professors that actually care about their students and want to help them and see them succeed. The campus is beautiful and very easy to get around. You can basically get from one side of the campus to the other in about 15 minutes walking which is great. Since it does have around 22,000 students, it is still a big feel but a nice and easy campus to get around. Also when I was a freshman and ate at the dining halls very often, it was nice to have many options and to have healthy options as well, with good tasting food. If I were to point out what I dislike about the school, it would just be the parking. The parking keeps getting taken away from students and it is often times hard to find spots to park on campus, but make sure to pay if you don't have a parking pass! Overall, I have had a great experience so far and can't wait to keep pursuing my career here.