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-A
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
60%
SAT Scores Range
1000-1190
ACT Scores Range
20-24
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
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Test Scores and GPA for Ball State University

Cost

Net Price
$12,804/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,260/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,540/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,468/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,357/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,284/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
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.228 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.228 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,018Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 143 responses
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  • Everyone does their own thing, pretty chill
    31%
  • Outgoing and confident
    26%
  • Laidback
    13%
  • Unique
    11%
  • Hangout with thier friends and somewhat social
    6%
  • Monkey see monkey do
    6%
  • Keep to themselves
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.254 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.297 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 158 responses
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  • Immersive
    38%
  • Great atmosphere
    20%
  • Great
    15%
  • Surprisingly good for academics
    10%
  • Social
    6%
  • Immaculate
    5%
  • Diverse
    2%

After Ball State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
59%
National
47%
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

Ball State University Reviews

3,115 reviews
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The school grounds are really nice. There are many trees and green areas. Some of the dorms are old and not great to live in, while others are very new. Use ratemyprofessor.com before registering for classes if you can to avoid the less than stellar professors. There are great professors at Ball State don't worry though. I am not a big partier but I know there are parties every weekend. Muncie is a really boring town though with not much to do. The university does show a free movie every Friday night though. The students are not very diverse, with there mostly being caucasian students, some African-Americans, and some Asian students. Our Football team isn't the best but it's also not the worst. Other than that I am not sure what sports Ball State is good at. There have been multiple shootings near campus this year but they usually happen at night when I'm already home. Overall, I would definitely recommend Ball State University! I really enjoy the scholl and the people here.
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If I could do anything over, I would go back and work harder for an athletic scholarship. Sports at Ball State are huge and even though our teams aren't ranked the top in the nation, we have exceptional football, baseball, softball, men's and women's volleyball, swimming and diving, gymnastics, field hockey, golf, cheer leading and so many other teams and student support is a big part of that. During homecoming it is like our whole campus of over twenty thousand students go to all of the events to support our football team. I also see the Greek community and other organizations on campus going to sporting events and cheering their peers on! We have an awesome football stadium, as well as new baseball and softball fields. Worthen Arena is our basketball court and it is one of the best college basketball courts in the nation. We also have our recreational facility that was just recently built less than ten years ago. This facility has anything that any athlete needs from several weight training rooms, several basketball and racketball courts, a swimming pool, a turf field, two indoor tracks, rock climbing, dance studios, classrooms and more! I would definitely give our school a 4-5 out of five stars when it comes to athletics!
The courses at Ball State are challenging. I have had some amazing professors and some individuals I will avoid. This is the case at most universities. I love the immersive opportunities that we are expected to take. This helps one gain knowledge about the community and what working will be like. The hands-on experience that professors at Ball State encourage is very educational. This past semester, my group for a Communication course presented how we would improve Muncie tourism. We are in the process of presenting this again to the actual DWNTWN initiative in Muncie. The opportunity to participate in a real plan that could impact Muncie was wonderful! In my Philosophy class, we taught a class session. This was an interesting experience that I believe will be very useful, because having the ability to teach others is important. There have been many other professors and classes that applied this method to engage students. This hands-on technique has helped me to learn. Each course is a little different; however, the majority of my classes are small, thirty or fewer students, and are discussion based. The classes and professors that Ball State offers are inspiring and educational.