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  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 14,731 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Ball State acceptance rate is 65%. Popular majors include Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Psychology. Graduating 63% of students, Ball State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,000.
2000 University Ave
Muncie, IN 47306
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mid-American Conference

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.

BSU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
65%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1080-1240
ACT Range
20-24
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$13,642/ 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
$9,952/ 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
16:1
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.266 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.266 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
11
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
3
Online Associates Programs
1
Online Bachelor's Programs
7
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    28%
  • On Campus
    68%
  • Online
    5%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
14,731Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,429
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
37%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 171 responses
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  • Everyone does their own thing, pretty chill
    37%
  • Outgoing and confident
    22%
  • Unique
    11%
  • Laidback
    11%
  • Hangout with thier friends and somewhat social
    9%
  • 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.292 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.335 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 196 responses
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  • Immersive
    35%
  • Great atmosphere
    22%
  • Great
    13%
  • Surprisingly good for academics
    10%
  • Social
    7%
  • Immaculate
    4%
  • Diverse
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
63%
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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I personally enjoy attending Ball State. It has rich art programs, pleasant dining halls/food options, and I've made friends there I can't imagine living without now. There is also plenty of fun activities to do to get involved with people on campus or just to unwind. If I were to criticize anything though, It'd have to be the availability of some of the teachers after class hours. They do have scheduled office hours, but not very frequent ones. And at times some of the professors can't be bothered to answer their emails. Of course this does not go for all of the instructors, but it has definitely been an issue in a few of my classes. Other than that though, it has been a pleasant college experience!
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My first year at Ball State was fun for the most part. My professors were willing to help 4/5 times (also depends on the prof). I definitely recommend going to parties or just some campus organization gatherings, it helps your mind take a break from only school. Great Teachers College with amazing ElEd professors. I can't say much about the Spring semester because it was cancelled due to COVID, but I ready to go back!
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.