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
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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

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
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.231 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.231 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
14,716Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
35%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 146 responses
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  • Everyone does their own thing, pretty chill
    30%
  • Outgoing and confident
    26%
  • Laidback
    13%
  • Unique
    11%
  • Hangout with thier friends and somewhat social
    8%
  • 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.257 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.300 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 161 responses
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  • Immersive
    37%
  • Great atmosphere
    20%
  • Great
    16%
  • 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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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.
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I absolutely love Ball State! I knew this was the school I wanted to go to as soon I stepped foot on campus for my tour. The living learning communities they have are very helpful when it comes to finding people with your major. You have so many opportunities to make friends, and they have a club for almost everything. The only things I would change about campus is the fact that you can only park on campus on the weekends (weekdays you park at the stadium), and that my residence hall (La Follette) is pretty old and doesn't have central air.
Ball State University was one of the best decisions I have ever made! The faculty here take the time to learn your name and create a bond with you. They want to see you succeed and are willing to help you transfer from the classroom to the world. Ball State also gives opportunities within the state of Indiana to gain real world experience. Ball State Communications (my program) allows students to do real world scenarios in the classroom, as well as, allow students to work with different organizations in the state to put what they have learned to work. Ball State students have recently traveled to the Sochi Olympics and worked with the Indiana Bicentennial. This university has become my second home and I am sad to have to say goodbye for the summers but cannot wait until August so I can move back in.