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Ball State University Overview

Ball State University is a public institution located in Muncie, Indiana. The location of Ball State is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Ball State University Known For?

3,681 Undergraduate Awards
$29,447 Avg Cost After Aid
62% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at Ball State is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 81% of the faculty were full-time.

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Ball State University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Ball State has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#15 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#69 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Ball State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Music Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Health/Medical Prep Programs Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#60 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#61 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#61 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#76 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Ball State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#19 Best Colleges for Special Education College Factual
#36 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#43 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#61 Best Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Teaching Degree Search
#81 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#110 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is Ball State University?

Location of Ball State University

Contact details for Ball State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2000 University Ave, Muncie, IN 47306
Phone: 765-289-1241
Website: www.bsu.edu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BallState

How Do I Get Into Ball State?

You can apply to Ball State online at: cms.bsu.edu/admissions/undergraduateadmissions/applynow

Admission Requirements for Ball State

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Ball State?

62% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
59% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 62%, Ball State does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 35% of accepted students are men and 65% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 60%, and the acceptance rate for women is 63%.

Average Test Scores

About 59% of students accepted to Ball State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 630. Math scores were between 530 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Ball State University  ( 550 to 630 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Ball State University  ( 530 to 610 )
200
800
Ball State received ACT scores from 40% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 24. Math scores were between 18 and 24. Composite scores were between 20 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Ball State University  ( 19 to 24 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Ball State University  ( 18 to 24 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Ball State University  ( 20 to 24 )
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36

Can I Afford Ball State University?

$29,447 Net Price
66% Take Out Loans
5.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Ball State is $29,447. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Ball State, approximately 66% of students took out student loans averaging $7,831 a year. That adds up to $31,324 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Ball State is 5.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Ball State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

14,731 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 16,160 undergraduate students at Ball State, with 14,731 being full-time and 1,429 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Ball State

There are also 5,724 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 14,731 full-time undergraduates at Ball State, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Ball State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Ball State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Ball State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 183
Black or African American 1,242
Hispanic or Latino 791
White 11,659
International Students 136
Other Races/Ethnicities 720

Geographic Diversity

Indiana students aren't the only ones who study at Ball State University. At this time, 33 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 69 countries are represented at Ball State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Saudi Arabia, and India.

Online Learning at Ball State University

5,037 Took All Classes Online
9,839 Took At Least One Class Online
13.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 29 bachelor’s degree and 30 master’s degree programs available online at Ball State. In 2017-2018, 9,839 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Ball State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 4th most popular in Indiana for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Ball State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Ball State University was 13.4%. This is the #1,135 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Ball State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Ball State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business, Management & Marketing 1%
Child Development & Psychology 38%
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 22%
Communication & Journalism 6%
Computer & Information Sciences 8%
Design & Applied Arts 11%
Economics 78%
Education 16%
Educational Administration 12%
Entrepreneurial Studies 40%
General Business/Commerce 13%
Human Resource Management 9%
Information Science 6%
Journalism 15%
Nursing 4%
Other Public Administration 20%
Psychology 11%
Public Administration & Social Service 2%
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 4%
Real Estate 36%
Social Sciences 30%
Social Work 2%
Special Education 18%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 11%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 37%
Teaching English or French 50%
Visual & Performing Arts 1%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Ball State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Ball State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Child Development & Psychology #3
General Family & Consumer Sciences #3
Other Public Administration #4
Real Estate #5
Economics #7
General Sales & Marketing #11
Mathematics #11
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #12
Public Relations & Advertising #18
Design & Applied Arts #19
Mathematics & Statistics #19
Entrepreneurial Studies #24
Teaching English or French #26
Management Information Systems #27
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #34
Visual & Performing Arts #38
Communication & Media Studies #43
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #50
Instructional Media Design #55
Curriculum & Instruction #55
Communication & Journalism #65
General Business/Commerce #72
Social Sciences #74
Special Education #74
Teacher Education Subject Specific #84
Public Administration & Social Service #93
Psychology #93
Teacher Education Grade Specific #113
Educational Administration #120
Criminal Justice & Corrections #167
Liberal Arts General Studies #172
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #172
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #187
Nursing #236
Education #292
Business Administration & Management #353
Health Professions #385
Business, Management & Marketing #439

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Ball State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Special Education 7 0 63 276 1,065 0 1,411
Teacher Education Grade Specific 5 0 171 42 93 14 325
General Business/Commerce 0 0 161 18 107 0 286
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 247 0 27 0 274
Nursing 0 0 147 5 111 0 263
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 35 207 0 0 0 242
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 90 10 94 0 194
Health & Physical Education 0 0 148 0 14 0 162
General Psychology 0 0 158 0 0 0 158
Educational Administration 0 0 0 21 117 14 152
General Biology 0 0 131 0 20 0 151
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 4 11 95 20 130
Accounting 0 0 102 0 27 0 129
Public Relations & Advertising 1 0 109 0 11 0 121
Marketing 0 0 111 0 0 0 111
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 109 1 0 0 110
Communication Sciences 0 0 51 0 50 8 109
Journalism 0 0 89 0 5 0 94
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 85 0 8 0 93
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 81 0 11 0 92
General English Literature 0 0 77 0 11 4 92
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 84 0 0 0 84
Computer Information Systems 0 0 72 0 7 0 79
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 61 0 0 0 61
Architecture (Other) 0 0 22 0 33 0 55
Social Work 0 0 55 0 0 0 55
Information Science 0 0 0 0 51 0 51
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 50 0 0 0 50
Economics 0 0 48 2 0 0 50
Human Resource Management 0 0 43 0 0 0 43
History 0 0 39 0 4 0 43
Sociology 0 0 36 0 7 0 43
Hospitality Management 0 0 42 0 0 0 42
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 42 0 0 0 42
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 29 0 12 0 41
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 14 0 27 0 41
Computer Engineering Technology 0 0 39 0 0 0 39
Music 0 0 11 4 17 7 39
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 0 36 0 1 0 37
Political Science & Government 0 0 31 0 3 0 34
Allied Health Professions 0 11 22 0 0 0 33
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 25 0 4 4 33
Construction Management 0 0 32 0 0 0 32
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 32 0 32
General Sales & Marketing 0 0 27 4 0 0 31
Chemistry 0 0 25 0 5 0 30
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 28 0 0 0 28
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 23 0 5 0 28
Management Information Systems 0 0 27 0 0 0 27
Anthropology 0 0 26 0 1 0 27
Geography & Cartography 0 0 26 0 1 0 27
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 26 0 0 0 26
Landscape Architecture 0 0 18 0 7 0 25
Other Public Administration 0 0 0 0 25 0 25
Romance Languages 0 0 23 0 0 0 23
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 4 17 0 21
Business Administration & Management 0 0 20 0 0 0 20
Insurance 0 0 20 0 0 0 20
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 8 0 9 0 17
East Asian Languages 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Dance 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Real Estate 0 0 11 1 2 0 14
Audiovisual Communications 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 14 0 14
Public Administration 0 0 0 3 10 0 13
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 1 11 0 12
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 7 0 5 0 12
Physics 0 0 8 0 4 0 12
Biotechnology 1 0 0 10 0 0 11
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
International Business 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Mathematics 0 0 6 1 3 0 10
Philosophy 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Statistics 0 0 0 0 7 0 7
General Education 0 0 0 6 0 0 6
Ethnic Studies 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 5 0 0 5
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 1 4 0 5
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 0 4 0 0 4
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 3 1 0 4
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
General Architecture 0 0 0 3 0 0 3
Computer Science 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Germanic Languages 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Religious Studies 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Environmental Design 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Area Studies 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Public Health 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Gerontology 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Human Biology 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Natural Resource Management 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Interior Architecture 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Business Support & Assistant Services 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Graphic Communications 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Multilingual Education 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Housing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biology & Biotech Lab Technician 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Physical Science Technicians 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marine Transportation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 14 46 3,621 440 2,202 72 6,395

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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