Ball State University Overview
Located in Muncie, Indiana, Ball State University is a public institution. The location of Ball State is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.
What Is Ball State University Known For?
- Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Ball State.
- In 2017-2018, 83% of the faculty were full-time.
- On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from Ball State to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.
Ball State University Rankings
Ball State is ranked #431 out of 2,587 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2022 Best Colleges list.
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.
|#87||Best Graduate Certificate Schools||Tweet It - Post It|
|#211||Best Associate 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.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Ball State has earned from around the web.
|#1||Best Latin Teacher Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools||College Factual|
|#1||Best Apparel & Textile Manufacture Master’s Degree Schools||College Factual|
|#7||Best Other Special Education & Teaching Schools||College Factual|
|#34||Best Teaching Graduate Certificate Schools||Teaching Degree Search|
|#68||Best Special Education Schools||College Factual|
|#135||Best Education Master’s Degree Schools||College Factual|
Where Is Ball State University?
Contact details for Ball State are given below.
|Address:||2000 University Ave, Muncie, IN 47306|
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
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||neither required nor recommended|
|High School Transcript||considered but not required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||recommended|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Ball State?
Approximately 33% of accepted students are men and 67% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 83%, and the acceptance rate for women is 89%.
Can I Afford Ball State University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Ball State, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $7,772 a year. That adds up to $31,088 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at Ball State is 5.4%. 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
There are also 5,817 graduate students at the school.
Of the 14,334 full-time undergraduates at Ball State, 39% are male and 61% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Ball State University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||1,368|
|Hispanic or Latino||938|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Ball State has changed over the last few years.
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 2019-2020.
Online Affordability Rankings of Ball State
The following table shows how Ball State is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.
|Major||Tuition for In-State Students||Tuition for Out-of-State Students|
|Design & Applied Arts||#4||#10|
|Other Public Administration||#6||#9|
|Child Development & Psychology||#7||#13|
|General Sales & Marketing||#7||#15|
|Radio, Television & Digital Communication||#7||#13|
|Public Relations & Advertising||#13||#19|
|Mathematics & Statistics||#31||#34|
|Management Information Systems||#40||#64|
|Visual & Performing Arts||#43||#70|
|Family, Consumer & Human Sciences||#43||#61|
|Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology||#46||#82|
|Teaching English or French||#49||#72|
|Teacher Education Grade Specific||#55||#91|
|Human Resource Management||#58||#140|
|Communication & Journalism||#63||#75|
Online Growth Rankings of Ball State
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Ball State University was 12.8%. This is the #1,279 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.
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||#7|
|Other Public Administration||#15|
|Architecture & Related Services||#26|
|Radio, Television & Digital Communication||#30|
|General Sales & Marketing||#37|
|Design & Applied Arts||#61|
|Teaching English or French||#67|
|Mathematics & Statistics||#70|
|Public Relations & Advertising||#70|
|Visual & Performing Arts||#111|
|Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology||#122|
|Curriculum & Instruction||#168|
|Instructional Media Design||#193|
|Communication & Journalism||#210|
|Family, Consumer & Human Sciences||#238|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||#273|
|Public Administration & Social Service||#282|
|Teacher Education Grade Specific||#416|
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.
*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.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
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