Ball State University

Ball State University

Ball State University is a research university located in Muncie, Indiana, U.S. It was established in 1918. The Ball State campus spans more than 1,000 acres. The university is recognized for its programs in architecture, exercise science, education, anthropology, entrepreneurship, and communications. Ball State offers 170 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs and more than 100 master's and doctoral degrees.

The athletic teams of Ball State compete in NCAA Division I and are part of the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

Many Ball State graduates have gone on to become famous; including Jeffrey D. Feltman, U.S. ambassador to Lebanon; David Letterman, the famous television host of The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS, and Anthony Montgomery, who played Travis Mayweather on Star Trek.

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Contacting Ball State

Ball State University
2000 University Ave
Muncie , IN 47306
General Phone: (765) 289-1241

Ball State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,232Latin American studies, minority and gender studies, linguistics, Japanese language, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, ...
Education and Teaching881education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, adult ed administration, special ed, education of hearing impaired, education of disabled, college student counseling, adult education, ...
Business and Management572business, business management, operations management, accounting, managerial economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources, MIS, ...
Media411journalism, radio and television, public relations, printing equipment operation, communications tech courses
Family and Social Work228family and consumer science, human sciences courses, food and related services, human development and family studies, family and human sciences, public administration, social work, social service professions
Therapy and Counseling204psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, social psychology, school psychology, educational psychology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine199EMT paramedic, registered nursing, nurse practitioner
Architecture and Planning173architecture, urban planning, environmental design, landscape architecture, architectural services
Science166biology, animal physiology, physiology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Security and Law Enforcement147criminal justice and safety
Medical Support and Technology128speech pathology, audiology and speech pathology, respiratory therapy assistant, nuclear medical tech, radiation therapist, respiratory care tech, health diagnostic professions, clinical lab tech
Music76music, various music studies
Engineering Technician59robotics tech, industrial tech, engineering technician
Fine Arts52fine arts studies
Drama and Performing Arts52dance, drama
Art Studies34art studies
Medicine29pre-dentistry, pre-med, health professions
Computer Science and Engineering28computer and info science
Mathematics27mathematics, statistics
Conservation and Resource Management21conservation
Law21legal secretary, legal assistant, legal professions
Religion and Philosophy17philosophy, religion
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy14dietitian, dietitian assistant
Medical Administration5health and medical administrative
Office and Administration3office management, administrative assistant
Science and Laboratory Technician1biology tech, chemical tech
Engineering0engineering, archeology

Number of programs and degrees for Ball State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,32181
Master's degree95668
Associate's degree42818
Postbaccalaureate certificate03
Doctor's degree7116
Post-master's certificate41

Ball State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Ball State had a total enrollment of 19,849 students (18,926 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 79%
Graduate 21%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 85%
Black 6%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 25%
18-19 15%
20-21 26%
22-24 12%
25-29 7%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Ball State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 76 %
Part-Time 52 %

Ball State Room and Board (2007)

Ball State offers campus housing for 6,193 of its 18,926 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Muncie, Indiana for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Indiana Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Ball State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470570
SAT Math470580
SAT Writing450560
ACT Verbal1824
ACT Math1824
ACT Composite1923

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT73%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT26%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Ball State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,500
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 19,304
Room and board $ 7,598
Room charge $ 3,427
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,171
Books and supplies $ 930
Other expenses $ 2,672

Financial Aid:
Ball State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 178600)

Ball State Faculty

Ball State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track112107
Non-tenured and not on tenure track138165

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year28$105,14511$102,316
Associate professorcalendar year5$106,8374$86,094
Assistant professorcalendar year2*1*
Instructorcalendar year2*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year37$98,53416$96,920

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year140$83,58839$73,779
Associate professoracademic year122$65,18087$61,097
Assistant professoracademic year163$52,050156$51,630
Instructoracademic year64$42,662101$39,455
All faculty totalacademic year489$63,126383$52,825

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Ball State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-American Conference
Basketball Mid-American Conference
Baseball Mid-American Conference
Track Mid-American Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports39119158

Ball State Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Architecture and Related Services, Other
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Environmental Design/Architecture
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Actuarial Science
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education Administration
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Business Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Hearing Impairments
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Technical Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Technology/Technician
Robotics Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, Other
Family/Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Business Services, Other
Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services, Other
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other
Public Administration
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Legal Professions and Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Historic Preservation and Conservation
History, General
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Science/Librarianship
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communications Technologies/Technicians & Support Services, Other
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other

Medical Support And Technology
Allied Health Diagnostic/Intervention/Treatment Professions, Oth
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Music, General
Music, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Dietitian Assistant

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Office Management and Supervision

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Animal Physiology
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General
Physiology, General

Science And Laboratory Technician
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
Chemical Technology/Technician

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Psychology, General
School Psychology
Social Psychology

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What Sets Ball State Apart:

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% of degrees in drama and performing arts
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Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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Top 16%Ball State Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 17%Ball State Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 17%Ball State % of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 17%Ball State Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in music
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Top 18%Ball State % of degrees in music
% of degrees in architecture and planning
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Top 19%Ball State % of degrees in architecture and planning
% of degrees in liberal arts
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Top 19%Ball State % of degrees in liberal arts

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checked Option to study abroad
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