Ball State University Admissions

Ball State University
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Ball State University isn't highly selective, with an acceptance rate of 62 percent. However, students still need good grades and test scores to ensure admission. Students are required to submit scores from the SAT or ACT as part of their application. About half of students submit scores from the SAT, and about half from the ACT. Applications to BSU are accepted on a rolling basis, meaning that students can apply at any point during the year. Students must also submit some supplemental materials, as outlined in the school's website.

Admissions Data (2016)

  • Ball State University Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Ball State
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile​
    • SAT Critical Reading: 500 / 590
    • SAT Math: 490 / 580
    • SAT Writing: - / -​
    • ACT Composite: 20 / 24
    • ACT English: 19 / 24
    • ACT Math: 18 / 24

Ball State University Description

Ball State University is a mid-sized public university located in Muncie, Indiana, about an hour from Indianapolis. Preprofessional fields such as business, education, communications, and nursing are all popular among undergraduates. The Communication and Media Building is named after the school's most famous alumnus, David Letterman. The university has won high marks for its value, its environmental efforts, and programs in areas such as music and business. In athletics, the Ball State Cardinals compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. Popular sports include basketball, soccer, football, and track and field.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 21,998 (17,011 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 40% Male / 60% Female
  • 89% Full-time

Costs (2016 to 2017)

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,654 (in-state); $25,428 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,320
  • Room and Board: $9,936
  • Other Expenses: $3,030
  • Total Cost: $23,940 (in-state); 39,714 (out-of-state)

Ball State University Financial Aid (2015 to 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 88%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 72%
    • Loans: 66%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $10,449
    • Loans: $7,671

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Journalism, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Physical Education, Psychology, Radio, and Television

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 81%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 26%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 45%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 62%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Baseball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Track and Field, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics