Ball State University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

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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 on the school's website.

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Admissions Data (2016)

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 - 2017)

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,654 (in-state); $25,428 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,320 (why so much?)
  • 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 - 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:

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

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