Ball State University
2000 University Ave, Muncie, IN 47306
Muncie, IN 47306
(765) 289-1241
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Ball State University is a four-year, public university in Muncie, Ind. The university was established in 1918 as the Indiana State Normal School Eastern Division. The name was changed to Ball Teachers College in 1922 and later Ball State Teachers College in 1929 to acknowledge the land and building funds donated by Frank C. Ball and his brothers. The college was renamed Ball State University in 1965 by the Indiana General Assembly. U.S. News & World Report ranks Ball State University No. 184 in the National Universities category in its 2013 edition of Best Colleges.

Programs Offered

Ball State comprises the Colleges of Applied Sciences and Technology, Architecture and Planning, the Miller College of Business, Communication, Information, and Media, Fine Arts, Sciences and Humanities, the Teachers College, Honors College, and the University College. These seven colleges offer more than 180 undergraduate degree programs and 122 graduate degree programs. Undergraduate majors are available in areas including: accounting, actuarial science, advertising, aquatics, architecture, earth science, entrepreneurial management, industrial technology, political science, Spanish, theatre, visual communication, and zoology. Graduate degrees are available in areas including: anthropology, biomechanics, clinical psychology, cognitive and social processes, English, exercise physiology, fashion merchandising, journalism, physiology, sports administration, and statistics. Online bachelor’s degrees are available in general studies and nursing and business administration completion programs. Master’s degrees are available online in adult and community education, applied behavior analysis, business administration, business and marketing education, career and technical education, curriculum and educational technology, educational administration and supervision, educational psychology, elementary education, executive development, interior design, journalism, mathematics education, nursing, physical education, political science, public relations, secondary education, special education, technology education, and urban design.


The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Ball State University since 1925.


Ball State University admissions considers high school curriculum when making admissions decisions, and requires certain college prep courses, including four years of English, three years of college preparatory mathematics, three years of science, and three years of social studies, as well as a recommended foreign language study. Ball State admissions also considers extracurricular activities when reviewing applicants. Admissions requires SAT or ACT scores and a completed application. Ball State sets a March 1 deadline for the fall semester, a Dec. 1 deadline for the spring semester, an April 1 deadline for the summer and first summer session, and a May 1 deadline for the second summer session.


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