2023 College Guide: Ball State University

Ball State University
McKinley Avenue and Shafer Tower overview at Ball State University

For 104 years, Ball State has had an unwavering belief in an education rooted in innovation, values, and intellectual curiosity. The institution was founded on the beneficence and tenacity of the Ball brothers, who gave back to the community that gave them so much. They purchased the land and buildings of a defunct institution and donated them to the State of Indiana. This gift became the Indiana State Normal School Eastern Division, which opened in 1918. What began as a teachers college has grown into a world-class university with highly respected programs in education, architecture, business, communications, fine arts, sciences, humanities, and the health professions. Symbolized by the statue Beneficence, our enduring values guide us today and will endure as we enter a bright future. 2000 W. University Ave., Muncie, IN, 800-382-8540, bsu.edu


YEAR FOUNDED: 1918 / CURRENT ENROLLMENT: 19,777 / STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 14:1 / UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED: 117 / MASTER’S DEGREES OFFERED: 70  /  DOCTORAL DEGREES OFFERED: 16 // SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTISE: Education, architecture, business, communications, fine arts, sciences, humanities, and the health professions. / DISTANCE FROM DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS: 65 miles / IN-STATE TUITION: $8,688 // OUT-OF-STATE TUITION: $26,696 / PERCENTAGE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: 2 / TOP THREE AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS: Top 100 among public colleges and universities in the nation—U.S. News & World Report, one of the best universities in the Midwest—Princeton Review, best undergraduate teaching at a public university in Indiana—U.S. News & World Report


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