Ball State University.

Ball State University

Muncie, IN4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About Ball State University

Ball State University (Ball State or BSU) is a public research university in Muncie, Indiana. It has two satellite facilities in Fishers and Indianapolis. On July 25, 1917, the Ball brothers, industrialists and founders of the Ball Corporation, acquired the foreclosed Indiana Normal Institute for $35,100 and gave the school and surrounding land to the State of Indiana. The Indiana General Assembly accepted the donation in the spring of 1918, with an initial 235 students enrolling at the Indiana State Normal School – Eastern Division on June 17, 1918. Ball State is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity". The university is composed of eight academic colleges. As of 2017, total enrollment was 22,513 students, including 17,004 undergraduates and 5,509 postgraduates. The university offers about 190 undergraduate majors and 130 minor areas of study and more than 140 master's, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees.There are more than 400 student organizations and clubs on campus, including 34 fraternities and sororities. Ball State athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are known as the Ball State Cardinals. The university is a member of the Mid-American Conference and the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.


  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and associate degrees
  • 16,277 students
  • 0.22 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Ball State University

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Physiology, Business, Accounting, Actuarial Science, and Marketing.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

15,017 students out of 24,191 applicants were accepted into Ball State University. They had an average SAT score of 1138. 59% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 40% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at Ball State University was $25,942, while for in-state students it was $9,774. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $32,167.

The average financial aid at Ball State University is $8,281. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $17,661 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at Ball State University

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

66% of undergraduate students at Ball State University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Ball State University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Ball State University was of $10,034 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,334.

Diversity at Ball State University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017