Muncie, IN
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Reviews 2067 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: If you're like me, kayaking and fishing are of utmost importance. The White River flows through Muncie's heart. It is a medium size river that offers decent paddling and fishing opportunities.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I'm not old enough to (legally) go out; I've never been to a party.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Muncie is very windy. If you have a hair tie, keep it handy.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Campus Police are always looking to give out tickets. It's not safe to leave your car anywhere unattended for even 5 minutes. It's really annoying; especially if you just need to unload your car after leaving home or going shopping.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Ball State is very strict on parking, which makes mobility on campus somewhat difficult during the week.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Campus parking is terrible. The school makes it impossible to find a spot anytime of the regular week and constantly patrol to give out parking tickets. The only redeeming quality is the fact these rules are lifted on the weekend.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: In winter, the weather can get pretty rough. If it gets too bad though Ball State will call off classes either for a few hours or all day. In summer the weather makes for great experiences! Getting to go to events outside makes everyone happier. The other day the school hosted a carnival to celebrate Spring's arrival which was very fun.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health center on campus is definitely more convenient than having to travel off campus to get a prescription filled, but other than that the wait to receive medical care or talk to a doctor is extremely long and usually not worth the wait. On the subject of safety, Ball State does take pretty good precautions to keep the students safe by keeping the dorms locked with access only by an identification card, and they also have posted emergency spots all across campus. If needed a student who feels unsafe can press a button at these spots and the campus police will arrive. My issues with safety mostly come from the criminal activity of Muncie itself. Its hard for the campus police to keep it all off and we have already had a bomb threat and two possible gun sightings on campus this year. Theft and assault also happen on campus late at night if a student is alone.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing here in Muncie aren't the safest residences in the world. Muncie has a higher crime rate than other areas so that is always a concern. Some of the houses closer to campus are pretty trashed based on previous college students not taking care of them. Ball State University promotes on campus living, and the most help they give us to look for off campus options is allowing landlords to put "for rent" ads in the school paper. On the other hand, there are a few good houses if you search hard enough and everyone I know has been able to find a price range that works for them, even if it took some time. The convenience is good too as some of the houses are actually closer to classes than some of the dorms!

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There really is not a lot of campus strictness that affects my academic or social life.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not involved in greek life yet, but it is an amazing thing. You make lifelong friends and get a better feeling of fitting in when you have a giant chapter to have your back. The boys are the only ones with houses but the girls normally get apartments or houses with their sisters.

College Freshman

Majors: I have not had an internship here at Ball State, therefore I do not know.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I am a double major in Child Life and Child Development. I love my field, I am hoping to be a Child Life Specialist and work in Texas, Arizona or somewhere down south. The only concern I have when finding a job in my field, is that it is VERY competitive but I will have to wait and see what the job outlook is when it is closer to graduation.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The police on campus have gotten a little more strict this year. I always see the same guy and he smiles at me and talks to me if he has the time. They are very friendly and have the students safety at the top of their list.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Peer pressure isn't very big at Ball State. A lot of what you do is based on what you feel like doing. You do not have to do drugs or drink to fit in and have a good time. There are plenty of activities at Ball State that you can attend 100% sober and NO ONE will judge you. This is a very loving campus and it's easy to be yourself and fit in.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Being an "Apple" campus, I love that MAC's are highly recommended for a lot of majors. I am a very technology friendly person so being up to date and using the apple software is a major plus for me.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is nothing like I was told it was going to be. You really have to know people in order to go to a good party. I haven't been to the frats, and I'm not old enough to go to the bars. But if you are looking to go to a party where you can drink underage and not get caught, you have to know people. The cops in Muncie have cracked down on busting parties this year.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Thankfully campus is right on the main strip of Muncie. There are restaurants, shops, the mall and places for you to get your nails done and go tanning. The locals LOVE Muncie, this is their home and they love where they are from. They love Ball State Sports and they love interacting with the school.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: We have a lot of foreign students on campus and I think that is a great thing. You see a lot of different nationalities and we have International Conversation Hour and they get to learn about the US and our customs and we learn about theirs in return.

2 College Freshman

Weather: I hate walking in the rain, everything is soaking wet. Campus is like prime flooding zone. The snow doesn't really matter anymore because they are going to make us go to class no matter what. The rain is what bothers me most.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I like that we have a shuttle system here at BSU. But one thing that is inconvenient is that the busses don't run until 5:00 on Sunday nights. When coming back from home on the weekends, I like to be back around 1 and not having a ride back from the stadium is very inconvenient

4 College Freshman

Facilities: All of the traditions we have with frog baby and the things on campus we can use to let others know where we are, such as the naked in bracken and benny. I also think that being a medium size campus is amazing.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Most professors are great. I love it here.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. It's beautiful and clean.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I've made a few friends here, but I find students here to be quite standoffish. They have their group of friends and that's all they need, so they do not really acknowledge other people. I also do not think I have much in common with a lot of students here.


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Ask a Ball State student, and they'll tell you they're happy to be where they are. Sure, there's Parking Services to deal with, UPD crack-downs, and a ban on kegs, but these drawbacks pale when compared to the friends and memories students say they've acquired at BSU. Although recent policies threaten to end the party-school reputation, Ball State still has a strong social scene that continues to build friendships most students would be unwilling to give up.

Depending on your major, courses can be extremely trying. Be prepared for some late nights—especially if you're interested in architecture, nursing, or journalism as a major. Whatever your field of study, it is important to focus and remember what you're here for.

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