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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: All the facilities are great and up to date. A lot of the older buildings are also in the process of being renovated as well

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Student life is all about what you make it. And the students here really are about making it something special.

Football games have made a huge comeback here at BSU and the student section is often filled with screaming and 'chirping' fans. A lot of our other sports teams have a decent following as well, but that is still an area for improvement.

The student center is massive and filled with anything you could think of. The food is pretty great - there's a Taco Bell and Starbucks. Plus, we have a chef who comes in and whips up gourmet foods. Also in the Student Center, there's a hotel, a bowling alley, lots of lounge rooms, and Late Nite is hosted here every Saturday. It's a large campus party that runs until about 1 am and offers free food and activities. At the end of the year, Late Nite hosts a massive carnival as well.

The Library - often referred to as Club Bracken - is a hotspot on campus as well. Whether you're meeting up with someone for coffee at the Microcafe, getting computer help at the tech center, or studying on the dead silent 4th floor, the Library hosts everyone. Not to mention the famous Naked Lady statue resides here.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life on campus is fantastic literally there is always something to do I love it. All of the buildings and activities they plan are interesting from grocery bingo to even being able to use your swipe at a quiz no's on campus I love it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: the recreational center is superb

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Easily get from one campus to the other


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 27th
    Best Student Centers
  • 55th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 88th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 111st
    Best Performance Venues
  • 127th
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Adrian Sharp
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There are several places where students can work out around campus. The largest is Irving Gym, which features the latest in cardio and weight-lifting machines, as well as free weights, ab rollers, and other fitness devices. This gym is popular with Ball State's athletes. Another exercise facility is Ball Gym, a smaller, more intimate workout environment. There are fewer machines at this gym, but they are still the same quality as those at Irving. There also small gyms in LaFollette and Studebaker residence complexes.

Despite having some of the strictest rules of any pool on the planet, Lewellen Aquatic Center is a popular destination for students looking to go a few laps. The pool is open year-round. Poorly located and tastelessly decorated, the Student Center is a joke. Most students prefer to hang out at the Art and Journalism Building's food court, which is known as The Atrium. A sort of de facto student center, the Atrium houses a Starbucks, Sbarro, Chick-fil-A, a quasi-Chinese place called Asian Creations, and a sorry attempt at upscale dining known as The McKinley Grill (don't get the hamburgers there, trust me). The Atrium is well-lit, airy, and centrally located; a striking contrast to the Student Center's dismal, far-off, '80s-esque nightmare.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
731 acres
Student Centers
LA Pittenger Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Architecture Library
  • Bracken Library (main library)
  • Science-Health Science Library
  • Visual Resources Center
Popular Places to Chill
The Atrium
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Yes, Cardinal Lanes in the L.A. Pittenger Student Center
Coffeehouse on Campus
Starbucks on the first floor of the Art and Journalism building
Movie Theater on Campus
The UPB hosts movies on campus, typically in Pruis Hall.
School Slang
  • AJ: The Art and Journalism Building houses classrooms, computer labs, a bookstore, a Starbucks, and the Atrium food court.
  • Bennie: The statue of Beneficence, a winged female figure holding a treasure chest, was built by the city of Muncie in the early part of the last century to commemorate the generosity of the Ball family.
  • Bull Sh*t University: A popular alternate meaning for the letters BSU
  • The cow path: A paved trail that that begins on Petty Avenue, goes behind the Robert Bell building, Ball Communications, the Art and Journalism building, and the Teacher's College and ends up on Riverside Avenue.
  • The Dill Hole: A nickname for The Dill Street Bar & Grill, a popular dance club in the Village
  • Fruit Jar Tech: A reference to the Ball Corporation, which played a key part in the University's development. The term has largely fallen out of use among students in recent years.
  • Hot Dog Man: Refers to Mark Carter, a fixture at Ball State, who runs a hotdog stand at the corner of Dill Street and University Avenue on the Village's west end
  • Laugh-a-lot: A nickname for LaFollette residence complex, a dorm that is heavily populated by freshman students
  • Premium plan: A University housing contract that promises better parking and reduced on-campus housing rates for students who agree to live in the dorms for two years
  • RB: The Robert Bell Building, where many of the University's English classes are taught
  • Scramble light: The heavily trafficked intersection of Riverside and McKinley avenues and the only place on campus where you can legally jaywalk
  • Sh*t Creek: A nickname for the drainage ditch on the west side of the Studebaker West residence complex
  • Sniper tower: A nickname for the Schaffer bell tower on McKinley Avenue near the Petty Street intersection
  • Stu-East/Stu-West: Refers to Studebaker East and Studebaker West residence complexes, respectively
  • Taking a victory lap: Going to college for a fifth year
  • UPB: The abbreviation for the University Program Board, an organization that sponsors social events around campus
  • The Village: A business district on the campus's southeast side. The Village has many college necessities, including several bars, a convenience store, and a pizza joint.
Urban Legends
  • If a virgin ever graduated from Ball State, so the legend goes, the statue of Beneficence would lose its wings. As of this writing, the wings are still firmly in place.
  • Over the years, students living in Elliott Hall have reported noises, moving furniture, doors closing on their own, cold spots, and ghostly handprints on the dorm's fourth floor. These strange occurrences are credited to a ghost named Will Schaumberg. According to the legend, he was WWII veteran who was hideously deformed in battle. His girlfriend dumped him after he returned to Ball State from the war. Devastated, Will hanged himself from one of the rafters.
Favorite Things To Do
There are a wide variety of activities to choose from on campus. Many students enjoy going to bars and parties, working out, going bowling, watching a play, checking out a BSU Late Nite event, or watching a UPB movie.
Student Newspaper
The Ball State Daily News
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 102 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 10 responses

  • 39% Dressing up Frog Baby in the winter
  • 22% The wobble
  • 22% Football Games
  • 6% Hall Council
  • 6% Pride of Mid-America Half Time Show Performance
  • 6% Rush week!

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 9 responses

  • 36% The library
  • 29% Starbucks
  • 14% Frog Baby
  • 7% The Atrium
  • 7% The Quad
  • 7% Student center

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 10 responses

  • 42% Residence halls
  • 37% Rec center
  • 16% Dining services
  • 5% Maintenance

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 50% Going to Movies
  • 33% Go get starbucks and read before class
  • 8% Going to Late Night
  • 8% Hall Council

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 108 responses

  • 26% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 57% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 17% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 107 responses

  • 40% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 53% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 7% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 70% Rubbing Frog Baby's nose before a test.
  • 30% Kiss under the goddess status for blessing

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Maintenance
  • 40% Dining services



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