Ball State University

3,078 reviews
  1. Muncie, IN
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Ball State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Mid-American Conference
Address
2000 University Ave
Muncie, IN 47306
Website

Ball State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
60%
SAT Range
1000-1190
ACT Range
20-24
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$12,804/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,260/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,540/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,468/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,357/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,284/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.227 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.228 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.228 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,018Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 143 responses
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  • Everyone does their own thing, pretty chill
    31%
  • Outgoing and confident
    26%
  • Laidback
    13%
  • Unique
    11%
  • Hangout with thier friends and somewhat social
    6%
  • Monkey see monkey do
    6%
  • Keep to themselves
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.254 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.297 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 158 responses
Report
  • Immersive
    38%
  • Great atmosphere
    20%
  • Great
    15%
  • Surprisingly good for academics
    10%
  • Social
    6%
  • Immaculate
    5%
  • Diverse
    2%

After Ball State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
59%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.158 responses

Reviews

3,078 reviews
  • Excellent
    400
  • Very Good
    1198
  • Average
    1233
  • Poor
    184
  • Terrible
    63
The courses at Ball State are challenging. I have had some amazing professors and some individuals I will avoid. This is the case at most universities. I love the immersive opportunities that we are expected to take. This helps one gain knowledge about the community and what working will be like. The hands-on experience that professors at Ball State encourage is very educational. This past semester, my group for a Communication course presented how we would improve Muncie tourism. We are in the process of presenting this again to the actual DWNTWN initiative in Muncie. The opportunity to participate in a real plan that could impact Muncie was wonderful! In my Philosophy class, we taught a class session. This was an interesting experience that I believe will be very useful, because having the ability to teach others is important. There have been many other professors and classes that applied this method to engage students. This hands-on technique has helped me to learn. Each course is a little different; however, the majority of my classes are small, thirty or fewer students, and are discussion based. The classes and professors that Ball State offers are inspiring and educational.
  • College Sophomore
  • 11 months ago
The most exciting and best part of our athletics is that they are free to students. This allows students to come support their team without paying more for tickets. Ball State athletic events can be very exciting. It is the passion and love for the university that draws fans, more than a great record. There is much excitement for football and basketball. The women's soccer team is very successful. The volleyball teams that we have are very good as well. Games are fun to attend to cheer for the athletes. Often, organizations get their members together and then everyone goes to a game. My fellow resident assistants and I went to several football games together this year. A number of improvements have been made to the athletic facilities: our soccer field was improved and relocated, our football field has been recently turfed, a special football training area is being added onto the stadium, our baseball and softball fields have been newly renovated, and our basketball court was just resurfaced this year. Ball State wants to make the fan, student, and athlete experience wonderful. They do this by improving facilities, providing a fun and engaging atmosphere, and fostering a community feeling. The Nest is the student section where students gather to get excited and show their spirit. We all become cheerleaders for our Cardinals. Go Ball State!
  • College Sophomore
  • 11 months ago
Exciting experiences with passionate people are what make Ball State special. Everyone is friendly and willing to help with activities, organizations, events, and so much more. The variety of talents and gifts that people present are shown through different programs such as our Student Voluntary Service, TedX Talk, Dance Marathon, and our immersive and entrepreneurial experiences that are offered and encouraged. I have also had the wonderful opportunity to be an Orientation Leader where I got to tell everyone about the history of Ball State and what I love about it too! I am a Resident Assistant which has helped me aid others with their educational experiences, having this gift of hands-on learning where I am working directly with areas of my majors. As a student at Ball State, I make an impact on the Ball State community and the Muncie community as well. This gives me an opportunity to take action and get involved in making the university an engaging educational experience for those who attend. I love Ball State's size; it is large enough that I am always meeting new people yet small enough that everywhere I go, I know someone. Ball State recognizes talent and nourishes it as well as one's weaknesses to develop true strength. Being a part of important campus jobs and understanding that talents are needed and valued gives students a sense of responsibility and purpose. Ball State is my home. It is filled with caring individuals who make a difference.
  • College Sophomore
  • 11 months ago