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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a lot of loans through my school. I feel I should have done more digging and I would have been able to get more. My financial situation at home is not the best, but it is too good to actually get me much financial help.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I really enjoyed living in the dorms at Ball State, I met a lot of new people and learned how to live in close proximity with them. I am used to having my own room so it was different having to share, but the dorm I lived in was big enough that my roommate and I never felt crowded. The bathrooms and showers were cleaned everyday on the weekdays. There were plenty of washer and dryers in the dorms so you never had to wait long to wash your clothes. The only thing about my dorm that bothered me was girls have to swipe in to be able to use the restroom and sometimes it would take a couple tries to get it to work. Even though I was put in one of the "nicer" dorms, I wish I would have been put in the freshmen dorm. When I would go visit friends, their dorm was much more social, and I feel that would have made the transition smoother.

3 College Senior

Administration: I was assaulted on campus and the person didn't even get punished! Im still in counseling 8 months later

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Its pretty good, and we have a lot of options.

College Senior

Party Scene: I don't party. But everyone is always hung over on Friday so I assume Thirsty Thursday isn't just a myth.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Same fast food and restaurant chains as every other college town

1 College Senior

Scholarships: I got no scholarships even though I have about a 3.48/3.5 out of a 4.0 GPA! I couldn't believe it! Im constantly broke and can't go out with friends or do anything fun!

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Not great, depends on the staff working at that time

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: On campus housing isn't great unless you want to spend $10,000+ per year. A lot of the older buildings are getting renovated though

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: There are many options and they are pretty spread out. However, if you aren't on a meal plan, it can get expensive very quickly.

Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I did not live in the dorms, therefore, I am unable to have an accurate opinion.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are some great places and terrible places, just like anywhere else. You have to know people, and/or know how to look. And also start early.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: There always seem to be parties, but we lack in more interesting things like house shows.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are some local places, and some nice ethnic places that allow you to venture outside of fast food and keep things changing and interesting. There has been a problem, though, with Brothers coming into town and causing three local bars to go out of business. So I'm wondering what kind of business is going to be brought in in the future, and what will happen to local places.

3 College Junior

Administration: Some things, like parking, really suck. Police seem to hunt explicitly for parking violations to give people tickets. Overall, though, a lot of the policies are practical and upheld well.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: There isn't much aid, it seems like, especially for middle-of-the-ground students, but overall the people working are helpful.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: I wish there were more options in general, but also vegetarian and healthy options. Meal plans are on a time limit, and you can only use one per time period. Otherwise, it's alright.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Everywhere is within walking distance, and it doesn't take more than 20 minutes to get from one end of campus to another. The dorms are being upgraded and renovated every year, and are comfortable for living. The social life depends on the dorm you live in and your own willingness to branch out, but it's overall good.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've only lived on campus.

College Freshman

Party Scene: Wouldn't know, I haven't been at any parties this year, too busy.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I haven't spent a-lot of time off-campus this past academic year. Sorry.

4 College Freshman

Administration: It's just as strict as it needs to be, everything is fine in it's current state.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Quick and relatively easy. I received my financial aid without experiencing any major issues or obstacles.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Super convent on campus. Lots of options to choose from. There's always something good to eat.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. It's more convenient than commuting to and from class in a car and the people are great most of the time.

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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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