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About Ball State

Ball State Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

Ball State will release their Early Decision results on Wednesday December 15th. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the Ball State Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

Ball State University Overview

Ball State University is a public, state school in a suburban setting in Muncie, Indiana. Ball State was founded in 1918 and now enrolls around 21,597 students a year, including 15,780 undergrads. Ball State provides on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Ball State! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of Ball State's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Ball State students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? Ball State has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Ball State has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Ball State on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Ball State on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! March 14, 2022 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall.

2021 Ball State Facts At-A-Glance
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Overall Acceptance Rate 69%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 0%
Average GPA 3.5
In-State Tuition $9,482
Out-of-State $26,470
Percent of Need Met 74.4%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $15,037

Is Ball State a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a look at all of these areas to get a better sense of what Ball State offers and if it sounds like the right college for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Ball State University

Around 69% of applicants get into Ball State each year. Out of 24,475 applications received in 2021, 16,859 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Ball State

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 80% of students who start at Ball State come back for their second year of college. Around 67% of students who started at Ball State earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Ball State Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 67% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Ball State's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. Ball State's endowment was valued at $213.2 million in 2021, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Ball State spends about $10,310 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Ball State

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Ball State meets 74.4% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Ball State full-time are awarded $15,037 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $28,458 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Ball State. Based on this information, how does Ball State sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Ball State a good school for you?

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Where is Ball State?

Ball State is located in the suburban setting of Muncie, Indiana, less than an hour from Indianapolis.

If you want to see Ball State for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 69 to Muncie, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Indianapolis International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Ball State and Muncie are like without leaving home.

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College Info

2000 West University Avenue Muncie, IN 47306

Campus Setting: Suburban

Ball State Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Mar 14

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Ball State is Mar 14.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Ball State is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Wondering what life at Ball State is like? There are approximately 21,597 students enrolled at Ball State, including 15,780 undergraduate students and 5,817 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 87% percent are from IN and 13% percent of students are from other states.


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