Ball State University Visit Report by groupiegurl143
Information Session: Yes - Run by a student who was getting both paid and graded. While she did not seem to know answers to all the questions asked, she found them promptly. Very informative.
Campus Tour: Yes - The tour was an hour and 40 minute walking tour, showing off the new communications building and a few dorms. Briefly stopped in the library, architecture building, and more. Well laid-out.
Classroom Visit: No - It was summer so most of the students had gone home (except the awesome architecture kids who wanted to stay) so we didn't visit a class in session but did view some rooms.
Campus Visit Notes for Ball State University
Our tour guide was pretty good at walking backwards. Ha. She walked for almost 2 hours backwards, only looking behind her a handful of times... but never stumbled or ran into anything.... Think she gives tours often?
All over campus were bike rakes. In front of every entrance to every building, along the sidewalks, and pretty much anywhere. Even in the third week of June there were many bikes attached to these. Our tour guide stated that many students use bikes to get to class if they live off campus or have classes on the opposite side of campus from their dorm... She is going to be a senior and has never used one, she says the walks really aren't that bad and there are shuttle buses you can use.
During the first few weeks, etc in freshman dorms after midnight (at least in the building we were touring) there are to be no boys on the girls' floors and vice versa. She says that dissipates after your dorm committee is set up to deal with conflicts, etc. Also, after midnight throughout the year, when entering a dorm, instead of swiping your card to open the doors, there is a desk attendant that makes sure you actually live in that dorm to enter it. You may bring guests, but when they arrive at the desk with you they have to fill out a slip saying they are there. It's a security feature to make sure random people aren't walking in and doing stuff while everyone sleeps.
Campus has many funny quirks, such as the Frog Baby, the Naked Lady that gets covered in notes, and cannon ball Fridays in the pool where everyone gets together to do cannon balls. Many of these are described on the Ball State website. Every Friday there is a movie shown in the "Quad" (a big grassy area near the Admin building). It's a movie that isn't in theatres, but usually isn't out on DVD just yet. And every Saturday there is a huge party with food, drinks, and music.
Many broadway shows come to the campus, such as Hairspray, Peter Pan, and others. Students get in free or for $10 or less to all of these shows. Many bands play there as well (yes, the famous ones... not the dudes from down the street). They work hard to make sure the students have FUN at BSU.
Computers, computers, computers. Everywhere. Every dorm has small computer lab. The library (open til like 3 in the morning Sun-Thurs) has a trillion of them on all four stories. Each college has a ton of them. Plus, there is an extra lab open 24/7 for procrastinators and hard workers. In the brand-new-dedicated-to-alumni-David-Letterman Communications building there is a shop where you can get your personal laptop fixed for free (like the Geek-Squad at Best Buy except GS makes ya pay $200) and across the hall a store that sells both PC and MAC laptops for a discounted BSU student fee (with your ID card). Very very very important is the wireless communication. BSU was ranked top in the nation for the best wireless campus. Everywhere on campus, and I mean EVERYWHERE, students have access to free wireless internet. You can plop down in the middle of the sidewalk and look something up, if need be. You can also print wireless-ly to any printer. Each student gets a free 52-pages a day at the printers and you can buy more if you need them (but in my opinion, 52 pages a day is PLENTY).
Every dorm and many many many of the buildings have food courts and restaurants in them. Your meal plan allows you to eat in ANY building as long as you are a student, you do not have to have residence in that building. The only place on campus you can not buy food with your meal plan is the starbucks in the gift shop. :) of course!
A BSU student ID card gets you on all Muncie public transportation buses for free and they pass through campus every 15 minutes. After hours there is also "Charlie" you can call. Charlie Cardinal is the school mascot, but at night there is a phone number you can call and Charlie will pick you up anywhere on campus. Get stuck at the library at one am. and it's pouring-down raining? Give "Charlie" a call and he will pick you up anywhere, anytime, and take you wherever on campus you feel like going! Very convenient!
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
We stayed at a hotel about 10 minutes away.. and I can't remember which hotel it was... however the beds were more comfortable than mine at home!!
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
mmmm Steak and Shake! Turn left out of the campus and go straight for a while. Yummm!