Ball State University

Muncie, IN

Brief Description

Ball State University was founded in 1918 in the city of Muncie. The city of Muncie is located just to the northeast of Indianapolis. It has a population of just over 70,000 residents. The community's economy relies very heavily on the manufacturing industry (Ball Corporation) and Ball State University. The social culture is considered blue collar and conservative.

The university offers a wide range and variety of educational opportunities, They have 175 bachelor's degrees programs, 103 master's degree programs and 17 doctoral degree programs. They also offer study-abroad programs, pre-professional programs and internship opportunities. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked Ball State as the number eight "up and coming" college/university in the country.

In recent years, the university has received national acclaim and rankings for several programs. Their digital design and fabrication program was recently ranked in the top three in the nation by Architect Magazine. Also, their social justice program is one of only six programs in the country considered to be fully dedicated to the industry.

The athletic department competes in a full slate of Division I sports. The team nickname is the Cardinals. In most sports, they are members of the Mid-American Conference. Many of the major sports teams were inaugurated in the mid-1920s and have won many conference championships along the way.

The campus has 31 residence halls with a wide range of sororities and fraternities available on campus. With a variety of academic and social clubs available for students, campus life is very active. The campus offers free entertainment on Saturday nights and intramural sports in order to assure the university is helping to mold well rounded individuals.

The university has produced several alumni who have made significant contributions. They include Jim Davis (cartoonist of Garfield), Scott Halberstadt (actor in Nickelodeon's Drake and Josh), David Letterman (comedian and host of the Late Show with David Letterman) and Doug Jones (actor in Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Hocus Pocus).

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 16350

Total institution enrollment: 19004

School type: 4-year public

School classification: Doctoral/Research Universities--Intensive: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the doctorate. They award at least ten doctoral degrees/1 per year across three or more disciplines,2 or at least 20 doctoral degrees per year overall.

Campus Location

Main Address

Ball State University
2000 University Ave
Muncie, IN 47306


(765) 289-1241


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 47%

Female undergraduate population: 53%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's

Accounting And Finance
Actuarial Science
Adult And Continuing Education Administration
Adult And Continuing Teacher Education
Architectural Environmental Design
Architecture And Related Programs Other
Architecture General
Arts And Design
Audiology / Hearing Sciences
Biological And Physical Sciences
Biological Technology / Technician
Biology General
Business / Managerial Economics
Business Administration And Management
Business General
Business Management And Administrative
Business Marketing And Marketing Management
Business Teacher Education Vocational
Chemical Technology / Technician
Chemistry General
City / Urban Community And Regional Planning
Classics And Classical Languages And Literature
Clinical Psychology
College / Postsecondary Student Counseling
Communications Technologies / Technicians
Computer And Information Sciences General
Counseling And Psychology
Criminal Justice General
Curriculum And Instruction
Dietetics / Human Nutritional Services
Dietician Assistant
Drama / Theater Arts General
Earth And Planetary Sciences
Economics General
Education Administration And Supervision
Education General
Education Of The Deaf And Hearing Impair
Education Of The Multiple Handicapped
Educational Psychology
Elementary Teacher Education
Emergency Medical Technology / Technician
Engineering General
Engineering Related Technologies / Technician
English Language And Literature General
Finance General
Fine Arts And Art Studies Other
French Language And Literature
General Teacher Education Other
German Language And Literature
Graphic And Printing Equipment Operator
Greek Language And Literature
Health And Medical Administrative Services
Health And Medical Diagnostic And Treatment
Health Professions And Related Sciences
Health Teacher Education
History General
Home Economics General
Industrial Manufacturing Technology / Technician
Institutional Food Workers And Administration
Japanese Language And Literature
Junior High / Intermediate / Middle School Teacher
Landscape Architecture
Law And Legal Studies Other
Liberal Arts And Sciences / General Studies
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Library Science / Librarianship
Mathematical Statistics
Medical Radiologic Technology / Technician
Medical Technology
Miscellaneous Biological Specializations
Music General
Music Other
Natural Resources Conservation General
Nuclear Medical Technology / Technician
Nursing Rn Training
Office Supervision And Management
Operations Management And Supervision
Paralegal / Legal Assistant
Physical Education Teaching And Coaching
Physics General
Physiology Human And Animal
Political Science And Government General
Pre Dentistry Studies
Pre Elementary Early Childhood Kindergarten
Pre Medicine Studies
Psychology General
Public Administration
Public Administration And Services Other
Radio And Television Broadcasting
Reading Teacher Education
Religion / Religious Studies
Respiratory Therapy Technician
Robotics Technology / Technician
School Psychology
Science Teacher Education General
Secondary Teacher Education
Social Psychology
Social Sciences General
Social Work
Spanish Language And Literature
Special Education General
Speech And Rhetorical Studies
Speech Language Pathology
Speech Language Pathology And Audiology
Teaching English As A Second Language
Technology / Industrial Arts Teacher
Vocational Home Economics Other