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Want the scoop on Ball State University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Ball State offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Ball State University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Ball State University was awarded 96 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education grade specific.

Overall Quality

Ball State is ranked #536 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Ball State held the #578 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 44 colleges in Indiana, Ball State is ranked at #14.

See all of the rankings for Ball State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Ball State?

Acceptance Rate

Ball State University has an acceptance rate of 62%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Ball State.

Average Test Scores

About 59% of students accepted to Ball State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 630. Math scores were between 530 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Ball State University  ( 550 to 630 )
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SAT Math Scores for Ball State University  ( 530 to 610 )
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Ball State received ACT scores from 40% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Ball State University  ( 20 to 24 )
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Ball State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, Ball State University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Ball State University is 81%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  81 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at Ball State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 78% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Ball State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  78 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Ball State the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 41%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  41 out of 100
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Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Ball State University.

Average Overall Diversity at Ball State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 17,004 undergraduates at Ball State with 15,203 being full-time and 1,801 being part-time.

Ball State Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

Ball State scored 56.67 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  56.67 out of 100
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How Much Does Ball State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Ball State is $15,020. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Ball State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$8,419 $10,954 $15,116 $19,070 $21,145

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Ball State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Ball State, approximately 66% of students took out student loans averaging $7,831 a year. That adds up to $31,324 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Ball State is 5.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Ball State Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Ball State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $41,100 in their early years. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.

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See which majors at Ball State University make the most money.

Location of Ball State University

Ball State University is a public institution located in Muncie, Indiana. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of Ball State University

Contact details for Ball State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2000 University Ave, Muncie, IN 47306
Phone: 765-289-1241
Website: www.bsu.edu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BallState

Ball State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 117 majors graduated from Ball State University. Of these students, 3,667 received undergraduate degrees and 2,274 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 247 $26,000
Liberal Arts General Studies 207 $31,000
Teacher Education Grade Specific 171 $35,200
General Business/Commerce 161 $34,800
General Psychology 158 $27,500
Health & Physical Education 148 $32,400
Nursing 147 $55,400
General Biology 131 $26,300
Marketing 111 $35,200
Criminal Justice & Corrections 109 $35,000

Learn more about the majors offered at Ball State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Ball State

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 9,839 students took at least one online class at Ball State University. This is a decrease from the 10,229 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 9,839 5,037
2016-2017 10,229 4,670
2015-2016 9,395 4,097
2014-2015 8,822 3,499
2013-2014 8,030 3,053

Learn more about online learning at Ball State University.

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