Ball State University

Ball State University Data & Information Overview

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?

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2023 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 1,176 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education/teaching of individuals with multiple disabilities.

Overall Quality

Ball State landed the #234 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Ball State held the #539 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 42 colleges in Indiana, Ball State is ranked at #6.

See all of the rankings for Ball State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Ball State?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Ball State University is 87%, which is higher than many other schools to which you may be applying. But don't think getting into Ball State is a sure thing. The admissions staff is still going to review your application to see if you are a good fit for the school.

Learn more about Ball State University admissions.

Ball State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 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

Retention and Graduation Rates at Ball State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Ball State University has a freshmen retention rate of 80%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  80 out of 100

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 47%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  47 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Ball State University.

Ball State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 15,780 undergraduates at Ball State with 14,334 being full-time and 1,446 being part-time.

How Much Does Ball State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Ball State is $14,765. 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 +
$8,273 $10,786 $15,158 $19,563 $21,875

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Ball State, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $7,772 a year. That adds up to $31,088 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Ball State is 4.2%. 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 $45,934 in their early years. This is good news for future Ball State graduates since it is 8% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of Ball State University

Located in Muncie, Indiana, Ball State University is a public institution. The city atmosphere of Muncie makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for Ball State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2000 University Ave, Muncie, IN 47306
Phone: 765-289-1241

Ball State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 99 majors graduated from Ball State University. Of these students, 3,761 received undergraduate degrees and 2,432 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 237 $29,198
Liberal Arts General Studies 217 $30,527
General Business/Commerce 202 $43,798
Teacher Education Grade Specific 187 $37,922
General Psychology 185 $29,839
Nursing 140 $57,387
Teacher Education Subject Specific 136 $38,492
General Biology 127 $29,021
Health & Physical Education 125 $30,565
Criminal Justice & Corrections 123 $34,512

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 learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 19,352 students took at least one online class at Ball State University. This is an increase from the 9,809 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 19,352 6,520
2018-2019 9,809 5,079
2017-2018 9,839 5,037
2016-2017 10,229 4,670
2015-2016 9,395 4,097

Learn more about online learning at Ball State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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