Ball State University was founded in 1918 and gained university status in 1965. It provides undergraduate students with advantages typically found at both large research universities and small liberal arts colleges. For instance, Ball State is an inexpensive public comprehensive university that is large enough to offer 130 different majors, has more than 300 student organizations, and offers a highly sophisticated computer technology infrastructure. However, like a small liberal arts college, more than 90% of undergraduate classes are taught by full-time faculty, the academic buildings are a short walk from the residence halls, and the average class size is 31. Its 955-acre campus is located in a residential area one mile northwest of downtown Muncie. Campus architecture includes Tudor-Gothic and modern styles.

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collegeType
Public
studentType
Coed
15,780
Undergraduates
6,186
Men - 39.2%
9,595
Women - 60.8%
5,817
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
69% of 24,475 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
March 14
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.52
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
Not reported
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Cost of Attendance
In-state: $25,726
Out-of-state: $42,714
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $10,144
Out-of-state: $27,132
Room and Board
$10,796
Average Percent of Need Met
74%
Average Freshman Award
$15,037
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$28,458
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,063
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
10%
10-19
32%
20-29
36%
30-39
10%
40-49
6%
50-99
4%
Over 100
2%
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Muncie Population
67,523
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Indianapolis
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
38% of all students
Mascot
Cardinal
Sororities
15.2% of women participate
Fraternities
15% of men participate
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.1%
Asian
1.7%
Black/African-American
9.6%
Hispanic/Latino
6.6%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
3.8%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
76.7%
Unknown
1.4%
International Students
0.6%
First-Year Students Returning
80.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
54.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
67%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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