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Ball State University, (From the Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica:) public, coeducational institution of higher learning located in Muncie, Ind., U.S. The university comprises the colleges of applied sciences and technology, sciences and humanities, fine arts, architecture and planning, communication, information, and media, and business as well as the teacher’s college. In addition to baccalaureate degrees, Ball State awards master’s degrees in more than 80 subjects, specialist-in-education degrees, and doctorates in several academic areas. University facilities include a planetarium and nature preserves. Total enrollment exceeds 22,000.
The Ball State campus originated in 1899 as the Muncie National Institute, a private teacher-training school. The Ball brothers, manufacturers of glass containers, purchased the campus and donated it to the state of Indiana in 1918. The college was founded that year and named Indiana State Normal School, Eastern Division. In 1922 the school had Ball Teachers College added to its name. In 1929 it became Ball State Teachers College, and it was elevated to university status in 1965.
At Ball State, students find their passion and purpose and begin their lifelong journeys toward fulfilling careers and meaningful lives.
- 16:1 Student-Faculty Ratio
- 2019-2020 Lowest Tuition in the Mid-American Conference
- 22,541 students enrolled in 2019-2020 (all-time record)
- 2,250 students serve as community volunteers every year to approximately 175 community partners, contributing 59,623 hours of service.
- 400+ student organizations
- 205 study abroad programs
- Among the Top 100 public colleges and universities in the nation
Ball State’s unwavering belief in an education rooted in creativity, values, and intellectual curiosity began in the late 19th century, when Muncie business leaders envisioned a local college to help boost the city’s development.
Among the visionaries were the five Ball Brothers—Lucius, William, Edmund, Frank, and George—industrialists and philanthropists who moved from New York to Muncie looking to expand their glass container business.
A Teaching School Opens
A small, private teacher training school opened 1899. After the community’s efforts to sustain the college failed, the Ball brothers purchased the land and buildings of the defunct institution and donated them to the State of Indiana. This gift became the Indiana State Normal School Eastern Division, which opened in 1918 to meet Indiana’s need for more and better teachers.
In recognition of the Ball family’s generosity, the Indiana General Assembly changed the school’s name to Ball Teachers College in 1922 and then Ball State Teachers College in 1929.
The College Becomes a University
By the 1960s, the regional teachers college had begun to attract faculty from outside the Midwest, and students sought majors in areas such as business, architecture, and other emerging disciplines. Enrollment and funding surged with national trends, and new facilities and degree offerings were added.
In 1965, the Indiana General Assembly renamed the college Ball State University, acknowledging its phenomenal growth in enrollment and facilities, the variety and quality of its educational programs and services, and the anticipation of the broader role it would play in the state’s future.
Stats About Specific Colleges at BSU:
- Ranked No. 1 in Indiana (53rd nationally) on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “Top Performers on Social Mobility,” a list of institutions that advance social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of economically disadvantaged students. Ball State also was included on the lists of the top 100 public universities, best undergraduate teaching, and best first-year experiences.
- Listed among “Colleges Where Applications Are on Rise” by 24/7 Wall St. in 2018. In an analysis of 600 institutions, Ball State was No. 34, with applications up almost 73 percent in five years.
- Named one of the best universities in the Midwest by The Princeton Review for 15 years.
- Among the top 7 percent of universities worldwide in 2019-2020, according to the Center for World University Rankings.
- Earned the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The classification recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an institution-wide commitment to public service, civic involvement, and community partnerships.
- Received a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from Insight into Diversity in 2016, 2017, and 2018. This honor is for exemplary initiatives focusing on all aspects of diversity and inclusion, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community.
- Named No. 1 in the country in College Magazine‘s “Top 10 Campuses for Students with Physical Disabilities.”
- Ranked in the top 20 in the country for two graduate programs in U.S. News & World Report‘s 2019 “Best Online Programs”: MBA and nursing were 13th. Education was 38th. U.S. News also ranked our online bachelor’s programs 25th.
- Recognized as the first higher education institution in the country to earn Quality Matters’ Learner Support Program Certification. Quality Matters, known as QM, provides a nationally recognized standard of best practices for online and blended learning.
- Ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best Online Programs for Veterans” at No. 12 in graduate education and No. 20 in bachelor’s programs.
- Named a Military Friendly School since 2010 by veteran-owned Viqtory. In 2019, Viqtory also ranked our online programs seventh in the country.
- Ball State’s architecture, construction management & interior design, landscape architecture, and urban planning programs are uniquely blended in a studio-oriented design college
- Our Department of Architecture is Indiana’s only state-supported architecture program.
- Most Admired Landscape Architecture Schools — eighth among undergraduate programs; 12th among graduate programs
- Most Hired From Interior Design Schools — 10th among schools of similar size
- The graduate program in historic preservation is one of the first of its kind in the Midwest and is uniquely housed in the Department of Architecture.
- Interior design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, attained by less than one-third of such programs, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
- Public Accounting Report’s 2018 survey of accounting professors ranked our undergraduate and master’s in accounting programs 16th and 15th in the nation, respectively, in the Midwest.
- Our undergraduate entrepreneurial management program was ranked 25th in the nation in The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine’s 2020 rankings.
- Ball State’s residential property management (RPM) program, one of only nine such programs in the country, is supported by the National Apartment Association. Ball State is among only a few universities that offers students—typically sophomores and juniors—the opportunity to earn the National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP) designation.
- In 2017, Ball State was one of only 20 universities worldwide to be designated a Global Center of Insurance Excellence by the International Insurance Society.
- The Sales Education Foundation has listed our sales program among its “Top Universities for Professional Sales Education” since 2013.
- Our apparel design program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
- Our master of business administration (MBA) program was ranked 15th in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “Best Online Programs.”
- The veteran-owned Viqtory named our MBA as a Military Friendly program in 2019.
- Ball State students and faculty in the College of Communication, Information, and Media have won 74 Emmys. Our honors also include two gold Student Academy Awards.
- Sports Link, an immersive learning program that has produced content for Fox College Sports and NCAA March Madness Live, has won multiple Emmys and multiple College Sports Media Awards.
- Sportscasters Talent Agency of America named Ball State the No. 3 sports broadcasting school in the country in 2017.
- Our journalism graphics program is one of the leading programs of its type in the country.
- Cardinal Communications, one of the nation’s first student-operated public relations and advertising agencies, is among about 30 student agencies in the country to be designated a National Affiliation Program with the Public Relations Student Society of America.
- Our master’s degree in public relations is the first graduate program in the nation to receive Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR) by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Our undergraduate public relations program in 2016 was one of only 38 certified programs in the world.
- In 2018, Ball State set an all-time record in winning the National Educational Debate Association (NEDA) National Championship Debate Tournament. This was the fifth consecutive national tournament win for the team.
- Ball State has one of the nation’s leading music teacher-training programs.
- Our music media production program is one of only a few of its kind in the nation, blending science and music and encouraging students to explore electronic music with the latest digital technology.
- The School of Music’s annual Chamber Music Festival is believed to be the longest-running continuous university-affiliated series of its kind in the country.
- Ball State’s Musical Arts Woodwind Quintet is one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished chamber ensembles of its kind.
- Since 1964, the Ball State University Singers have been recognized as one of America’s top collegiate entertainment organizations, performing as Indiana’s Official Goodwill Ambassadors in nearly 20 countries, at major entertainment competitions, and at presidential inaugurations.
- The Music Instruction Building features a 600-seat “tunable” performance hall, a digital studio that can record performances in the hall and practice rooms, and state-of-the-art music technology studios.
- Since 2004, students from the Department of Theatre and Dance have been invited as national qualifiers to the yearly Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), one of the nation’s premier events for collegiate theatre programs.
- OnStage Blog listed Ball State’s theatre program among “The Top 30 College Acting/Performing Arts Programs for 2019-2020.”
- In 2019, College Factual ranked Ball State’s theatre program No. 21 as a “Best Value for the Money” in its annual nationwide ranking of U.S. colleges and universities. Ball State was also No. 1 in Indiana.
- Ball State has Indiana’s largest theatre and dance program.
- With more than 11,000 works in its collection, the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University is one of four art museums in Indiana with a notable, well-rounded collection, and the only such facility in east central Indiana.
- Ball State’s School of Nursing is a National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.
- Graduate nursing programs were ranked 5th for Master’s in Nursing Education and 17th for Master’s in Nursing in U.S. News & World Report‘s 2020 “Best Online Programs.”
- The Human Performance Lab is internationally renowned for studying exercise and its effects on human physiology. The center’s researchers have worked with NASA astronauts and Russian cosmonauts to study the effects of long space missions on muscle tissue.
- Seventy percent of the licensed certified speech language pathologists in Indiana are Ball State graduates.
- SportBusiness, which provides news, analysis, data, consulting, and events to executives in the business of sport, ranked Ball State’s sports administration graduate program 29th in the world and 18th in the U.S. in its 2019 annual survey of the world’s best postgraduate sport industry programs.
- The School of Kinesiology offers one of the few aquatics majors in the country.
- Our fully accredited dietetics internship program is the largest in Indiana.
- Ball State’s bachelor of social work (BSW) program is the oldest accredited undergraduate program in Indiana and the largest.
- The Charles W. Brown Planetarium is the largest in Indiana. The state-of-the-art projector can simulate a night sky with 10 million stars, and its audience can virtually fly through Saturn’s rings, land on Mars, or travel to distant stars and galaxies.
- Ball State’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology was the first program in the United States to be accredited by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
- The Department of Special Education has the only deaf education teacher-training program in Indiana.
- Our graduate education programs were ranked 4th in U.S. News & World Report‘s 2020 “Best Online Programs.”
- U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “Best Online Programs for Veterans” ranked our graduate education programs No. 10.
- Burris Laboratory School, which serves Ball State’s teaching majors, has been listed among the nation’s best high schools since 2007 in analyses by U.S. News & World Report. In 2017, Burris was named a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School for its commitment to sustainable practices.
- The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities earned a Gold Medal on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best High Schools list. In 2016, it was named No. 3 on Niche’s “Best Public High Schools in America” and No. 1 on the organization’s “Best Public High Schools in Indiana.”
- Teachers College program “Schools Within the Context of Community,” a partnership with Muncie’s Whitely neighborhood, has been nationally recognized with high-level honors:
- 2018 inaugural Excellence in Faculty Community Engagement Award from the Engagement Scholarship Consortium
- 2018 C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
- 2017 Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
- 2016 Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)