Ball State University

Ball State University

Ball State University
Former names
Indiana Normal School – Eastern Division
Ball Teachers College
Ball State Teachers College
Ball State College
Established 1918
Type Public
Endowment $171,650,300[1]
President Paul W. Ferguson
Provost Terry S. King
Academic staff
Students 21,053[3]
Undergraduates 16,652[3]
Postgraduates 4,401[3]
Location Muncie, Indiana, U.S.
Campus Small city: 1,140 acres (4.6 km2)[1]
Colors Cardinal and White
Athletics NCAA Division I (FBS)
Mid-American Conference
Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association
Sports 18 varsity teams
Nickname Cardinals
Mascot Charlie Cardinal
Website .edu.bsuwww

Ball State University, commonly referred to as Ball State or BSU, is a public coeducational research university in Muncie, Indiana, United States. On July 25, 1917, the Ball Brothers, industrialists and founders of the Ball Corporation, acquired the foreclosed Indiana Normal Institute for $35,100 and gave the school and surrounding land to Indiana. The Indiana General Assembly accepted it in the spring of 1918, with an initial 235 students enrolling at the Indiana State Normal School – Eastern Division on June 17, 1918.

Ball State is classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a high research activity university[4] and a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.[5] The university is composed of seven academic colleges, including the College of Architecture and Planning, the College of Communication, Information, and Media, the Miller College of Business, and Teachers College. Other institutions include Burris Laboratory School, the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, and the Center for Business and Economic Research.[6]

Total 2013 enrollment consists of 21,053 students, 16,652 undergraduate students and 4,401 graduate students.[3] Ball State University students hail from 48 states, two U.S. territories, 43 countries, and every one of Indiana's 92 counties.[7] The university offers about 180 undergraduate majors and 130 minor areas of study, 175 bachelor's, 103 master's, and 17 doctoral degrees.[8][9] There are 381 active student organizations and clubs on campus,[1] including 34 fraternities and sororities.[10] Ball State athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are known as the Ball State Cardinals. The university is a member of the Mid-American Conference and the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
    • Architecture 2.1
    • Sustainability 2.2
    • Satellite facilities 2.3
  • Academics 3
    • Student body 3.1
    • Tuition 3.2
    • Colleges 3.3
    • Library system 3.4
    • Rankings 3.5
  • Student life 4
    • Housing 4.1
    • Student organizations and activities 4.2
    • Media 4.3
  • Athletics 5
  • Traditions 6
    • Frog Baby 6.1
    • Homecoming 6.2
    • Other traditions 6.3
  • Notable alumni 7
  • See also 8
  • Notes 9
  • References 10
  • Further reading 11
  • External links 12


The location of today's Ball State University had its start in 1876 as a private university called the Eastern Indiana Normal School. The entire school, including classrooms, library, and president's residence were housed in what is today's Frank A. Bracken Administration Building. The one-building school had a peak enrollment of 256 and charged $10 for a year's tuition. It operated until the spring of 1901, when it was closed by its president, F.A.Z. Kumler, due to lack of funding. A year later, in the autumn of 1902, the school reopened as Palmer University for the next three years when Francis Palmer, a retired Indiana banker, gave the school a $100,000 endowment.

Between 1905 and 1917, the school dropped the Palmer name and operated as the Indiana Normal College. It had two divisions, the Normal School for educating teachers and the College of Applied Sciences. The school had an average enrollment of about 200 students. Due to diminishing enrollment and lack of funding, school president Francis Ingler closed Indiana Normal College at the end of the 1906–1907 school year. Between 1907 and 1912, the campus sat unused. In 1912, a group of local investors led by Michael Kelly reopened the school as the Indiana Normal Institute. To pay for updated materials and refurbishing the once-abandoned Administration Building, the school operated under a mortgage from the Muncie Trust Company. Although the school had its largest student body with a peak enrollment of 806, officials could not maintain mortgage payments, and the school was forced to close once again in June 1917 when the Muncie Trust Company initiated foreclosure proceedings.

The Ball Brothers from left to right: George A. Ball, Lucius L. Ball, Frank C. Ball, Edmund B. Ball, and William C. Ball

On July 25, 1917, the

  • Official website
  • Ball State Athletics website

External links

  • Ball, Edmund F., From fruit jars to satellites: The story of Ball Brothers Company, Incorporated, Newcomen Society, 1960
  • Ball State University, The Elisabeth Ball Collection of paintings, drawings, and watercolors: Ball State University Art Gallery, January 15 – February 26, 1984, Indiana University Press, 1984, ISBN 0-915511-00-2
  • Birmingham, Frederic A., Ball Corporation, the first century, Curtis Publishing, 1980, ISBN 0-89387-039-0
  • Bullock, Kurt E., Ball State University: A sense of place, Ball State University Alumni Association, 1993, ISBN 0-937994-25-1
  • Edmonds, Anthony O., & Geelhoed, E. Bruce, Ball State University: An Interpretive History, Indiana University Press, 2001, ISBN 0-253-34017-9
  • Hoover, Dwight W., Middletown revisited, Ball State University Press, 1990, ISBN 0-937994-18-9

Further reading

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  2. ^ "Ball State University" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  3. ^ a b c d "FactBook 2012–2013" (PDF). Ball State University. 
  4. ^ "Carnegie Classification Ball State University Profile". 
  5. ^ "Members by State & Territories". AASCU. 
  6. ^ "Colleges and Departments". Ball State University. 
  7. ^ "Students/Enrollment". Ball State University. 
  8. ^ "Majors". Ball State University. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Academic Programs". Ball State University. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Fraternity Profiles". Ball State University. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ Anthony O. Edmonds and E. Bruce Geelhoed, Ball State University: An Interpretive History (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2001), p.51.
  12. ^ (Ball State University alumni magazine)Perspective, January 2005. Retrieved September 9, 2007.
  13. ^ a b "Indiana State University History and Traditions". Indiana State University. 
  14. ^ a b c "Office of the President: Biography". Ball State University. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "UniSustainStatement". Ball State University. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)". Ball State University. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "Sen. Lugar leads off country's largest geothermal energy project". Ball State Newscenter. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  18. ^ 'Vance v. Ball State University', 570 U.S. (U.S. 2013-06-24).
  19. ^ "Campus Facilities". Ball State University. 
  20. ^ "David Owsley Museum of Art". City of Muncie, Indiana. 
  21. ^ "Museum Renovation". Ball State University. 
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  23. ^ "Shafer Tower". Ball State University. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  24. ^ "Scramble Light". Ball State University. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  25. ^ "Tree Nursery". Ball State University. 
  26. ^ "Shuttle Bus Service". Ball State University. 
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  28. ^ "Teachers College". Emporis. 
  29. ^ "2008 Green College Report" (PDF). Kiwi Magazine. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Green Campus". Ball State University. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  31. ^ Joshi, Monika (April 20, 2012). "Green schools that go beyond basics". USA Today. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Going Geothermal FAQ". Ball State University. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  33. ^ "Our Commitment to the Environment". Ball State University. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Greening the campus from the top down". Ball State University. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  35. ^ "Mission and History". ACUPCC. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  36. ^ "College Sustainability Report Card 2011". Sustainable Endowments Institute. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  37. ^ "Fishers Center". Ball State University. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  38. ^ "About the Center". Ball State University. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  39. ^ Slabaugh, Seth (October 6, 2013). "BSU to open office in Fort Wayne". The Star Press. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  40. ^ "Ball State University" (Student breakdown). Forbes. 2012–2013. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  41. ^ "Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010" (PDF). 2010  
  42. ^ "Students and Enrollment". Ball State University. 2012–2013. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  43. ^ a b "FactBook 2012–2013 Enrollment by Gender and Residency" (PDF). Ball State University. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  44. ^ "Tuition and Fees for Undergraduate Students". Ball State University. 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  45. ^ "Tuition and Fees for Graduate Students". Ball State University. 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  46. ^ "Fact Book: Academic Program s". Ball State University. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  47. ^ "Ball State University". The Higher Learning Commission. Retrieved December 3, 2006. 
  48. ^ "Special Programs". Ball State University. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  49. ^ "University Libraries' Performance Summary against Goals: 2011-2012" (PDF). Ball State University. 
  50. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015: USA". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  51. ^ "America's Top Colleges". Forbes. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  52. ^ "Best Colleges". U.S. News & World Report LP. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  53. ^ "2015 National Universities Rankings". Washington Monthly. n.d. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  54. ^ "Ball State University Moves To Head Of The Class In Intel’s Ranking Of The Top 50 "Most Unwired" U.S. Campuses". Intel Corporation. Archived from the original on June 26, 2006. Retrieved December 3, 2006. 
  55. ^ "National Recognition". Ball State University. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  56. ^ "College of Architecture and Planning students win national competition". Ball State University. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  57. ^ "Awards and Achievements". Ball State University. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  58. ^ "Miller College of Business". Ball State University. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  59. ^ "College of Communication, Information, and Media – Telecommunications". Ball State University. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  60. ^ "Teachers College". Ball State University. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  61. ^ "Dwelling + Dining". Ball State University. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  62. ^ "University Apartments". Ball State University. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  63. ^ "LaFollette Residence Hall Complex". Ball State University. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  64. ^ "The Nunnery". Ball State University. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  65. ^ "Student Organizations". Ball State University. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  66. ^ "Sports and Recreation Groups". Ball State University. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  67. ^ s "Religious Organizations" . Ball State University. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  68. ^ "Pride of Mid-America Marching Band". Ball State University. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  69. ^ "Performing Arts Organizations". Ball State University. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  70. ^ "Multicultural Organizations". Ball State University. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  71. ^ "History of the Safe Zone Program". Medical University of South Carolina. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  72. ^ "Safe Zone". University of Illinois at Chicago. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  73. ^ "LGBT Resource Center". University of Houston. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  74. ^ Berg, Kara (March 17, 2014). "New fraternity joins growing Greek Life". The Ball State Daily News. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  75. ^ "Sorority Profiles". Ball State University. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  76. ^ "The Ball State Daily News". Ball State University. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  77. ^ "Ball Bearings". Ball State University. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  78. ^ "About". WCRD. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  79. ^ "News Student Organizations". Ball State University Department of Telecommunications. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  80. ^ "Cardinal Communications". Ball State University Department of Journalism. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  81. ^ "Ball State University Profile". NCAA. Archived from the original on January 6, 2007. Retrieved January 2, 2007. 
  82. ^ "Frog Baby". Ball State University. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  83. ^ Abernathy, April (2008-08-16). "Myths and legends haunt BSU". The Ball State Daily News. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  84. ^ Mishler, Andrew (2013-02-28). "Frog Baby to cost more than $3,000 to repair". The Ball State Daily News. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  85. ^ a b c d "Bed Race". Ball State University Alumni Association. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  86. ^ Harcourt, Constance (2012-10-11). "Ball State marks 75 years of tradition at Homecoming parade". The Ball State Daily News. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  87. ^ Ortiz, Anna (2012-10-11). "Friday's Homecoming Bed Race introduced new division". The Ball State Daily News. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  88. ^ Slabaugh, Seth (2013-09-07). "Ball State's treasured "gum tree" in no danger". The Associated Press. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  89. ^ Grady, Danielle (2014-03-02). "Happy Friday Guy spreads joy throughout campus". The Ball State Daily News. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 


A. ^ This information was provided in a document distributed with diploma holders at Spring 2015 Commencement.


See also

Ball State University includes more than 178,000 living alumni.[A] A few of Ball State's most distinguished graduates include David Letterman (BA, 1969), former host of the Late Show with David Letterman, Angela Ahrendts, former CEO of Burberry and current Apple Inc. executive (BA, 1981; DHL, 2010), John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John's International (BA, 1983; LLD, 2015), Jim Davis, creator of the Garfield comic strip (BA, 1967; LittD, 1991), actor Doug Jones (BA, 1982), actress Joyce DeWitt (BA, 1972), Kent C. Nelson, retired president and CEO of UPS (BA, 1959), Jeffrey D. Feltman, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and former U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon (BS, 1981), Brent McMillan, National Political Director of the Green Party (BS and BArch, 1991), and Angelin Chang, Grammy Award-winning classical pianist (BA and BM, 1990).

David Letterman (BA, 1969)

Notable alumni

Responding to a friend's bet, former student Aaron Scheibelhut began the tradition of "Happy Friday Guy" in 2004.[89] Donning a superhero costume, Happy Friday Guy is an anonymous student who rides a scooter around campus shouting "Happy Friday!" among other positive reinforcements to passersby every Friday. Since the character's creation, three students have served as Happy Friday Guy.

For at least the last decade, it has become tradition for students and visitors to stick their pieces of chewed gum to a honey locust tree located between Emens Parking Garage and Pruis Hall. The trunk of the "Gum Tree," as it has been named, is now covered in colorful wads of used gum.[88]

Starting in 2004, Ball State students adopted "The Chirp" as a school chant to cheer on teams during sporting events. Traditionally, The Chirp chant begins on the opposing team's third down during Ball State Cardinals football games. Accompanying the chant, participants usually place their index finger and thumb together, extending the other three fingers straight up, and moving their arm in an up and down motion.

Other traditions

Beginning in 1926, Homecoming has brought several traditions.[85] Homecoming Parade was first held in 1939. The parade route begins at Muncie Central High School downtown, travels west down University Avenue through The Village, and ends at McKinley and Neely avenues on campus. The 75th anniversary of the parade in 2012 saw over 100 float entries.[86] Since the inaugural event in 1980, the Homecoming Bed Race has been held the Friday before homecoming.[85] The annual event consists of five person teams within seven divisions, racing beds down a 100-yard course on Riverside Avenue in zany costumes.[85] In 2012, 40 teams participated in the Bed Race.[87] Other Homecoming traditions include Air Jam and Talent Search.[85]


The Frog Baby statue has been the center of legend and tradition since it was presented by Frank Ball in 1937. While initially on display in the Owsley Museum of Art, students began a tradition of rubbing Frog Baby's nose for good luck before taking exams.[82] Over the years, the nose was worn away, and in 1993, the statue was sent overseas for refurbishment. Today, Frog Baby is situated in a fountain on University Green. Since its move and restoration, students have started a new tradition of dressing the statue to reflect weather patterns (scarves and hats in the winter)[83] or current university events (jerseys and helmets for upcoming football games). Despite 24/7 surveillance, the statue has been a repeated target of vandals.[84]

Frog Baby


Charlie Cardinal is Ball State's mascot, modeled after Indiana's state bird, the northern cardinal.

Ball State Cardinals men's basketball began in 1920. Although there was little success in the program from its start until the 1970s, the next two decades would be the highlight of the program's performance. Ball State became a powerhouse in the Mid-American Conference, winning a record seven MAC tournaments and with subsequent appearances in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament between 1981 and 2000. The Cardinals' most successful year was 1990, when the team reached the Sweet Sixteen but lost to eventual national champion UNLV, 69-67. Even though the Cardinals lost the game, BSU player Chandler Thompson recorded what is considered to be one of the most memorable put-back dunks in College Basketball History. The team's last NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament appearance was in 2000. James Whitford became head coach in 2013.

Ball State Cardinals football was established in the 1924 season and has a 431–384–32 record as of February 2014. Ball State has won 10 conference championships in football, most recently in 1996, and has appeared in six NCAA Division I postseason bowl games, most recently in 2014 playing Arkansas State University in the GoDaddy Bowl; the Cardinals have an 0–7 record for bowl game appearances. Ball State annually competes against conference rival Northern Illinois, playing for the Bronze Stalk Trophy; Ball State holds a 1–5 record in the contest. Pete Lembo is the current head coach, a position he has held since 2011.

Bill Scholl was named Director of Intercollegiate Athletics in April 2012 after 23 years in the Notre Dame University athletic department.

Ball State competes in the NCAA Division I (FBS) and is part of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in all sports except for men's volleyball, where it competes in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA).

Ball State Cardinals logo
Ball State competes in the following NCAA sports[81]
Men's sports Women's sports
Sport Conference Sport Conference
Basketball I MAC Basketball I MAC
Golf I MAC Golf I MAC
Swimming I MAC Swimming I MAC
Tennis I MAC Tennis I MAC
Volleyball I MIVA Volleyball I MAC
Baseball I MAC Softball I MAC
Football I MAC Soccer I MAC
Field hockey I MAC
Gymnastics I MAC
Indoor Track & Field I MAC
Outdoor Track & Field I MAC
Cross country I MAC


Since 1976, the Department of Journalism has supported Cardinal Communications, a full-service, student-run public relations and advertising firm.[80]

WWHI, branded as WCRD, is a non-commercial radio station operated full-time by Ball State students from studios in the David Letterman Communication and Media Building.[78] WIPB, East Central Indiana's Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member station, broadcasts from the Ball Communication Building. The university is also home to WBSU-TV, a public-access cable television station which airs NewsLink Indiana. The Emmy Award-winning NewsLink Indiana is a student-produced news broadcasting operation that airs live on weekday evenings during the school year.[79]

The Ball State Daily News is a student newspaper with a daily circulation of 8,000 copies in the fall and spring semesters, publishing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during the summer semester.[76] Ball Bearings is a student magazine published four times throughout the school year.[77]


Fraternities[10] Sororities[75]

[74] As of March 2014, Ball State University is home to 34

There are 381 active student organizations and clubs on campus.[1] These include numerous student government, departmental and professional, special interest, and service groups, all sanctioned by the Office of Student Life in L. A. Pittenger Student Center.[65] There are 38 athletic and recreational clubs,[66] 26 religious groups,[67] and 14 performing arts organizations, including the 200-member LGBTQ students, among 12 others.[70] Ball State is often credited as one of the first universities in the nation to begin a Safe Zone training program, which began in 1992, to educate the public and empower LGBTQ allies and advocates.[71][72][73] Other notable groups include the Residence Hall Association, Student Government Association, and Student Voluntary Services.

The Pride of Mid-America Marching Band, one of the largest student organizations on campus.

Student organizations and activities

Residence halls and complexes
  • DeHority Complex
  • Elliott Hall
  • Johnson Complex
    • Botsford Hall
    • Swinford Hall
    • Schmidt Hall (Reopening in 2017)
    • Wilson Hall (Reopening in 2017)
  • University Apartments
    • Anthony
    • Scheidler
  • LaFollette Complex
    • Brayton Hall
    • Clevenger Hall
    • Edwards Hall
    • Hurst Hall
    • Knotts Hall
    • Mysch Hall
    • Shales Hall
    • Shively Hall (Closed)
    • Woody Hall
  • Noyer Complex
    • Baker Hall
    • Howick Hall
    • Klipple Hall
    • Williams Hall
  • Studebaker West
    • Davidson Hall
    • Painter Hall
    • Palmer Hall
    • Whitcraft Hall
  • Studebaker East
  • Kinghorn Hall
  • Park Hall
  • Wagoner Complex
    • Burkhardt Hall
    • Jeep Hall
  • Woodworth Complex

Ball State University operates 34 residence halls, 30 of which are located within seven complexes, housing 7,550 students.[61] Anthony and Schiedler Apartments on-campus accommodate upper-level single students, students with families, and university faculty and staff.[62] Prices vary for on-campus living with meal plan access to dining facilities. LaFollette Complex contains about 1,900 students, the highest capacity residence hall on campus.[63] All residence halls are coed, with the exception of female-only Woodworth Complex.[64]

Completed in 2010, Kinghorn Hall is the newest residence hall on campus.


Student life

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Miller College of Business' entrepreneurial management program in the top 15 in the nation since 1999.[58] Ball State University students and faculty have earned 43 Emmys and 126 Regional Emmy nominations.[59] The Teachers College graduate program was ranked 81st in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2013.[60] The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities and Burris Laboratory School have been included in Newsweek 's "Best High Schools" as recently as 2013.

Architect magazine ranked the university's Department of Architecture in the top three nationally for digital design and fabrication and one of six schools committed to social justice in the United States in 2010.[56] In 2007, Planetizen ranked the urban planning and historic preservation programs 17th and seventh in the nation, respectively.[57]

Intel Corporation ranked Ball State as the "most unwired" campus in the nation in 2005. The university's academic and administrative buildings, residence halls, and green spaces have wireless access fed by 625 Wi-Fi access points.[54] The university was ranked eighth by U.S. News & World Report's "up-and-coming" colleges and universities in 2011.[55]

University rankings
Forbes[51] 558
U.S. News & World Report[52] 168
Washington Monthly[53] 233


Bracken Library is the university's main library. Completed in 1975, Bracken houses five floors of classrooms, computer labs, private study suites, and video viewing suites. The library provides access to about 2.3 million books, periodicals, microforms, audiovisual materials, software, government publication maps, musical scores, archival records, and other information sources.[48] Bracken Library hosts the Ball State University Digital Media Repository, an open access resource containing over 130,000 digital objects in 64 collections, as well as the Center for Middletown Studies. System branches include the Architecture Library and the Science–Health Science Library. Over 1.1 million visits were made throughout the University Libraries system between 2011 and 2012.[49]

Library system

Ball State University has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools continuously since 1925.[47]

Ball State University offers seven associate degrees, 178 bachelor's, 99 master's, two specialist degrees, and 17 doctoral degrees through seven academic colleges. In 2012–2013, the average campus class size was 32 students, with a student-to-teacher ratio of 16 to 1.[46]

North Quad Building houses offices for Academic Advising and the College of Sciences and Humanities, among others.


For the 2014–2015 academic year, annual undergraduate tuition is $8,682 for in-state students and $23,948 for out-of-state students. Including technology, recreation, Health Center, and room and board fees, annual undergraduate expenses total about $17,804 for in-state students and $33,070 for out-of-state students.[44] For the 2014–2015 academic year, annual graduate tuition is $8,098 for in-state students, and $20,013 for out-of-state students. Including other fees, in-state graduate student expenses total $17,220 and $29,136 for out-of-state graduate students.[45]


As of the 2012–2013 school year, Ball State University's student population primarily consisted of Indiana residents (85.5 percent) with 14.5 percent being nonresidents.[43] 59.3 percent of the student body is female.[43] The university is selective, only admitting 67.5 percent of applicants.[1]

Ball State University enrolls approximately 21,000 students hailing from 48 states, two U.S. territories, about 43 countries, and every one of Indiana's 92 counties. Out-of-state students make up about 13 percent of on-campus enrollment, and ethnic minorities comprise about 12 percent. The university enrolls more than 675 international students.[42]

Student body U.S. Census
White (non-Hispanic) 84.4% 72.4%
African American 6.0% 12.6%
Asian American 0.9% 4.8%
Native American 0.2% 0.9%
Hispanic American (of any race) 2.9% 16.4%
Two or more races 2.1% 2.9%
International students 1.9% (N/A)

Student body


Ball State operates two satellite facilities in the state of Indiana: Ball State University Fishers Center and Ball State University Indianapolis Center. Ball State–Fishers is located in Fishers, Indiana, approximately 37 miles (60 km) southwest of the main campus.[37] Opened in 2001 in Downtown Indianapolis, Ball State–Indianapolis serves as an urban laboratory for the College of Architecture and Planning's Master of Urban Design (MUD) and Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development programs.[38] In 2013, the university announced plans to open an office in Fort Wayne, Indiana, approximately 70 miles (110 km) to the north, to serve with technical assistance, research, and student immersive learning projects.[39]

Satellite facilities

Former president Jo Ann Gora was a founding member of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, an initiative taken by several institutions to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their campuses.[35] In 2011, the Sustainable Endowments Institute gave the university a College Sustainability Report Card grade of "C+."[36]

Since 2007, six campus buildings have achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. The Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass is considered LEED certified. The David Letterman Communication and Media Building, Park Hall, DeHority Hall, Kinghorn Hall, and the Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center have earned LEED Silver certification. Studebaker East Complex and District Energy Station North have earned LEED Gold certification. Johnson A Residence Hall is anticipated to receive LEED certification when it opens in August 2015. Johnson B Residence Hall, upon reopening in 2017, will be designed to earn LEED certification.[33] The university's first green roof was installed on the North District Energy Station in 2011,[34] while a second smaller green roof was installed on the second floor of the Architecture Building in 2013.

At Spring 2009 Commencement, former president Jo Ann Gora announced Ball State's plan for the largest geothermal energy project in the United States.[17] Ball State has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 80,000 tons annually through the installation of a $65 million geothermal heating and cooling system and the closing of all four coal-fired boilers on campus. The move is expected to save the university $2 million in fuel costs annually. The geothermal system will consist of 4,000 boreholes and two energy stations on campus.[31] The system will consist of two underground loops to circulate water for heating and cooling throughout campus.[32]

Ball State has adopted environmental sustainability as a primary component to the university's strategic plan and vision.[15] Starting in the mid-2000s, all building additions and renovations are designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards. Standards include environmentally-friendly site selection, energy and water efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality, among others.[16] The university diverts 20 percent of its waste from landfills through recycling efforts[29] and also invests in hybrid vehicles, hybrid-electric shuttle buses, and vehicles that use E85.[30]

Park Hall (shown under construction in 2007) was one of the first LEED certified buildings on campus.


Recent building additions and expansions (early-1990s to present) have shied away from Brutalist designs, and instead, have been built to respect the scale and style of the university's older Collegiate Gothic buildings. While red and brown brick accented by limestone have remained the favored façade materials, large windows have become more commonplace in buildings constructed since the late-1990s to emphasize natural lighting. Examples of this architecture include the Alumni Center, Art and Journalism Building, Music Instruction Building, and the David Letterman Communication and Media Building.

Several modern campus buildings (early-1960s to early-1980s) have been built in Brutalist architecture, embracing blank walls and exposed concrete. Examples of this style include the Architecture Building, Bracken Library, and Whitinger Business Building. The Teachers College Building, built in 1968, is the tallest building on campus, at 10 floors and 138 feet (42 m).[28]

Most campus facilities feature red or brown brick façades with the exceptions of Elliott and Pruis Halls, each made of Indiana limestone. Completed in 1899 as the university's first building, the Frank A. Bracken Administration Building was built in Neoclassical style with a yellow brick façade.[27] Most campus facilities built prior to 1960 feature Collegiate Gothic architecture, including the Applied Technology Building, Ball Gymnasium, Burris Laboratory School, Fine Arts Building, and L. A. Pittenger Student Center.[27] Other examples include Burkhardt Building, North Quad Building, and Lucina Hall.

The Music Instruction Building at night, with Stephen Knapp's First Symphony in view.


The university provides a free shuttle service during the fall and spring semesters. Shuttles run on red, green, and blue loops every five to ten minutes, Monday through Thursday, from 7:15 am to 11:00 pm (7:15 am to 8:00 pm on Fridays), and every ten to 15 minutes on Sundays from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm.[26] Muncie Indiana Transit System (MITS) also provides free bus service to students on local routes, particularly on Routes 1, 2, 14, and 16 which run through campus.

York Prairie Creek, also known as Cardinal Creek, begins at the pond outside Park Hall on campus, winding northwest connecting to the Duck Pond before heading west toward the White River. The university's campus includes nearly 8,000 trees of about 625 species.[25]

Most of Ball State University's athletic facilities and intramural fields are located on the northernmost portion of campus near the intersection of McGalliard Road and Tillotson Avenue. These include Ball Diamond and Softball Field, Briner Sports Complex, Fisher Football Training Complex, and the 22,500-seat Scheumann Stadium, home to Ball State Cardinals football. The 11,500-seat John E. Worthen Arena anchors the central campus athletic facilities, including the Field Sports Building, the Health and Physical Activity Building, Lewellen Aquatic Center, and the Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Other facilities include the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center and Lucina Tennis Courts.

A Ball State Cardinals football game at Scheumann Stadium in 2008.

The newer quadrangle is located to the north and consists of a variety of modern buildings (1960–present), with such landmarks as Bracken Library, Emens Auditorium, and the Frog Baby Fountain, located on University Green. Shafer Tower is the focal point of the new quadrangle. Located in the median of McKinley Avenue, Shafer Tower is a 150-foot-tall (46 m) free-standing bell tower with a 48-bell carillon.[23] McKinley Avenue, which runs north-south through campus, acts as a spine or axis of activity connecting the two main quadrangles. The Scramble Light at the intersection of Riverside and McKinley is a pedestrian scramble that halts vehicular traffic in 30-second sequences, allowing pedestrians to cross the intersection in every direction, including diagonally.[24]

McKinley Avenue, looking northeast across the new quad.

Ball State University's campus spans 1,140 acres (4.6 km2)[1] and includes 106 buildings at 7,180,728 square feet (667,111.5 m2)[19] centered mostly around two main quadrangles. The original quadrangle, "Old Quad," anchors the south end of campus and includes most of the university's earliest academic buildings, Christy Woods, and the Wheeler-Thanhauser Orchid Collection and Species Bank. The focal points of the Old Quad are Beneficence and the Fine Arts Building, home to the David Owsley Museum of Art since 1935. The museum contains some 11,000 works valued at more than $40 million.[20] The museum is currently under renovation that will expand the total exhibition space from 17,179-to-27,000-square-foot (1,596.0 to 2,508.4 m2).[21] The Fine Arts Terrace, overlooking the Old Quad, hosts the annual spring commencement ceremonies.[22]

The Fine Arts Building, home to the David Owsley Museum of Art.


The university was defendant in the U.S. Supreme Court case Vance v. Ball State University, which dealt with who can be regarded as a "supervisor" for the purposes of harassment lawsuits. The case was argued November 26, 2012. In a 5–4 decision, the court ruled in favor of Ball State on June 24, 2013.[18]

The university has also adopted environmental sustainability as a primary component to the university's strategic plan and vision.[15] Starting in the mid-2000s, all building additions and renovations are designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards.[16] Ball State announced in 2009 that it would begin construction on the largest geothermal energy conversion project in U.S. history.[17]

Under the university's 14th president, Dr. Jo Ann Gora, over $520 million was committed to new construction and renovation projects throughout the Ball State campus.[14] Within the last decade, Ball State University adopted Education Redefined as its motto, focusing on "immersive learning" with the goal of engaging students across all academic programs in real-world projects. To date, there have been over 1,250 immersive learning projects, impacting residents in all of Indiana's 92 counties under the mentoring of faculty from every academic department.[14]

The university experienced another building boom beginning in the 2000s, with the openings of the Art and Journalism Building (2001), Shafer Tower (2001), the Music Instruction Building (2004), the David Letterman Communication and Media Building (2007), Park Hall (2007), Kinghorn Hall (2010), Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass (2010), and the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (2010).[14]

David Letterman Communication and Media Building dedication ceremony.

Recognizing the college's expanding academic curriculum and growing enrollment (10,066 students), the General Assembly approved renaming the school to Ball State University in 1965. Most of the university's largest residence halls were completed during this period of high growth, including DeHority Complex (1960), Noyer Complex (1962), Studebaker Complex (1965), LaFollette Complex (1967), and Johnson Complex (1969). Academic and athletic buildings, including Irving Gymnasium (1962), Emens Auditorium (1964), Cooper Science Complex (1967), Scheumann Stadium (1967), Carmichael Hall (1969), Teachers College Building (1969), Pruis Hall (1972), and Bracken Library (1974), also expanded the university's capacity and educational opportunities.

In 1961, Ball State became fully independent of Indiana State University through the creation of the Ball State College Board of Trustees.[13] The official name of the school was also changed to Ball State College. The Indiana General Assembly approved the development of a state-assisted architecture program, establishing the College of Architecture and Planning, which opened on March 23, 1965. The Center for Radio and Television (now named the College of Communication, Information, and Media) opened the following year, in 1966.

In 1935, the school added the Fine Arts Building for art, music, and dance instruction. Enrollment that year reached 1,151: 723 women and 428 men. As an expression of the many gifts from the Ball family since 1917, sculptor Daniel Chester French was commissioned by Muncie's chamber of commerce to cast a bronze fountain figure to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Ball brothers' gift to the state. His creation, the statue Beneficence, still stands today between the Administration Building and Lucina Hall where Talley Avenue ends at University Avenue.

Daniel Chester French's Beneficence.

During the regular legislative session of 1929, the General Assembly informally separated the Terre Haute and Muncie campuses of the state teachers college system, but it placed the governing of the Ball State campus under the Indiana State Teachers College Board of Trustees based in Terre Haute.[13] With this action, the school was renamed Ball State Teachers College. The following year, enrollment increased to 1,118, with 747 female and 371 male students.

The close relationship between the Balls and the school led to an unofficial moniker for the college, with many students, faculty, and local politicians casually referring to the school as "Ball State," a shorthand alternative to its longer, official name. During the 1922 short session of the Indiana legislature, the state renamed the school as Ball Teachers College. This was in recognition to the Ball family's continuing beneficence to the institution. During this act, the state also reorganized its relationship with Terre Haute and established a separate local board of trustees for the Muncie campus. In 1924, Ball Teachers College's trustees hired Benjamin J. Burris as the successor to President Linnaeus N. Hines. The Ball brothers continued giving to the university and partially funded the construction of the Science Hall (now called Burkhardt Building) in 1924 and an addition to Ball Gymnasium in 1925. By the 1925–1926 school year, Ball State enrollment reached 991 students: 697 women and 294 men. Based on the school's close relationship with the Ball Corporation, a long-running nickname for the school was "Fruit Jar Tech."[12]

assuming the role as first president of the university. William W. Parsons Normal Institute relocated to Muncie, adding its resources to what would officially be named the Indiana State Normal School – Eastern Division. An initial 235 students enrolled on June 17, 1918, with Marion. That same year, the Terre Haute in Indiana State Normal School's short session, state legislators accepted the gift of the school and land by the Ball Brothers. The state granted operating control of the Muncie campus and school buildings to the administrators of the Indiana General Assembly For $35,100, the Ball brothers bought the Administration Building and surrounding land. In early 1918, during the [11]