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Ball State University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Ball State University admissions are competitive as it has an acceptance rate of 62%. In the 2017-18 academic year, the university accepted 15017 applicants out of a pool of 24191. Out of the accepted, 3985 enrolled in the university.

  • The undergraduate freshman applicants can apply through the university’s online application portal, “Apply Now”.
  • The university has a different application portal for undergraduate international and transfers applicants.
  • Confirmation of enrollment is required either online or by mail by providing a 100 USD deposit.
  • Graduate applicants can apply through the university’s online application portal for graduates; the university has an autonomous application portal for international graduate applicants.
  • #YouAreWelcomeHere is a scholarship exclusively provided for international students.


Application PortalFreshman: Online Application
Transfer International: Online Application
Application Fee55 USD
Payment ModeCredit card or electronic check
Average admitted student GPA3.5
Acceptance Rate62%
Average SAT score1160
Average ACT score23
Tuition (Annual)Indiana Residents: 7890 USD
Out-of-State Residents: 24462 USD
Application PortalOnline Application
International: Online Application
Application Fee60 USD
Payment ModeVisa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover
Tuition (9 or more per credit hour)Indiana Residents: 7380 USD
Out-of-State Residents: 20322 USD

Ball State University Admission Deadlines

Enrollment DeadlinesFall: May 1
Spring: December 1
Summer: April 1
Priority Honors College Application DeadlineNovember 15
Priority Application Deadline with Full Scholarship DeadlineDecember 1
Priority Application DeadlinesSpring: December 1
Fall: March 1
Summer: April 1
FAFSA Filing DeadlineApril 15
International Application DeadlinesFall: July 7
Spring: November 24
Summer: March 23
#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship Application DeadlineFebruary 1
FallSeptember 16, 2019
SpringFebruary 3, 2020
SummerMay 26, 2020

Ball State University International Admissions

The university’s Ball State’s Rinker Center for International Programs facilitates international applicants with their application process. The Rinker Center is equipped to evaluate international credentials and to assist the applicants with special circumstances that might arise.

Following are the Ball State University admissions requirements for international applicants:

  • Academic records: High school transcripts and diplomas from all institutions. They must be submitted in English or with an official translation.
  • No GPA/SAT/ACT requirements.
  • If admitted, students are required to submit the following documentation:
    • Passport photocopy
    • Financial documentation: Students must document their ability to pay for living expenses and university fees through one of the following:
      • personal funding
      • private sponsorship
      • Ball State sponsorship
  • Registration for eShipGlobal is required to receive admissions & immigration documents.

Language Requirements for International Students

International students have to provide proof of English proficiency by fulfilling at least one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score: 79
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5
  • Pearson’s PTE of 53
  • SAT Critical Reading section or SAT Evidence-Base Reading and Writing score: 500
  • ACT English Section score of 21.

Ball State University Undergraduate Admissions

Office of Undergraduate Admissions is the body responsible for Ball State University admissions of undergraduate applicants. As of August 2018, Ball State is a test-optional institution for most incoming freshmen. This means applicants may choose whether they submit their SAT or ACT scores to the university. Not submitting test scores will not count against the applicant.

Requirements for undergraduate applicants:

  • Required courses:
    • 4 years of English
    • 3 years of mathematics
    • 3 years of science
    • 3 years of social studies
    • foreign language study (although recommended, but not required)

Transfer: The University accepts credits for 24000 courses nationally and 7500-plus courses from Indiana’s two- and four-year colleges and universities. The transfer students are required to maintain a GPA of at least 2.0.

Ball State University Graduate Admissions

Graduate school requirements for master's programs offered by Ball State University:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Either a cumulative baccalaureate GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of the baccalaureate.
  • Additional requirements may be required based on the program.

Ball State University Graduate Courses Admissions

  • The application portal for all the graduate courses is the university’s common application portal.
  • Application deadlines for all graduate courses are common.
  • The application fee for all graduate courses is 60 USD.
  • Minimum English language proficiency can be met by fulfilling one of the following:
CourseAcademic Requirements
M.S. MathematicsAn undergraduate major in mathematics or equivalent
M.S. Information and Communication SciencesA one- to two-page statement of the background and goals
M.S. ChemistryA BS or BA in chemistry and at least 1 year of calculus-based physical chemistry or equivalent; A cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; Additional requirements*
MBAMinimum acceptable GMAT scores: 450 total, 20 verbal, 20 quantitative scores, 3.0 analytical writing assessment;
Minimum GRE scores: 149 on the quantitative section, 149 on the verbal section;
Minimum GPA requirement: 2.75 in the undergraduate program; Additional Requirements**

*2 letters of reference and CV or resume

**Resume or CV

Ball State University is a test-optional institution, so applicants have a choice whether they want to submit their ACT or SAT scores to the university. The university believes that a student’s potential cannot be judged based on standardized tests alone so they have a more holistic process of admission. The evaluation process for those who submit their scores and those who do not will be quite similar.

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