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  • 07/10/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    38 out of 39 people found this review useful. 1 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ball State is great for Greek Life, Student Organizations, Student run publications, and student-run/school approved parties each saturday. There are plenty of areas for abroad study and preparing you for any profession where you might do graduate studies elsewhere.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ball State University is a great place with a beautiful campus that has many resources for prospective students. During orientation, all of the staff were extremely helpful and I learned many things that I did not know about the school (and I have lived in Muncie all my life)!

    Bang for the buck

    While the university is big-small in that it has large amounts of potential, while having a small campus feel, the prices can be quite expensive. Without financial aid, grants, and assistance, Ball State University can quickly became expensive. Thankfully, the programs in all areas from tuition aid to meal plans are well constructed and fit to your everyday life.

    Will enjoy being here

    The dorms are nice, there are lots of places to dine, and finding events, deals, and things to do are all easy tasks. I plan on enjoying both my time on campus learning as well as being involved with the many organizations that are available.

    Will learn a lot

    The staff and employees of the campus are both kind and knowledgeable of their areas. The presentations I have seen from professors during orientation demonstrates how varied they are and creative in their ways of instruction.

  • 09/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 out of 19 people found this review useful. 2 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Nursing, tcom, education majors, music majors, music education majors, singers, and several more just go to BSU.edu!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind when coming to college. If you don't like any of your classes and just aren't feeling the school it's ok to transfer I know several people who have transfered to BSU from other schools and vice versa. BSU is a fantastic place to attend school. Oh and pack an umbrella and rain boots... I promise you will need them.

    Bang for the buck

    Ball State is kind of pricy especially if you are out of state but you tuition does include several things. You can get free tutoring and study materials for just about anything. The library we have here is one of the best around. From journal articles to an AMAZING teacher's resource section and renting cd's and dvd's, BSU library has it all!

    Am enjoying being here

    I have done random roommate both years while in the dorm and BSU has done a fantastic job paring me up with somebody. I haven't had any problems with my roommate... except one was kind of smelly so bring some air freshener! Over all I am having a fantastic time at Ball State. I didn't think I would have this much fun at college. But you really do meet friends you will know for the rest of your life.

    Am learning a lot

    Ball State is giving me several opportunities to stand out from the crowd. I am an Elementary major and I will be studying abroad in the summer in Britain and I am also taking a couple immersive classes. Ball State is all about getting you in the field and collecting experience

  • 08/11/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 18 people found this review useful. 3 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    individuals who want to be involved: -teams -clubs -organizations -residents hall counsel This is a campus ran by students under the supervision of professionals. This is a College for students who are seeking Independence and success.

    Tips for prospective students

    ****NOTE**** be prepared!!! you never know what you need, from clothes (crazy weather in Indiana), supplies (projects on top of projects), laundry money, cleaning things (vacuum) and just know we do have community bath rooms so protect yourself and get some SHOWER SHOES and a caddy... oh and carry i.d. EVERYWHERE, you will need it for literally EVERYTHING

    Bang for the buck

    I'm assuming that this means Do you get what you pay for? and I would say you sure do!!! Though Ball State in on the expensive side, I'm glad to know I'm NOT paying lots for a little. BSU has great places to eat like, Woodworth, Noyer and the Atrium, to name my favs. They offer fresh food, made to order. And if you want some great wings but cause afford Buffalo Wild Wings, get some wings from Lafollette! YUM! lol but I'm also paying for a convenient shuttle service called Charlie Charter or the regular shuttles to and from class on those cold early morning and nights. The only thing is I wish parking wasn't so limited and the food was open until 12am some days.

    Am enjoying being here

    This University and the community offers so many things that make me feel comfortable. BSU offers tons of things to do, so I don't feel like I'm only wrapped up in my studies. I have time to step away from hard studying with the many events going on, on campus or even if I just want to work out for a little while, bsu has a GREAT exercise faculty and tons on organizations and teams to get involved in. AND everything is in walking distance on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    BSU offers lots of educational opportunities. Weather your seeking help from peers, professors or advisers, there is tons of help everywhere. Being a student here at Ball State, I've learned many different ways of learning. BSU offers a wide range of courses that I look forward to attending.

  • 07/12/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 12 people found this review useful. 4 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ball State is good for anyone. If you are someone who is shy, well you have come to the right place. We are here to help you come out of your bubble and meet new people. We are here to support everyone one and help everyone succeed in their plans.

    Tips for prospective students

    Here at Ball State University, the best thing to do is to get involved. Ball State is good at making everyone welcomed and is good at being very diverged. No one here should ever feel left out or out of place cause we are good at making sure no one is. Ball state is a great place to be. A ton of fun and home welcoming place. There is something to do for everyone!!!

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something to do and people to meet. Everyone here is nice and friendly. When students get involved in activities on campus, you will see that there is always people who care. It is better to be involved and have fun. Be a dare devil and come out of your bubble. Talk to people and become friends with others that way you can have fun and have something to do when it is raining or freezing outside!!!! The buildings are close and easy to get to, and the professors are here to help everyone succeed. They want everyone to get good grades and everyone to do their best.

  • 01/05/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 5 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for social people. We have Greek fraternities and sororities, but you do not have to be in them to have a good time. Music students. Everyone tends to go to IU, but if you want a little less stress in your life, I recommend coming to Ball State. Creative people in general. Our campus is a work of art, let alone our classes and majors. Anyone really. There is a club for just about anything and anyone is welcome to join. I took up fencing. It was amazing to learn something new.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not bring a relationship to college. You are starting a new chapter in your life and you are bringing something that is going to put a lot of stress on that relationship. Open up to people around here. You will make a lot of great, new friends and it sucks to have to go home every weekend just to see people. If you can, find a roommate before you move into your dorm. I ended up with a roommate that was just horrid. I think I would have been a lot better off living with someone I knew and was friends with than a complete stranger. If you are going to drink, be smart about it. Majors dealing with nursing, education, law, etc., you can lose everything if you are arrested for drinking.

    Bang for the buck

    In state tuition is pretty good here. Living on campus is hardly worth paying so much. I did not enjoy dorm living, especially for how much I had to pay to live there. However, I do see that Ball State tries to take you in effect. They try to put you in places where you will be with people in the same major or at least in some of your classes so you are not teamed up with a bunch of strangers. I highly suggest taking summer classes if you live in state. Core classes tend to be pretty in-expensive and you are not in class as long.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being here for the most part. I graduated from a high school in Indiana so I was concerned that I would see a lot of people from my high school. I do see people from high school, but I do not see them all the time. Ball State opened me up to a lot of people from all over, including people from other countries. Not to mention there is always something to do on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    I feel that Ball State University wants you to succeed. If you actually pay attention in class and at least do the minimum of what you need to do in the class, I think you'll be just fine. The professors are what I enjoy the most. They are very personable and will try their best to help you. Sometimes, it can be pretty obvious that some degrees are a lot more in depth and need a lot more time dedicated to them than other degrees. I am here for Music Education. I have been challenged but I come out of the class feeling like I have learned a lot more than I did coming in.

  • 06/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 9 people found this review useful. 6 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ball State has many well know and highly reputable programs including business, telecommunications, teaching, architecture and many more. It is a really great place to live and study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships early! Use the school website it is very easy to navigate and if very helpful! Residence life does a pretty good job of matching roommates in my experience, so don't worry too much if you can't find a roommate. Use the MITS bus it is free for students and you can at least get to the most critical places in muncie without a car or the long hike out to the football parking lot! If your a freshman just keep in mind that the football parking lot is a long way off and you can't park on campus except on weekends, so a bike might be better for freshman year if you are living on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Ball State offers a huge number of scholarships just remember apply early and really try hard on those scholarship essays, they count! Also the number of activities and opportunities Ball State provides to students free of charge is amazing. We can get free tickets to shows that the community pays 30 dollars or more for and they aren't just back row seats either (I got tickets about 7-10 rows from the stage!). The LateNite program is nice it is free for students and provides free food!

    Am enjoying being here

    The college is great there is always lots to do and plenty to be involved in! There are clubs for just about every interest from knitting to sky diving! Ball State is constantly building improving and updating their facilities, soon we will have a indoor rock climbing wall, bike shop and outdoor gear store all right here on campus! Dining Services on this campus are some of the best I have found ANYWHERE! There is a huge selection and they are pretty evenly spread all over campus for easy access. Ball State is a great place to be and you should definitely check it out, the website is a great resource!

    Am learning a lot

    So far all the professors are great, they will work with you and are very willing to meet with you even outside of office hours if you make an appointment. Classes for the most part are approximately 100 or less from my experience even in the core curriculum classes.

  • 08/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 8 people found this review useful. 7 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Architecture Journalism Telecommunications Education Those who may not know what they'd like to do yet Those that don't mind small towns

    Tips for prospective students

    Get out of your comfort zone, find an organization that relates to what you like/want to do after graduating/getting your degree and work to better that organization in some way. In turn, you will better yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    While moderately expensive at times, Ball State is a good school. For journalism, architecture and telecommunications students, you certainly get a good deal for coming here for reasons stated above. The dining areas have pretty good food; which places you'll like depend on your tastes, but you can find at least one place you would eat at frequently. The newer dorms are very nice (Park and Dehority are like almost hotel-like; Elliot [Hogwarts in some circles] looks like a castle) while the older ones are still decent. Free public bus rides and good opportunities for obtaining scholarships/internships through the website help this category quite a bit.

    Am enjoying being here

    The surrounding city isn't that lively, yet their are plenty of organizations and events to make up for that. If you put forth an effort, you can find a group that you would enjoy being a part of. There are nearby restaurants and bars in The Village (a cluster of establishments near campus), but beyond what's on or right around campus, this isn't much the city itself has to offer. Downtown Muncie has a few bars/restaurants/stores to go to and sometimes art walks are held down there. Don't expect an exciting time off campus here.

    Am learning a lot

    All of the professors in the Journalism and TCOM departments all where their hearts on their sleeves; they clearly love their professions and create friendly yet professional atmospheres in their classes. Between being able to write for and learn from the daily newspaper, being a part of one of the many student run organizations and having the genuinely state of the art facilities for just about all my classes, I'm learning much of what I'll need to know.

  • 12/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 8 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    ball state offers tons of different clubs, organizations, and even majors that will fit anyone's needs. i personally feel like just about anyone can come to ball state and feel at home. it's an easy place to feel accepted.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved as soon as you can (preferably the first few weeks). you meet so many new and interesting people, people you never in a million years thought you'd be friends with. this isn't high school anymore, so you don't have to have your little cliches anymore. you're aloud to be your own person,choose to do whatever you want. think being in the ball room dancing club sounds fun? or humans versus zombies? go for it, chances are you're not going to be the only one to show up for the first meeting. =]

    Bang for the buck

    i can't tell you how much free stuff i recieved within the first few weeks of school. i think half my wardrobe consists of ball state tshirts that they were just handing out to anyone that walked by. with your meal plans, you get a lot of food for the 7.55 you're given. all the food is really cheap. you get a lot for your money, for example, access to an amazing new gym, free plays, and a bus that will take you anywhere in Muncie.

    Am enjoying being here

    i always have something to do at ball state, whether it's going to CRU, being involved with hall council, or just going out with friends on the weekends. i'm never ever bored. i love everything about the campus, from bracken library to the food (we have the BEST college campus food). ball state isn't too big, but it's also not too small. it's honestly the perfect size.

    Am learning a lot

    i'm not afraid to ask questions here. i thought that going into college i'd feel too intimidated by my professors and refuse to talk to them. however, after my first chemistry class i had an actual conversation with my chemistry teacher and he was more than happy to answer all the questions i had about the lecture. they actually care about your grades and when they care, you care which causes you to learn a lot more.

  • 01/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 9 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Just keep an open mind about college and call your parents at least once a day find out more information at bsu.edu and email is your best friend

    Tips for prospective students

    Moving away from home will be the hardest adjustment. Find an organization that you will like and enjoy. Be prepared for Muncie weather-it seems to rain a lot. bring quarters-they equal your life. community bathroom-shower-bathrooms-so flip flops-caddy limit amount of time on facebook.

    Bang for the buck

    Though college tuition is not cheap, Ball State is one of the cheapest Indiana public colleges. Its cheaper than IU and Purdue, and less than private colleges. Ball State is willing to help, with scholarships and financial aid if needed. There are many job opportunities as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are many dorms for students to live in, and building even newer dorms. Dorm rooms can be comfortable if you know how to use space wisely. There are many places to eat, and you cannot go wrong with the 4 meal plans they offer. They offer Friday night movies, and also late night on Saturday nights, along with fun events through out the year. Late night are themed events, and fun.

    Am learning a lot

    Ball State University is a great place to get a college education. As they say, Education Redefined. All professors and grad students are there to help. The learning center is an amazing place to get help with tutoring done by peers or even professors. Even hall directors and RA's are willing to help.

  • 07/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 10 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school for you if you want to meet tons of people from different walks of life, who all want to experience life in a way that they never have before. If you want to be challenged, come to this school. You will learn so much!

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important to always be yourself: when looking for a school, applying for scholarships, and becoming your own person. Ball State is great if that is you! Make sure to be diligent in your search. You will find the right school for you.

    Bang for the buck

    I love the campus, and I loved being there, but it was a burden having to find money to go there. Ball State did do a great job, however, with helping me find a way to pay for school.

    Am enjoying being here

    I felt so welcome within the first week of being on campus. Those that had been attending Ball State in years past were so kind to all of the incoming freshman. Throughout the year, there were so many opportunities to get involved, which made me feel so comfortable being on campus!

    Am learning a lot

    The professors that I have had thus far are so great about giving you the facts that have to do with their class based upon the literature in the class in a manor that keeps you listening and holds your attention.

  • 08/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 11 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who have a passion and desire to learn. Students who aren't sure what they want to do yet. Students with a wide variety of interests and tastes. Students who are willing to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take time to get to know the campus and make sure you're aware of all it has to offer. Get to know the school web-site very well, as well as the professors in your major.

    Bang for the buck

    Ball State has its ways to take your money, but they can easily be avoided. The meal plan is a good way to empty your checkbook, as well as book rental. Shop online or stores elsewhere for your books, and make sure you're spending your meal money.

    Am enjoying being here

    Ball State has a variety of events and opportunities to keep you from ever being bored. There are a wide variety of student organizations ranging from every possible activity. The campus is continuing to be improved aesthetically and the buildings are state of the art.

    Am learning a lot

    Ball State both allows and requires each student to receive a well-rounded education while in attendance. There are a variety of options and availabilities to ensure that you receive the education you desire. The teachers are all top notch and the best at their job. Each course is a challenge and an opportunity to gain knowledge and learn lessons. There is always something to keep you busy regardless of your taste.

  • 12/16/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 12 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All students. If you're looking for a college that's not too large but not too small, then choose Ball State. Maybe you're looking for a campus that's nearby to boutiques and restaurants, then choose Ball State and visit The Village. Ball State has something for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come to campus with you mind set on one specific major. Be open to trying new things and meeting new people. Join a club or organization, maybe even a team sport. Don't be afraid to ask for help, that's why Ball State offers free tutoring services. Get out and be active there's always something new to do. Enjoy yourself, this is college this is where dreams are made!

    Bang for the buck

    When you are a Ball State Cardinal you definitely get what you pay for. Though college tuition is not cheap at Ball State it is worth it to attend such a well rounded university. Private schools cost twice as much and other public schools that may be cheaper will not give you the college experience you may be looking for. Ball State does. With group and individual activities, tutoring, career opportunities, entertainment, and free transportation Ball State really knows how to help out a college student.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being at Ball State University because there's always something to do. If you're bored during the week there are always guest speakers to see about any major or topic. There are also comedians who visit campus, as well as hypnotists and other forms of entertainment. There is also Late Nite which is a student-run party for students to attend on Saturday nights. This allows students with an alternative to alcohol and drugs. The campus is very clean and well organized. The dorm rooms are actually quite spacey and there are plenty of choices for dining. Ball State also allows job opportunities for students who are looking to make extra money. The residence halls are safe and the staff is very friendly.

    Am learning a lot

    Here at Ball State University, I am learning so much. Not only do I have well respected staff members teaching me all I need to know about every subject I am interested in, but I am also learning how to get involved in the college experience.

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 13 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ball State offers a variety of majors and minors to its students. However, if you are an Architecture major, Telecommunications major, Business major, Music/Theater major, or Teaching major then I think this school has a lot to offer you. Of course, if you are also a General Studies major, Psychology major, Nursing major, and scientific field major, any kind of physical therapy or medical technology major, this university also offers you a grand opportunity to earn a well-rounded degree. There are of course also many other departments and majors and minors offered, and all it takes is for you to access the Ball State website at www.bsu.edu to read more about them.

    Tips for prospective students

    My first bit of advise is do not be afraid to share a dorm with someone you have never met before. I know you hear stories about the horrendous things this complete stranger can do, but most cases do not end in that manner. A good number of roommates end up being friends, or at least pleasant acquaintances. And don't forget to leave your dorm room door open when you aren't changing or sleeping! It's a great way to meet the people in your halls (even try going around your building and introducing yourself to others who have their doors open as well). Also, do not be afraid to sit next to a stranger in a classroom. I know we all go for that empty seat that sits alone, but you're not going to make many friends sitting by yourself. Also, when in the classroom, a good number of professors are going to allow you to use your laptops to take notes. Please do not abuse this privilege. I've had professors ban a whole class from using their laptops in class because one or two people simply could not stay off of facebook. Also, you'll quickly find it's rather hard to pay attention and take care of your farmville at the same time. Same goes for cell phones. It's so embarrassing to be that one person who doesn't put their phone on vibrate and suddenly it's singing Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus for everyone to hear (and it's even more embarrassing when you're professor asks you to sing a verse from Buttercup as punishment for leaving your phone on in class). If you know you are not going to be able to get up at 7 in the morning, do not sign up for an 8 am class unless it's a class you enjoy going to and know you'll find the motivation to get up and go. If you're ever in need of a little extra spending cash, Lucina Hall has the career center that offers campus jobs all year round. Also, if you feel your class is too far away, or it's just too cold outside to walk to the other end of campus, then leave a bit earlier for your class and try to catch a shuttle that runs back and forth across campus. Lastly, there are three stores--the campus one and the two in The Village--which sell textbooks. Shop around before you buy (or sell back) so you can get the most for your money.

    Bang for the buck

    Admittedly, at times, the costs can be a bit too much for some students. However, whether you are and in-state or out-of-state student, I feel that the costs are decently fair in comparison with some other bigger name universities in Indiana. Even if you are having difficulties paying the fees, the financial aide center is ever willing to advise you when you need the help most.

    Am enjoying being here

    I considering this campus to be my home away from home. Before coming here you dread living in the dorms and rooming with a complete stranger. But after being here for just a little bit, you quickly come to love the campus because of it's beauty and accessibility, but it's also so easy to make new friends just about every corner you turn. The environment is almost always friendly, and even in stressful times like finals week you can always find a place to relax--whether that's in the first floor lounge of the dorms, or sitting out by the duck-pond when it's nice and warm outside. One of the things I enjoy most about this campus is that, even if you don't have a car, you can still find your way to the nearest Subway, or even the mall or Walmart. The city buses are well maintained and free for any Ball State student to ride any day of the week. They go right the campus and make stops at the Muncie Mall, Target, Muncie Plaza (which includes the movie theater and Kohl's), Walmart, and even the Silvertree Apartments (so even if you live off campus, you can still find your way back here). Then just at the end of campus we have what is called The Village that includes a Subway, a Jimmy John's (which delivers to the dorms), and the infamous Carter's Hot Dogs as well as Greek's Pizza. Papa John's may not be in walking distance, but they deliver directly to the dorms any day they are open. This campus is build to be convenient and with the chance to always find something fun to do.

    Am learning a lot

    Ball State University definitely offers a lot when it comes to the quality of your education. While large lecture halls exist, a good number of your classes are close and personal, giving the professor an opportunity to know you and better assist you personally when you feel you need it most. The professors are always willing to help and help you get the most out of your classes. Of course, some people do have difficulty learning some material, but the extensive tutoring network is always there for any class. Whether it's at the Learning Center or through the teaching assistants for that specific class. There are even learning assistants who live right in the dorms and can set up tutoring sessions close to home. Sometimes the costs can mount up, but you're definitely getting something out of it.

  • 10/15/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ball State is great for any type of student. There are environments for all types. If you like to take it a little easy and not worry too much about your studies, then LaFollette is your dream dorm and a big lecture hall is your ideal classroom. However, if you want to be in on the action and involved with your studies, try living in Park Hall. Also, go for the Honors College classes. They are much more discussion based, and, actually, sometimes much easier to handle than the main campus courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should remember to vary their dining options. While it's quick and easy to go to the closest place every night, just remember that any food can make you sick if you have too much of it. Also, if you are in a major that has any type of studio, be prepared to lose sleep. Not everything can get done in a four-hour class session, and if you try it, you (and your professors) may not be happy with the results. Just remember that there are some majors that are easier than others... but you should really pick what suits you.

    Bang for the buck

    Depending on your financial aid and scholarships, Ball State can be a great deal. My husband and I are living off campus, and with our scholarships included, only paying about 3000 each per year. Sure, there are better deals out there, and its also possible that you may have to go full price. However, Ball State is a good choice for a tight budget--and you still get all that good ol' college experience, too.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus can be very beautiful at times, when construction isn't going on. As for the dorms, some are better than others. The older dorms on campus: Johnson, LaFollette, are in need of some repairs, but they are the quintessential college dorm. The newer dorms on campus are slightly more luxurious, but don't be fooled. While you may be going into the new DeHority and Kinghorn Halls in awe at the decor and hotel-like feeling, just remember that drywall does not block out sound well at all.

    Am learning a lot

    Ball State's academics can be either very rewarding or a huge disappointment--depending on what you study. In my first year, I majored in architecture, hoping to learn more about the profession and the craft involved. However, I was sorely disappointed as I found that the academia involved in the architecture program's first year was designed entirely to make students quit. I changed my major to English (something I enjoyed more anyway), and I have never regretted the decision. The English department really hones your skills and tells you exactly how it is. Sure, the job market may not be great for English majors, but with the skills and the knowledge that this department has imparted upon me, I feel that I actually have a chance in the world.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 15 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are emergency buttons all over campus and buildings to walk through if you have to walk at night.

    Greek Life

    The frats and sororities are always having events around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of groups on campus that range from academic to just fun. Basically any hobby you have can be found here.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like architecture or art, there are plenty of opportunities here for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a guy who rides around on a razor scooter ever Friday, covered completely on blue paint and wearing a cape that says Happy Friday

    Bang for the buck

    I love this school, but it's really wringing me out as far as money goes.

    What to do for fun

    Friday nights are fun on campus because there are always free movies playing. Saturday nights, there are on-campus parties with free food and fun things to do.

    Food and Dining

    Try the Quiznos, it's pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    As Environmental Chair of my hall's Hall Council, I can say that the dorms are always full of fun experiences and helpful events.

    Academic Rigor

    I've only been through one year, but some of the classes have really challenged me while others have seemed like refreshers from high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take charge with your advisers, sometimes they think they know what you want and a misunderstanding can set you back.

    In three sentences

    This school has opened up so many opportunities for me. There are so many things offered here. I wouldn't want any other school.

  • 07/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 16 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ball state is for all types of students. One thing I love about Ball State is them emphases on diversity and unity of all different types of people.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the Ball State community. The people are all kind and friendly. There is always something going on on campus and therefore there is always something to do. There are a variety of events throughout the year.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at Ball State are all about getting the students to learn. The professors are always willing to help. The professors are nice and do not hesitate to see students outside of class to further help them if need be.

  • 12/02/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 252

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    Great for these types of students

    Ball State is great for any student who has the hopes of becoming a successful adult!

    Tips for prospective students

    College is a fun time in your life and you are given a ton of freedom. However, remember that the freedom you are given should be taken as a form of responsibility. Having fun is okay, but you have to remember its not everything. Making the grade and going to class is just as important. Go to class, study, then go have fun. If you keep your priorities in line, you will succeed here at Ball State University!

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to many of the other colleges i looked at Ball State was one of the cheaper schools. I truly feel like I have got a good deal for being here! The campus is beautiful, the teachers are awesome, and all together Ball State gives you your moneys worth!

    Am enjoying being here

    Along with the academics Ball State is also concerned with the fun their students have. They make sure that there is a program for nearly every student on campus. They hold events that are out of this world and are a safe place for students go. They understand that college isn't all about the studying and grades, college is also about making friends and having a good time.

    Am learning a lot

    Ball State University is college that is concerned with the learning of their students. So far I have never run into a professor that doesn't care about their students. Ball State also has many nation wide ranked programs. Choosing BSU would be one of the best decisions you could make!

  • 12/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 18 of 252

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    Great for these types of students

    BSU is a great place for just about anyone. Ball State offers a wide range of options for majors and there are people available to help you decide your major if you are undecided. Teamwork and perseverance are a great way to tackle your future and Ball State is a Great place to start.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into as many schools and visit as many schools as possible before making your decision as to which college you will attend. This will help reinforce your decision by seeing what other colleges have to offer

    Bang for the buck

    Education can become very expensive, however, going to Ball State is worth it. There are a lot of scholarships and financial aids to help ease the cost of tution as well. The school also grants some scholarships as well to top scholar students. By keeping good grades, people are bound to notice and throw some money your way.

    Am enjoying being here

    College is the best experience and being at Ball State has made it that much better. It's like a home away from home. I live in Stu West on the ninth floor and everyone on my floor is very considerate and willing to help each other out. The food is also very good and is not your typical cafeteria food.

    Am learning a lot

    Ball State's professors are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure your education is rewarding. They want you to see you succeed and are willing to help in any way possible. Any questions that you may have, they are willing to answer and don't make you feel as though your question was stupid

  • 10/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 19 of 252

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    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a compromise between very large and very small schools. Students with ample scholarships, aid, or funds. Independent students unafraid to get involved and try new things. BSU has a large population of physically disabled students.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Get your financial aid and scholarships in order. -If you had some decent standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT) definitely apply to the Honors College, it's not a huge extra step. The benefits include smaller class sizes, a nice (air-conditioned) freshman dorm, better library privileges, and other perks. -Get involved, ASAP. There are tons of activities and organizations just waiting for you to find them.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is pretty expensive, especially for out of state students, but with financial aid and scholarships, it can be extremely affordable. Ball State offers 'meal plans' which are paid for with on-campus room and board and make on-campus dining easy and pretty affordable. Both bus systems, campus-wide and city-wide, are completely free for BSU students.

    Am enjoying being here

    Every week events involving politics, live music, the cultures of foreign countries, community service, and general entertainment take place. BSU frequently hosts speakers on all topics from a huge variety of backgrounds (from Congress, the CDC, and an Olympic Quad-Rugby team). BSU has a fairly large population but is spread over a fairly small area. Walking between classes is not difficult.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of my current professors are really great (as opposed to information faucets) and are very willing to spend extra time in a variety of ways, from routine study sessions for each test to extensive office hours, to help you learn what you want to learn. There are also many campus resources to offer help with specific courses. Ball State also houses an Honors College. The Honors College boasts very small class sizes and a different, more discussion-based, learning style.

  • 11/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 20 of 252

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    Great for these types of students

    Ball State is great for students who like small class sizes, close relationships with your professors, and chances to get involved on campus and in your community.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, and make sure you visit any college you're considering. I didn't find out that I couldn't afford my first choice school until March (it was out of state, and I was waiting for the results of a scholarship contest sponsored by that school). When I found out I wasn't going there after all, I panicked because it was the only school I had visited. The first school on my what do I do now list was Ball State. I came here, and fell in love immediately!

    Bang for the buck

    I think that I am definitely getting my money's worth! The only complaint I have is the meal plan. Dorm food is okay, but it gets old after a while, especially for someone who loves to cook her own food.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are a lot of extracurricular opportunities available on-campus that make Ball State an exciting place to be. I am currently involved in the Christian Campus House and Student Council for Exceptional Children, and I was in Hall Council last semester. I'm also involved in an immersive learning program where I have the change to get into the community and work with people from Muncie on a daily basis.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a dual major in Elementary Education/Special Education, Exceptional Needs: Mild Interventions, and I absolutely love it! BSU offers plenty of hands-on experiences in the classroom settings to help you prepare for student teaching and your own classroom.

  • 01/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 21 of 252

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    Great for these types of students

    This campus seems to have a lot of people majoring in journalism/telecommunications, business, nursing, and teaching. Also, this campus is great for people who want to get involved with things rather than sitting in their dorm rooms. If you do not want to be involved with anything, I suggest you DO NOT come here.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school offers a plan where you can sign a housing and dining contract for two years. No matter what, I suggest that you sign this. There are some great perks with it like early moving-in dates, free parking, extra dining allowance, priority choice for residence halls the following year, and pay the same rates for two years!!!!

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are worth the money. The housing could be better considering they are constantly upgrading the dorms. There is a weekly event called Late Nite that is paid for with tuition money, and the event is not worth the weekly cost of $5000. Students are free, however. The food is priced a bit too high, but it is college. This should be expected.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have met so many nice people, teachers and students. People on your dorm floor are like another family here, and they help you with homework, homesickness, or will just come over and chat! They are a pleasant distraction. The people I have met make this place much more enjoyable.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned a lot about my major, more than I thought I would, in my freshman year. The teachers are very helpful and willing to meet with you for any reason at all!

  • 05/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 22 of 252

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    Great for these types of students

    Ball State has one of the leading Telecommunications programs in the country. Its an exciting, hands-on program for anyone looking to get involved with Film, Television, Radio, Broadcasting, Journalism, News. Ball State has the most recent technology available to its students. BSU is also great for majors in Teaching, Architecture, and Theatre.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for the Honors College. Its like a small liberal arts college within Ball State. Classes are smaller and discussion-based, and there are lots of perks to being an Honors Student, such as the new Residence Hall.

    Bang for the buck

    Ball State provides a top-notch education for much less than other schools. There are great scholarships and financial aid available as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere on campus is upbeat and exciting. People are nice and the campus is safe. There is something for everyone, with hundreds of student organizations from sports and dancing to film and knitting clubs.

    Am learning a lot

    Ball State pushes academic excellence. The students learn a lot, not only academically, but about themselves as well.

  • 10/24/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 252

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, adventurous, and motivated students

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun and put yourself out there. Be sure to stay on top of your studies, but you can still go out and have fun afterwards. Make lots of friends, it will make things much easier.

    Bang for the buck

    Ball State has a lower tuition than several other schools I was looking at. College is not cheap, but it's completely worth it-as long as students take their studies seriously. The professors here are dedicated to their subjects and are always willing to help out their students.

    Am enjoying being here

    The social life is awesome, IF you put yourself out there. There is always something going on around campus, and often times in your dorm building.

    Am learning a lot

    My classes are more of review at the moment. It really depends on the classes you take. I do, however, feel like I'm learning more than in high school. As I get into different classes, I think that I will be learning a lot more.

  • 12/30/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 24 of 252

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for any student. Ball State is very accessible for any type of student with any type of physical handicap or impairment. Ball State is very well known for its Teacher Education programs, as well as many others. There are many students that are extreme academic overachievers that are able to enjoy full semesters with ECAs and many courses, as well as some who prefer to take light courseloads and work things out slowly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come see the campus. Schedule a visit, take a tour, and then stick around and explore after the tour is done with, so you can experience the whole area. It is truly a worthwhile school and I urge you to apply.

    Bang for the buck

    Professors and classes are high quality. The residence halls are very nice and well maintained. We have many options for dining, such as Starbuck's, Jamba Juice, Chic-fil-a, etc. These are simply not offered in many other places and we can use our meal plans to eat there.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is absolutely gorgeous. I enjoy the classes, but I enjoy walking about the campus and taking it all in. Also, with Minnetrista Nature Center close, it is very easy to find natural beauty. Further, the people are all very nice and welcoming. Truly a wonderful experience.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are rigorous enough to make sure that students get their money's worth, but not so difficult that one must struggle. They cover a lot of material and have high, yet attainable standards of their students academically.

  • 01/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 252

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    Great for these types of students

    Ball State University is a great school for any and every kind of student. I guarantee there is a group that will catch your interest.

    Tips for prospective students

    A few tips: -Do not room with your best friend. -Get involved with student life. -Make sure to get supplies for class before you need it. -If you have a car and plan to use it at school, make sure to park in the right areas. -Go to every class - DO THE HOMEWORK.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Ball State can seem expensive the wonderful school is actually a lot cheaper than most schools it's size. Included in my tuition is three meals a day, an air condition dorm room and many free programs to get involved with. The pay is not so bad for what you get with the great education.

    Am enjoying being here

    After getting through the first couple of weeks being away from home, I had developed my natural routine. Ever since then the time on campus has been fun. Everything is on campus including food, fun, gyms, sports and more activities that groups put on for the students. The dorms are small but it is always nice to have a place to call home. But once again after the routine sets in college life is smooth sailing.

    Am learning a lot

    Out of all my classes the faculty members have been very helpful by answering my questions both respectfully and knowledgeably. Although many of my classes are core curriculum classes that i have to take some have already been for my major of Architecture. I also learn outside of class through the groups on campus and the programs they offer.

  • 01/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 252

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    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in fraternities and sororities, along with other clubs and activities. Students interested in majors such as eduation, telecommunications, criminal justice/criminology, business, journalism, and many others. If you have interests, Ball State University most likely has something for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even though procratination is difficult to overcome, I would recommend that. There are many times when students want to relax and take a break from their work, which is fine, but finishing the work as soon as possible and as efficient as possible will relieve those stresses of the work itself. Once way to organize your work is to make a priority list of the most important work to finish first, based on your own opinion.

    Bang for the buck

    The price of attending Ball State can definitely be overwhelming, especially if your family is having financial troubles. However, there are many programs and different types of aid that BSU is willing to help you with.

    Am enjoying being here

    I live on campus, and I can say that it has been the best experience. There are many convenient dining places close to and around campus, and there are many different dorms to accommodate different lifestyles. For example, one can request a dorm based on the living-learning communities they provide (students can live in a dorm solely based on their major so that they can interact with people that have the same classes or share the same interests, etc). Overall, dorm life can be a wonderful experience if you're a people person.

    Am learning a lot

    Depending on the professors you get and the classes you take, you will learn a lot from this university. Many of the professors are dedicated to help students succeed and grow with knowledge. Not only will you learn from your classes, but the campus life will also provide many new learning experiences. There are endless abilities at BSU.

  • 04/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 252

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    Great for these types of students

    Ball State is a great place for many different majors. I would say that Ball State is great for Education majors though. When Ball State was first founded it was a teachers college and the program has gotten better and better. Ball State has the best teaching program in the state.

    Tips for prospective students

    Making friends at your school is major. If you don't have people at the school that you like then you will be miserable. Also finding friends within your major is great, that way you can work on homework together and study for tests. Also get to know your professors. They are willing to help if you will just talk to them. They might also help you get a job in the future.

    Bang for the buck

    There is a lot of stuff to do at Ball State that is included in part of your tuition. There are musical performances, theatre performances, Friday night film works, which is where they will show a recently released movie, Late Night, there is games, food, music, movies, etc., the carnival and sporting events are free for ball state students. Also some of the music and theatre performances aren't free but are five dollars if you have your Ball State id. There is so much to do and it doesn't hardly cost anything.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being here at Ball State! First, the campus is beautiful! I have never been to a campus as pretty as Ball State. Another enjoyment for me is that it distanced me from home but not so far that I could never go home. It is also a nice size campus. It's not so huge that you have to leave for class an hour before it starts but it is still a decent size.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a Math Education Major and I learn tons each semesters. The classes can be challenging but not so difficult that you cannot get through them. There are many ways that you can get help. Many of the teachers will help you do your homework and make sure you understand what is going on.

  • 04/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 28 of 252

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    Great for these types of students

    I really believe that any average student and above can attend Ball State. Provided you find a way to afford it and that you get accepted, you won't have to worry too much about how well you fit in here.

    Tips for prospective students

    I can't strees this enough: GET ALL YOUR FINANCIAL PAPERWORK DONE BEFORE YOU START COLLEGE FOR THE YEAR. Beleive me, it's a real pain to have to worry about all that whill you are going to school.

    Bang for the buck

    Ball State is one of the cheapest schools in Indiana. Tuition is surprisingly low. However, the only issue I have is the cost of room and board, which is a little high for a public school. This can easily be avoided if one gets a job (which there a lot offered on campus) and moves into the university apartments and pays a monthly rent. Or you could commute. One of the great things you do get for being a student is a meal plan for the year. So, is Ball State a good bang for your buck? Yes, depending on where you live while you are attending school.

    Am enjoying being here

    For the most part I have enjoyed Ball State University. The only thing I really don't like is Ball State's policy on class cancelations during the winter. While every other school in Indiana could be closed during a blizzard, Ball State would only close half a day at best. But this is a small issue that can easily be ignored. Otherwise, life here is fantastic, and the other students and the school's staff are very helpful and courteous.

    Am learning a lot

    I've actually learned more from being here at Ball State than I ever learned from being in High School. I've gained knowledge not just academically, but also knowledge on the real world and the difficulties of being an independent adult. I've only beeen here for four months!

  • 04/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 29 of 252

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for talented musicians who want to major in music. However, this school does best with teaching majors. If you want to come to school to meet some new friends, have some fun, and get a degree...Ball State is the choice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stick to your guns and get studying the first semester of your schooling here. Look around at possible opportunities for clubs and games to join, there are plenty here. The first semester is always the hardest, but after that you'll be able to join some clubs and start making friends.

    Bang for the buck

    This school costs a lot less than most other schools, and you get just as much, if not more, out of it. There are enough opportunities to get plenty of one-on-one help in your classes.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are many clubs to get involved in, and the possibility to create your own. If you're not busy studying or sleeping, you can easily find something fun to do.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here each teach their own different way, but are more than willing to help if you ask them. Ball State professors are often here to help, but if they're not there is a learning center that will help you out too.

  • 05/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 30 of 252

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    Am enjoying being here

    Ball State has a great atmosphere and is close to a lot of great places.

    Am learning a lot

    For the most part, the professors give useful assignments and actually teach.

  • 05/14/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 31 of 252

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    Great for these types of students

    Everyone!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the campus before deciding.

    Bang for the buck

    Students aren't just giving away money, unless they choose to. Ball State offers so many things for its students. The new recreation facility, with a mountain climbing wall, is awesome!! Also, instead of driving yourself places, a bus will take you there free, so I'm told. And just all the facilities and amenities a student can use will be worth the money one pays for Ball State

    Will enjoy being here

    For the couple of times I have been there, I have been entertained and doing something whether on campus or off. Muncie is just an extraordinary place.

    Will learn a lot

    Venturing around the campus and sneaking a look into some lectures. I've noticed that many of the students are attentive and ask questions. If the student next to them hasn't already helped, the professor answers that question with the greatest sense of accomplishment. The student subsequently feels better about the topic and has surely learned something that day.

  • 05/15/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 32 of 252

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    Tips for prospective students

    I advise prospective students to visit the schools they are interested in and to research what the school has to offer them.

  • 07/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 33 of 252

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    Great for these types of students

    This place will be great for people who like to party... I'm sure everybody could pretty much say that. It also is for the person that can handle being on their own. People are nice, but you really need to step out of your comfort zone sometimes to have a social life. My roommate struggled a bit with this and therefore stayed in the dorm a lot of the time, which is no fun. It would be good for people who are OK with the fact that there is not much to do, especially if you don't have a vehicle.

    Tips for prospective students

    The MITS bus system is incredibly unreliable. My boyfriend and I would wait outside of his apartment sometimes 20 minutes early for the bus and it would be 15 minutes late, or we'd come running to the bus stop and watch the bus pass 10 minutes early. This has happened on multiple occasions now. Get involved with something, whether it is Greek or another on campus group. My closest friends as of now are from the organizations I became involved with. It might just be me, but it isn't hard to do 17 credit hours and work at the same time. If you're good at time management, you can still have a social life, earn money, and get good grades.

    Bang for the buck

    Essentially, even though I'm considered an Out of State student, Ball State is SO worth it because of the scholarship I got, which makes my tuition almost in-state tuition. In addition for some prospective, after doing some number crunching, attending Ball State University is cheaper for me than attending the University of Washington which is only 25 minutes from my house via freeway. I also work between classes. I would add that Ball State has a lot of opportunities available for the student willing to work.

    Am enjoying being here

    Because I am from the West coast, it is a LOT different living in Muncie, Indiana because of the extreme temperatures. And being from Renton means Seattle, Bellevue, and a lot of the big cities are only a 15 minute drive from my house. It kills me to be in such farmland areas with terrible weather. However, the people are really nice. Midwestern boys are more polite than Washingtonian boys. And people are very willing to sit down and talk to you randomly which is enjoyable. I don't get homesick because of the people I'm surrounded by at Ball State, but when it comes to things to do, you need to get really crafty because there's not a whole lot to do. My girlfriends and I have pizza, Chinese takeout, movie night once a month, and then IHOP Friday's... and that is our entertainment.

    Am learning a lot

    As one would expect from any university, some of the professors/teachers are really brilliant, and some really aren't. However, in my experience, the staff is absolutely incredible in providing extra help whenever I have asked. They want you to succeed too, so they do a lot to help you out. You really need to do more than just be in class; you must study a lot outside of class to do extra well. I would even suggest contacting the staff ahead of time to get some extra pointers; I have done so, and most of them have replied giving me study guides for finals and midterms MONTHS in advanced, helping me gain a head start.

  • 11/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 34 of 252

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    Great for these types of students

    ball state kind of has a reputation as a major party school, but you don't have to be in that scene all of the time. i recommend the honors college for anyone who is more liberal based in that they like group discussion, reading/writing, and small classes. i personally love the flow of the honors college, and even though most people think it would be more difficult, it is not any more difficult than other core classes you have to take on campus. bsu is also great for people looking for a medium amount of students on campus on a smaller grounds that can get to class in 5-10 minutes.

    Tips for prospective students

    get to know your professors, what they expect, and their rules and guidelines. it is important to know especially what professors want even if it is as simple as how to format a paper or how to email them. i promise that smallest detail that shows you pay attention can help you out. also, try getting involved but not in over your head, and go to class! there are so many classes in which half or more of your grade is attendance! my professors would likely bump up a letter grade for a person who doesn't do as well in the class but shows up interested and works hard every time rather than a person who is good in class but does not show up.

    Bang for the buck

    honestly, school is what you make of it. if you don't put the effort and time into your schoolwork, you are not going to get the bang for your buck so to speak, and that goes for any school. ball state has some really great professors, some mediocre, and some terrible professors, just as any other school. however, being in the honors college is quite helpful for me because i love the smaller 25 people classes as opposed to the 175 student classes where the teacher does not know your name.

    Am enjoying being here

    For the most part, I do enjoy being at Ball State. I am enrolled in the Honors College and I like the atmosphere of my residence hall because I am able to keep my door open and still be able to study and have that respected. I definitely have had a hard time transitioning into college from high school though, and I wish Ball State did more to help with that in the sens that I wish the week before freshman year had more of a group orientation feel to it instead of orientation only in the summer because it is harder to meet people and make new friends through that.

    Academic Rigor

    in my first semester at ball state i have been involved in my studies very regularly. in high school i was always focused on my grades and i studied often, but i did not quite know the meaning of studying all the time until i got to college. the beauty of college is that during the week i am able to do simply nothing but study and it doesn't feel like a major chore like it did in high school. i also incorporate a lot of other activities, like watching television or movies on my laptop when i should be studying, but hey, i'm just a college student.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 35 of 252

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    Bang for the buck

    Probably not finically worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Go to movies. Go to parties

    Food and Dining

    They have add a lot more places but the prices of food tend be high and if you dont use your money you lose it

    Dorm Life

    Average. Noisy like any other campus. Prefer to be off campus

    Academic Rigor

    Average I suppose. Math department tends to have incompetent teachers

    Tips for prospective students

    Do well your first semester. Don't put off things until the last minute.

    In three sentences

    Overall good experience. Like many other colleges the freshman advisors are horrible. Really expensive.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 36 of 252

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    Campus Safety

    Ball State's campus is very safe with few altercations taking place on campus. There are many call lights all around campus in order to contact Campus PD, in which there are excess.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is always an option, although expensive, it may be the perfect fit for some.

    Clubs and Activities

    Quite a few clubs, activities and sports to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    Good school for students who may not have fit in during high school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Bracken Library is a popular meeting place on campus located on McKinley Ave, the main road on campus. Every Friday, if you're lucky enough, you will see Happy Friday Guy riding around on a scooter in celebration of the week's end.

    Bang for the buck

    As far as getting the best education for the price, I would not recommend Ball State. Core classes can be taken elsewhere for a much lower cost and credits can be transferred later to finish the degree while still getting that college experience.

    What to do for fun

    Ball State has a variety of clubs and activities. There is something for everyone. Whether it be attending athletic games or tailgating, attending Late Night on the weekends, or enjoying the campus amenities (gym, pool, etc), there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Ball State is good. At least for the first few months. The food does get pretty old, pretty quickly. The dining hours need improving as does food selection. The food prices are far too high and the payment plan is sub-par.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Ball State are rather accommodating. Many renovations have been made to the dorms in the past few years and offer features such as work out rooms, kitchenettes, and laundry rooms while a select few have convenient dining courts downstairs.

    Academic Rigor

    Ball State offers some pretty rigorous classes depending quite a bit on the major. Some classes are much easier than others. Core classes are useless but required; major classes tend to be more difficult yet more enjoyable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before committing to Ball State, make sure this school is the right fit for you - don't go just because your best friends are going, too.

    In three sentences

    Ball State has a beautiful, neat, perfect-sized campus however the upper administration lacks coordination, organization and is quite unhelpful and untimely.

  • 07/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 37 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    students who are majoring in education, telecommunications, business, or may not know what career they are interested in. any students also looking for personal attention from professors, yet a larger campus feel.

    Tips for prospective students

    the campus has a great feel, and there are so many opportunities to learn or be involved. the living-learning communities are wonderful. professors and staff are extremely friendly and helpful. i have felt very at-home on and i plan to stay here all four+ years.

    Bang for the buck

    although ball state is not the most expensive school out there, times are hard and unless you have tons of scholarships, any school is going to be difficult to pay for. however, ball state is worth the money due to all its programs, faculty, and the campus.

    Will enjoy being here

    All the staff has been extremely friendly, students are friendly that I have met, and thoroughly enjoy being on the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    professors at ball state are knowledgable, friendly, and helpful. the courses are challenging, yet engaging and fun. i have learned more this first year in college than i learned in all of high school.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great, they have their own police force, and residence halls are secure, but be warned that the surrounding area isn't as safe and you should keep your guard up when going down town.

    What to do for fun

    Nearby to campus is the Village, a small shopping strip with bars, bookstores, hobby stores and food like icecream, BBQ, or Japanese.

    Food and Dining

    Ball State has a huge variety of delicious food. There are some all you can eat locations, chain restaurants such as QDoba or Chick Fil A that you can pay with your meal card, and also original creations such as fresh sushi made by professional sushi chefs or delicious entrees designed by a traditional chef.

    Dorm Life

    There are plenty of activities to do, such as mud volleyball, LAN parties, casino night, and late night. Whether you're more interested in athletics, socializing, or gaming, there's something to do.

    Academic Rigor

    Education is pretty comprehensive overall, but can be somewhat lacking in some areas. For example, the Japanese program has very excellent cultural classes that far exceed the depth most other universities get into, but language classes are mediocre and linguistics severely lacking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Off campus can be more challenging but a lot cheaper than on campus. The meal plan is good if you make sure to not waste meals/ leftover amounts. Get to know your adviser and the scholarship office well, they can help you out.

    In three sentences

    It is a small, cozy community with a lot of opportunities and programs. Classes are usually comfortably sized and can get individualized attention. However, administration can be a hassle sometimes, requiring aggressive follow up to get things done at that level.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Teaching, Architecture, Nursing

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive for out of state students (I know because I am one) but it really is a good price for in state students

    What to do for fun

    Late Nite, going to the village, hanging around

    Food and Dining

    Great food with lots of choices

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice and the rooms are large.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the core classes are kind of pointless, but the classes for your major, when you get into them, are great and you learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its a lot more of a party school than I was expecting but there is no pressure and plenty of other things to do if you aren't in to the party scene

    In three sentences

    Ball State is a beautiful small campus and everything is walking distance from everything else. There is a great bus system and it is close to the Village and downtown Muncie.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are many campus organizations. We also have the option to start up our own if we don't find one that suits our liking.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student would love this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition that I love is if you and your love go to the statue Benny and kiss at midnight her wings will flap if its true love. Mith? Who knows, but its a tradition that will last forever!

    What to do for fun

    The school has a great program for fun. there is Late Night, fun in the Quads, and so much more.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great! There is a great variety of of foods on campus as well as in the surrounding areas.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is great! Life long friendships and bonds are created within the walls of each hall.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are very rigorous. however they are well worth the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay disciplined and get evolved. Make your time at the school a memory in which you will cherish and never forget.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is a community that is linked by success. The staff is caring and aggressive. The campus is built on the grounds of success, love, and a promising future.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    After 6pm, the Ball State shuttle is up and running. If you are concerned with walking across campus after dusk alone, call Charlie the shuttle and it will pick you up and drop you off free of charge. Security runs around the clock to ensure a safe environment for all students and staff. Well put together and thoroughly planned safety procedures. Before students depart from orientation, all students receive a packet of goods - one contains all emergency numbers, as well as, numbers for any building on campus!

    Clubs and Activities

    Any club or organization you can possibly think of! Are you unable to find the club or organization you dream to take part in? Get 5 friends together and create the club of your dreams!

    Great for these types of students

    I believe this campus comes extremely equipped for technology savvy people, anyone interested in any medical degree and Arts. However, the 100s of degrees offered leave your opportunities in life endless!

    Bang for the buck

    Stellar student discounts on electronics! The Tech center will help you use your new electronics and teach you about your new software. Your student ID can be loaded with money and used anywhere on campus - the best part, you aren't charged tax!

    What to do for fun

    Every Friday and Saturday night Late Nite host a variety of activities and events for the student body. Love to bowl? There is a bowling alley above the Student Center to enjoy! The fitness center offers dance classes, zumba, rock climbing, etc. Living on-off campus never gets boring.

    Food and Dining

    There are around 10 spots on campus to choose from. Each day has different menu items, excluding the fast food sites such as Taco Bell. In University Square there are local bars and restaurants to pick from. Food never gets boring with the wide variety on a daily basis.

    Dorm Life

    I have no personal input on dorm life. I live off campus in the quads and housing is beyond fair. Have a particular look in mind? Should not be any trouble to find!

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are about the challenge. Rated on top for academic excellence and offers 100s of majors, as well as, a variety of minors and doctorates. Not to worry, they offer assistance for class work every night of the week!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking for a university who makes the college life simplistic, Ball State is it. Free bus rides, shuttles, printing, and WIFI just for starters. Worried about spending too much money on the weekends? Ball State has Late Nite for all students every weekend - great way to meet people and have fun for cheap!

    In three sentences

    BSU has a magnificent campus to spend your time outside with tons of outside of class opportunities. The IT department gives all students the best of the best with WIFI sweeping campus and print capabilities everywhere free of charge. Ball State staff is dedicated to giving students the chance to reach their full potential.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This was one of my big concerns in making a decision for the university that I will attend. Ball State made a big impression on how they treach the security of their students.

    Greek Life

    I am presently planning on meeting with the group involved with the Greek Life at my university.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ball State has muti clubs and activities that I am interested in exploring. These will help me grow and mature.

    Great for these types of students

    The university has several group activities to explore once I began my college life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are several historical traditions at Ball State. I plan on continuing the traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    Don't always make a decision based upon the cheapest. It is not always the best decision.

    What to do for fun

    Plan on using the university resources to engage yourself in the campus offerings.

    Food and Dining

    Try and use all resources available within the university to plan a responsible course for monetary reasons and health reasons.

    Dorm Life

    Tour the facilities, make the best decision of security aesthetics and location.

    Academic Rigor

    Excell at all aspects to reach your final goal.

    Tips for prospective students

    Please research several universities before making your choice. Make sure that it meets all your academic wishes.

    In three sentences

    My research has lead me to choose Ball State. It has everything that I am looking for in my major of studies. I have toured several campuses and Ball State is the best for my academic future.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 43 of 252

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    Bang for the buck

    All colleges are pricey and academic scholarships are too small every where.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of on campus groups. Find one and get involved. Sports bands clubs take your choice.

    Food and Dining

    Good food with enough variety to not get bored. Downside is dining is not in dorm so you have to go outside every time you eat.

    Dorm Life

    Honors dorm is great. Newly remodeled air conditioned. Quiet enough to think without being so quiet it's a library. Would not want to live in non honors dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Hard enough to be challenging but not overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take the tour for your major not just the general campus tour when you visit.

    In three sentences

    BSU is a great college. It is big enough to get what you need, but not so huge to get lost or become a number. Honors college program is a great outlet for creative students.

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is great, there is never anything going on..and if you ahve a later class in the evening, you can request a pick up to your building organized by the school, so you're never alone. Police are on the watch 24/7. And no one can get into your section of the builiding without the proper ID. Safety all around.

    Greek Life

    They're fun! :) They are always hosting different events throughout the year, and everyone is nice.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are SO MANY clubs at this school, you just want to check them all out at once! Haha. There is something here for everyone; foreign language clubs, sports clubs, creative clubs- everything for all!

    What to do for fun

    There is ALWAYS something going on Saturday nights for students called Late Nite; basically a HUGE party, dancing, a movie, different types of games and crafts...it's a great experience to check out. There are also different clubs and organizations that have activities too.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is good, and fresh. Sometimes, it can get boring seeing the same thing over...but they have just about everyone's favorites, from hot wings, to pasta, and there are different dining halls where you can explore and go too! You're never confined to just one place.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm rooms are very cosy :) You get to decorate them how ever you want, and have your own little personal spin to things. Some appliances you can't have because of fire restrictions, but overall, things are great, and my roommate is awesome!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are small, and teachers and classmates are cool, but all and all, the material can be tough, it's is nothing like high school at all; a whole new ball game here. Just make sure to STUDY, STUDY, STUDY! Even if it's for 30 minutes or an hour, when ever you get a chance, look over material. If you're confused, please, as for help. It won't make you seem less smart, or weird, trust me, it's the best thing you could ever do for yourself. Tutoring helps and asking teachers helps too, even friends who might have the same class help. Just relax and take things as they come, don't over-stress.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, always apply early :) If if you're just looking around and not sure of what college you want to go to, apply early. NEVER MISS DEADLINES! Also, check to see if the school has scholarship opportunities, I know this school does, that will help a lot!

    In three sentences

    It's a lot of fun here. The people are nice, and the atmosphere is it great and welcoming

  • 10/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus even at night. The campus police do a good job. There are also emergence buttons through out campus just in case there is a problem. I have never had to use one.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have sampled some clubs like animation and knitting. We also have a yearly game of Humans v. Zombies that is put on by the students.

    Great for these types of students

    If someone it looking to be a telecommunications major, we have a great program. Also the art programs at Ball State are really fantastic.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every friday one of the students dresses up in a blue jump suit with a cape, and goes around campus wishing everyone a happy friend. he is called friday-man. He usually is riding a scooter.

    Bang for the buck

    The transportation is really good, it is nice to have the bus services. Also the gym is nice, you can literally play any sport you want inside.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of clubs, I'm in the knitting club. I also joined the school orchestra. Though I mostly just hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of different choices most of the dorms have good places to eat. Most of the menus change on a daily basis so it is hard to get board with the menu.

    Dorm Life

    People in the dorms are nice enough. The dorms always have thing going on for people to do, and the foods not bad either.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel challenged in my classes but not overwhelmed. All of the teachers are really open to meeting with students who have questions and are easy to talk to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to talk to people, that how you meet friends.

    In three sentences

    Ball State has a good community atmosphere. There are lots of activities for students to get involved. The campus is super clean.

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 46 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    I hear the Greek life is very fun. I'm not apart of it due to financial issues but if I could I definitely would be in one.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ball State offers many different clubs. I have heard of many religious clubs and know of a lot of success oriented clubs. I am currently gaining my membership at NSLS (National Society of Leadership and Success).

    Great for these types of students

    Ball State University is great for architecture and journalism. It is what Ball State is known for! David Letterman graduated from Ball State University, so it's cool to see how bright the future can be for the rest of us here at Ball State.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During homecoming week there are bed races that students can participate in. It's always fun to watch them!

    Bang for the buck

    Coming to Ball State University allowed me to grow as an individual. I would definitely recommend people to go away to college, if not for all four years at least the first year. Being away from home and everything you know is a great way for people to discover who they are. Ball State University has great professors and people as well so I definitely felt right at home after the first semester.

    What to do for fun

    Join many clubs! Joining events is a great way to meet people! Going out on the weekends is perfectly okay too! It is part of the college experience. But school does come first so as long as that isn't jeopardized then it's good to be around your friends and to laugh all the time.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very good! There are so many choices to choose from everytime you get to eat. This could be very dangerous; hence the freshmen fifteen. Once you are on your own and away from your parents you become the boss of what you eat!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are definitely part of the college experience. Not only does it make you appreciate your space and privacy but it is where you can meet some of your closest friends. There is always something going on which makes it a fun time!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes challenge you but are fun and engaging at the same time. Checking on the rate my professor website is a for sure way to make sure you are being taught by really great people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prioritizing your time is one of the most valuable techniques you can learn at college. Once you can figure out what is best for you, everything because easier and being overwhelmed is not as likely.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is full of warm, welcoming professors as well as students. Professors are always willing to help out students to make sure they are on the right track to success. The sophomores, juniors, and seniors make the new coming students feel very welcomed when they first arrive.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 47 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is something called Charlie's Charter, which is meant to pick up students from various locations on campus and take them to their dorm. It is a safety precaution many use. Also UPD is always patrolling campus!

    Greek Life

    Greek Life actually makes up ten percent of the population at Ball State. The people involved in Greek usually have a higher GPA than most on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of club and various organizations on the campus! The is one for majors, or some for just leisure intrests!

    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to go to a bigger school, but not so big it takes an hour to get to class.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tradition of rubbing Frog Baby's nose before a test!

    Bang for the buck

    This school is quite expensive for what people get, if they do not receive scholarships/grants. It gets expensive fast if people do not pay attention to those little small fees.

    What to do for fun

    There is a movie playing every Friday night, and a Saturday nights there is a Ball State party. Also, once involved in organizations there are even more things to do throughout the week!

    Food and Dining

    The food sometimes is gross, especially in LaFolette.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fairly friendly, they get better as people get involved.

    Academic Rigor

    It has a good amount of hard classes, however the Core classes are super easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Get scholarships and grants, because of the financial aid system here is horrible to go through. 2) Get involved in campus. 3) Get involved early.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is about a six. The campus gets a 10 out of 10 because it truly is beautiful. The reason Ball State gets a six is because their financial aid system is horrible.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 48 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I would feel safe on campus most of the time, but I'd still recommend using the buddy system or something similar. Any place can get pretty spooky at night and Muncie has a fairly high crime rate.

    Greek Life

    The Fraternities on campus are a lot better than the Sororities. The Sororities back in the day wouldn't allow a large group of women to live in one place (they considered it a harem) so Ball State is just now fixing and providing houses for these groups.

    Clubs and Activities

    This campus has an unreal amount of clubs from political, religious, silly, to just plain weird. Wherever you interests lie, you can be certain that Ball State has a place for you. Not to mention that we have a Quidditch team.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for the socialites! Lots of activities and never a dull time on campus. Ball State is also great for the sports enthusiast! This campus truly brings out the best in everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the Happy Friday guy who rides around campus and shouts, Happy Friday! He really helps pick up the mood around campus when everyone just wants to be finished with class!

    What to do for fun

    Tons of little programs, and concerts hosted at Emens Auditorium. This semester alone I'll have seen Oprah Winfrey, Dave Letterman, and have seen the band FUN. It is a great experience, especially for those who have felt a little babied at home.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Ball State is wonderful! We have a Taco Bell, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Quiznos, and many other delicious places on campus to choose from. Most of the dorms on campus have dining halls in them which makes dining really convenient, especially on cold nights.

    Dorm Life

    Ball State has a Living-Learning environment that is absolutely fantastic. They try to place you in an atmosphere that will help you grow with those around you!

    Academic Rigor

    This school doesn't really challenge you unless you want to be challenged. Honestly, with this school, you get exactly what you put into it.

    Tips for prospective students

    My number one tip is to visit campus and talk to someone in your perspective major. Although Ball State has a lot to offer, the professors will have a lot of impact on the education you receive.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is a great school for those who are wanting a lot of diversity while still attending a relatively small campus. This campus has a ton of extracurricular activities, so it has a nook for anyone! There are also a lot of on campus opportunities to grow in your particular field and furthering your career before you even get out of college!

  • 04/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 49 of 252

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe always campus PD around and buttons you can hit if you feel unsafe. We also have Charlie's Charter that will pick you up wherever you are on campus if you feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is definitely a thing to do at Ball State, there are a lot of people who love being Greek here. We do have Greek row for the fraternities. They do a lot of activities like greek week but are also very involved in the community and service work as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many fun and diverse clubs from belly dancing to acapella singing groups and zombies verse humans. There is so much to do.

    Great for these types of students

    Telecommunication majors! David Letterman is an alum of Ball State and donated a whole building.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is frog baby by the library, people dress her up for different occasions. In the library there is a statue we call Naked Lady, it's like the general meeting spot. Then there is Beneficence in the quad where if you go there with your true love and kiss benny will flap her wings!

    What to do for fun

    There is ALWAYS something going on in your residence halls, like game or movie nights. Every Friday night they show a new movie that just got out of theatres. They have concerts that play at Ball State, FUN. came this year.

    Food and Dining

    This definitely depends on where you decide to eat but for the most part I like the food here. You have a lot of options from fast food like Chikfile or Sbarro to the Mangolian grill or Mexican. They also have home style cooking and salad bars, it's great!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are awesome. I am currently living in Lafollette and it is very friendly, everyone becomes friends and it's a really great community. The other dorms are very nice, like hotels. They just built a new one this year and continue to make improvements.

    Academic Rigor

    This all depends on your major, classes, and professors. You may have one class where the professor is really easy and your friend might have the same class with a really hard professor. Just make sure you always make time to study no matter what!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded, when you come to Ball State the students here are all really friendly. Don't be shy! Try and meet as many new people as you can.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 50 of 252

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    not a lot to do for fun if you arent creative or a partyer, but i always take advantage of the free pizza and fun at Late nite on Saturday nights!

    Food and Dining

    endless options.

    Dorm Life

    some really dumb rules within the dorms but the community you get out of it is totally worth it, even if you arent a people person.

    Academic Rigor

    excellent professors

    Tips for prospective students

    do the premium plan. its definitely worth it if youre serious about finishing your degree at ball state.

    In three sentences

    Best sized campus I've been to yet. Not too big and not too small. So many opportunities to get involved in anything you're interested in.

  • 06/08/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 51 of 252

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    Bang for the buck

    You could probably get a little bit better for your money if you're paying out-of-state

    Will enjoy being here

    Great town and great living accommodations

    Will learn a lot

    Good school with good teachers, though I'm not sure how up-to-date everything is, or how sure they are of themselves as a school

  • 06/20/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    VISIT THIS COLLEGE. Talk to students, schedule meetings with the college you're interested in, and take a walk around campus. Ball State's campus is very modern and up-to-date. I was extremely impressed with the Miller School of Business.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    As a member of the Department of Theatre and Dance, I will have to put in my shameless plug and say that it is one of the best programs in the state. Not only do we have many professors that still perform (we have an acting guru who not only appeared in episodes of Law and Order, but she is also a regular musical performer) but we also happen to be blessed with calling Sutton Foster, two time Tony Award winner, a professor. Ball state is also really good if you are interested in Architecture or Nursing. Even if you just want to go somewhere to be free, Ball State has many things to offer anyone looking to attend a great environment and a great learning-living community.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking into a certain department or program, or even if you are just going to go, you will always find somewhere that you fit in. If you arrive with no friends, you will leave with life long ones. College is the place to change your major a thousand times and learn from your mistakes. Most colleges don't have a thousand majors, but at Ball State, I'm sure you'll find something.

    Bang for the buck

    If you know where to shop, then you will know how to save money. The best bookstore to visit in the T.I.S in the village. There you will find anything and everything that you will need, and they are always stocked.

    Am enjoying being here

    Although most teenagers would never be caught dead saying it, I love it at Ball State. The campus is very student friendly, having many attractions that give you a social life. Anything you need is within walking distance, and there is always something to do to pass time, including hosting many Broadway touring shows such as The Color Purple and Legally Blonde.

    Am learning a lot

    The one thing I truly love about classes at Ball State, is that the environment is small and personal. Classes are small, and you are remembered by name, not your student I.D. number. As a person who grew up in the heart of Purdue University, I have had many friends who have attended Purdue that say they never learn anything, and the teachers are not interested in teaching. Ball state is an entirely different story. Teachers not only teach you class skills, but life skills.

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Those that don't want a school that is too large or small; TCOM, journalism, nursing, education, and music programs are some of the strong ones.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone or to ask questions. For academic questions, go to your advisor -- that's what they're there for. And take advantage of the Learning Center.

    Bang for the buck

    BSU is one of the cheapest Indiana universities as far as in-state tuition goes. I'm not sure about out-of-state costs, but with a decent GPA or test scores, you're likely to earn a scholarship for half the tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    Ball State offers plenty of activities and clubs. The dorms are generally above average as far as most universities - and they offer freshmen a great way to socialize and make friends. Ball State is also good for students who are overwhelmed by the idea of a huge school, but don't want something too small, either.

    Am learning a lot

    Professors and staff know what they're talking about. There are a ton of different resources available to students, including tutoring, different advising offices, and campus jobs. Classes are generally interesting and there are a variety of different majors offered - so it's a good pick for undecided students. Living-learning communities (living in a hall with other students in your major) are another good resource for students who know what they want to study.

  • 06/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any student that wants a small closed campus feel but a large student body, who doesn't mind experiencing all four seasons (and rain), and who likes shopping at Wal-Mart.

    Tips for prospective students

    You want rain boots and umbrellas. Also, when touring don't be afraid to ask about sitting in on some classes in your area of interest or meeting with specific faculty. They will be happy to accommodate.

    Bang for the buck

    It can be expensive. Thankfully, BSU offers a lot of scholarships to the majority of its students. There are many opportunities for you to be able to work something out.

    Am enjoying being here

    The dining service is excellent, the dorms are very nice, the library has plenty of computers for students as well as other technologies you can rent out, and the gym was just rebuilt and is quite fancy. It does not lack much. More importantly, BSU is a nice place. In general, the people here are kind and caring all around.

    Am learning a lot

    The faculty I have interacted with thus far have all been varied and quite interesting. What is even better is that they are not afraid to challenge you. The faculty wants you to learn and will do whatever is in their power to help you do so.

  • 08/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Fun loving and Hard working! :]

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Take advatage of extra help provided for academic success. Use office hours to ask professors questions on topics you didn't understand in class or to just get to know your instructor! Make an appointment at the Learning Center for specific classes and work with a tutor on material you may not understand! Attend study sessions!!! The best part is that all of these options are FREE!! 2. Meet people and be socialable in your classes! You never know when you may miss a class and need to borrow someone's notes! 3. Get plenty of sleep 4. Study in Bracken Library There will be less distractions and you can print for free!!

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive. But Ball State does a great job with providing free tutors, admission to events, etc to help make handing over thousands of dollars a little easier. Tuition is one of the least expensive in comparison to other Indiana colleges and universities. The food is delicious and the dorms are constantly being renovated and are kept clean.

    Am enjoying being here

    Ball State is a well-suited university, not too big, not too small, just right! There is always something to do at Ball State! One example includes Late Nite, aka The Best Party on Campus. Late Nite is hosted by Ball State Students every Saturday Night as an alternative to the partying/drinking collegiate lifestyle. It includes activites such as caricatures, movies, hypnotists, comedians, and free food! It is a great place to meet new people and have fun without getting into trouble!!

    Am learning a lot

    Ball State is constantly adding new majors, classes, and opportunites for students to explore. The instructors make clear the additional resources available to get the grade, such as tutors in the learning center, study sessions, and office hours. With these tools I am able to capitalize on my learning experience.

  • 10/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Theater, musical, communicative, and giving students will absolutely love Ball State! Great majors such as telecommunications, psychology, theater, and teaching are big at ball state! If you love any of these you will love Ball State. However, if you don't there is still a great major for you. With many involved departments in foreign language, nursing, science and humanities, arts, and so much more there is something for you! Ball State also has great Greek life, student government, religious, and non religious communities all students can participate in!

    Tips for prospective students

    Beautiful campus, great food, kind and giving people, amazing education, and lifetime advantages for YOU! What more can you ask for at a college? Ball State has so much to offer. Knowledge and memories that you will be able to hold on to for a lifetime! After being here for a little over a year if I had to choose a University all over again, I would still choose Ball State!

    Bang for the buck

    Ball State University has so much to offer and if you obtain all of the information that you can while you are here, a great future in your chosen career can be inevitable. Therefore, it makes sense to cost the amount that it does. It can be feasible, but is it worth it, definitely. The great thing about it is there are great websites like Cappex that offer opportunities for scholarships and grants so take advantage of them! The costs that you are covering is not just for a short education, but for an education of a lifetime. Opportunities that you would generally have to pay for (i.e. gym memberships, delicious meals, on campus events:games, movies, and plays,etc.), are included. You'll enjoy every bit of it and see that your investment was put in a great place!

    Am enjoying being here

    There's a ton to do! Though the main purpose of college is to learn the University also offers so many fun things to do, while sometimes incorporating knowledgeable things, (such as an annual event well-o-ween.) The residence halls are great and no matter which hall you stay in there's a great community to keep you company and entertain you if you seem to get bored. On the weekends if you don't want to leave you have Friday Night Filmworks and Latenight which are two great events where you can meet new students, hang with your friends, and have a great time!

    Am learning a lot

    There is so much to learn here at Ball State. With over 180 majors to choose from the professors are willing to share all of their knowledge and wisdom with the students. With almost 100% participation from professors whenever I need them, I have never left a class confused, not aware of the professor's purpose, and definitely not oblivious to the learned information. If your professor can't help, someone can. Other classmates, the writing center, the learning center. There's always someone kind willing to help! It's amazing, I'm learning inside and outside of the classroom.

  • 11/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Single students, students interested in greek life, students that like to party every so often, but BSU has something for everyone. You just have to find your niche. Make take a little longer than you want but it will happen.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit Lafollette if you are a incoming freshman because that is where you will live don't get lured in by the tour and the nice dorms they show you, eat on campus at Woodworth because that is where everybody likes to eat, slip away from your parents and see a party, see all the landmarks especially scramble light and YES HIT THE SCRAMBLE BUTTON, find out where your major's department is located and set up a meeting with a advisor/ prof and try to talk with a student also, and just explore. Don't forget to see Muncie!

    Bang for the buck

    Only depends on what your financial aid package looks like. Make sure you have some gift aid to pay for it or else it isn't worth it. Don't pay for it with just loans go look at other school like a private school because they may have a higher price tag but they give out a lot more aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is nice because it is in the middle of the state and centrally located, but wish I had a nicer dorm. Freshman dorms are not that nice but they are very social!

    Am learning a lot

    The majority of profs are great. Of course you will get one that is a lemon but it happens. I have opened my mind so much since I have been down here. I love my classes and everything they have to offer.

  • 11/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Ball State is great for students who are wanting to become involved in college.

    Tips for prospective students

    My biggest tip for future students is to be yourself. No matter where you go you always want to be yourself and be social. The more people you know, the better off you will be. Also, be sure to bring some winter clothes. It gets cold here quick! (:

    Bang for the buck

    Although Ball State is expensive, so is every other college around here. Every dollar you put into the school is well worth it. With how many free activities they have specifically for students, it is well worth the cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    Being at Ball State is more than amazing. During the first few months there are so many opportunities to get involved. There are so many clubs and organizations, not to mention the activities in your dorm. On top of this there are things to do on weekend nights so you don't have to go out and party by illegal items, but instead having a blast with your friends by watching new movies, and a program call Late Night where there is free food, bowling, games, and much more! (:

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are tough, however, you learn more than you will ever imagine. I am a freshman here and I feel that I have already learned more here than I did during high school. Although the classes are tough, the professors make it very easy to understand.

  • 12/06/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    social, shy, free-thinkers

    Tips for prospective students

    GO TO CLASS! Most teachers make attendance a portion of your grade. Don't just shrug off a class here or there because they all add up!

    Bang for the buck

    It is cheaper than many state schools, but it is still college and still expensive.

    Will enjoy being here

    This may be based on the person, but the campus is beautiful and clean. It is large but you can easily get around. You are never left waiting too long for a bus either!

    Will learn a lot

    The teachers are very direct and friendly. They are also concerned with you as a student.

  • 12/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    This school is the cheaper of the big Indiana schools. I enjoy most of my classes, even the classes that I have to take for core requirements. I feel like my education is important to a good amount of the professors that I have, differing from other big schools.

    Am enjoying being here

    To me, I would not rather be in any other Indiana school; I feel very at-home here. I have plugged into various groups, the most influential being the on-campus church, Revolution. The campus is accessible and clean. It has a nice collection of new facilities.

    Am learning a lot

    There are some classes in which I am learning quite a bit. However, in my degree program, unfortunately, the teaching style seems to be if we allow them to use the awesome facility, they will learn on their own how to use it. When speaking to students of Music Technology programs at other schools, it seems like my education is less, but my experience in different facilities is higher. There is a give and take.

  • 12/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    I would tell future students to stay focused when they get to Ball State. It is very easy to become overwhelmed with everything that the university offers. Just stay focused on your goal and you will do great!

    Bang for the buck

    I feel as if I am receiving the right education for the price of tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have enjoyed my first semester of my sophomore year at Ball State. It has a lot to offer academically, athletically, and socially. While being here I have taken advantage of many of the activities on campus including joining a sorority.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned a lot of useful information within my first semester at Ball State University. However, I did have one professor that made learning difficult, not because it was a hard subject/class, but because he did not do a well job of explaining the material. It was very frustrating.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All types. There are so so many student organizations for all types of people, and if you can't find a group you want to join you can easily make one!

    Tips for prospective students

    Join something. Most of the friends I have now as a senior I met through a Bible study I was in during my freshman year.

    Bang for the buck

    Ball State is very reasonably priced in my opinion.

    Am enjoying being here

    I LOVE Ball State. I'm having a wonderful time here and will be SO sad to leave.

    Am learning a lot

    I feel like I've learned a lot in my 3.5 years here so far, but probably not as much as I could have. There are some majors at Ball State that are excellent just as architecture, journalism, and telecommunications especially.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are a journalism major of any kind, you must attend this school. They have an amazing journalism program with many many great benefits.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest getting involved on campus. It's great fun to go to the activities BSU provides.

    Bang for the buck

    Most of the dorm buildings are really nice with central air conditioning. So what you pay for dorms isn't too bad considering what you get compared to other schools. However, I disagree with the meal plans. I wish BSU wouldn't take the money you don't spend at a single meal time. I feel that that is completely wrong and very frustrating.

    Am enjoying being here

    Ball State has a wonderful campus. It has fantastic food courts and beautiful buildings. There is always something going on to get involved in. The great thing about BSU is their programs that allow for free tickets to events. For example, a few months ago the actual broadway play Beauty and the Beast performed on our stage. It was absolutely free to students. Ball State also often gives out free shirts and things to students.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm only a freshman at Ball State University. So, I'm currently mostly enrolled in core classes. However, I am learning quite a bit here. I always learn something new in every class thus far which is nice.

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Telecommunications, Architecture, Teaching, Business, Marketing, Journalism, Counseling, and Social Work majors are really great majors at Ball State.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to do well in high school and on your SATs/ACTs. As long as you make a strong effort, you will be able to come to Ball State.

    Bang for the buck

    It is definitely work the money to come here.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have a lot of fun here. There's always something to do and there are always new people to meet.

    Am learning a lot

    Ball State's staff are great at teaching and the activities offered all over campus offer great learning experiences.

  • 01/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus patrol is available for help 24/7 never seen or heard of an issue not being resolved quickly

    Greek Life

    wide range of sororities and frats fro all cultures

    Clubs and Activities

    so many different clubs its ridiculous, but they are all great and I encourage new students to check them out

    Great for these types of students

    Open minded students that have an interest in a wide variety of things, anyone can enjoy the university

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Chirp: the chirp is the sound of the cardinal at sports events the crowd chirps when big plays happen. The Scramble light: a light they stops all incoming traffic and the students walk through the intersection every which way

    Bang for the buck

    The campus have nice look to it, with many landmarks and spots that people cultivate around such as frog baby, the bell tower and the naked lady.

    What to do for fun

    Wide range of club sports and activities for an example they have a rock climbing wall, judo classes, fencing, and even qudditch ( yes from harry potter), they have a great indoor turf that people use regularly , great basketball courts , racquetball courts and pool with many more areas to exercise. Also every Saturday they hold an event called late night which in short is a party type setting with games, dancing and free food

    Food and Dining

    Food was ranked among top dining halls in the country for 2010, every dorm with the exception of 2 have a place to eat within them. They have daily specials and the quality of the food is suitable to satisfy a students appetite

    Dorm Life

    Nice wide range of types of dorms on campus with four complexes having air condition and facilities such as workout areas , nice lounges, and recreational areas

    Academic Rigor

    Wide range of majors however they do not have massage therapy. Yet the Biometrics lab is top notch, Classes get filled fast because of popularity

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early for best rooms and network with incoming freshman

    In three sentences

    Fantastic university that has the comfort of a small town school look of a larger university . Beautiful campus and facilities with great tradition. All around a solid choice when choosing schools to attend.

  • 01/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel extremely safe on campus. Many buildings require ID swipe access, and there are emergency stations all over campus. There are plenty of additional measures Ball State takes for student safety such as offering a night-time shuttle around campus.

    Greek Life

    I heard it's great, but I don't think it's too crazy. A good balance, and Ball State does well with preventing hazing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are almost an overwhelming number of clubs available to students. I haven't had much free time to participate in them, but I enjoyed being on the University Program Board last semester. I helped plan a few campus events such as the fall festival.

    Great for these types of students

    Architecture students, nursing students, teaching students, and much more. I also think it's pretty cool Ball State offers a glass-blowing major. Slightly random, but interesting.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Frog baby: fountain and common gathering near Bracken Library

    Bang for the buck

    I don't feel cheated at all, but sometimes I feel over charged by the architecture department (CRC prices, professional fees), and the Ball State Barnes & Nobles is a little over-priced.

    What to do for fun

    I'm usually pretty busy with school work, but I think it's awesome that Ball State offers opportunities such as live performances at Emens auditorium, Friday Night Filmworks, and Late Nite (Saturday night activities with free food, games, and entertainment). The entertainment is also quality. I also REALLY enjoy the sophisticated recreation center, and this semester I've purchased a pass to take instructional fitness classes such as Zumba.

    Food and Dining

    So much variety and a lot of it is great. It's also pretty easy to make healthy choices. The only things I think that would improve dining would be to keep more places open on the weekends, and to have more grocery-type items, like bread available.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the honors dorms on campus, which are small, but kept clean and comfortable. I love the convenience of living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I know it's not Ivy league, but I feel like Ball State is an education to be proud of.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and participate in campus activities. Sure everyone says that, but you really feel like you've taken full advantage of your education and your college years when you explore the world outside of your major. And the campus activities are great!

    In three sentences

    When I was in high school, I was told that, when searching for a college, you would know it when you found the right fit for you, and it was true. A welcoming atmosphere was most important to me in considering a school, and I just felt I belonged when I came for my first visit to Ball State. I feel Ball State is respectable, has an enthusiasm for redefined education, and really cares about its students.

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has their own campus police who keeps you safe. Also, they have panic buttons all over the campus and if you push one someone will be there in a minute or less. The campus is really safe.

    What to do for fun

    They have an awesome rec center that has anything you can imagine. A rock wall, a pool, basketball courts, volleyball courts, anything and everything. They also have plenty of clubs you can join and the have intramural sports you can join.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of choices of food. There isn't anything here I don't like. They do have Taco Bell and Chick-Fil-A on campus. It's really nice.

    Dorm Life

    The whole floor shares two bathrooms. So you can imagine how that can get, but the girls are really friendly. Your hall votes to make decisions, so it's nice that you can be involved.

    Academic Rigor

    They have many choices of classes and majors and you can change whenever you'd like.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit! The tours helped make my decision.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is a pretty good campus. It's kind of far from home, but people here are really nice and outgoing. I would recommend this campus, because it's beautiful.

  • 01/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Career-minded, heads strong individuals who don't take no for an answer. Students who persevere and constantly push forward.

    Bang for the buck

    Money well spent on a education that is one of the best. I truly believe that you get what you pay for. You pay more tuition but you have some of the finest instructors teaching you.

    What to do for fun

    Seeing how Ball State is in Indiana, there is inevitably much to do, however, I'm sure a hot spot is the Colt's field.

    Food and Dining

    I again can't offer advice on the food and dining as I live out of state.

    Dorm Life

    I can't offer advice in reference to dorm life as I live out of state. The website however does offer some great information.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are amazing. You will not leave a class feel spunky, you will leave feeling tired because you've had to think about what was being taught. The course work is definitely one of the most rigorous. The professors are all very experienced in the fields that they teach and can offer a gamete of information.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should be prepared to work hard from the minute the application is placed. There is no hand holding at this University and teaches students to question what needs to be done and be proactive. At times the staff can be a bit brash and unhelpful, but it only propelled me to work harder to gain access to the information I needed. I am a distance education student so it was a bit more arduous for me to gain information.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is a forerunner in many of their graduate programs and offer vast information keeping up with the latest in the field. You see great names such as Dr. McIntosh, who heads up the Special Education program, a pioneer in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. Tuition is a great steal for the receipt of such a fantastic education.

  • 01/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus safety here is really great. if something bad is happening around our campus, the school is quick to notify us via email or text if you sign up for it. also we have emergency blue light systems all over campus, you can't go anywhere without seeing at least one. these lights have an emergency button on it that when pressed campus pd is immediately called to where you have pressed that alert system. however none of them have ever needed to be used, but its nice knowing that they are there.

    Greek Life

    there aren't very many house options here on campus for people looking to join the greek system. there are about 12 houses for each fraternity and sororities. however the system has steadily been growing each year.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are 150+ clubs available to any and everyone here on campus. things that range from major-related clubs all the way to clubs like humans vs. zombies. there is something here for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    ball state is great for anyone. it's good if you are coming from a small town or rural area and are looking for something bigger but aren't quite ready to go to a huge city yet. it's a nice in between place.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    every year when it starts to get cold, the students on campus dress up the statue that sits outside our library. it is a fountain that is drained, and inside that fountain is the statue of frog baby. it is a small child looking up into the sky holding tiny frogs in her hands. you can often find her with hoodies, sweaters, scarfs, or hats on during the cold winter months. another tradition here at campus are the annual homecoming bed races. this is when groups of students take a bed and race it down the stretch of road that runs straight through our campus during homecoming week. it's fun to participate in or just to watch.

    Bang for the buck

    things here are pretty decently priced.

    What to do for fun

    here at ball state there is always something fun to do. you can get involved in the greek system. or one of the many other clubs offered here on campus. we also have an awesome activity call friday night filmworks where you can go to our biggest lecture hall to watch a recently released movie for free! another awesome thing to do on the weekends is on saturday night we have what we call late night. this is an awesome alternative to going out and partying. the event is always themed and has so many fun things to do at, like a dance party, diy crafts, movies, food, and it's all free.

    Food and Dining

    the food here is so amazing! there are so many options and things to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is excellent here at ball state. there are a few dorm halls that are slightly out of date but every year ball state is working on improvements for them. also living with a group of people is exciting, you are always meeting new people and there's always someone to talk too.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic rigor isn't too bad here at ball state. you of course will have homework and will need to be studying for all of your classes. but i think that the pace of most of the classes is a steady one that the majority of people can keep up with.

    Tips for prospective students

    always make sure you have all your finances for college situated before you arrive at school. don't be nervous because all the freshman there with you are feeling the same way you are.

    In three sentences

    has a well-rounded and diverse group of teachers. the campus is the happy medium between small, liberal colleges and large, state universities. there is never a dull moment on campus, there is always something fun to do.

  • 01/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    almost any type of person is going to find a really solid niche at ball state. people who like anime can find another group of people who love anime as well. spanish-speakers, french-speakers and international students have an organization they can join. the only problem, though, is that you have to be willing to put yourself out there to meet people. there are always people around, and they're almost always going to be really friendly. it's easy to find friends on campus if you're looking in the right places.

    What to do for fun

    there are tons and tons of clubs and activities on campus from debate team to ballroom dancing to quiddich to a literary club. there are student-run magazines and website. muncie also has a really rich music scene, so there are always great bands at the be here now in the village. there are also tons of really great places to go with your friends and just chill. ball state has the best atmosphere of any college i've visited.

    Food and Dining

    i don't mean to be a downer, but this is cafeteria food. granted, some of it is really good. there is a chic-fil-a, a boar's head deli, a quiznos and a sbarro pizza place, which are all really great for eating at. there are tons of options and different food styles, but none of it can really compare to a home-cooked meal, in my opinion.

    Dorm Life

    like i mentioned before, some of the dorms don't have air-conditioning. the only problem with that was at night, when it was still in the upper-70s and it was hard to sleep. learning to live with 40-plus other people sharing one washing machine and dryer, and a handful of showers and toilets was also quite a challenge. other than that, i don't have any complaints. most of the ras are incredibly helpful and nice, and if you give them a chance, so are a lot of the people who live in your hall.

    Academic Rigor

    i've had some professors that have really challenged me, but i've also had some who i felt were just doing their jobs. the required classes for majors, from what i've encountered, are all really relevant to the degrees that people are seeking. they also provide many clubs, extra-credit opportunities, and guest speakers to ensure you have the tools you need to get a job when you graduate.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't freak out about some of the dorms not being air-conditioned; it's not that bad. don't take more than 16 hours your first semester unless you're absolutely positive you can handle not having a social life.

    In three sentences

    small enough that you can make friends, but large enough that you won't be seeing the same exact people every day. people in the university really want to help you. professors and staff are all encouraging and fun to be around.

  • 01/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    many opportunities to join a sorority or fraternity, but sororities here do not have houses.

    Great for these types of students

    communication majors telecommunication/film majors architecture majors psychology majors nursing majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    one tradition is to rub frog baby's nose for good luck.

    What to do for fun

    go to late night. hang out with your friends in the dorms. have movie nights. cook your own meals.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you know about student loans before signing up for any. be sure to look on websites for your books because they are really expensive on campus.

    In three sentences

    ball state has a great communications program funded by david letterman. ball state is a great size for students who don't want to go to a big or small school. ball state's campus is clean and safe.

  • 02/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there are many police officers on patrol every hour to make sure nothing wrong happens on campus. they are always there to help.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are countless activities and clubs to join. almost everything you can think of has a club. if it does not, you can actually start a club of your choice.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    after every football game, the band sings or plays the alma mater.

    What to do for fun

    there is a recreational center for working out, rock climbing, racketball courts, basketball, and indoor soccer fields. there many restaurants for socializing with friends and different activities every week supported by ball state students.

    Food and Dining

    there are food centers in some of the dorms at ball state and have a great variety of different types of food. all of it easily accessible with a bsu meal card. the food is great and the workers are great at what they do.

    Dorm Life

    the resident assistants in the dorms are very helpful and are always there if you need them. either leave a note on their door, or wait for them to walk by. they hang out, help tutor, or answer any questions you may have.

    Academic Rigor

    there are plenty of classes to choose from if you have not found out your major or just want credits to graduate faster. try to get your core classes out of the way early in order to focus on your major later on.

    Tips for prospective students

    ball state has plenty of choices in majors and the career center is always there to help you. the campus is beautiful and the clock tower lets you know every 15 minute interval so you'll never lose track of time.

    In three sentences

    ball state has almost everything you can think of 15 minutes away, walking distance. whether it is rock climbing, food, movies, or whatever your interested in, ball state has it somewhere on or close to campus. people are friendly and there to help you.

  • 02/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe campus compared to bigger schools.

    Greek Life

    not that big of a deal at bsu.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a club for just about anything. it's up to you to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    theater, theater, theater

    Bang for the buck

    i am an out of state resident and do not agree with the cost of this school. the classes weren't very challenging either. i'm transferring back to my home state.

    What to do for fun

    if you don't go out to parties there is a program called late night that has free games and food. other than that, the school is rather boring. not much school spirit or big crowds at sporting events either.

    Food and Dining

    a lot of great options to choose from!

    Dorm Life

    the dorm i stayed in was a learning-living community so mostly everyone on my floor was in the same major department as me. the dorms are decently sized and the ra's go out of their way to get you in trouble (or so it seemed).

    Academic Rigor

    majority of the class sizes are small enough to where you will know everyone in your class by the end of the semester. the professors don't take the time to get to know you personally, so it's up to you if you want to be known.

    Tips for prospective students

    check out this school if you are interested in theater or telecommunications. also if you don't know anyone from home coming here, you might not want to choose ball state.

    In three sentences

    small town school. with that said, expect everyone to already know everyone. the theater and telecommunication programs are all this school has going for them.

  • 02/09/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    i am pretty sure that it is good, but i am not sure.

    Clubs and Activities

    i know that there are a lot of clubs and activities, but i do not know all of them yet.

    What to do for fun

    i do not know yet, but i am pretty sure that it provides plenty of clubs and sports to participate in.

    In three sentences

    i do not go to ball state university yet, but i am planning to go there. i feel that ball state is going to be ranked high in architecture because i know that it is already know it is number one in the united states. i already know some people, and they are really nice and are willing to help you if you need it.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus security are always patrolling. there was never a time i felt unsafe or uncomfortable around campus.

    Greek Life

    the sororities and fraternities have helped students find their network of friends and allies. they stress academic achievement while working in study groups and workshops.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are hundreds and hundreds of clubs and activities at ball state. they range from sports clubs to volunteer services to academic clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    ball state university has great accessibility for students with disabilities or special needs. every single building is handicap accessible. all courses accommodate according to each students needs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    late-nite: happens on saturday nights with free food, dancing, pool, bowling, and so many more activities including ice skating. the gum tree: it feels good to put your gum on that tree and show your loyalty to ball state.

    Bang for the buck

    ball state university has been a life-changing experience. i came to know who i really am, and i have made the greatest friends that anyone could ever have.

    What to do for fun

    there are so many clubs and activities that happening daily on campus. there will never be a time to be bored at ball state.

    Food and Dining

    there are very many food and dining choices on campus. there are tacobell, starbucks, quiznos, chick-fil-a, and buffets and dining halls that students get to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are convenient for many reasons. it's an easy way to hear about different events that take place. the ra's and bathrooms are great!

    Academic Rigor

    classes can be challenging which is good because there is a lot of competition among the different majors. the professors are very good at doing their job.

    Tips for prospective students

    ball state has so many activities and events. there is so much to do and a lot to get involved in.

    In three sentences

    ball state university is a great campus, not too small and not too big. the professors are fabulous and classes are not too from surrounding apartment buildings. the bus systems are a great source of transportation as well.

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    there is a greek life but it is small.

    What to do for fun

    there is nothing in the surrounding area to do for fun, so you have to create your own fun.

    Food and Dining

    ball state definitely has nicer food options than any other school i've been to.

    Dorm Life

    it depends on the dorm. for the most part, they are nice and fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are looking for an exciting college, don't come here. muncie is an extremely boring city and although the campus is nice it isn't worth it.

    In three sentences

    it is a nice school but not fun if you are from out of state. everyone goes home on the weekends and there really is not anything fun to do. the campus is very nice.

  • 02/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    this is muncie, in. there really isn't a whole lot to do in this town. every saturday night there is a university run party that is alcohol free, and usually they provide sources of entertainment free of charge to students. muncie has a mall, parks, and movie theaters as well.

    Food and Dining

    the food at ball state is standard college campus food. it is good, there are a lot of choices, but service is slow and if you don't have a meal plan, food is really expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    a lot of courses i've taken in departments away from my major have been challenging. don't discount core classes, most of the classes here are not easy a's

    Tips for prospective students

    don't overlook this great school when considering a college you want to attend. ball state has a lot of nationally ranked programs, and offers a lot of survey courses that can help you determine what you want to study.

    In three sentences

    ball state university is a diverse school. the core curriculum courses i've taken here have been challenging as well as interesting. the university is ever changing and is only getting better.

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    every friday they have a movie that is out of theaters but not yet on dvd. every saturday is a late night which always has fun activities going around. i've also seen carnivals in the dorms with cotton candy and games and even dances. plus emen's auditorium always is having cool performances.

    Food and Dining

    they have a huge variety of food. everything from chinese to mexican to chick fila. it's a nice layout.

    Dorm Life

    i've loved living in the dorms. it's very convenient and i'm majoring in psychology so my dorm is the building is a living learning community for psychology and criminal justice majors.

    Academic Rigor

    it can get overwhelming at times but you just have to keep your head above water. make a schedule and stick to it. don't get behind because once you are it's back to get into the routine.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved. it is the best way to get to know people and don't worry so much about what everyone says about college if you calm down and do your work it'll be a breeze.

    In three sentences

    ball state is a very friendly place. it is not as intimidating as it seems when you first arrive there and take the tour. everyone, teachers and students, that i've met there have been nothing but helpful.

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    frog baby, cow path, naked lady, benny, gum tree....all loactions. try to figure them out.

    Bang for the buck

    ball state's journalism/telecommunications program, teacher's college, nursing program, and college of architecture and planning are only a few of the great programs offered at the university. the programs here rival those at neighboring colleges.

    What to do for fun

    just like on every college campus, everybody lives for the weekends. students always blow off steam on the weekends by going to parties, but there are other options during the week. the rec center is always busy with students taking advantage of its facilities. the rock wall, indoor turf field, basketball courts, and huge weight room are just a few of the places students like to hang out. in addition, there are many organizations that students can get involved in. greek life, club sports, and major related activities are the most popular.

    Food and Dining

    selections are almost endless when it comes to meal time. a student has a set amount of money to spend per meal (depending on the meal contract they sign) and there is plenty of selection. from names like quiznos and taco bell, to the dining halls of woodworth, the atrium, and noyer, students can indulge in a wide variety of food. the only downside is that the hours of the locations are a little bit odd, especially on the weekends.

    Dorm Life

    the freshman dorms are far from pristine shape, but the friends you'll meet and experiences you'll share are second to none. freshman may sign a premium plan to get priority room selection in their second year, but most students find that second year dorm room scenarios involve a nicer room with less interaction with neighbors.

    Academic Rigor

    this really depends on what major you choose. i've seen some students skate through their classes with ease, while others log countless hours in the library and are seldom ever seen without books under their noses. it used to be known as a party school, but president jo ann gora has done a lot to boost the academic status of ball state.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't write it off! paying a visit to ball state could prove to be eye opening and save you a lot of cash. while it is often overshadowed by purdue and indiana university, ball state has programs that rival these schools with the classic college atmosphere. there are programs and organizations for all majors, and they are easy to get involved in.

    In three sentences

    a university with broad academic services that offers a unique, quality experience for every major. although it was once viewed as a teachers college, it has now developed a reputable name for many other programs. ball state is a quality university full of diversity and character.

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the bsu emergency system is kind of faulty. the campus police do a good job, though.

    Greek Life

    i'm not in a sorority, but i've only heard good things from my friends that are. they seem to be pretty active around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    bsu offers tons upon tons of clubs. heck, you can make one anytime you want! there's endless opportunities to check them out, and one of them always seems to be giving out free stuff.

    Great for these types of students

    people who are undecided, journalism students, education students, and anyone looking for a smaller campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    frog baby sits behind bracken. during winter, students put clothes on her to keep her room. students used to rub her nose for good luck, but they rubbed it off! rumor has it that if you sit under beneficence (aka benny) and kiss your boyfriend or girlfriend, her wings will flap if it's true love. we also have a gum tree, which students stick gum on. it's kind of gross.

    Bang for the buck

    in my opinion, tuition is pricey for what's been going on this year. some part of bsu has been under construction all year. this has caused problems with students, whether it involves disturbing their sleep or simply being in the way. class-wise, i'd say it's worth it. some teachers are lazy, but the great teachers are worth it.

    What to do for fun

    there's tons of stuff, you just have to find it! late nite and friday night filmworks are just two fun and safe things i can think of. to be frank, muncie isn't very exciting, but you could still go roam around the mall. just check the calender reguarly and you'll find events to go to.

    Food and Dining

    it gets old. there are 11 dining locations, including several chain stores. there aren't many healthy options, and the meal plan is annoying. the hours on the weekend aren't very great. however, i think bsu has more choices than other colleges i've seen, so i'm grateful for that. this would be three stars if the meal plan wasn't so restricting.

    Dorm Life

    although i live in lafollette, which is the butt of many jokes, i've had a pretty good experience. i'm close to several academic buildings, which is very convenient. it can sometimes be loud outside, but most of the other dorms are in secluded areas. the staff is helpful and nice. i haven't had any real problems, minus the clanking heaters.

    Academic Rigor

    i am rating this a three because in my short experience here, the teachers have been fair. bsu offers an honors program if you are looking for a challenging curriculum. classes are what you make of them. if you go to class, you'll at least get a passing grade. if you skip, you won't.

    Tips for prospective students

    research, research, research. ball state has great opportunities available, but they won't just throw themselves at you. if you utilize your time, your experience at bsu will be a great one.

    In three sentences

    ball state might be considered a throwaway university by some, but that's truly not the case. bsu has a wide variety of choices for any student, along will several renowned colleges. to many, ball state is their home away from home, and i agree.

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very little incidence of crime. i feel really safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    greek life does exist, but it is definitely optional. it is not a huge part of campus life, but it is also not looked down upon.

    Clubs and Activities

    ball state does have a fair amount of organization if you want to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    a student who wants the education of a public school without the huge size

    Bang for the buck

    a very affordable state school where you can get a solid degree in a lot of fields.

    What to do for fun

    there is very little to do for fun in muncie unless you really like chain restaurants or going to the movies. most people leave for the weekend to go to other schools.

    Food and Dining

    on the whole, ball state has a lot of dining options and many of them are good. chains on-campus include chick-fil-a, taco bell, starbucks, sbarro, quiznos, and jamba juice. (you can use your meal plan or regular money.) as with all campus food, it gets old after you've eaten it for a while.

    Dorm Life

    when i lived on campus there were several dorm programs throughout the year. not all of them were interesting, but they were there. underclassmen dorms are also really old and kinda shady, but i benefitted a lot from living in the dorms and made some good friends there. i tell incoming freshmen to live at least their first year on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on your major, ball state can be extremely easy or extremely difficult. architecture and art majors spend countless hours in studio working on projects, but i also have friends who don't spend any time on homework. as you get further in your education you'll undoubtedly have more coursework, but it is definitely not as difficult here and students care a fair amount less than at other schools i've visited.

    Tips for prospective students

    live on campus your first year. make friends, make plans, and get involved quickly! otherwise ball state and muncie are terribly boring.

    In three sentences

    ball state university is a medium-sized public university located in muncie, indiana. muncie is a terribly boring college city that does a poor job of providing entertainment for its university population. however, ball state itself is a good school.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i think campus safety could increase. there are many help/emergency call towers, charlie's charter that will pick you up at night, and buses during the day. i would like if the notification system could be a little faster. however when there was a bomb threat, we were kept in the loop and updated every step of the way.

    Greek Life

    greek life here is relatively small, but is steadily growing each and every year. the school does not completely support greek life but we are working on bridging the gap.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many different clubs and activities you can join. if there is a club you want that ball state does not have, you only need two people to start a new organization!

    Great for these types of students

    ball state is great for students who do not want to go to a huge school, but do not want to go to a school where you could easily meet most of the campus. also for students who want to be able to get around easily and not worry about getting lost.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    it is said if you kiss your true love in front of beneficence her wings will flap. also, people used to rub frog baby's nose for good luck but it got rubbed off. the naked lady statue in the lobby is a great meeting place! the bell tower is the largest bell tower in the state, which is why it does not have a clock.

    Bang for the buck

    sometimes i wonder where all my money goes.

    What to do for fun

    i joined many clubs and organizations. i also spend time with people in my dorm playing games, watching movies, going to the rec center, or just walking around campus.

    Food and Dining

    the food is great! it is also very accommodating to food allergies or preferences.

    Dorm Life

    even if you live in an older dorm, the halls are inviting and exciting to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    academically it depends on your major and skill level, just work hard and you will do great.

    Tips for prospective students

    do not go home every weekend. go to sporting events and other free activities. join clubs and organizations on campus.

    In three sentences

    the faculty at ball state work hard to make sure every student achieves academic success. ball state is undergoing major changes every year to make the campus better every year. ball state is an exciting and inviting place to live.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    neely avenue

    Dorm Life

    i love lafollete complex. there is such a community feel, and you meet so many people. i met my best friends on my floor.

    Academic Rigor

    if you stay on top of your work, and do it in a timely manner. the only thing that is challenging is that many projects and exams fall in the same week.

    Tips for prospective students

    go to class and go to office hours. and never underestimate the power of bracken library.

    In three sentences

    ball state has made me realize that i can succeed. i feel so supported by the faculty and the classes give you real-world experience. i would recommend ball state university to anyone who wants a big university education, with a small college feel.

  • 03/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus saftey is good. they have call buttons to the upd if you feel as if you are in danger.

    Greek Life

    they do a lot of fundraisers and activities.

    Clubs and Activities

    they have a lot of different clubs and sports. they go to alot of conferences with different majors.

    What to do for fun

    they have latenight, which offers free bowling, airhockey, and has a different theme every saturday night. they have a great gym and pool area.

    Food and Dining

    their food is good and they have a lot of options to eat. from fast food to a place where you can sit and eat ball state has it all.

    Dorm Life

    their dorms are good. most of them have places for food in them. take advantage of the ras they are a great resource and a lot of fun to talk to. the dorms all have a weight room if you want to work out without going to the gym.

    Academic Rigor

    their courses are pretty challenging so be prepared to study. they also offer alot of practice outside of classrooms through confrences and labs.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you study. enjoy the activities that the school has. make sure to ask questions and dont' be shy.

    In three sentences

    ball state is a great university with such a friendly enovironment. the professors and staff are very helpful and open to answering questions.

  • 03/08/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    go to football games, watch movies, work out, meet new friends

    Food and Dining

    there are tons of great places to eat on campus! chick fillet and sbarro are two of my favorite restaurants so i am glad that they are on campus.

    Dorm Life

    i plan to live in woodworth because i am majoring in nursing. these dorms seem really nice and its nice that it is a living learning community so all the nursing majors can have the opportunity to live together.

    Academic Rigor

    again, i am not yet a student so i do not know exactly how rigorous the academics are.

    Tips for prospective students

    i am a prospective student myself so i don't really have any tips other than to have fun!

    In three sentences

    ball state is a very nice and clean campus. people seem very friendly all over campus. there are a lot of different activites to do on campus such as work out in the gym.

  • 03/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    ball state police are a little excessive and more concerned with power rather than protecting and serving, but they do keep the campus very safe.

    Greek Life

    greek life at ball state university is being purposely diminished for seemingly no reason. compared to the likes of purdue and iu, it is nothing. but it is still probably the way to go.

    Clubs and Activities

    some bars, not too much here though.

    Great for these types of students

    great for the type of person who has already experienced a taste of the real world and time management at one time or another before coming attending bsu.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    gum tree, bell tower, beneficence statue, frog baby

    Bang for the buck

    ball state is almost as much as the big state schools in indiana, yet it is not as prosperous and gives a lot less financial aid and loans out

    What to do for fun

    ball state offers many opportunities both on and off campus, whether it be community service or greek life.

    Food and Dining

    gets repetitive and annoying to eat every day, but it is good food in general.

    Dorm Life

    didnt live in the dorms but depending on where you live it can be very nice or not so nice.

    Academic Rigor

    as you get older the classes definitely get harder, but in the beginning it is pretty easy- dont let this trick you.

    Tips for prospective students

    dont let your first semester of college take you over the deep end. i have seen many friends think that it is ok to try to party all the time and attempt to go to class and do well. time management is key.

    In three sentences

    a surprisingly perfect fit for people that do not want to venture into large scale campus'. ball state is the place to be when considering 3 important aspects of being a college student- academics, fun, and friendships. can be overwhelming and sometimes feel too small.

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    if it is late at night and a student doesn't want to walk home, they can call a charter service that will take them any where on campus for free.

    Greek Life

    i am not familiar with the greeks, but there are a lot of them.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a club for everyone. from ghost hunting to storm chasing, if you are interested, it is there.

    Great for these types of students

    arts focused students, teachers, nurses, architecture, music, telecommunications etc really accelerate here .

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the gum tree is a tree on campus that students have completely covered in chewing gum. one cannot leave ball state without sticking a piece of their own gum on the tree.

    Bang for the buck

    it depends on a students major. ball state is great for telecommunications, theater, nursing, and teaching.

    What to do for fun

    muncie was recently voted the worst college town in the united states. there is nothing to do unless you stay on campus. there is always some concert, show, game, contest, or sporting event going on, most of which students get into for free or with a large discount.

    Food and Dining

    food is all up to the student. there are not very many healthy options. but walmart is down the road and students can elect to shop there. there is a lot of fast food.

    Dorm Life

    after the first year, the pick of dorm rooms gets much better. freshman year, expect no air conditioning, lots of construction, and small rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    comically referred to as ball state high school many classes are not very difficult. but major specific courses are quite rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    be careful with ap classes. many credits do not transfer to ball state. it is recommended to take core classes (ucc 21) at ivy tech. ivy tech and ball state are partners and all credits transfer.

    In three sentences

    ball state university is trying to improve its academic standards and performance. it is a quality school in several areas, but lacks school spirit and unity. i recommend ball state for in-state students especially.

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    there are many fraternities and sororities on campus

    Great for these types of students

    ball state appeals to a wide range of students. it is a particularly good fit for education, music, telecommunication and architecture majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    statue of beneficence frog baby fountain

    What to do for fun

    late night on campus on saturday nights free tickets to sporting events (basketball, football, etc.) free movies every friday night music and theatrical performances

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early and take advantage of college visit opportunities. be sure to take some challenging classes in your senior year of high school so that you will be prepared for your first year in college.

    In three sentences

    i like attending ball state university because it has a nice campus, good professors and many campus activities from which to select. it offers many opportunities for academic and social growth. the size of the student population is large enough to provide a wide range of organizations, but not too large that it is overwhelming.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    ball state is perfect for any type of person attending college. it is extremely good for communication majors, nursing majors, and people to strive to be exceptionally good at what they plan to do in the future.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    at ball state there are a few odd but fun traditions. for example there is the statue of a baby in a fountain, and it has been said that if your rub his nose before taking an exam you will pass the class.

    What to do for fun

    ball state has a lot of fun things to do. my personal favorite would be the recreational center where they have zumba dance classes, and a rock climbing wall. also on game days at ball state there are a lot of fun things to do such as play corn hole with your friends and cheer on your team.

    Food and Dining

    food at ball state is full of a variety of foods. the little super markets on campus have everything a student could want to keep in their dorm to snack on. the dining courts have a lot of options that range from, make your own stir-fry to sub sandwiches.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life at ball state is great. living in the dorms allows a person to meet new people and future friends. also it helps students concentrate more on their academics to achieve higher gpas.

    Academic Rigor

    at ball state they take education to the next level and push the students to understand what they are learning. they do it in a different sort of way by combining classes with others in their education redefined programs, which is a new type of learning experience and helps the students understand new things.

    Tips for prospective students

    for prospective students i would like to tell them that it is very important to keep your grades up and try their hardest no matter what. slacking is not an option if they plan to attend college because the competition for schools is rising.

    In three sentences

    ball state is a vibrant and wonderful campus. the professors and students are incredibly friendly and always there to answer questions and help you in a time of assistance. i would have to say ball state is one of the best universities indiana has to offer.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's all the UPB(University Program Board) events like late night on Saturdays and Friday night filmworks.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of options all over campus and if you don't feel like going that far to get food you don't have too, there's always something really close. Most of the dorms have their own cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is dorm life. There are always the crazy moments and those crazy stories you hear about people doing weird stuff do happen, but you get to meet a lot of people and all of the dorms have events all the time so you can get to know the people you live with.

    Academic Rigor

    It's pretty easy to keep up with academics as long as you study and do your homework and the projects. The only thing that's different is that some classes grades are comprised of nothing but tests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely join a club or an organization. There's a club for every major, plus it's a great way to meet others in your major.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is the perfect size, it's not too big that you get easily lost or too small that it's boring. There's also a lot on campus to do on the weekends and lots of activities and clubs during the week. Ball State also has a lot of options of you're struggling with a class such as the learning center which offers free tutoring for almost every class.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is well lit at night, there are police officers everywhere, and well as blue emergency buttons. There are also services such as shuttle buses and after hours vans that can give you a safe ride home.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in Greek Life, but many students are and enjoy it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities it would be impossible to keep up with all of them. Also, most are student run, so if there is not a club that you would enjoy, start one you would!

    Great for these types of students

    Ball State is great for all types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One cool place on campus is Beneficence. She is a statue that has some cool legends surrounding her...if you want to know what they are, come visit!

    Bang for the buck

    Living in the dorms is extremely expensive, but it is definitely worth it for at least the first two years. Otherwise, you very much get bang for your buck. There are many other services and extras provided to students.

    What to do for fun

    Muncie does not boast a boat load of things to do in the town unless you are 21. Ball State does a great job providing alternative activities otherwise.

    Food and Dining

    Dining program at Ball State is great-just make sure to get your meals before they expire!

    Dorm Life

    I love living in the dorms, but you must be ready to share a small space with someone else. You have to be considerate to them if you expect them to be considerate of you. Don't room with your best friend; it will be the end of your friendship!

    Academic Rigor

    Academic Rigor very much depends on what program you are involved in. I am a Speech Pathology major, and it is very competitive. The majority of the programs are very good programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't choose a school for a significant other! Visit a lot of schools and get as much information as you can. Before making your decision, take some quiet time to reflect and see if you can see yourself enjoying living here at BSU.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is a great school; I would rate them towards the top of the scale. There is a small-school as well as large-school feel here. There are many programs as well as many places to get involved here.

  • 03/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Only one incident that was quickly rectified while ive been here

    Greek Life

    Great

    Clubs and Activities

    Youll find what your looking for

    Great for these types of students

    Psychology, Business, Arts,

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Frog Baby, Friday man

    Bang for the buck

    You get out of it what you put into it

    What to do for fun

    All kinds of free and reduced priced shows along with free sporting events, and plenty of wide open space to do fun things with your friends

    Food and Dining

    Many varieties of places to eat

    Dorm Life

    Get a doctors note for a/c

    Academic Rigor

    You get out of it what you put into it

    Tips for prospective students

    Register early and look for scholarships.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is big enough to get the college atmosphere, small enough to make those important connections.

  • 03/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Great, I am Greek at Ball State and it has been a number one descision since attending Ball State.

    Great for these types of students

    All students, their is such a wide variety of people attending Ball State it would be hard not to fit in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyday you are bound to see something new.

    What to do for fun

    At Ball State, the student run and organize almost all programs and clubs, which means if something is not on campus, you can make it happen. People are always playing games at the Rec Center from swimming, weight, basketball, and volleyball to rock climbing and ping pong.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class, it makes your life easier come finals time.

    In three sentences

    It is a great campus, with awesome teachers and friendly students. It is a medium sized college, not to big and not to small. The dorms are kept incredibly nice, are constantly being upgraded, and all have a place to eat.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I wish I would have gotten involved with greek life. My room mate and many girls on my floor are in pi beta phi and chi omega and they all love it so much.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Frog Baby is kind of a tradition. People often kiss her thumb before exams for good luck. She is found outside Bracken Library.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs and events that a student can get involved with.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not just go to Ball State because your friends did. Find your own path or you will be miserable following them along.

    In three sentences

    The campus is so beautiful. The people are somewhat friendly, but not as friendly as I had hoped. The food selection is awful.

  • 04/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Basically anyone who is looking for a career in Liberal Arts.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Frog baby, rubbing her nose is good luck before a test. You can also rent taxidermy animals in the library. Also, as a Freshman, you will have many group meetings by the naked lady. Every Friday you will be greeted my a man in a blue suit with a big F painted on his chest, riding around on a scooter yelling Happy Friday. Life here can be pretty fun.

    Bang for the buck

    For me at least, BSU is worth every sent I am spending here.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of things to do for fun here. Besides hanging out with your friends, there are tons of places to go to eat. We also have hundreds of clubs and sports to do here, including a Quidich team. The school also puts on movie nights, and late night activities every week.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that this is the right school for you, you are going to be spending the next 4 years or so here. If you don't feel like you could call this campus home, or feel at home here, then maybe you should take a tour other places. College is all about the experience, here is more of a hands on kind of learning style that I love, but others may not. Just take a tour here, and see if you like it.

    In three sentences

    Ball State was an amazing choice for myself. I really fit in here and am having the time of my life learning and making friends. I realize that this school isn't meant for everyone, if you are looking into liberal arts schools, check BSU out.

  • 04/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    on campus you can always go to clubs, get involved with some of them to make friends but make sure you don't take on to many responsibilities. Ball State has Late Nite on Saturday night, which is a safe on campus party so students don't feel the need to go out and drink, they have somewhere fun to go. they also have Friday Night Filmworks, and different movies play every Friday, they are both free to all students.

    Food and Dining

    we have some awesome food places here, they have really good hours too so you can get food if your studying late. i also like our meal plans, they work really well with student life.

    Dorm Life

    i've lived in the dorms for two years now, their a good transition between home life and life on your own. i can't complain we have some pretty nice dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    i've enjoyed all my classes and teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    pick the college you want, not the ones your friends are going to. don't pick a college for the sports teams, pick it because you like where it is, you like the teachers you meet, and you like the campus size. always go out and find things to do because if your college is anything like ball state there's tons of stuff to do on campus.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy studying at Ball State, i picked the right college for me. its close to my house, i love the campus size and the people here. i also enjoy that they have a big range of classes so i could take classes in every field while i was searching for a major.

  • 04/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun I hang out with the girls in my sorority. My sorority is Epsilon Sigma Alpha and it is incredible! It is a service sorority and we help out so many people that it makes me so happy to be a part of it!

    Food and Dining

    There are dining places everywhere on campus. They all are really nicely placed too, for convenience.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is really not that bad here. There are multiple living areas and you can pick the one that you think will be the best for you!

    Academic Rigor

    It has some really great programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ball State University can be the best time of your life. You just have to make the best of it and make sure you don't miss out on anything!

    In three sentences

    It is the right size for a person that isn't a fan of big or small schools. Ball State has some of the best professors. Everyone is so helpful and really want you to succeed here.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are often near by. The campus is well lit and has safety boxes everywhere that can be pressed to alert police if someone is in trouble.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs and activities. There is a club for almost anything you can think of because any student can come up with an idea and turn it into a club with a little help.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a Frog Baby on campus which is a statue that sits in the middle of a fountain. People go and dress up frog baby for different occasions, even though they must go through the fountain to get there. Also, students make wishes here.

    Bang for the buck

    There are several things to do on campus for free. If you participate in these activities such as the beautiful new recreation center, Late Nite, free movies, free speakers and so on, you are getting your bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    There are several things to do for fun at Ball State. For example, every Friday night a free, new film is shown to students for free. On Saturday night, there is always a safe on campus party called Late Nite. This is also free and students can play games, eat food, and enjoy making things and receiving prizes. There are several organizations to be involved in. I am part of the Future Veterinarians Society, in which we travel to zoos, shelters, and so on to help out and explore. Also, there are several religious affiliations to become a part of.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at Ball State University is actually quite impressive. I do not often become tired of campus food as you might imagine one would. There are 11 dining locations on campus from Chic-fil-A, Quiznos, and Taco Bell to Starbucks and buffets.

    Dorm Life

    I enjoy living in the dorm. Although my freshman year I lived in a very old dorm, it was not too bad. Being a sophomore, I live in a more up to date and modern dorm. I enjoy being able to attend events at the dorm. Advantages will continue to come as you move up in your dorm life such as more private bathrooms and air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    My academic rigor is keeping up with all the readings that must be done in college life. Although I am a very organized person, it is easy to forget to read everything that needs to be read to help understand material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be nervous if you think you will forever be lost. The campus is actually smaller than it first seems. There are several things to do on campus so stick around on some weekends and make some new friends!

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is fitting for myself because of the campus size, structure, and courses. Ball State has several activities for students to participate in, including but not limited to organizations, churches, courses, recreation, and relaxation areas. The library and the dining halls are very up to date places and I enjoy going to these daily.

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Emergency phones are located throughout campus if needed. Well lit campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who don't mind the occasional large lecture but most classes are small in size. One-on-one professor and student time available.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Frog Baby - It is said that if you rub the nose of this guy you will have good luck. Benny - If you and your gf/bf kiss under her and her wings flutter then its true love. Gum tree - A tree that is almost completely covered in gum

    What to do for fun

    Late Night - Movies and pizza. Sports - Students are free Coffee Shop - local artist hang out and really good coffee The Village - restaurants

    Food and Dining

    Lots of places and food options to choose from especially in the different dining halls. Noyer has some awesome omelets. The Atrium has a Chik-fil-a and a nice asian grill. Bookmark Cafe is in the library for anyone who has to spend more time at Bracken

    Dorm Life

    Freshman must either live with their parents or live in a dorm for the first year of college. I chose to live with my parents. I have heard that dorm life isn't terrible but I have no experience in this area.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say that BSU is pretty rigorous with their academics. There is a list of UCC(University Core Curriculum) that all students must take and a writing comp test is needed for graduation. There are tutors available for many classes and all are provided for free to students. Most professors are willing to work with students in helping them achieve academic success. The nice thing about BSU is that it is always easy to check on your academic status.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your classes in buildings close together if possible. Avoid the Atrium during lunch unless you like chaos, it is very busy at lunchtime.

    In three sentences

    You will receive a well rounded education. Many extracurricular activities available to participate in. Very diverse and fun campus!

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Ball State has amazing academics and a beautiful campus! The professors and students I have met are very kind. The Honors College is a great community with wonderful opportunities.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are little blue boxes set up all over campus that will have the campus police where you are in a few minutes. Very nice!

    Clubs and Activities

    WCRD! Student run radio! Check it out.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone interested in TCOMM, Journalism, Nursing, or Education should definitely check this school out.

    What to do for fun

    There are some really great student run organizations, for instance WCRD the student run radio station. It all depends on your interests. Outside of school related activities their isn't much to do. Muncie, IN is pretty run down.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining are alright. We have Chickfila, Taco Bell, Quiznos, and Starbucks. However, a lot of people have a problem with the current Meal Plan system which you may want to look up. Also, try as hard as you can not to eat at Lafallote. Stay away!

    Dorm Life

    There are a variety of dorms to live in which are pretty nice and hotel-esque. However, if you're a freshman there's a VERY good chance you'll end up in Lafallote, which is basically the worst. So consider that.

    Academic Rigor

    During my freshman year I had quite a few graduate assistants for my classes instead of actual professors. The general classes really aren't that difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure that there are organizations you'd like to participate in here or other activities like Greek Life before you attend. You'll have a lot of free time otherwise.

    In three sentences

    It's a beautiful campus with a some really great professors. There isn't much to do on campus, but you can find your own fun. Overall a good place to study.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus seems very safe but there have been incidents on campus like all colleges and universities experience. There are emergency stations located in several areas around campus. Common sense safety precautions are suggested but campus is relatively safe. BSU has a great communication system that students are urged to take advantage of so administrators can be in contact with students instantly if there are places to avoid.

    Great for these types of students

    Self-motivated

    Bang for the buck

    Every semester I've attended, I've had at least one horrible instructor who obviously was not there for the students. Steer clear of these instructors if possible and it will be a great experience!

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options on campus but some can be very expensive!

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are a nightmare and others are pieces of cake.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore every building on campus if you can. Talk to anyone who will talk to you. Learn about every resource on campus because there are many. Talk to others in your program to learn about the classes you will take - previous students are a wealth of information!

    In three sentences

    Ball State has a beautiful campus. Most of the teachers are interested in the students. Many resources are available to students if students learn of their existence.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Having eaten dining every day as a freshman and working in dining for a year as a sophomore, I can confidently say, the food at Ball State is top notch and delicious. It is constantly being checked by food regulation measures as well as being updated and improved. There is something open almost always and the options are endless. There are still things I have yet to try as a junior! You will never get sick of always having the same thing to eat, because you don't have to. The meal plans provide plenty and the experience is one of a kind!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was amazing! It was the best transition I could have asked for going from home to school. I was able to choose a roommate that really matched my qualities and I felt respected by. All of the people in my dorm that I met were also extremely kind and thoughtful. We all learned to share the study rooms as well as communicate with each other about events and subjects in school. It was an awesome experience and I loved it!

    Academic Rigor

    Ball State, as mentioned previously, is extremely rigorous in almost every aspect and field. There are programs and tracks that people have to apply to within the college and it is no cake walk. There are challenges, which is why it is important to be focused from day one. There is always help, like tutors and study, which can help tremendously. Ball State has so many different programs and offers for help that it is a waste not to take advantage of them all!

    Tips for prospective students

    Every student needs to be aware that every university, including Ball State, is very competitive in almost every area of study. It is important to stay on top of your grades, meet with your counselors, and find what truly speaks to you. Don't be afraid to ask a ton of questions and find out what really suites and interests you. There is something for everyone.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is as diverse as any university can be and it is extremely vibrant. The campus is beautiful and hard to pull yourself away from. The faculty is great and you truly will be immersed in your learning, not just partially involved.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue buttons all around campus that you can push if you feel unsafe and Charlie's Charter will pick students up from anywhere they feel unsafe.

    Clubs and Activities

    It is easy to become involved and at the beginning of each year, there is a club fair to help you find something that you are interested in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Gum Tree and Frog Baby are two of Ball States main traditions. Whenever you get the chance, make sure to put a piece of gum on the gum tree for good luck and to rub Frog Baby's nose in the winter for luck on exams.

    Bang for the buck

    While the school does get expensive with things, you definitely get your money's worth. Only complaint - do not sell books back to the campus bookstore, because they will low-ball your money when you can get more from T.I.S.

    What to do for fun

    Late Night is every Saturday which provides tons of fun for students along with Friday Night Film works. Throughout the year, there are man other activities to find and be a part of. Football games at the beginning of the year are great as well.

    Food and Dining

    No matter what you're in the mood for, Ball State has a dining hall to provide it. There are always healthy choices available everywhere and if you're a smart spender, you can make sure to bring back drinks or fruit to your room to snack on later.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms were the best part of Ball State. It has a very welcoming environment and you're easily comfortable there. With some of the dorms having lobbies, it made it easy to make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The learning environment is wonderful and the teachers are excited to teach. Learning new material is easy when the teacher shows enthusiasm about what their teaching which makes you want to attend class.

    Tips for prospective students

    When thinking about attending this school, have an open-mind and embrace new opportunities, this will make any college experience better and make you feel like home.

    In three sentences

    Ball State has a welcoming environment that makes the transfer from home to living on campus comfortable. The learning environment makes people want to learn and do well. The school wants you to succeed and will help you no matter it be tutoring or finding a job on campus.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to try new things! From switching majors to joining clubs, get involved in what YOU want to do.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is a great school for the tuition. The beautiful campus and friendly staff puts your mind at ease, especially during the first year that you're there. The atmosphere is friendly and really makes you feel like you belong.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have bed races down the main streets of the school. The showed us pictures and it seemed extremely fun and a great time to bond with other students.

    What to do for fun

    The college is close to a few golf courses, which is very important to me. Also there are many on campus activities such as inter murals, sports activities, and campus sponsored events.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the school is phenomenal. The options and portions they have are great seeing how they have great prices for the food. Each dorm either has their own food court, or one nearby. All of which have many options. It is one of the most exciting things of my experiences on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at BSU looks to be fantastic. Always someone to help you if you need it. It's like a large family here. Fun, loving and friendly atmosphere so there's just one less thing to add to the list of college stresses.

    Academic Rigor

    The school seems to be very challenging, but is ready to help if needed. The school has a few very highly ranked programs which I am looking forward to partaking in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't wait until you last two years in high school to focus on what college you want and what it will take to get into there. Above all else, stay focused on what really matters and follow your heart.

    In three sentences

    A great school to find yourself. A fun school to meet new people and establish life long relationships. A wonderful place to prepare to take on the rest of your life.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus is safe when using common sense Charlie Charter will give you a ride home after hours BSU security will escort you as well after hours wouldn't suggest venturing into the Muncie local community past 9pm most students utilize services and businesses located within the Village or on McGalliard

    Greek Life

    the office of student life within the student center has all the contact information for Greek Life. There are 4 councils NPHC (historically/predominantly african american), MGC (multicultural), PHC (rush historically/predominantly caucasian) sororities, IFC (caucasian fraternities)

    Clubs and Activities

    Dill Street is only exciting on Wednesday evenings 21+ $1.50 u-call-its Cleo's has the most reasonably priced drinks any night Scotty's has better quality wings than bdubbs and you get more for your money

    Great for these types of students

    The multicultural center is a great resource for Students of Color and International students. The Student center is great for any student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Water Bowl is half price on Wednesdays. The reservoir is always a fun place to grill, swim, fish or just hangout. Muncie bowling alley has student specials on Sunday evenings.

    Bang for the buck

    Anywhere you go in Muncie show your student ID and ask for a student discount. Style Nail is the best place to get mani/pedi $15 for each for students and good quality All shops within the mall give students 10% discount

    What to do for fun

    Late Nite hosted on Saturdays is always fun and there's free food. Friday night Filmworks always has the latest and coolest movies for free. Greek Life offers educational and social outlets throughout the schoolyear. School rec center offers swimming, rock climbing, and other cool activities free of charge to students.

    Food and Dining

    Dining closes too early, and I wish we had more options similar to Indiana and Purdue University campus to utilize our meal points, but overall Dining and food is adequate nutrition. There's a little something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    I enjoyed living in the residence hall, mostly for the meal plan. When living on campus you are much more involved and proactive in your studies. If choosing to live off campus try BSU apartments, gives an independent living feel but still socially and academically connected.

    Academic Rigor

    Most courses are academically challenging and require you to study and put forth effort. Courses that are not, remember to take evaluations seriously because administration highly values our feedback and will adjust accordingly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in at least one extra-curricular activity on campus, it gives you a reason to love college and work harder academically. Take advantage of free tutoring and services offered within the student center.

    In three sentences

    Ball State has awesome student life programming and entertainment. Ball State administration is highly passionate about their students' success. Ball State was a warm environment for me to learn and explore my strengths academically.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    I am out of state, but through the Midwest Exchange program I get reduced tuition.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and programs that offer fun activities, plus campus parties and events thrown by Ball State and it's students.

    Food and Dining

    I hear there are many food options all around campus, but I won't know how good the food is until I visit.

    Dorm Life

    I hear the dorms are great and many are newly renovated. I will know more after my visit there next week. Most have a dining hall and fitness center inside or nearby.

    Academic Rigor

    I am attending Ball State for their Architecture program which is nationally recognized.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get the premium meal plan for no extra cost and you will receive some helpful perks. Also, I'd suggest learning to log in to your bsu email account to contact possible roommates quickly. Make sure that if you are enrolled in the Honors College that you make sure your requested roommate is enrolled too so you can live in the Honors Community dorm (DeHority).

    In three sentences

    Ball State is the perfect college for me. It's not too big or small of a campus and has tons of good opportunities I can't wait to experience.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police always around, plenty of lighting, don't forget blue light safety stations with buttons to call directly to police.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The scramble light is very busy and can be fun to watch everyone try to cross in all directions.

    What to do for fun

    Attend any Ball State athletic event for free with your ID, play football with some friends on the indoor turf, or join a club.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus! Try all the different dining areas. Plan time to study.

    In three sentences

    Ball State has great academics, student life/community opportunities, and prepares you for life after college. I love living on campus and participating in as many activities as I can.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is the number one concern and is followed with email alerts and text message alerts that keep the students aware of what's going on within the campus to keep them as safe as possible.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the Frog baby and every winter, students dress him in winter clothing to keep him warm.

    Bang for the buck

    Food wise, they aren't as expensive as regular stores or restaurants so you don't feel like you are breaking the bank.

    What to do for fun

    There are many areas for a student to do for fun. There are the recreation centers that is for fitness. You can workout or just play some sports. There are countless areas of grass that you can just have a picnic or study or just hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food areas are spread throughout the campus and feature a variety of foods that can be both healthy or comforting. The workers are courteous and help to keep the lines moving quickly and get you on your way.

    Dorm Life

    When I stayed overnight for orientation, I thought that the rooms were small, but the people that lived around my room were friendly and helped make it feel more like home.

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly, I can't rate this yet because I haven't taken any of the classes yet so for now I'm in the middle, not too hard and not too easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to take this chance to not only get good grades for that degree, but also meet new people and make new friends and explore what you like and dislike in order to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life.

    In three sentences

    The people are extremely nice and helpful when you need help or get lost. The students are friendly and open to the incoming freshmen. The campus is beautiful and fun to explore.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ball State takes safety very seriously and if anything happens the school is on top of it. Any threat, or any slight danger, the students are notified and given simple instructions or recommendations.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Meeting by Frog Baby or the Naked Lady are traditions for everyone. They are both pretty centralized, and if you are meeting at the library it's easier to just go to the Naked Lady in the lobby.

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is pretty fantastic. If I had to choose, I would recommend trying Woodworth Commons or the Atrium.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty good. The atmospheres are fun and exciting, but calm enough to be able to study. You get to meet a lot of new and exciting people in the dorms, and you may just meet some of your life-long friends along the way.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be hard, but the work put into the classes are completely worth it. No matter what the class, something is learned and it helps to shape your world view be it agreeing, or disagreeing, with the point of view of the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never feel afraid to ask questions; people are really nice and willing to help.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is a wonderful place to learn in a interesting and creative way. It provides amazing opportunities to have hands-on learning in whatever field you are drawn to. Ball State is a great school to attend.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Ball State offers plenty of activities for students including Late Night on Saturdays, Friday Nigh Filmworks where students watch free movies in the auditorium, and intramural sports.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus does get old after a while but if you mix up your meals enough, it will be just fine. It could be worse. The offering of Taco Bell, Quiznos, Chik Filet, Sbarros, and a Jamba Juice is nice.

    Dorm Life

    Ball State has been renovating its dorms since a couple years before I started school there. My experience in the dorms was enjoyable due in part to the student body and the many different activities the halls offer.

    Academic Rigor

    Contrary to popular belief (at least in Indiana) Ball State University offers a challenging yet rewarding set of classes that prepare students for the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest tip I can give to future students is to put yourself out there and become involved early. It will help you develope a social circle which makes a transition to college life much more comfortable.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is an establishment that truley cares about its students by offering them opportunities in all parts of student life; proffessional or social. The student body is friendly and the staff and faculty are the same. Everything about the school makes acclimating to life away from home comfortable and enjoyable.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always events going on on campus. You can join a sport whether its a club or university team. You can join the Greek community. Go see a play. Work out in the brand spanking new fitness center. When the weather is nice simply take a walk around campus and cherish your time there. It will go by faster than you know.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club. Don't hold back. Be yourself. Go to class. Put in the effort and you will be rewarded.

    In three sentences

    Ball State offers a beautiful campus to complete the degree of your choice. Its small classrooms give students the opportunity to be heard in classroom discussions and ask questions when needed. With over 300 clubs to join it is impossible for any student to not find their place at Ball State.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Ball State and the surrounding area offer a myriad of things for a college student to do. There are hundreds of clubs and committees as well as sports both D1 and intramural. Ball State has a brand new health and wellness facility complete with basketball courts, soccer fields, handball courts, rock climbing wall, dance studios, tracks and all the work out equipment you could ever need. The village is a short walk from campus and is home to many restaurants, shops and bars frequented by Ball State students.

    Food and Dining

    Ball State's Dining is great. Period. That is one thing that Ball State has down. Nearly every building on campus (including all dorm halls) has someplace to eat. Ball State Dining offers a combination of known favorites like Taco Bell, Sbarro, Chic-Fil-A, Quiznos and Starbucks with one of a kind eateries like Courtside Lounge, Mckinley Grille and Woodworth Dining. Combine all that with The Village, Ball State's off campus hub, there are very few things you can't eat in Muncie.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was an awesome experience for me. Lafollette Complex is the biggest housing complex in the state (and admittedly one of the oldest). However despite its age it has quite the reputation for being the social dorm. Lafollette tends to consist of mostly freshman and because of that tends to foster friendship more so than other halls. In my two semesters living there I rarely closed my door and made friends that I still have to this day.

    Academic Rigor

    Your academic experience depends largely on your major. Architecture, Nursing and Education Majors tend to be very busy, as well as many others. Every major is going to have difficult classes, not to mention with the core class set-up at Ball State the odds of you encountering a subject you aren't fond of is pretty high. However, with the vast amount of tutoring and aid opportunities at your disposal as well as the willingness of professors to work with students there is no reason for anyone to run in to something they simply can't do. Pay attention in your entry level classes and the next tier should go by smoothly. Just as in high school, the harder you work the easier grades will come.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Know your program. Read up on the qualifications for graduation. It may seem far off but it is good to know what to expect down the line. Will you have to have an internship? Do you need foreign language classes eventually? Who are the tough professors? Know what to expect so that nothing surprises you down the line. 2. Learn what is at your disposal. There are so many ways to learn and better yourself at Ball State that some are easy to overlook. The Learning Center is almost always open and will always have someone to help you with whatever classwork is troubling you. If you are into video or photography the Letterman Building offers facilities for camera and equipment rental as well as editing equipment. If you are interested in astronomy there is a planetarium in West Quad that is open to students. Gyms, Clubs, Pools, Free Sports, Intramurals, Greek Life, Volunteer Opportunities, Legal Services and so many other services are available and free to students. Knowing what is out there for you to use, and taking advantage of it, makes paying tuition feel all the more worth it.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is a well-rounded medium sized school that offers all of the opportunities that a larger school would. With a campus small enough to offer an intimate and involved experience, yet big enough to feel like a true American college student, the atmosphere breeds both learning and a sense of belonging. Excellent facilities, staff and opportunities for both study and leisure make Muncie's Ball State University one of the best schools in the region.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I have tried the food at Ball State University and it is very good. They have a Sbarro's and a Jamba Juice so I'm set for next year!

    Dorm Life

    People seem really nice and the dorm life will be great!

    Academic Rigor

    I know I will be challenged and grow academically at Ball State University. I can't wait to be a part of their immersive learning experiences.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's pretty safe as long as you stay on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Literally hundreds of choices.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking for a full college experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's the gum tree, frog baby, happy Friday guy, and sometimes there's a guy in a gorilla suit chasing a guy in a banana suit. People at BSU also use bro excessively.

    What to do for fun

    The university program board has 2-3 fun things going on every WEEK.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the guidance office if you can't decide on a major, career counseling saved me so much time!

    In three sentences

    It's a really great atmosphere to learn. The professors are great. I recommend living at least one year on campus.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    Ball State offers numerous majors and or trades that can peak any students interest. And all academic advisors are willing to help find the best fit for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to go to a school that is close knit and has a somewhat of a home feel then Ball State is the place for you. The campus and it's students/staff make all feel welcomed and are willing to help in any way they can.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is a great college, with many opportunities available for those attending. The staff and helpers on campus are determined to make sure all students succeed in any way possible. It's a small school that has a big impact on it's students, and I know we all will be successful.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. There's always campus cops around the campus roaming, making sure students are safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's clubs and activities for every type of person.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have various activities that are held during Welcome Week and Homecoming.

    What to do for fun

    Late Night is hosted every Saturday night. They have different activities and each Saturday it's a new theme. We have movie nights on Fridays as well. There's always something to do with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Even though the food gets old after winter break, the dining is still great. We have various of choices at different places. I would recommend The Atrium and Woodworth!

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get involved in anything possible. Come to school with a open-mind, you'll be tested to go out of your comfort zone. Have fun but stick with your studies. It's easy to pass just as it's easy to fail.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love the atmosphere here! It's a great environment and you'll fit right away. The campus is absolutely beautiful!!

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a help button, I believe, on every lamppost .

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the Frog Baby and then the Ball urns.

    Food and Dining

    Oh there is this spinning salad bar thing that they have. It is AMAZING!

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful school and have the best technology.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Frog Baby, The Naked Lady

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in clubs, committees that are related to your areas of interest, hall activities, campus movies that are free, bowling, pool, party, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Chic-fil a , Taco Bell, Quiznos, there are healthy food options throughout campus that count towards meal swipes. Other restaurants can be found in the village.

    Dorm Life

    Meet the right people and it will be fun

    Academic Rigor

    I am a Pre- Art major and it's pretty competitive along with other major departments like architecture. You will be challenged and the professors I've had are all cool.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive and don't be afraid to ask questions. Everybody is nice and willing to help you.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Some stolen bikes that weren't locked up properly.

    Great for these types of students

    Nursing, business, art, family and consumer scienes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The gum tree is definitely an unusual location. People stick their chewed gum as high as they can on it.

    What to do for fun

    There is a roller derby team in Muncie that has started within the last two years. Their bouts are on the weekends so they are easy to go see when they play at home. This is definitely something new to go check out!

    Food and Dining

    Great variety. Choose what type you want then go to that building. Online food ordering is super easy too! Tell them when you will be there (that doesn't mean order during class!) and it will be ready for you. Jamba Juice is a great place to grab something healthy and then browse the bookstore between classes. Try to use all of the money on your dining card before the end of the semester otherwise you will be trying to clear it and have to lug all of that food home!

    Dorm Life

    Good dorm rooms depending on where you end up. Beware co-ed buildings for they seem to have more damage for some reason.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for a long and challenging process if you are enrolling in the Nursing Dept!!

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ranks quite highly. There is access to police at the push of a button. Walking around the campus and to the surrounding apartment areas, there is a sense of safety. It is a top priority of BSU

    Greek Life

    Not for me, but if it is your cup of tea, it is offered and from what I hear, well liked by all that partake

    Clubs and Activities

    It is whatever is in your repertoire or desire. There are an abundance of clubs, intramural activities to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that want a smaller college campus life, but not feel too small. For those that want to be away from home, but not too far away or inaccessible. For those that after four years know they will be a Cardinal for life and have four of their best years

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In these, I think you need to visit the school, find out about these and experience them first hand. However, I don't find this unusual, but quite awesome that BSU has a hotel on campus. We have taken advantage of this a few times and each time has been an awesome experience.

    Bang for the buck

    BSU is one of the most economical in-state colleges. For the eductation received and the college experience, I am not sure a price tag can be put on that.

    What to do for fun

    Define your fun?!!! If it is hanging out with friends, going to sporting events, the carnival, they have it. Shopping, eating out? They have it. There is enough offered to make your own fun.

    Food and Dining

    You want it - they have it. Dining halls are abundant as well as the food. Not interested in that, the stores within the dorms and the atrium can definitely fill your cupboard.

    Dorm Life

    Truly an amazing experience. It is like living in a hotel with all the amenities at no additonal cost. The dorms are well done, being updated all the time and offer so much to the students.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor is and can be as hard as you want it to be. They deifinitely have the class courses to help in acheiving your goals and major. It all rests on your and your ability to give it your all and know that the professors and teachers are there to help you achieve this, not hold you back.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take advantage of a vist to BSU. Listent to current students and absorb all that is being offered. By the end of the visit I believe you will be a Cardinal For life.

    In three sentences

    A smaller campus with a big campus feel. Close to home, but not too close. Everything a student needs for four years.

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is fantastic at Ball State!

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't a high priority at Ball State University.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs to join I would not even know where to begin!

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of activities to do. A renovated recreational center that have rock climbing, basketball courts, swimming pool, workout center, and walley-ball courts!

    Food and Dining

    Dining is amazing for the most part!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is simply amazing!

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent academic studies and awesome professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to seek for help if struggling in a certain class!

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is a beautiful school and has an amazing campus. It is easy to find help if needed and easy to navigate through. I would rate Ball State University aon a scale of 1-10 probably around a 7.5

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I felt safe. I even walked the Cow Path, a back-trail behind the main line of buildings (Teacher's College, Letterman Building, Lafollete) at night and I never once got molested or accosted... no stalkers, how boring :)

    Greek Life

    no idea

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm not one to judge here, I was part of the Activities clubs... Late Nite at Ball State and the University Program Board... and yes, I did win the 'most likely to be at an event' award, so I did manage to attend most activities... (save for the Rocky Horror Show... I was currently playing a dead body in the Haunted House for that time-block)

    Great for these types of students

    Athletes: Plenty of sports, plenty of gyms, not far from each other Greek: Plenty of Sororities and Fraternities Social: Plenty of opportunities and locations to have your parties, without getting stranded or losing focus on education

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Frogbaby. A curious statue of a grinning child next to a public pond... tossing money, kissing the statue, all good luck and fortune to exam time or anything. Naked Lady. Some statue in the library of a very naked dame petting dear... a common place of meeting for campus dwellers. Scramble Light. A stoplight where for a solid minute, all traffic stops and pedestrians can walk any way any direction they choose through the intersection... even if you aren't going anywhere!

    Bang for the buck

    As pricey as BSU is, I certainly think it was worth the money. Gosh, it costs less than a moderate priced apartment for a year, I'd say.

    What to do for fun

    What to do... best bet, find out where Late Nite (Saturday dry parties at the Student Center, free food, free fun!) and UPB (University Program Board) have their activities, when and join in! From free movies every friday (I mean the recent ones!!!) to laser tag, to dodgeball tournaments, to petting zoos, to Carnival (Every spring), BSU has plenty to do... and that's just the mainstream fun!

    Food and Dining

    The food was pretty darn decent... plenty of options, plenty of dining halls, making it easy to find food fast wherever you were on campus. My favorite dining location was the Atrium, the Asian grill... nicest staff, fairly clean, and a very pretty seating area.

    Dorm Life

    I lucked out with having a single room... if not for medical requirements (and an alarm clock that goes off at Midnight, 4am, and 7am daily) I would have loved to have a roommate... bare walls, tile/carpet floors, bathrooms that are tidy and spacious, laundry machines that work... and I was in one of the older dorms! Overall, the dorm Life at BSU is very fun and relaxed... you can both be social or studious without disturbing other people with ease.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough classes! If you're looking for a demanding class set, here's the place! This is not quite the school to go if you are looking for bunny classes, especially the ones in technical education! BTW, taking calculus as a freshman... bad idea unless you are a math wiz... and never do math in a lecture class of more than 30 people... mine was 300!

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider the school, sure. Meal plans are a must, as is living on-campus. Location-wise, it's fairly decent... small enough but not too small, and Muncie isn't a dead campus town either. Books, buy those elsewhere... campus bookstores are WAY too expensive to blow eight hundred dollars your first semester on (Past experience).

    In three sentences

    Ball State was a brilliant college, but not quite the one for me... With a fantastic set of clubs and activities, this is an ideal institution for students looking for a social life to match their education, along with numerous networking capacities. This is one of the more expensive schools, but I'd say the price is worth the experience.

  • 07/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Quidditch and several other clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who didn't feel accepted in their home town or home life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Walking under the Bell Tower means you won't graduate on time. Rub Frog Baby's nose for good luck, or dress her up in the winter.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good and there are a lot of choices to choose from. Branch out and you'll find several lovely places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    People are friendly. Leave your door open for the first few weeks so you can meet people. You never know who might wonder in.

    Academic Rigor

    The course is difficult, but then again if it wasn't then you wouldn't be learning anything.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking at Ball State, then you're already a wise student. The course work is rigorous but the professors are helpful as long as you go to them and ask for helping. Keep your head in the game and don't slack off. Although Ball State is known for the partying, it also has great courses so don't forget why you're there.

    In three sentences

    Ball State has a feel of acceptance. The people are more tolerant than at most schools. The campus makes you feel safe.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Ukulele club

    Great for these types of students

    Music, art, broadcast, tv, theater, media.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I haven't learned many yet.

    What to do for fun

    They have constant performances from professional acts to students, safe on campus parties, bowling, pool.

    Tips for prospective students

    Highly recommend program for any music student, and students of media and art.

    In three sentences

    The staff is very friendly and helpful. The campus is beautiful. The overall feeling is welcoming and promotes a creative and positive environment.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If a student wants fun, there are many activities to attend such as plays, concerts, and games to go to. For those looking for a weekend fun night, every saturday at 9 is an event called late nite where students gather and play games, watch magic shows. etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food can be very good, however some hamburgers and chicken is dry or not cooked all the way. The prices on most items are beyond their worth and should be considered for re-pricing. If a student wants a quick meal, it is good to go to the dining areas. However, in regards to saving money and good quality food, I suggest cooking at home if one is living off-campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good for the first year to get the student used to going to college and the life as a young adult getting prepared to go into a career they enjoy. It also gives them the opportunity to make new friends and possibly relationships that will last a lifetime. However, i would recommend after the first year living off-campus, because of the finances that will need to be paid, more will be saved living off-campus than in the the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are geared at making challenges for the students so that they devise a plan on how to be successful in class. It makes them have to use their skill and creativity to do what needs to be done.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best advice i can give is that if a student wants to have a good career, he or she should do their best to achieve success in the classrooms. Not only that, but he or she should actively seek out ways to get involved with internships so that their college degree earns them a career. Getting a career doesn't come just by going to school, but takes effort outside of the classroom to succeed.

    In three sentences

    Ball state is aimed at making the best of opportunities for students and providing what is possible to be successful. Most of the teachers are very skilled and know their topics, and give helpful advice on how to get a good grade in the class and make it count towards your major.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There isn't to much major crime in the actual area. Although the surrounding city has its problems they rarely ever travel onto the campus.

    Greek Life

    BSU has a majority of the NPHC organizations. This is a plus in adding the diversity to the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are groups and clubs for nearly every major, or cultural group. Don't be afraid to start your own, the student government is more than willing to listen.

    Great for these types of students

    BSU is great for students who are independent and ready for a degree.

    Bang for the buck

    Most colleges have raised tuition which causes a problem for all parents and students but Ball State does offer great amounts of scholarships.

    Food and Dining

    There are some good places in the village. Greeks Pizza is a staple. Scottys is also good for birthday dinners and things like that. On campus dining has a lot of familiar names (Taco Bell, Chick-fil-a) but university owned places don't offer a lot of variety or healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    The main freshman dorms are not the fanciest but the Housing and Resident Life staff make the experience worth it. There are always floor activities and social opportunities.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major this school can be very tough! Most majors require you to gt into a specialized college which you need to maintain a high GPA to get into.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to grow as a person! The curriculum and the atmosphere will push you to grow.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is an academics based school focused on real world experiences. The university is known for its football and volleyball teams. The most reknown part of Ball State is the journalism program.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus security can be seen all over campus as well as several emergency boxes. I felt VERY safe on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Ball State is great for ANY type of student. There are hundreds of clubs on campus, and if there isn't one that suits you they will give you the money to start it. No one would ever be out of place at BSU, and it helps that the other students and faculty are so friendly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tradition that if you bring your true love to Benny (a statue on campus) and kiss at midnight, her wings will flap.

    Bang for the buck

    Every penny spent is well worth it, especially if you take advantage of all that BSU has to offer. The library stays open until 3 am and has over 4 million books and realia. If you need something that the library doesn't have, they will import it from another library for you.

    What to do for fun

    Two words: recreation center. The rec center has EVERYTHING. It has an indoor turf field for soccer or anything else that you can imagine. It has two or three swimming pools, two basketball courts with a track suspended over it, cardio rooms, a large weight room, ping pong tables, a football field, and a rock climbing wall. There are also A LOT of classes that are taught in the rec center like martial arts and zumba. There is also a cosmic bowling alley and movie theatre on campus that students can use for FREE. I was shocked to see that there was also a barber shop on campus. Some people like to go out by the pond or waterfall just to relax and the Greek life is amazing.

    Food and Dining

    We ate most of our meals in the Atrium, which is really big and has an Asian restaurant, a Mexican restaurant, Sbarros, a grilled cafe, Chik-Fil-A, and Jamba Juice. Each of the restaurants have DELICIOUS food and a very large variety of choices. Jamba Juice is pretty expensive and is only open for breakfast and lunch. All of the other restaurants are fairly inexpensive and if you don't want anything from those, there is a lot of food for sale (muffins, icecream, icees, cakes, fresh fruit, etc) along the sides of the cash registers. There is a grand piano in the Atrium that skilled pianists sometimes play. You can also eat outside if you'd like. The only downside to the Atrium is that they charge you for EVERYTHING. They charge $0.50 for each packet of syrup, sugar, pepper, etc that you get. They will also charge you if you get two or more spoons/forks.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fairly sized; they are big enough to fit two people comfortably along with several of their items. There are two closets, two computer desks, a mirror, one light above one of the beds, a light on each computer desk, A LOT of space underneath the beds, two dressers, and two thermostats. My roommate was really cool & everyone there became like a family.

    Academic Rigor

    I only took three classes at BSU because I was there for a summer scholars program, but the classes that I took (Microbiology, Math, & English) were fun, informative, and easy to understand. Each of the teachers really knew what they were talking about and were eager to help and answer any and all questions. We got a lot of homework and it's important to do ALL of your homework because the teachers WILL talk about it the next day. If you're getting it, rest assured that it's for a reason.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't go into [any] college blind. Know that attending college, especially BSU means a lot of hard work. Do your homework assignments early (like by Thursday) so that you'll have time to do what you want, especially on the weekends. There is a building on campus where you can go for tutoring and homework help. It's free so take advantage of it, even if you don't need it. Also, pay attention and take notes in class but most importantly BE ON TIME! A lot of teachers lock the doors and won't let you in if you're late. They stress punctuality because it is important in the business world. If you're early you're on time, if you're on time you're late, and if you're late you're fired (you should live by that). It's okay to have fun, just don't get behind in your studies.

    In three sentences

    BSU is AMAZING! It's a big campus with a small campus feel, it's easy to get around with shuttle buses that run often all over town, the dorms are a nice size, and the faculty is simply great.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs to join, but also if thats not your thing there is always some sporting event ,and of course, there are parties on the weekends,

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining courts are scattered throughout campus and each dorm has one. Some courts are better than others and thats to be expected.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are your typical college dorm where you will get to meet many great new people. If in the newer dorms the quality is superb and are more like hotels.

    Academic Rigor

    Compared to other universities and colleges the class are not quite tough but perhaps that is because of the great teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you decide to go to Ball State have fun and meet new people and have new experiences. Although you don't wont to forget about why you are here so study hard and I'm sure you will do great.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is a great university for new, current, old students wanting to learn. Their architecture, business, nursing, music, and many other programs are top notch in the state and will surely get you ahead in life. The campus itself is beautiful and easy to navigate from one end of the campus to the other while getting a good grasp on Ball State's diverse student population.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are clubs of every kind imaginable at Ball State University. And even if you can't find one that you like, you can make your own as long as you get it approved!

    Food and Dining

    They have GREAT food selections.

    Dorm Life

    There are little parties so you can get to know the people living on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    They have many very good programs at ball state.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan orientation on a day that isn't going to be very hot because you're outside a lot!

    In three sentences

    The people I have met that attend there are very nice. The campus has emergency phones placed around it so I feel safe and cameras. The campus is very beautiful

  • 08/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is so many campus officers that i feel unstoppable! Plus there's this service called Charlies charter that you can call at any time if you feel unsafe and he will come pick you up and take you to where ever you need to go.

    Greek Life

    There are over 20 Greek organizations that you can choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 300 organizations on campus! Almost every major has its own club. Plus so many athletic clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    All students can thrive here! The Arts and Music program is wonderful! So is every Science program here! A student that comes here needs to be comfortable with the thought of over 100 students in one class. Most classes has over 100 students; however I never remember that there are that many people in one of my classes. Every professor makes it seem like it is a small class because he or she has a way of connecting with each student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Benny the winged woman on campus has a unique story about how the university came to be along with the frog baby and the duck pond. Come check out the campus and ask about each special statue.

    Bang for the buck

    Ball State is one of the less expensive universities and I have no clue why! The food is amazing along with the door and rooming. Ball State manages to allow its students to do so many things for free, like every athletic event! Ball State also has over 300 organizations to fall in love with!

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on. Sometimes movies, barbeques, and dances! I am never bored... EVER! Plus, almost every event is totally completely FREE!

    Food and Dining

    The food is simply AMAZING! Not only is there fast food restaurants such as Taco Bell, Sabaros (Pizza!), and Starbucks, but we also have home-made food so we feel like we're at home! It really does taste like my mom's cooking (with out the occasional burring that my mom does).

    Dorm Life

    All of my resident hall is so close! I live in an all girl resident hall and we go out for dinner, to organizations, and events with each other. The resident adviser that live in my hall is so cool and she understands what is happening in each of our lives. She goes out of her way to make sure each of us feel at home.

    Academic Rigor

    All the professors that I have are so down to Earth and really easy to get along with. I normally don't do so well in certain classes, but these teaches go out of their way to make every class entertaining and easy to learn the lesson.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would highly recommend attending Ball State if you are someone who is looking to start completely over. Every one is so accepting of who you are and every one is so friendly. Students and staff go out of their way to make you feel like you belong. Trust me- you will fall in love with Ball State with in seconds of being on campus.

    In three sentences

    Ball State students and staff members are so friendly and welcoming. I have only been apart of the campus for two weeks and I already feel like I am apart of such a great school! They allow me to fulfill my dreams through all the right classes, teachers, and organizations!

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is extremely safe. Policemen constantly drive around campus making sure it is safe and the entire campus is well lit. The small size also keeps students safe, especially when walking late at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life on campus is good and is continuously growing. They span all genders and there are multi-cultural fraternities and sororities as well. They hold great parties and events on and off campus for the entire student body.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many great clubs on this campus. There is an organization for everyone on campus, literally. For every ethnicity, religion, interest, profession, etc. There is even a storm chasing team! There are endless options for clubs and activities

    Great for these types of students

    Ball State is great for any type of student. No matter one's race, sex, background, preference, major, or religion, Ball State provides an environment and atmosphere that is acceptable for anyone. No one is ever alone or isolated because this environment is healthy for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year, the school holds a carnival to celebrate the end of the academic school year. It is held on the north side of campus and there are plenty of games and rides for the students and the community surrounding Ball State to participate in. This is by far my favorite event of the year.

    Bang for the buck

    This past summer, two of my friends, who were sophomores got a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to the 2012 London Olympics. They got to participate in the events and even meet and interview the USA Olympic basketball team. They are telecommunications majors and this opportunity was provided to them via the Telecommunications department of Ball State University.

    What to do for fun

    Almost always there is something going on on campus. Whether it is a party at a friends house, student events, field trips, it is always something to do. Every Saturday night, the school holds an event called 'Late Night,' which is a themed event that provides fun, games, free food and drinks to those who participate.

    Food and Dining

    Ball State campus food has a wide variety of options. Everything from Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A, Sbarro's Pizza, Quizzno's and many other popular on-campus grill's and eateries. The food selection is diverse and flexible, especially for vegans and vegetarians who have limited options on most other college campuses.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at Ball State University is amazing. The dorms provide a great social life and a great living experience for those living in on campus. The dorms are within walking distance from dining halls and students are always interacting with each other in and around the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at Ball State University is challenging, but fun, immersive, and interactive at the same time. Just like the academia at many colleges and universities it is a challenging one, but it is so fun, immersive, and interactive that it becomes a joy to undertake the challenges faced in the college academia of Ball State University.

    Tips for prospective students

    One important task prospective students is getting involved. Getting involved in extracurricular activities related to one's major and interests opens up so many doors. Not only does it open doors, but it benefits the one getting involved and it also gives the one getting involved an opportunity to help others in a major way.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is one of the best colleges/universities. There are endless opportunities for the students involved on levels one could not even imagine. This school is true to its slogan, Education redefined, because it redefines the educational experience by meeting and exceeding the wants and needs of the students of this university.

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel that the campus is very safe and well lit. There are many buttons that can be pressed during an emergency and places such as dorms, class buildings that a student can seek shelter in if they don't feel safe. Even with all these safety precautions a student still needs to be smart and walk with a group at night.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life seems to be a great way for students to meet people and get involved. Frats and Sororities are all over campus at the beginning of the year trying to recruit people. Many get involved with the local community and do community service and hold other events on campus that benefit a charity or some specific group.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are various clubs and activities that students can get involved in. Students can normally find at least one club that interests them. These clubs and activities are usually free so students won't have to worry about paying for anything.

    Great for these types of students

    Ball State is a great school for education majors but I believe it is an all around great school that anyone could attend to receive an education. Ball State is for students that enjoy a smaller campus and smaller classes as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At Ball State there is a fountain that is surrounded by frog statues and in the middle of it there is a baby statue. We call the fountain frog baby and every winter students dress up frog baby so that she will stay warm. There is also a whisper wall that carries a persons voice to the other side.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things that a student can do on campus for fun. Throughout the year the school hosts many events that students can participate in. There is always something going on campus so boredom is rarely an issue.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are nice and spacious but the food can be not up to par sometimes. The food generally tends to be better than a high school cafeteria but it could also be a lot better. The customer service is usually very good but it can be bad at times. Other than a few downsides, the food and dining experience is decent.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be a great experience. There are many activities that go on in the dorms that residents can participate in. Usually there are dorm councils that are elected who discuss and plan events that take place in the dorm. From my experience, the dorms are very clean and the halls are friendly. The room advisor or RA of a hall is in charge of not only enforcing the rules but also bringing the residents of a hall together by putting on events that allow the residents to get to know each other.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Ball State can be rigorous depending on what classes and how many credit hours a student decides to take. Professors expect students to not procrastinate and ask questions if they are struggling, but they also understand that a student can be under a lot of pressure. As long as the student shows an effort in trying to earn a good grade or getting help the professor will understand and try to help the student as much as they possibly can.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should know that Ball State is a great choice if they prefer smaller classes and more one on one time with professors. The classes at Ball State tend to be smaller than other schools which makes it easier for students to receive help if they need it. Students must also be aware that like any other college, Ball State has many activities so students might find themselves busy. Between classes, homework, projects, and extracurricular activities students can be overwhelmed. Always choose school first but try to get involved in an organization that is of interest and enjoyable. By doing this, the student can find his or her organization or activity to be a stress reliever instead of a stress builder.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is a school where students can receive a great education from professors that care about the students needs. I have always been able to get help when I needed it. The people at the University are diverse and friendly, making it easier to find things of interest.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    All around campus there are blue emergency lights that if pressed the campus police will respond within one minute. The campus police are on campus and are on call 24/7. The residence halls are securely locked up and only students who live their can get into the actual rooms. Ball State offers a taxi service at night for students called Charlie's Charter.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is about ten percent of the Ball State campus and has the highest overall GPA among Ball State Students. They are seen as leaders of this campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ball State offers more than 350 organizations and clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Ball State has clubs for all kinds of different students no matter what their culture or back ground.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ball State was founded by the Ball brothers of the ball jar company. We have a tradition on campus about Beneficence and she is a statue on campus that represents Ball States involvement in the Muncie community.

    Bang for the buck

    Because of all of the opportunities Ball State has to offer students truly get the college experience, through dedicated professors and staff as well as all of the activities, concerts and clubs on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Ball State has over three hundred and fifty different clubs and organizations on campus ranging from Greek life to religious clubs to sports clubs and everything in between. If Ball State doesn't have the club you are looking for any student can create their own club.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is a wide variety of things. The students can eat healthy if they would like. The dining staff does a fantastic job accommodating to those non-traditional students such as vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free students. Ball States mission to provide the best and most comfortable place for their students.

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls offer students safe and excellent living arrangements on campus. The living-learning communities offer students the chance to live with other students within their major so that on the first day of class they have already met some students who will be in their classes.

    Academic Rigor

    Ball State is truly concerned with their students learning and class schedules. They make sure there are high trained professionals on their staff that love what they do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ball State offers a wide variety of learning. Students should be open to all of the wonderful opportunities given to them. Also they should engage in activities on campus as well as the living-learning communities.

    In three sentences

    Ball State offers amazing opportunities for different majors as well as clubs and student involvement. Their immersive learning programs is what truly makes Ball State a campus filled with excellent learning opportunities.

  • 09/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt as safe any where else as I do on Ball States campus. It doesn't matter what time of day. There are always people around and if there is any type of uncertainty then Ball State offers escorts and services so that you never have to go out at night alone.

    Greek Life

    I always thought Greek Life was just for preppy girls and jerkish frat boys but I was completely wrong! Last year a friend and I started a whole new sorority and have been greeted by the Greek community with open arms. I love my sorority sisters of Gamma Rho Lambda and am really becoming close with my fellow sororities and fraternities. It is a wonderful organization that I highly recommend you look into.

    Clubs and Activities

    I was part of Ball States color guard and I will always have the fondest memories of that time. I have friends in countless other clubs and activities that say the exact same thing. We have a huge activity fair at the beginning of the year that is over a mile long. We have a little bit of everything and if there isn't anything like it on campus yet, then it is just waiting to be created.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students belong at Ball State. I meet new people every day and am still surprised at the diversity of my fellow student body. Loners, jocks, preps, artists, feminists, activists, dorks, studious, crazy, and cool kids all go to Ball State and it makes the experience memorable and exciting.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite locations on campus include the Frog Baby/ Beneficence statues, whispering wall, and Bracken Library. Frog Baby and Beneficence are beloved among Ball State students, they were both sculpted by the same sculptor and have become symbols of ball state and meeting places for many students. There are many rumors, both funny and sweet, surrounding these statues. That's part of their charm. The whispering wall has a romantic feel, two people can stand about twenty yards away from each other and hear the other whispering perfectly clear, as if they were standing right next to them. I probably spend as much time in Bracken Library studying as I do in actual class time. Bracken Library is convenient for group studies and individual learning. It is way easier to study in the library than in my dorm room.

    Bang for the buck

    I have met people from all different social backgrounds at Ball State and I have never heard anyone say anything negative about the education Ball State provides. Over all, Ball State provides an all inclusive learning environment that appeals to every ones interests and needs. Ball State stays current with trends while taking pride in old traditions.

    What to do for fun

    That depends on what night of the week it is. Ball State always seems to have stuff going on. There are theater, sports, social, physical, and diverse events going on all the time. The hardest part is choosing which one you want to go to on that night.

    Food and Dining

    Ball State has the BEST dining plan. We have name brand and custom restaurants. My friends from other colleges ask to visit and always say they wish their campus had food like this.

    Dorm Life

    This is my second year in dorm life and I am very content with it. I did the random roommate search both years and have gotten excellent results. I am good friends with both my current and old roommates and love all of the social activities the my dorm holds weekly!

    Academic Rigor

    Ball State has a learning environment suited to every one's needs. I have been in lectures with four hundred students and classes with 8 students. Ball state is all about diversity and acknowledging peoples differences in learning styles.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are countless clubs, organization, and social outlets that would be so excited to meet new people and have them be a part of what they are doing. Everyone at Ball State is so friendly and make you feel like an important part of a bigger goal.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is an amazing institution that combines academics, socialization, and civic duties to further develop all of its students to help and develop them into well rounded people. I have been a part of Ball State for a year and a half now and I cannot imagine a better learning environment anywhere else. I highly recommend Ball State University to anyone who is thinking about furthering their education.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Excellent food options.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the Architecture program and have never been happier.

    In three sentences

    I think that Ball State is good about getting students involved with activities. They have lots of student organizations that are specific to major. I am really glad that I chose Ball State.

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have a gum tree. Like, actual gum. Stuck on tot he tree. Its gross.

    Food and Dining

    The first day, the food is wonderful. But after eating the same food for the last two years, I am ready for a change.

    Dorm Life

    Lafollette is aweful. Most freshmen live there. The building is old and the utilities are less than perfect. The newer dorms, however, are beautiful. We even have Elliot Hall, which looks like an old castle.

    Academic Rigor

    At least in my major, I have been challenged and encouraged every year. I enjoy my studies and I am learning a lot every day.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy yourself. Nobody studies well unhappy.

    In three sentences

    I love this university. The campus is beautiful, my professors are engaging, and I feel challenged on a daily basis. I only wish I had more time to be active in more campus student organizations.

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Muncie is a little sketchy, but campus is definitely very safe!

    Greek Life

    It can seem overwhelming because for me I see so many people sporting their sorority or fraternity greek letters, but I think that just has to do with being in Woodworth, which houses several sororities. Rush week was just last week and a lot of people seemed to go out for it. At the same time, greek life only makes up a VERY small portion of life here on campus. There's also an alternative called Epsilon Sigma Alpha which accepts both men and women and does everything a sorority or fraternity would do besides actually being affiliated with the greek system - plus it's cheaper!

    Clubs and Activities

    SO MANY clubs. It's ridiculous. There's no way you can't be involved in at least one.

    Great for these types of students

    People who really want to get involved in lots of social activities. Anyone going into a tcom major, nursing major, speech pathology major, or education major.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Frog Baby, The Naked Lady in Bracken Library, the Happy Friday guy, the gum tree, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    Ball State can be a bit pricy, but you do have a lot of resources at your fingertips because of that. It's really up to you to make the most of what you pay for. The only annoying thing can be the meal swipes, but you get used to it, so it's not a huge deal.

    What to do for fun

    Every friday night there are free movies in Pruis, and they usually are ones that just came out of theaters. Every saturday is Late Nite with a different theme each week in the student center. Plus, there's the village withs bars, places to eat, and some shops. And your hall and the school provides a lot of events to do. If you decide to come here, make sure to check out the hypnotist show during welcome week! Definitely worth seeing!

    Food and Dining

    Woodworth DEFINITELY has the best. The stir fry is amazing. The Atrium is a place for more fast food style foods with a Chick-Fil-A Express and Sbarro and other options. The Student Center isn't bad either with Taco Bell and several other options. This place also has a chef that comes in and prepares gourmet food, but I have yet to try it! Noyer has a buffet and a dining hall. And there are a few others around as well. Plus, if you're looking into off-campus favorites, order from Greek's or Cousin Vinny's pizza. They are so good!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm I'm in (Woodworth) is MUCH better than I thought it would be. I didn't want to be in an all girls dorm, and I actually really love it. Woodworth, Dehority, and Park have the best locations by far, plus Woodworth has the best food! A lot of freshman do get put into Lafollete though, which I've heard is a lot of fun and a place to make lots of friends. The only downside to it is how far away it is from everything, but even then, it's really not that bad.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of my classes now are general ed, but as a prenursing major and spanish minor, I can tell you the classes will get harder. I'm in Spanish 301 as a freshman, and that class is pretty challenging. This school will challenge you but definitely won't overkill you. It's even easier if you've taken tons of AP and/or IB classes in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit! If you don't like it when you visit, you probably won't like it if you attend! And look into what AP credits, etc. transfer and what types of placement tests you should take because you can test out of A LOT.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is an underrated university that provides so many opportunities for you to get involved academically and socially. It's a school for those who don't want something quite as large as Purdue or IU, but want it to remain public and not too small.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    University police and muncie police do a pretty good job keeping the grounds safe and making sure people are law abiding. There has never been a time where I didn't feel safe on campus... except for maybe in the winter with ice.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is big at Ball State. You always see people supporting there letters. Greek life at Ball State are involved in the community and have frequent fundraisers.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many great clubs to take advantage of. Many of these clubs take trips to different locations. The Rec center is a popular location to work out, play basketball, or do any other athletic activity you can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like to party or just like to chill Ball State is the University for you. Ball State is such a diverse school that there is something there for everybody. If your not having fun or learning its because your not trying hard enough.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Famous meeting locations include: Frog Baby, the naked lady, benificents, scottys

    Bang for the buck

    Ball State is cool because it is big but not too big. It is no IU or Purdue but it definitely is not small. Ball State is not too expensive compared to the other schools in its division.

    What to do for fun

    Football games and tailgating are always good ways to see campus culture and meet new people. There are many activities whether that be division sports to intramural sports. There are many clubs people can take advantage of.

    Food and Dining

    The food is getting better. Some places that arent main dining areas have sub par food. The main hotspots however have great food and better varieties.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Ball State University is great. There are a plethora of activities to do throughout the week and there are always events going on. Living in the dorms is where you meet the people you will hang out with for the rest of your college life and probably forever.

    Academic Rigor

    College starts off easy for some and hard for others. There are some teachers that require a lot of work and dedication in a class. It is important to balance out harder classes with easier or elective classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important to live in the dorms as an underclassmen so you can meet new people and be close to most your classes. A key factor in being successful in a class is just having good attendance. If you show up you will get a better grade than if you missed class.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is a unique school where the education truly is redefined. It is a big university with a small university feel where you can see a new person everyday and walk 10 minutes from one end of campus to the other.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ball State notifies you through email within 3 hours of a campus emergency alert. Also, their are phones placed around campus to notify the university police of an emergencies that can occur.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big factor at Ball State Universitiy. It offers business fraternities as well which could help with networking and professional behavior building.

    Clubs and Activities

    Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization-educates students who would like to own their own business. There are so many activities that you can get into in a drug-free environment.

    Great for these types of students

    Ball State is great for students who truly like to succeed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The naked lady is a statue that is located in the library used as a landmark for many students to meet up for group study sessions, meeting, and for friends.

    Bang for the buck

    If you dont have a lap top you can rent one for up to a month for free! You also get free copies up to a limit of 500 pages per semester!

    What to do for fun

    Ball State has a program called Late Night every Saturday that I enjoy attending. Late night consists of many awesome activities in a drug-free environment which is a plus! There are a lot of campus organizations with a variety of interests for everyone to get involved.

    Food and Dining

    Ball State has many dining cafeterias conviently located on campus. Ball State also has a lot of healthy options in every cafeteria for the people who are health conscious. Also, they have a lot of fast food options that I enjoy as well.

    Dorm Life

    I believe that staying in a dorm is extremely convenient because it is located close to all of your classes and holds the dining facilities. Another great thing is you get a meal swipe to eat 2-3 per day all week so you wont go hungry and the food is already prepared for you. Also, you meet a lot of great people while living close by each other.

    Academic Rigor

    Ball State is challenging unless you don't study or try to make an effort to earn a good grade. The professors and the learning center are easily accessible to all students in time of need. If you are failing a course even if you are trying it is best to go to the learning center located in North Quad to get free tutoring services.

    Tips for prospective students

    My number one tip for prospective students is to use the resources Ball State has to offer, because their many resources for free to help you succeed. Also, another tip is to know what you want to major in for sure by the end of freshman year to avoid switching majors too much to avoid losing financial aid and not graduating on time. Be motivated and positive and you will succeed at Ball State.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is a great campus to get a quality education. Ball State University has many resources available to you to be the best student you can be on campus because they help with internships, counseling, and course work. Ball State has a lot to offer in all types of majors!

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I love the blue safety buttons!

    Greek Life

    Only 10% of all BSU students do this.

    Clubs and Activities

    EVERYTHING IMAGINABLE!

    Great for these types of students

    Biology, art, and teaching.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Benny Bash.

    Bang for the buck

    It is not as expensive as other universities for the same education.

    What to do for fun

    I hang out with friends and Ball State's late night on Saturday nights.

    Food and Dining

    Woodworth has the best food.

    Dorm Life

    I LOVE DORM LIFE!!!! So many activities and the bathrooms are not that bad.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are harder than others, but they do balance out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do a summer jump start program; they really do help!

    In three sentences

    I love Ball State. They are so great with incoming freshman. I have nothing but positive feedback.

  • 10/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police are great! I always feel safe when they are around! Also the blue light boxes are everywhere and you can always push the blue button if you feel like you are in a dangerous situation and a cop will be there in 60 seconds!

    Greek Life

    I have joined a sorority, and I truly believe that It was the best choice I could have ever made! I have made life long bonds with amazing people and they are always here for me! Greek Life at Ball State is a very tight nit community that everyone should look into! We are also very big on volunteer work and education!

    Clubs and Activities

    This is a wide variety of clubs on campus! There is something for everybody! Almost every Ball State student is involved in something!

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who want to go to a medium size university! Also for those who want a challenge academically.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the most interesting things on campus is the whisper wall. This is where two people can stand on opposite ends of the wall and whisper into the wall on one side and be able to hear exactly what was said on the other. Another favorite is The Frog Baby. Its said if you rub her nose it brings good luck in school.

    Bang for the buck

    I find that the money I pay is worth it! I like having the chance for free tutoring, and I feel that my classes are well worth it!

    What to do for fun

    Personally, I have joined a sorority, so I am never bored and I have made a ton of life long friends already. Also every Saturday, Late Night is put on in the student center. At this event they have tons of things to do for free! Plus, on most Friday nights, the school plays a recent movie that is free to all students!

    Food and Dining

    Most of the food on campus is very good! There is a wide variety of food and everyone can find something that they like.

    Dorm Life

    I have found that living in the dorms has allowed me to learn to become independent. I have made a lot of friends in the dorms, and my roommate has become an amazing friend!

    Academic Rigor

    Most of my classes challenge me and cause me to do a lot of out of class work to truly grasp the topics!

    Tips for prospective students

    New students definitely need to learn time management and that school is more important then that weekends party. Also, make sure to find that group of people that you fit in with, so that way you won't get sucked into something that won't lead you down the right path to success.

    In three sentences

    First of all, the diverse community allows me to connect with all sorts of people of different races, backgrounds, and majors. Secondly, the mass amount of clubs and organizations has enabled me to truly find where I belong and to find a home away from home! And thirdly, the very educated professors I believe have helped me to reach all of my possible potential in my classes.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is the best thing about BSU. I never have to worry about getting robbed and hurt. The city is Muncie, IN and it is a pretty chill town. Nothing really goes on. I'd say for over 20,000 students the university has definitely created the best safety policies.

    Greek Life

    I have not joined a Fraternity yet but I know a lot people in one. I can't really say to much about it because I have never pledged for anything so I don't know but they have awesome parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    I feel like there are thousands of things to join on campus and when I first came I thought I would be joining everyting like I did in highschool but my schedule just wouldn't allow it. But there are fraternities and sororites; also intramural sports, and student academic clubs and a bunch more.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a quality education. BSU has the looking campus and the best looking college classes I have ever seen. Everything is clean and well setup. There is always something to do and it is so easy to meet new people. I did a summer program before school started and it is really helpful. It is also for people who like to have fun in college because I don't know about the other dorms but mine is always lively. I love it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The is a weird wall called the wispering wall where if you whisper on side of the wall the other person can hear you. It creeped me out a little bit the first time I did it.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, I would give a 3 star rating to BSU because I really did not enjoy homecoming. Everything else was good but when homecoming rolled around it was weak. Maybe I could change this for next year but I really thought there wasn't much school spirit during homecoming.

    What to do for fun

    Just like any other college there are parties. Sometimes not everyday but pretty close. Personally I only go out on the weekend because my work load during the week couldn't handle any extra partying. There is also Late Nite on Saturday and there is usually free food there, it is free for students and five dollars for guest. There is a free movie every Friday in the auditorium and they show pretty good movies. They are a little old like the dark knight rises and bourne legacy, but its free so hey.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great there is a Sbarros, Chic Fil A, Starbucks and all types of grills on campus. I work in dining myself and I would say the unversity does a great job with food prep.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is acceptable. The rooms are really nice with new funiture. I live in one of the newer builing as a Freshman but I sometimes have issues with my roommate. This is important because this is where you live so some advice from me would be to make sure you have a roommate who you can really get along with. If you do the random roommate make sure you call and get to know them first!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are pretty laid out for you. The classes are challenging at the same time but there is no reason you should not get an A if you study everything the professor said the exam would cover.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would take college classes over the summer if you can just so you can be a head. You might not think this is a good idea but once you get to college, you will regret not doing it.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is a really good school. The classes are structured for you to do well in them. All my professors have been reaching out to help students and personally I didn't think it would be like that in college.

  • 11/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe here. There are campus cops everywhere who are very friendly & only wanting to help us. There are emergency buttons all around campus too.

    Greek Life

    I don't get much into that, but its good, I heard.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs its crazy. There is everything you can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    Its a great school for musicians and business majors. I am a psychology major, they have god stuff but there is room for improvements.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Woodworth has great food. Frog baby is cool. The gum tree is a little weird. The rock wall in the rec center is awesome!

    Bang for the buck

    This is a very expensive school. I know it pretty much breaks everyones pockets. This school was my dream though, and its a risk I'm willing to take.

    What to do for fun

    Ball state is known for partying, but surprisingly there is way more to do. For example, Late Night, the movies they show for free every Friday night, bowling alley, & a mall here in Muncie.

    Food and Dining

    Good food, but it gets old real fast.

    Dorm Life

    I like the people in my hall. We get along well & making friends is simple.

    Academic Rigor

    There are so many tools here to help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Graduate with academic honors diploma and work hard!

    In three sentences

    Campus is very big but close together. People are very friendly. There are many opportunities to succeed here.

  • 11/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a campus police force.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous opportunities at Ball State.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like the eduction to price ratio is very fair and worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are several activities to attend.

    Food and Dining

    I like the variety.

    Dorm Life

    I stay off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel that the rigor is very good compared to my previous university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take all recomended classes and possibly summer classes.

    In three sentences

    I feel like Ball State is a good academic school. I feel like I am getting prepared for Medical school. I am glad I transfered.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police are constantly patrolling the campus, and there are emergency call lights everywhere just in case something happens.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ball State has many different places on campus. There is the giant bell tower, the Whispering wall, the gum tree, and Beneficence.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and organizations or play sports. Ball State offers many different activities so there is plenty do keep you busy having fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is awesome. They offer fast food and home cooked meals.

    Dorm Life

    I love living in a dorm. You meet many new people and get involved in many activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to stay on your school work, attend classes, and don't party to hard.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is an excellent school. The university offers challenging courses and offers many activities to help you get involved and feel welcome.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very secure because there are emergency poles where if you ever are in trouble you can run up to it and hit a button and instantly police and ambulances come (it's like calling 911).

    Clubs and Activities

    I love the Wildlife Society because they have wonderful and interesting speakers that come in and you learn so much!

    Great for these types of students

    Nursing, architect, accounting and business, as well as any wildlife or zoology majors are all things that Ball State University is known for!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The place where many people like to meet up when in a study group is the naked lady which actually refers to a statue of a naked lady inside of the Bracken Library.

    Bang for the buck

    The food definitely because you don't have to pay tax and there are some great places that are cheaper to buy books at such as TIS bookstore located in the Village.

    What to do for fun

    I love going to the Student Center where they have a bowling arena and sometimes some great events going on!

    Food and Dining

    I really enjoy the quality of food served at the dining areas at Ball State University. I really like the variety at Woodworth, love the subs at the Atrium, and of course the salad bar at the Student Center are all great.

    Dorm Life

    I don't really know what to say about this but I hear it's horrible.

    Academic Rigor

    You definitely need to study to keep up! The homework load is tough and not to be taken lightly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely keep in mind that college is not like high school! You absolutely need to study for tests as well as haul around your books to class. Most importantly is you can't fall behind!

    In three sentences

    Ball State University has a beautiful campus with a long list of offered majors and many other activities available. They are handicapped accessible throughout and a very calm environment that makes you want to be there. Their endless lawns make it an enjoyable place to study anywhere, anytime.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Mostly, I think people go down to Indianapolis, since it's only about an hour away, but there is the Village if you can drink, there's concerts at Be Here Now and downtown, but all in all, hang out with people.

    Food and Dining

    The prices are high for what you get, but it still tastes good and there's more than one place to go to for certain foods.

    Dorm Life

    Not too shabby at all. If you don't mind to walk more to get to places on campus, live farther; if you do, live closer.

    Academic Rigor

    It flip flops. Some teachers are easy, some hard. Just be prepared for all types and ask for help when you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    First and foremost, take a tour of campus BEFORE school starts. Be patient with financial aid, construction, and any and all programs that the school puts into place.

    In three sentences

    I came to Ball State because I felt like it was home to me. There are some kinks that it needs to work out and probably won't for a few more years, but I still agree with that statement. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else.

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe

    Greek Life

    Girls have houses but only for key members because of state law, some have dorm halls, the frats have big houses

    Clubs and Activities

    so many, we even have a quidditch team

    Great for these types of students

    Education, Artsy people, Telecommunication majors, Theatre

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Frog baby was a statue in the art gallery but people rubbed its nose off because it was good luck to do that before finals , so they put frog baby in a fountain and now every winter he gets dressed up in hats and scarves. Beneficence a statue we call benny is a symbol of our school and if you go to her at midnight and kiss your significant other is flaps her wings its meant to be. The naked lady is a statue of a nymph in the library that is the meeting place of most class groups.

    Bang for the buck

    Great instate, a real pocket emptier for out of state.

    What to do for fun

    Join Clubs. Late Night which is a friday night activity night. You can go see movies a Pruis, shows at University theatre, orE. Or go bowling in the student center.

    Food and Dining

    You can find food no matter where you live on campus its near by. taste good too. Lots of options including taco bell, and if you want something nicer the restaurants in the village are a short walk away. There is also asian food, and quiznos in the fitness building. You can get soem really great waffles in the morning for breakfast.

    Dorm Life

    Good, freshmen doors tend to be the worst. The University is really on the ball in remodeling. In the future I'm sure all the situations with be great. Lafalyette is done right gross but if you sign up for the SURF community you will end up in really nice dorms your freshmen year/

    Academic Rigor

    Its hard in some cases but easy in others. I really don't think its too hard but enough challenge you. I mean where not a ivy league. The general studies classes are all important but you still have options on what courses you would like to take. Watch out for History 250.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus because in less you love Ball State Muncie IN will bore you. Go here is you want to do something in education or tcom also there is a great theatre department. Go see their shows

    In three sentences

    I would say that Ball State is a great school. The Campus is beautiful and nothing is to fare from another. Muncie however is not so great.

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    International students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None I can think of

    What to do for fun

    Sports, dance classes and read

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the website, learn as much as you can about the school. Next, talk to someone in Admission office to assist with application. Thirdly, go to your specific major department and talk to people involved there. Get an adviser to advise on how to take your classes.

    In three sentences

    A Good School

  • 11/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    They offer Friday night movies, and also late night on Saturday nights, along with fun events through out the year. Late night are themed events, and fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat, and you cannot go wrong with the 4 meal plans they offer.

    Dorm Life

    There are many dorms for students to live in, and building even newer dorms. Dorm rooms can be comfortable if you know how to use space wisely.

    Academic Rigor

    So far all the professors are great, they will work with you and are very willing to meet with you even outside of office hours if you make an appointment. Classes for the most part are approximately 100 or less from my experience even in the core curriculum classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Here at Ball State University, the best thing to do is to get involved. Ball State is good at making everyone welcomed and is good at being very diverged. No one here should ever feel left out or out of place cause we are good at making sure no one is. Ball state is a great place to be. A ton of fun and home welcoming place. There is something to do for everyone!!!

    In three sentences

    If you are someone who is shy, well you have come to the right place. We are here to help you come out of your bubble and meet new people. We are here to support everyone one and help everyone succeed in their plans.

  • 11/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ball State is a very safe place. The blue lights, which are safety lights with buttons someone can push when in danger, are very practical. They are all over campus with easy assecibility.

    Clubs and Activities

    I m very pleased with the innovative attitude of the people I am in clubs/activities with.

    Great for these types of students

    All students fit in. There is a place for everyone at BSU. Nobody goes over looked.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Frog Baby is central attraction. She is often decorated with scarves or hats. She is a statue that sits in a little pond but she never goes unforgotten.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expnsive no matter where you go but at Ball State it is worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    Ball State has many student lead orginizations who always make sure their is something going on. There is always free food and fun people doing something, somewhere.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many great places to eat at Ball State. The mass amount of food includes a wide range. Everything from home cooking to sushi. They have everything.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great place to live and provide a great sense of community. I think it is a great place to start out a college life. Full of blessings and lessons.

    Academic Rigor

    Ball State believes in imersive learning in which students participate in organizations or groups that relate to their majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you arrive don't set yourself in the same activities and group of friends you were comfortable with in high school. Ball State kicks it up a notch and your idea of comfortble will be thrown out of the window. Let your heart guide you into the activities you partake in and let your mind do the observing.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is a very diverse school in which all students fit in. The size of campus is big enough for students to see new places everyday yet small enough to call home. This school provides the best for each individual student through their mass amount of student organizations.

  • 12/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a tons of clubs and organizations. Every week there are new activities planned out for students. Not to mention, students have access to a pool, a bowling alley, and a rock climbing wall.

    Food and Dining

    The dining faculty is clean, with a friendly staff, and the food is great!

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived in the dorms, but all of my friends say that dorm life is clean and comfortable

    Academic Rigor

    This college has a demanding academic standard, however, there is plenty of assistance available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come and visit the campus, talk to an advisor, and look at everything there is to offer.

    In three sentences

    A large complex campus. Has a wide variety of options available. A very helpful and friendly teaching staff.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Elliot Hall is most unusual because its on the far end of campus behind everything. I've only seen it twice because nobody really wants to walk that far unless you want the buffet there.

    What to do for fun

    There are all types of things to do on campus. If you are into sports then they have the Rec center which is filled with things to do. There is Wallyball, Rock Climbing, Basketball courts, and a turf field for any other sport you want to play. They also have a movie playing every Friday at the Pruis Hall and it usually plays something good.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is great. If your looking for franchises then we have Chick-Fil-A, SBarro, and Taco Bell. The food places all have something good depending on what you want at the time. I am a personal favorite of my own dorm Noyer because the food is good and its right downstairs! The only problem is that everyone knows we have the best food so you have to know the times to go if you want to get a good seat or if you want to eat while its still quiet.

    Dorm Life

    I stay in Noyer and it is one of the nicer dorms. We have a dining area to eat at where most other dorms only have a Quik-E mart style for just snacks. The people in my dorm are all social people and we hang out a lot.

    Academic Rigor

    Everyone here is constantly trying to get better grades. There are a lot of nurses which means they're constantly trying to strive for better and the classes are worth getting A's in because some are easier than others. Attendance is big in some classes and can cause you to fail after you miss so many days.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a fun campus all around because it is always something to do. Depending on where you stay, you might just be close to everything you need on campus.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ball State is really good about its Safety when it comes to students. they have a texting alert system. In truth its annoying how many times it will go off. its about updates on things going on on campus. whether its a computer lab shut down or a robbery you will know about it, and if a criminal has been captured you will know just as soon as the school dose. Also Ball State has one of the lowest alcohol rates in America.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you want a club to join Ball State has it, and if they don't they will help you make it. I was surprised how many they had. i joined clubs and groups and had fun every time. i had never done radio but at Ball State they not only allowed me on air but gave me my own segment for two hours. the clubs are grate and most of them are friendly towards newcomers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A big tradition and legend of Ball State is Based on the Angle Benny. you see her as the symbol of Ball State. The legend goes that if you and the person you fall in love with kiss under her open arms then your relationship will grow. Also, if her wings begin to flutter as you kiss then you will be together for the rest of your life's. its cute and fun to think of. (But as a avid Doctor Who fan...it makes me want to run. hehehe.)

    Bang for the buck

    Ball Sate has a lot of things that are grate. however prices can defiantly get you down. from text books and class supply's, to food and fun. you wince at the thought of having to spend a lot of cash, but there are ways around it. when it comes to textbooks the school Book store (located in the Atrium) can make you faint from the loss of money flow threw your already dry college veins. However with an Amazon student account you can spend a handful of bucks on a $500 book. As for the the supply's if you are an Art student hit the Art Mart in The Village.They often have bundle deals that will save you a few Hundred dolor's. On top of that it never hurts to grad the buss and hit the Hobby Lobby. If you want to save the most money on regular supply's don't be afraid to hit a Dolor Tree for notebooks, pens, pencils, ect. Now with food. Ball State will defiantly put those freshman 15 on you. One meal from your meal plan will give you $7.75 to spend on Food. Now if you don't have a lot of meals per day pastas and stir fry can go a long way. I've often had leftovers that were used as my next meal or even a snack. Also most cash registers have candy's and chocolates for 15 and 35 cent a piece. I always try to grab some to make up any spare change left over. You don't get any cash back at the end of the year so taking them will get you a snack or treat for later on in the day. Lastly fun. Every college student needs and wants a brake. Every Friday at Pruis Hall there is a Movie Showing. its a new movie that has usual just finished its theater showing across America and yet has not come out on DVD. This means your watching it when no one else can. On top of that its FREE for student, and only cost a dollar for visiting family and friends. Every Friday a new movie, and Every Friday free.

    What to do for fun

    To tell you the truth there isn't a thing that you cant do for fun. From free movies every Friday. To the School run Late Night parties you have your choice, and if your 21+ the village night life is popular as well. If your a Gamer hit the Student Center around 8pm on the weekend and you'll see that the computer lounge if filled with Ball States gamers league. Anything you want to do Ball State will have it. and if they don't its really easy to start it yourself.

    Food and Dining

    Ok. Hears were it gets awesome. Ball state has several dining plans. from a one meal a day, to a full 21 meals a week (Three a day). I had the 21 meals a day last semester and could not eat all my food. I'm going to try the 18 meal plan this semester. Also the food can be really, really good. i love hitting Woodworth for lunch and dinner because of there home made stir fry, (served on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) and when they don't have that they have Mexican based wraps (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Noyers Dinning area has a self serve salad bar that you pay buy the wait for. Its cheaper than Wodworths. and both Woodworth and Noyer have a desert bar. You want to try their brownies, and chocolate cake. Trust me.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorms are fun, and a lot like a small neighborhood. I was in a co-ed dorm, and it was like a apartment complex. Only you got a chance to meat everyone. the RA's are grate as well. The ones I have met are grate and enjoy there job and helping other students. They are like the big brothers/sisters of the Ball State world. There are also lots of activities you can participate in as a dorm or hall. (halls are a smaller part of the buildings in which you live in your dorms. there may be anywhere from two to four halls a building.)

    Academic Rigor

    Last semester I was an art student, and man was i spending late night working on my projects. and whether it was art or English the work lode was descent. i never felt i was over booked. but that doesn't mean i waited till the last minuet to do my work. i did that once... and it was crazy trying to catch up.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you first get to Ball State get to know your teachers. They are awesome and care about there student. Also try new things. Ball state is full of fun activities that are cheep if not completely free to participate in. whether your looking for a place to hang out on the weekend or a group of people with the same work to study with Ball State has a way to do it. Also start your work on time! it can get really crazy when u have four projects do next Monday and u end up waiting till Friday to get them started.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is like a family. The staff are kind and caring. Also the teachers try to help the students as much as possible.

  • 01/03/2013

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    In three sentences

    I am really looking forward to applying here. They have the programs I want within my budget range. I am ecstatic.

  • 01/06/2013

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    In three sentences

    I'm in the process of deciding where to go to school and Ball State seems like a good option. BSU is more affordable than bigger state schools such as IU and PU but offers many of the same majors and opportunities. BSU seems to have a good campus and academic life.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Ball State makes a conscious effort to provide healthy dining options for their students. Visiting students from other universities always comment on the high quality of our dining food!

    Dorm Life

    With nine different dorms on campus, you are bound to meet hundreds of unique students!

    Academic Rigor

    It's a challenge worth facing!

    Tips for prospective students

    Ball State offers a wide variety of great majors - make sure you explore all your options!

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is a school that challenges your mind and encourages students to redefine their education experience. While incorporating global awareness in their curriculum, Ball State gives students the tools they need to succeed in a challenging environment. Ball State provides first hand global experiences and innovative curriculum.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is definitely not the safest place in the world. The dorms for girls are extremely safe, you have to use your ID to get in all doors. Even the bathroom. There have been several random attacks on people around campus this year though, so it is not smart to roam the night alone.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in a sorority either.

    Clubs and Activities

    I personally am not involved in any clubs or activities. Yet.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like a laid back kind of environment this is the place for you. You also have to be ready to put a foot forward academically. The average freshman GPA here isn't too hot, so be ready for some changes. The professors for the most part LOVE their jobs, which is such an amazing experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The statues here are somewhat iconic and strange people like to touch the frog baby nose for good luck, but other than that nothing is too out there.

    Bang for the buck

    I think that Ball State was a pretty perfect place for me to end up. I want to double major in Social Work and Psychology, and both of those majors are supported here. I love both of the programs, and I have also enjoyed my core classes for the most part as well.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs and greek life is really popular. The unfortunate part of that is that none of the greek houses are on campus. The university puts on free movies all the time and has special guest lectures and plays quite often as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study, get involved, and to have everything change.

    In three sentences

    I love the modern atmosphere and size of Ball State. There are so many opportunities to get involved and take advantage of your education. I think that one thing that the university should review is the quality of some instructors.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Every Saturday night there is a late night event going on. Every weekend is different. They are a blast!

    In three sentences

    This college is really good for someone who is wanting a good size campus. The teachers are amazing. The classes are a nice size.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We are pretty safe and the cops take their jobs seriously so I wouldn't have the need to disobey the law any time.

    Bang for the buck

    I have to admit I have no idea what the title for this option means but if it involves ways to receive money, then Ball State has jobs for students off and on-campus, internships, and possibly graduate assistant jobs.

    What to do for fun

    What to do for fun? What's there not to do! The only concern I have with this is that there should be a moderation on the time spent on school. I recommend students being involved in clubs and student activities, but school should always come first.

    Food and Dining

    No one at Ball State can say that there are a limited dining halls to go to, because this is not true and every Dining facility has different food served. I couldn't eat the same thing I would at the Student Center in the Atrium.

    Dorm Life

    I have had the experienced of being in some Residence Halls who do not involve a lot of diversity, but most dorms are improving to become interactive with students. Living in a dorm is not an opportunity any college student should miss, whether the outcome.

    Academic Rigor

    The reason I gave it four stars was because I take school very seriously and for certain majors, it is a requirement to hold a certain overall GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    I didn't have to go to thousands of schools to know that Ball State was for me and I don't expect prospective students to do the same. Ball State is a great school to learn, become involve, and stay in a safe environment. No matter where you come from, there are people who'll understand your differences.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is one of the most diverse colleges I know who have no problem opening up to new opportunities with people and student life. This school takes education every seriously but it educates students into accepting their uniqueness in a positive way. Our motto is: Education Redefined and Ball State follows through with opening students to more diverse ways to educate the mind.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are quite a few of the blue safety lights spread out on campus, and University Police has an extremely quick response times. As far as I know, all dorms either have a card access or key access which allows you to get into the dorms, but only the one you live in. If you want to visit someone in another dorm, they have to come down and let you in.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can find an organization within your major or one that is within your interests. Just get involved!

    Food and Dining

    Some food is okay, some is good, some is not so good. But you will find that at any college. The dining plan at Ball State is a hassle sometimes, which could be a problem for some students.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on if you are in the Honors College, and what major you choose. Some are more intensive than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships early, and apply even if you don't think you have a shot at getting it. You never know. Don't forget to apply for the small scholarships - any bit helps. Check out the campus before you make a decision. Plan a private visit, get a more individualized tour, sit in on a class, and meet with the head of the department you are interested in. This could be a selling point. Talk to students on campus and get the unbiased opinion.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. If you are looking for organizations to join, you can find a variety of organizations suiting many different interests. Most of the professors here are helpful and compassionate.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University police are always circling around campus and a number of blue lights are put around campus. These can be used to contact the police in case of an emergency.

    Greek Life

    There's a lot of opportunity to join Greek life on Ball State's campus although it's not necessary! You can be just as involved with your University without joining.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ball State has lots of opportunities to get involved around campus. Seems like there's one around every corner for just about anything you can imagine! From L.A.R.P. to the Future Leaders.

    Great for these types of students

    All types! Ball State has a variety of students from different background and different interests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Frog baby is a little pond right by the library it is a statue of a little girl playing with frogs. It tradition around campus to rub her nose for good luck before finals. The Bell tower is the tallest bell tower in the state of Indiana.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student I know paying for college is rough! You want to make sure you get what you pay for. I have paid a lot to come to this school but the reason I haven't transferred to a cheaper school is because my education is the most important thing to me. It is important to me that I receive an education that will prepare me for the rest of my career and I trust Ball State is doing a great job at just that.

    What to do for fun

    Join an on campus activity! The Rec center is a wonderful place to go to play soccer on the indoor turf field, to play basket ball, work out, go rock climbing, take a zumba class, and a number of other activities. On Saturday Late Night is hosted in the Student Center this is a free event for students that is always a big themed party with free pizza, snacks, and beverages...even free bowling! Or on the weekends you can check out the bar scene in the Village which is just a short walk from the west quad.

    Food and Dining

    Ball State has fantastic dining. Some of the food courts include: Chick-a-fila, Taco Bell, Quiznos, Sbarro, Jamba Juice, and Boar's head Turkey.

    Dorm Life

    Ball State has many dorms just a short walk from many of the food courts, the library, and the rec center. Some of the dorms are a bit older but the new dorms are very nice, clean, and in a good location.

    Academic Rigor

    While no school is perfect Ball State is close. I have learned so much during my time here and although I don't feel prepared for the real world yet, Ball State has taught me how to become prepared.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips of prospective student would be that your education is your most important goal and it is important to get involved around campus! Ball State is a great place to go to meet a lot of young inspired people who love to get involved. I would recommend that everyone prospective student get involved in at least one club, sport, of association while attending the university.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is a great school with many opportunities to get involved around campus and make connections with new people. The campus is very beautiful and offers multiple on campus dormitories and food courts. Ball State is a great place to receive your education while also having many opportunities to meet new people.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    The Greek Life at Ball State is one of a kind! No matter what fraternity or sorority you're in, there are amazing people that can become your friend instantly. There is a fraternity or sorority for everyone and the community as a whole is caring and homey.

    What to do for fun

    Everyday there is at least 10 fun things to do. The dorms provide activities, clubs have things going on all the time and there is usually a sporting event or fair going on.

    Food and Dining

    The food service is almost as good as homemade food. There are many different place to eat on campus and each place provides a variety of meal choices. There is even a Taco Bell and a Chick-fil-a for those fast food eaters.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great for most people and really helps with the first year of college life. It will help you make friends and study partners as well as people who participate in many activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes for certain majors, there may be a few hard classes and easy classes in your semsester. There is always people that are willing to help at for free!

    Tips for prospective students

    College is much different in high school. Prepare yourself for lots of reading, time management, and fun!

    In three sentences

    Ball State has the best all around schooling. There is so much to do on and off campus to get involved and make friends. The school has a good idea on what education is all about.

  • 01/18/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Unknown.

    Greek Life

    Looks fascinating to me.

    Clubs and Activities

    Unknown but I plan to go Greek.

    Great for these types of students

    Unknown

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unknown to me at this point in time.

    Bang for the buck

    It is the most affordable 4 year institution out of all the ones I have researched.

    What to do for fun

    I don't know in this point of time.

    Food and Dining

    I have no knowledge of that yet.

    Academic Rigor

    BSU has many programs to choose from. I am undecided so I will most probably go in as general studies. The rigor is unkown to me at this time.

    Tips for prospective students

    See the campus. Take the guided tour. Talk to the students that are there on campus. Ask what don't you like or what would you change.

    In three sentences

    I did not even have to get out of the car and I felt the fit was right. The campus tour guide was outstanding. We had been on 10 college visits and she was the best by a landslide.

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have blue boxes all over campus! Very safe!

    Greek Life

    I am rushing next fall!

    Clubs and Activities

    We have so many clubs! If we don't have what you want, get 2 people and a staff member and create the club!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dressing up frog baby is one!

    What to do for fun

    I am on the Equestrian team and involved in other organizations.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good. I say get the 18 meal plan!

    Dorm Life

    I love our Residence halls! They are amazing!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the major, the academics can be harder or easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look at all majors, even if you think you know what you want to do. Take advantage of campus resources!

    In three sentences

    Ball State is amazing! I love everything about this school! The academics are great!

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On Campus Safety is wonderful at Ball State. Be carful when exploring Muncie it can become dangerous.

    Greek Life

    Very well rounded greek life as well

    Clubs and Activities

    well over 80 organizations just in Telecommunications alone

    Great for these types of students

    Broadcasters and TCOM Students, as well as teachers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    David Letterman, Papa John, and many more famous alumni have come from Ball State

    Bang for the buck

    Very reasonably priced for in-state tuition

    What to do for fun

    Ball State Has a wonderful campus atmosphere as well as night life!

    Food and Dining

    Wonderful food from sushi, to cheeseburgers Ball State has everything.

    Dorm Life

    All of the dorms at Ball State are brand new. You will enjoy the atmosphere

    Academic Rigor

    College is tough and not nearly as easy as high school. Take the time out of your day to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved

    In three sentences

    Ball State is a wonderful university that provides endless opportunities around campus. Between the beautiful atmosphere, brand new buildings, and an amazing staff Ball State is a great University to attend. It provides equal opportunities for all who attend

  • 01/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone wanting to go into Communications. Top of the line stuff here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lots of things. Beneficence statue, Frog Baby, the Naked Lady, Homecoming, etc. There's a lot of tradition here.

    What to do for fun

    All sorts of things. Sports, late night events, etc. Ball State is a very interactive campus.

    Food and Dining

    As good as you're gonna get in college.

    Dorm Life

    I personally love dorm life. Lots of rules but it's easy to get by.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not incredibly challenging but it's not easy either.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, know where you want to live ahead of time.

    In three sentences

    Overall, it's a pretty good school. Dining is decent, campus is beautiful, teaching is pretty good. Recommended for anyone looking to go into anything Communications related.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Ball State has plenty of clubs which is pretty neat.

    Food and Dining

    Not bad for a campus.

    Dorm Life

    A few dorms are nice but there are just as many lousy dorms. The housing center is also ill prepared to handle bad roommate situations.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends majorly on the professors you choose.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't live in the dorms.

    In three sentences

    It's difficult to get classes in your major. The surrounding town isn't that safe. If your not majoring in education or architecture, don't bother coming.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have campus police.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have something called the scramble light. At it people can walk in any direction.

    What to do for fun

    There are events that happen throughout the year. There are alot of organizations and each of these hold there own events for members and for the public. The school university program board hold a on campus safe party every saturday.

    Food and Dining

    The food is wonderful. There are so many options. There are things for pretty much everyone.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good to start. There are a lot of people around, so you are able to talk to people who have the same interest.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are great. As you progress in the year, it does get harder. But as it gets harder, you get smarter. You start to learn how to study for certain things which will really help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say remember where you came from. Do not come up here and forget the right way to act. Also, remember what you are here for. School is first. Everything else comes after.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is one of the best school's ever. It is very diverse. It's facilities bring in different things.

  • 02/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has its own police force that patrol daily. You can go to any of the numerous blue emergency boxes spread throughout campus and press a button for a ride to your dorm, or if you feel threatened or in danger. Students can also sign up for text alerts.

    Greek Life

    The students in Fraternities and Sororities are very proud, sporting tee-shirts and backpacks with different Greek symbols. I personally am not into Greek Life, but I have heard that it definitely keeps you busy.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is just about a club for anything you can imagine, including a Quidditch club! No student has an excuse to refrain from joining an organization, because there is one for every student! Anyone can also create a new organization if they wish. For these reasons, I give it a five.

    Great for these types of students

    Ball State is great for any type of student! There is an Honors College for those seeking a more vigorous academic experience, but the requirements to be accepted into the general college are not unreasonable for the average student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The first and foremost tradition at BSU is Happy Friday Guy- an unknown male student who dresses in spandex and wears a cape on Fridays, wishing everyone a happy Friday. There are many places on campus to see as well, such as the Beneficence statue. Legend has it that if you kiss your true love near the statue, its wings will flap!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is reasonable with many scholarship opportunities and grants available. The university provides a unique-to-Ball State experience with professors who have experience in their field, and you will make connections here that will help you find a job after college. Here I would give it a five out of five.

    What to do for fun

    Ball State has a student-ran organization called Late Night that holds many fun activities on the weekends, like dances and parties. There are often many big name performers that come to the university for a discounted price to students. For example, Fun. and the Blue Man Group are two groups that have recently visited.

    Food and Dining

    Oh the many food choices there are! Be careful not to eat Taco Bell everyday (it's tempting). Although there are many fast food choices, there are other, more homie, places to eat on campus with students studying culinary arts as the chefs.

    Dorm Life

    I commute, so I can not review dorm life. But I would give it a three out of five because dorms are small.

    Academic Rigor

    Different programs have more or less of an academic rigor than others. Many require students to take a certain number of credit hours, and to maintain a certain GPA to earn a degree. So it is ultimately up to the student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay away from parties! Ball State University is a known party college, and many students fall pray to the trend. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to have fun on campus without alcohol or illegal activities.

    In three sentences

    The university is great education-wise. Ball State offers many immersive learning opportunities that give students a unique experience and real-world application. If you are looking for a school that teaches you through working in the field, Ball State is for you.

  • 02/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police that are often stationed at certain areas throughout the campus during the night-time hours, as well as ones that patrol about. There are also emergency telephones placed throughout campus that are marked on the top with a blue light. You can hardly go several hundred feet or so without encountering one of these when you are not traveling on the main roads. The campus also offers a shuttle system that runs all night long in case you stayed extremely late at a friends dorm and feel unsafe walking back to your dorm by yourself. You simply have to call the number for the shuttle, tell them which dorm you will be waiting at, and you can walk out and right on into the shuttle itself. This is really convenient for people who don't feel comfortable walking around at night, or are stuck late studying at the library.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are an infinite amount of Clubs/Activities offered at Ball State. Anything from things like leadership or something as random as swimming. There are so many possibilities, all you have to do is check out their website for more information.

    Great for these types of students

    - People who like quiet environments and aren't bothered by the slow-life of a country town rather than the fast-paced environment of a city - People who don't mind a larger campus with lots of people - People who prefer dorm comfort over campus food plans

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a statue on campus named Frog Baby. The statue used to be located inside but people started to rub her nose for good luck before exams. This became a tradition, and people were so rough with her at points, that she actually had to be removed for a period of time because her nose was starting to corrode and needed to be fixed. It was then that the board decided to move her out into the middle of a fountain on campus to make her less accessible to students. People wills till trudge through the water to put a scarf on her when winter blows in though.

    What to do for fun

    Because Ball State is located in a fairly rural area, there is not much to do in the realms of entertainment. There are often concerts held at Emmens Auditorium though, and we have recently had the band FUN on campus. Tickets often sell out pretty fast, but from what I've heard, it's definitely worth it. Muncie also has a local theatre, a handful of restaurants, and a mall. These are easily accessible to students as we have an on campus bus system that can shuttle you to certain places in town for free. This is really nice for freshman especially who might not have a car.

    Food and Dining

    There are various dining options available to students at Ball State. You can get anything from stir-fry, salad, homestyle comfort foods, Boar's Head sandwiches - and the like. However, despite the various options offered to students, the meal plan at Ball State can prove to be frustrating at times. The basic meal plan works as follows: There is a 21 meals a week plan, a 18 meals a week program, a 14 meals a week program, and a 10 meals a week program. No matter what plan you choose, each meal of the day starts and ends at a specific time and there is also a specific amount of money allotted to you per meal. Each plan also comes with a certain amount of Dining Plus. Dining plus is essentially a safety net for any extra money you might need for a meal. So for instance, let's say you purchased your meal and it rang up as $8.50 and now you are $1.00 over your limit for this particular meal. You can use some of your Dining Plus to cover this transaction. Some people enjoy how this works, but it's all based on personal preference. I personally find this to be a weak point about this university, because sometimes you don't always use the meals that you paid for (ie: if you are home one weekend or went out to lunch outside of the campus) - and now you're losing money. To summarize my point, most college campuses offer unlimited plans where the student pays a solid rate and is covered for the entire year. This is not so at Ball State, and can be frustrating in the end.

    Dorm Life

    Even the Freshman Dorms here at Ball State are fairly up to date. Microwaves are often a basic necessity for all college students (we love our Ra-amen Noodles) and the University even offers a Microfridge (Microwave, Fridge, and Freezer in one) for rental each school term, which can be very convenient and affordable to student's on a stricter budget. The bathrooms are also nice and are cleaned daily Monday-Friday, and the doors to the bathrooms themselves are locked and only accessible with a Ball State ID - which is nice for security reasons.

    Academic Rigor

    Personally, I do not find the curriculum to be all that demanding. Most of the professors here at Ball State have their Masters and PhD. In other words, there are hardly any graduates that teach classes here. This is actually a benefit, in my opinion, because you're getting a better education from experienced and esteemed individuals while not having to spend as much money as other colleges might require. The only thing that might be a bit stressful and require some getting used to would be the online test taking that is a commonality at Ball State. It's a program called: inQsit, and depending on the classes you sign up for, you are required to schedule a time to take these tests in a computer lab at a specific time-slot on your own free time. This might not be stressful for people who do not have issues planning ahead of time, but for procrastinators - this could prove to be a potential frustration.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's extremely important to get involved in a local club, as it promotes socialization and fosters future friendships. Also, as wonderful as it might sound to have a cozy little abode to yourself in a dorm - a room mate can surprisingly be a growing experience both in maturity and learning how to cope with someone who might not have the exact same interests as you do. In other words, it helps improve social skills a great degree because it thrusts you into an environment that you just have to pick yourself up, breathe, and know you can do it. Perseverance is key. It's almost similar to the concept that sometimes there are situations you will have to trudge through in order to live the way you want to one day. There might be some discomfort at first, but in the long run - these experiences will be beneficial to you as an individual. It's just oftentimes hard to see the full picture of the path we are taking sometimes.

    In three sentences

    Immersive Learning is this institution's philosophy, and it sure implicates that idea into the curriculum and opportunities it offers. There are a plethora of locations offered to study abroad while simultaneously earning credits towards your degree, so if you're an individual looking to couple adventure, and real world experience rather than sitting in a desk for the entirety of a day - this is the school for you.

  • 02/10/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police are very friendly.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you like Modeling try Trendz Of Essence.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Be Here Now on weekends for up and coming bands if you're into that kind of thing.

    Food and Dining

    Woodworth is amazing! Watch out for the cheesecake or it'll be the reason why you gained the Freshman Fifteen!

    Dorm Life

    Fun and nice. Plenty of events to go to.

    Academic Rigor

    Math was hard for me. Study!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you register for classes and have your loans and financial aid ready. Signed Promissory notes and everything!

    In three sentences

    Very stressful at times. But very fun and entertaining. The food at Woodworth is awesome and i lived there too; very friendly people!

  • 02/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are tons of sporting events going on year round at Ball State. There are also a handful of concerts and shows that come to Ball State every year and people really enjoy going to those. On Friday nights, a new movie is played every week in Pruis Hall. On Saturday nights they have late night which has music, games, food and much more, it's an alternative to going out and partying.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good at Ball State. They have a variety of options to choose from. If you want to eat healthy it is kinda of hard to find good places that offer different healthy foods beside salads.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms are okay and they are not the best. I was happy with my hall and the condition of my room. I had a lot of party girls on my floor who were always loud and disrespectful. All of the nose really bothered me.

    Academic Rigor

    College work is a lot harder than high school work, but if you put the time and effort in you can succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't party every weekend. This distracts yourself and others from studying and learning more. Be prepared and don't fall behind otherwise it will be hard to catch up. Take advantage of all the services offered at Ball State it can really make a difference in your grades and in other areas.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is a great school that offers great classes and experiences. There is always some place to go if you need help no matter what the subject is. Ball State's majors are very hands on so students are able to learn more and have better experience when they apply for a job.

  • 02/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do here for fun. There's football and basketball games, plus other sports that play throughout the year. There's late night at the Student Center on the weekends. Prius Hall shows new movies on Friday nights that are in movie theaters to Ball State students for free. The theatre program at Ball State puts on musicals and plays at the Strother, Cave, and University Theatre throughout the academic year. Emens auditorium has bands, guest artists, musicals, and orchestras that perform constantly every month. There are lots of clubs and organizations that you can join for fun as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is phenomenal. It is pretty expensive, so stock up your fridge on necessities. Don't use your dining plus all at once, because you might need it in the future. All dorms on campus have different food menus, so try it all out and see what you like the most.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun, especially if you are on a floor where people are outgoing and personable. It's not nearly as bad as it seems at first. As soon as you get here, you could be scared and home sick. But give it time and you will soon be calling your dorm your home. There are lots of fun dorm activities all the time, especially for holidays. There are rules in all dorms to keep you safe from harm, but it isn't to the point where you can't enjoy yourself and have a blast in your dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very difficult here and very time consuming, but you learn a lot. I have learned and grown so much since I have been here which has only been a year. Always study and do your homework. It may be hard now, but it will definitely pay off when the diploma is in your hand.

    Tips for prospective students

    No matter what you do....always study! You cannot pass your classes without studying for your tests. Always take classes based around your career choice, but don't be afraid to take a class that is unusual for you, it could be a challenge and you might actually learn a lot. Always go to class, unless your sick to the point where you can't get out of bed, you should always go in order to actually learn. Your paying to be here, so your only hurting yourself if you don't attend class. No matter how hard it may seem, don't ever give up because you may never get this opportunity again.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is very personable. Their logo is Education Redefined which is very true no matter which major you are in because you learn in the setting of your career choice. The four years you are here help prepare you for when you graduate and enter the world of work.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe, especially in the daytime. At night, I travel with someone (it's common sense) or at least stay only in the well-lit areas.

    Greek Life

    I didn't get involved in this, but it's quite available!

    Clubs and Activities

    You name it!

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for all types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The scramble light is very unique. Visit Frog Baby outside the library. Get kissed under Benny.

    Bang for the buck

    Ball State is well-known and well-respected. A degree from Ball State is valuable!

    What to do for fun

    LateNite on Sat nights. Concerts and shows at Emens. Movies at Pruis. Dorm activities. Work out at the Rec Center. Hang out with friends!

    Food and Dining

    Food is good. Try different dorms for variety.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make of it. You can meet lots of people who are in your major and those who are not.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is very challenging but manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved right away. Don't stay in your dorm room all of the time. Study away from your dorm. Don't cram.

    In three sentences

    It's big but not overwhelming. There is something for everyone. It is home.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety tips are posted everywhere, and if you us common sense you'll be fine. Don't go out late at night by yourself, and don't go off with a stranger ( not matter how cute he or she is.) Safety is up to the individual, I have always felt safe on-campus.

    Greek Life

    I am not in a sorority (just not my thing), but my boyfriend is in a fraternity and he loves it. They are always having parties or some type of get together. So if you're on the fence, definitely join!(:

    Clubs and Activities

    Ball State is good about constantly sending out emails about the next upcoming event one can participate in. The opportunities is out there, it's up to you to take advantage of them.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I hang out with my boyfriend or girlfriends over the weekend. I also am currently trying out for the cheer squad, so that has been filling up a lot of my time. Ball State has many activities for you throughout the week.

    Food and Dining

    The food on-campus is good, it just gets old. So don't be like me, and mix up what you eat. Or else you will find yourself staring at the shelves of food and not in the mood for any of it.

    Dorm Life

    I am currently in the dorms and without a roommate. Dorm life is what you make it. If you want to have fun and get involved, you will enjoy your time. I enjoy being down the hall from my girlfriends rather then having to walk a block or two to them.

    Academic Rigor

    Ball State has it's fair share of great and not so great professors. So go to ratemyprofessor.com and see what professor you want to take. This will save you time and money in the long run.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely live on-campus for the first to years. When you live off-campus, it's more tempting to skip class and harder to focus on your studies.

    In three sentences

    I am completely satisfied with where I am now. The campus is the perfect size. You see familiar faces but it's big enough that if you don't want to run into someone, you more than likely won't.

  • 03/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ball State campus is very, very safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great at Ball State. A ton of different fraternities and sororities and it's very popular on campus!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a few unusual places of campus. First, the Benificence statue that greets you at the main entrance to campus. Legend has it, if you meet your significant other in front of Benny and her wings flap, it's true love! Then there's Frog Baby fountain located next to the Bracken Library. People like to dress Frog Baby up in the winter time and many believe she's good luck!

    What to do for fun

    There's always something on campus to do on the weekends. You could go see a movie in Pruis, go see a show or band in Emens auditorium, see a theatre department show in University Theatre, or go to an activity your dorm sponsers!

    Food and Dining

    On campus food is pretty good, but nothing special. But right next to campus is the Village which has a lot of great places like Scotty's, Pita Pit, and Insomnia Cookies!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Ball State is great! Many of the dorms are being renovated or have been recently renovated. Most freshman live in LaFollette, but if you can get into Noyer, do! Noyer is the best dorm location on campus, it's close to everything!

    Academic Rigor

    Ball State will be academically challenging for you depending on your major. The general ed classes aren't very difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to activities! First week of classes is Welcome Week and there is an Activities Fair and lots of great activities around campus. There are also great activities throughout the year -- weekly movies in Pruis Hall, touring Broadway shows in Emens Auditorium (tickets are often free), and lots of other great things!

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is a great, medium sized college. The campus is beautiful and just the right size -- you're able to walk everywhere! Ball State is perfect if you are planning to major in Telecommunications, theatre, or music education.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    It's a great smaller-campus feel and it feels a lot homier than more of the bigger schools I've visited!

  • 03/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is a safe place but the city isn't doing so great. Don't go out alone and make sure you walk in well lit paths.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is lame and doesn't do much, I personally find it to be a time waster.

    Clubs and Activities

    athletic clubs, rock climbing, humanitarian organizations, art... philosophy, religious groups... take advantage of them.

    Great for these types of students

    BSU is not a part school, you can focus on your studies here. Also there is Outdoor Pursuits for those of you who want to get your hands dirty with outdoor recreation. We have a respected teachers program, architecture and traditional science programs are up and coming.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't mess with frog baby. Its all we got! (low school spirit)

    Bang for the buck

    There are tons of resources here for you to take advantage of but they are kind of obscured. Muncie is an inexpensive town and the university is super cheap for the kind of school Ball State is.

    What to do for fun

    There are shows, plays and movies being put on at least once a week. Student clubs are a great way to meet people. The gym is excellent and so is the climbing wall.

    Food and Dining

    Dinning is pricey and not that great. There is a lot of food waste that I find annoying.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life sucks because people like to complain. Rise above the loathing and get out there! Dorm life is meh because so many people live their lives that way. I like the access to resources it afforded to me but Im happy I moved off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    You can squeek by if you want, but coasting through life isn't fun. You have resources here to challenge yourself, I urge you to take them. It may make your work load more difficult to manage but its worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Your adviser's job is not what you think. Ask questions, be bold, and understand the institution is there to help you. If you find someone to be a bad apple in the bunch go find someone else, especially if you are a nontraditional student like me.

    In three sentences

    Ball State excels at finding niches in the academic world and takes moderate risks to excel and expand its reputation. Its a great school for not too much money. You just have to assert yourself and you will find it a great place for your undergraduate.

  • 03/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a Late Nite every Saturday, which is a free party thrown by the school, with a different theme each week. There are also many school clubs, sports events, and nearby shopping.

    Food and Dining

    The food will get extremely boring and repetitive, and it is not that good (except Elliot). There are some chain-restaurants though, such as Quiznos, Jamba Juice, and Starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small with frequent fire alarms, and the food is not very appealing. However, they are kept clean and fairly well-stocked, with a nice staff.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a spectrum of rigor; some classes are extremely easy, while some are ridiculously challenging. However, tutoring and study sessions are available for free, so anyone willing to put in the effort will be able to make it through.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember you go to college for an education, not to have fun (although you CAN do both). Study and have time management, and you will be fine. There is plenty to get involved in at BSU, so take advantage of it!

    In three sentences

    Ball State University has a lot to offer, both academically and for fun. The professors are great for the most-part, and the student life is fun as well.

  • 03/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency call buttons everywhere. The police regularly patrol and are willing to escort students wherever and whenever for any reason. The campus even has an escort service for students with a don't ask don't tell policy. If you have been drinking and need a safe way home- call.

    Greek Life

    Greek life really focuses on helping the community. Members are close and know how to have fun!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everything. If there is not, you can create one. There is even a Star Wars club that meets on the lawn for light saber battles.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to be within a diverse group of peers, whether it be culture or academic interests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Have a study group? Everyone meets at the naked lady in the library. Midnight pond splashing? Check out the lady of the frogs.

    Bang for the buck

    This university is totally affordable, but will work with struggling students on payment plans. There is always an opportunity around the corner.

    What to do for fun

    Something fun is always happening. You can walk two blocks to an area called the village where bars and restaurants, shops, and coffee are abundant.

    Food and Dining

    Tons of places to each from chain restaurants to local dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    A great place to have fun, but quiet study areas are abundant as well. Housing really works with students to make sure their roommate situation enhances the college experience, not hinder it.

    Academic Rigor

    Each course I have taken has taught the material in a way that it applies to real, everyday life. Courses are challenging but totally not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you commute to school, make sure you get there at least 30 minutes before class. The university sells more parking passes than what is actually available.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University offers a diverse campus. The university is dedicated to the Muncie community that houses it. I am happy to say that I have enjoyed every single professor I have encountered.

  • 04/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek has tons of fun charities including a Dance Marathon

    Great for these types of students

    Telecommunications, Architecture, Art, really any major

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We do the Chirp Chirp chant at all of our sporting events.

    What to do for fun

    Late Nite has fun events. There are free movies on Friday nights. Muncie, IN has several theatrical performances. You can go shopping and get a bite to eat.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get Involved in organizations that define who you are.

    In three sentences

    The classes aren't huge which provides more personal connections with professors. The campus is fairly small and easy to walk around. They have wonderful programs based on your major.

  • 04/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun, including intramural sports, on and off campus parties, movies, and other fun activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go on a tour, and you will fall in love with the campus. I also suggest going to some classes that you are interested in.

    In three sentences

    Ball State has a beautiful campus that makes you feel at home. It has great programs. It is a place that anyone can feel comfortable for four years of college.

  • 04/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There is something at Ball State for everyone. Whether you like home cooked veggies and barbecue or you are into healthy salads and fresh fruit smoothies, you will find something for you here. I also love going to Wednesday night breakfast for dinner at Woodworth, a BSU tradition.

    Dorm Life

    I love the living on campus here at Ball State. Everyone is so incredibly kind. That is something I hear almost every visitor say, everyone is so friendly here!

    Academic Rigor

    I am a member of the Honors College here at Ball State, so academics are a huge part of my life. However, Honors College or not, it is easy for students to get involved with their studies at BSU. Attend group study sessions or check out the free tutoring system Ball State offers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure you are comfortable with a school's size and location from home. Go out and meet new people and try new things. College is a great time to experience things you will most likely not get the chance to do again!

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is a beautiful campus with a fantastic at home feel. The size of the student body is perfect, because you can be immersed with 1,000 fans at a football game or have a study session with a few friends. There is something for everyone to do at Ball State, from athletic clubs to academic organizations to volunteering.

  • 04/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been multiple burglaries and stabbings involving Ball State's students this year.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is almost irrelevant here at Ball State due to the city of Muncie's law of 7 or more females under the same roof being classified as a brothel.

    Great for these types of students

    Independent students.

    Bang for the buck

    For the amount of money that tuition costs, Ball State is a great option for in-state residents to attend.

    What to do for fun

    There unfortunately is not much to do here on campus. Students tend to flock toward the recreation center when the weather is poor, but other than that there is a lot of seclusion on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options when it comes to food and dining, giving students the ability to choose from home-cooked types of meals to fast food.

    Dorm Life

    I am still connected with many of the people that I initially met here in the dorms at Ball State.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your field of study, you will encounter difficult and seemingly easy classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure that this is the type of school that you want to attend. Like I said, there is not a lot of pride or extra help available.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is, largely, a considerate school. There is not a lot of school pride due to poor athletic and extracurricular activities, but students seem to enjoy the school. Professors are at times unhelpful and give you the run-around far too often.

  • 04/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Enjoy walking around this beautiful campus. The village is a great place to meet with friends. Find a grassy hill near the quads and read a book!

    Food and Dining

    Great food! Not a bad price either. I always enjoyed stopping by Starbucks in the student center on my way to class.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is an interesting experience for anyone. Ball State's dorms have great security. RA's are accommodating and supportive. Living in the dorm is a great way to meet new people and make the transition from high school to college.

    Academic Rigor

    You are expected to show effort. Material is challenging at times. You learn to work for what you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Become active in campus activities. Join clubs and organizations. College is much easier with friends, but make sure to remember why you're here.

    In three sentences

    Wonderful school, beautiful campus. I have never had difficulty with professors. Excellence is obtainable, but the material has been challenging enough to inspire motivation.

  • 04/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek Life is very active at Ball State. I, personally do not take part in Greek Life but have friends that do and they love it!

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like I'm getting a quality education for what I'm paying.

    What to do for fun

    There is a Late Night event every weekend where students can get to know others and participate in fun activities. There are also free showings of movies on Friday nights and plenty of clubs to join!

    Food and Dining

    I have to admit that the food on campus is GREAT. There are a lot of different places where you can use your meal plan such as Jamba Juice, Starbucks, Taco Bell and even Chick Fil A.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in the dorms! It was a great way to get involved and there are plenty of opportunities for on-campus living.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes were really difficult and others were simple, just apply yourself and stay motivated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Develop a good relationship with your adviser and professors.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is a great environment! If you are coming in as a freshman, you will make a lot of lifetime friends. However, it is difficult to get to know people when coming in as a transfer student.

  • 04/28/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There arent really scary events on campus but if there are any terrifying events they have things on light poles and the police will be in there in about a minute if they are notified. Ball State does about everything to make sure their students feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    They really have a lot of clubs and intramurals. the gyms and weight room are huge. I love this about the campus

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who don't like a really big campus. It has really nice people, and there are students from surrounding states such as Illinois and Ohio.

    What to do for fun

    There are parties a lot and you are never really bored on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good. If you buying it with cash it can get pretty expensive. but overall if you are in the atrium, they have chik fil la and pizza places.

    Dorm Life

    The freshmen dorm is just horrid in my opinion and i almost cried just look at them, but i am staying in stu west next semester and i absolutely love it.

    Academic Rigor

    I really don't know because i am an incoming freshyy :-P

    Tips for prospective students

    From what i have seen so far, who ever is staying in Lafollete, be prepared to bring a loft because there is absolutely no room in the dorms. Also I.D is a must for all around campus. You need your i.d to use the rest room in the dorms, and a elevator to ride the elevator and EVERYTHING. Be prepared for unexpected weather because it will catch you by surprise.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is a great campus for everyone.

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ball State campus is safe.

    Greek Life

    Ball State has many Greek weeks.

    Clubs and Activities

    All you have to do is pick a hobby! If there is not a club for that hobby, you can be the first to create one!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who has an interest in theater or teaching should certainly consider Ball State.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ball State is the home of Friday Guy, a man who dresses up for Friday and parades around campus on a scooter. Ball state also has a stop-light in the middle of campus that chirps when students are signaled to cross (go Cardinals)!

    Bang for the buck

    Ball State is not an expensive school to attend. In addition, it is conveniently located in a smaller town adjacent to bigger areas like Indianapolis.

    What to do for fun

    Ball State has a wonderful down town area with cafes and pizzerias.

    Food and Dining

    Ball State offers lots of on-campus and off-campus eating facilities.

    Academic Rigor

    Ball State expects that students will perform at their best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Potential students should visit the campus and speak with staff in desired departments. The staff at Ball State is more than willing to welcome and show new students around.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is an amalgamation of unique cultures. Its teachers stand apart as individuals who truly know their subject matter. Ball State makes it easy to attend by keep tuition costs and fees relatively low.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    What I like to do for fun is go to the recreational building and play games like volleyball, basketball, or even go swimming.

    Food and Dining

    I have heard that the buffet at Ball State is very delicious.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms do not have heat or air conditioning which is difficult to adapt to.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not seen the academics at Ball State University yet.

    Tips for prospective students

    I have not attended Ball State yet, but I do advise that students learn where their classes are being held before the first day of classes.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is a gorgeous campus. The campus is not too spread out so the students do not have to walk too far to go to class. Ball State also has some great clubs and programs for students to get involved.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do on campus and if not, there will be something in the Muncie community. Muncie is a college town and as a result holds many small events in it. Late Night is an on campus party every Saturday night hosted by the University. They usually have some interesting things going on and always have good food.

    Food and Dining

    Ball State had a large array of dining areas. There are two Starbucks, a taco bell, a Chick-fil-A and a Jamba Juice on campus that you can using your dining card for. Of course some places are better than others, but there is very much to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on the dorm and the RA. My first year I had a wonderful experience in a very social dorm. My sophamore year I was in a very antisocial dorm with an RA that was never there and very loud neighbors.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say this is about average; it is not horribly difficult but it is not easy either. It solely depends on the course and the professor. Also the further you go into your major, the harder the courses get.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to experience. Ball State can give you a great education and experience if you let it. Try to relax and take each day at a time. Also, be careful about parking. They will find you and they will ticket you.

    In three sentences

    A good school for a broad educations. It is very good about offering a wide array of core courses. It also has many opportunities for involvement and volunteering.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Despite rumors BSU is very safe place to be. There is a steady flow of campus security patrolling and watching the student's backs!

    Greek Life

    I as a Greek 100% recommend it. I can't trade my best friends for time spent anywhere else.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many activities sent through campus email daily as well as many weekend events.

    Great for these types of students

    Ideally studious, future oriented, and organized. Although anyone can make it through; messy, disorganized, or even just living for the moment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Frog Baby is kind of the campus's mascot. Frog baby is a statue in a fountain that is considered to be good luck, so each finals week or when someone needs some extra luck you just touch her bronze nose!

    Bang for the buck

    I would not trade a single minute or any new friends/connections I have made here at BSU. It has been fun and stressful, but worth every penny each semester.

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy community service with my fraternity as well as playing basketball in our Rec Center.

    Food and Dining

    The variety and a taste of the food is good as well as the locations on campus. Different dorm locations serve different meals and offer food court/sit down style eating areas.

    Dorm Life

    It is your community until you are able to branch out. I have no complaints about dorm life at Ball State.

    Academic Rigor

    College is intended to be challenging, Ball State is nothing short of that. Even a blow off class can be challenging at times.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Research your prospective major as well as financial aid opportunities, being broke is not fun while at school. 2) Create a schedule that works best for you. 3) Enjoy the down-time! Not everyone gets as much free time as others

    In three sentences

    It is the most fun and exciting place to be. I cannot imagine myself fitting into a better school. I would not regret a single minute during my attendance of Ball State.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are cops patrolling campus all the time. There are blue lights, in case you don't feel safe just hit one and a cop will be there in seconds.

    Greek Life

    I am not apart of that, but from what I hear it is wonderful.

    Clubs and Activities

    Something for everyone. Even for those that need to boost their resume a bit.

    Great for these types of students

    All students really. There is something for everyone. If you start out like me, and you don't really know who you are going into college, this place is wonderful. It helped me find out who I am suppose to be.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bennie. Legend has it that if you kiss someone at midnight next to her, if she flaps her wings it means that it is true love. Also, frogbaby. If you rub her nose right before an exam, legend has it you will pass. (She has had a nose job since she was first built).

    Bang for the buck

    For as much as you learn as a student, and for how great most of the professors are you really get a lot for your money. And all the free things that happen on campus is really great. This year I got at least twenty free t shirts.

    What to do for fun

    Friday nights are movie nights, so Ball State plays a movie that hasn't come out on DVD/VHS yet. On Saturday there is a campus wide party or campus hosted party. There is always bowling at Cardinal Lanes in the Student Center! In every residence hall there is a game room, board games, etc. There is always volunteering, of that is your thing. There are clubs, Greek life, academic clubs, just about anything you need is right there on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of places to dine, but I am a picky eater. The best place is Noyer or Woodworth, those places always have good food!

    Dorm Life

    RAs are fun to talk to! There are games almost every week to help people get to know others!

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the class, and the professors. Some classes are meant to be more relaxed, and others have a lot of material to get through in one semester. I would look up all professors to make sure that they fit your learning style, because that will help you ace that class!

    Tips for prospective students

    You must be willing to work, because some courses are actually tough. However, weekends should be for fun!

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus, during the fall. Great professors that care. You can really make some lifetime friends here!

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There were a few instances when you heard about things that have happened. Most of the time it was off campus but you should definitely have someone to walk with at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very popular on campus. It is not unusual to be walking through campus and see a booth set up by one of the fraternities or sororities trying to get you to join.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a lot of little traditions you will hear about once you reach campus. Frog Baby, the Bell Tower, and most importantly there Benny! I can't spill the beans, you have to find out on your own.

    What to do for fun

    If you are not involved with Greek life or many clubs then there is not much to don on campus. A lot of people choose to go out and party on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good at first but it does get old. There are many franchises on campus such as: Taco Bell, Sbarro, and Chic-Fil-A. It is always nice to be able to walk only a little bit to get a meal from Taco Bell.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a great place to meet friends but once again, you must put yourself out there. It becomes hard to meet anyone if you never open up your door and just say hello to a random stranger.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are challenging at times but it is not much more challenging than high school courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is filled with a lot of fun things to do but you have to make sure to put yourself out there and find these fun things.

    In three sentences

    It is a decently sized school that has a lot to offer. However, there is a lot of Greek life on campus that excludes students who are not involved in Greek life. When attending Ball State, be sure to check out all they have to offer or you may spend many weekends locked up in your dorm.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food and dining was great.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on which dorm you get dictates what your experience will likely be like. Try to get into a newer dorm building if at all possible.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on your major! Obviously some classes will be harder than others. Just be prepared!

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for art students you get really knowledgeable professors and the curriculum lets you explore the other department areas. Such as if you're a metals major you can go and try out a glass class.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the traditions we do at BSU is dress up the Frog Baby statue in winter clothes.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great but it's really hard to find healthy food. Plus after a while all the options become kind of old.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be hard depending on what classes you take. The more credit hours the harder it will be to study for the classes because your always running from class to class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't skip class, it just turns everything into a hassle because you get behind. Plus you might need that professor to write you a recommendation one day.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a blue-light-system enforced on campus. Almost everywhere you look, there is an emergency blue light where if you feel unsafe or witness something unusual, at any time, you can call and within 2 minutes, there will be police at your location. There has been no use of the blue lights within the last 7 years, but they are checked regularly for the safety of students. There is also a lot of safety in residence halls. Students are required to scan their Ball State Student ID when they enter the residence hall, stairwells, bathrooms, and dorm rooms. There is also desk staff in every residence hall 24/7 to ensure that no one is in the residence halls who shouldn't be, and they know the precautions to take when there is a problem. I absolutely feel safe, and if for any reason you don't, there are ways to get in touch with help.

    Greek Life

    There's not as much focus on Greek Life at Ball State, but there are plenty of options. Check out the Pride Guide to see all of the opportunities. Greek Life at BSU is more focused on community service and other opportunities than just getting drunk and initiations. I would absolutely encourage students to check out the possibilities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Frog Baby is in a fountain right outside Bracken Library. The tradition for her used to be to rub her nose for good luck on tests. Now, since her nose got rubbed off, she was shipped off to get a nose job and is now in the fountain in hopes of preserving the nose. As a result, the new tradition is to wrap her in hats and scarves in the winter time to ensure her warmth. It's a fun tradition, and definitely fun to see.

    Bang for the buck

    While BSU isn't the absolute cheapest college, it is one of the many. Back when they were first starting, tuition was only $10 for the whole year! WOW! It's a great college with lots of opportunities for learning, fun, and financial aid. I would encourage students to not let money be a determining factor to whether or not the attend Ball State.

    What to do for fun

    There is tons to do for fun! Ball State offers lots of groups to join outside of classes from Best Buddies and study groups, to various multicultural organizations, performance organizations, and more! There is also a movie theater right off of campus, an art museum on campus, and Emens Auditorium is always offering new exciting shows to attend. This past year, David Letterman brought Oprah Winfrey and Rachel Maddow back to campus for separate interviews. There are also weekly events that change, and they are always advertised in the dining halls, usually on the tables. When you're not in class, you will always be able to find something to do!

    Food and Dining

    Wow! This is nowhere near typical college campus food! Woodworth is my favorite place to eat on campus and it is cheap! Woodworth sells salads, tuscan, southern comfort, and more! They also sell typical needs such as shampoo, Advil, Midol, and little snacks. The Atrium is also a great dining hall, but it is slightly more expensive than Woodworth. These are the only two food courts I've been to so far, but if they are any indicator, I can't wait for the next four years of my life! :)

    Dorm Life

    Very clean dorms! Each room has more space than I expected, and the stackable furniture helps to make the room feel more open. Finding roommates is easy and each residence hall is more than willing to assist with any problems or questions you may have. There's always room for improvement, so I didn't mark a five, but you may find that you like or dislike it more than I do.

    Academic Rigor

    As an incoming freshman, I haven't had any classes yet. However, we got a summer assignment after freshman orientation, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. The reading is challenging but not so much that it is frustrating. We are planning to have an opportunity to meet the author and we have 2 hours to write a corresponding essay. I am more excited about my freshman classes based on this assignment. I cannot wait to be on campus and have even more opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the college campus! Sit in on a few classes and try to find time to spend the night and get the full experience. You will be here for the next four years if you choose, so you need to make sure it's a good fit. Talk to professors and students about their favorite and least favorite things about campus and classes. Don't be afraid to ask questions!

    In three sentences

    Ball State has an absolutely beautiful campus. They have smart phone apps that make it easy to find your way around campus and check grades and email. Ball State also has wonderful staff, faculty, and student body who are willing to help at any time with anything that they can.

  • 06/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ball State is incredibly safe. The campus police are great and emergency phones are easy to find. Ball State is located in the middle of fields, so there is definitely no threat like there is in the city.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is important to many on campus. There are both fraternities and sororities available. However, sorority girls cannot live with each other.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs, especially considering the size of the campus. There is something for everyone whether you enjoy dressing up as animals, volleyball, or swing dancing.

    Great for these types of students

    Ball State's teaching college, architecture college, and business school are really great.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are several statues located on campus that are essential to being at Ball State. The statue that welcomes you to campus, Benny, is said to flap her wings at midnight if you kiss your true love under her. There is also the naked lady, a statue located within the library, that most students meet at for group projects.

    Bang for the buck

    Being an out of state student, I would have been able to get a better deal elsewhere. Despite the beautiful campus and the great education, it is very difficult for me to pay for schooling

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things to do for fun including various clubs and organizations, sports, and various events held on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Ball State is very good! It does get a little bit repetitive after a while, but there are many places in which to dine. The dining hall workers are friendly and they do their best to get you yummy food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm I was in was fairly new and state of the art. It was beautiful and the residents were very friendly. However, not all of the dorms are quite this nice. But most people tend to love the other residents.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I take here are definitely more difficult than those I faced in high school. I have to study frequently but I also feel as if I am learning much more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to talk to strangers! Every at Ball State is incredibly friendly and you will need a good support group to get you through the long nights of studying. Also, be sure to talk with your professors. Often times, if you are a good student, they will give you slight extensions on projects.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University has a beautiful campus full of friendly people. The professors are great and there are a variety of majors to choose from. However, the tuition is quite high for out of state students.

  • 06/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is not the greatest as it is at other schools, but it is definitely a great fit for people who want to do something different and get involved. A lot of the sororities and fraternities are making large steps to become better every year.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a fountain near the middle of campus with a statue of a little girl holding frogs, her name is Frog Baby. During finals week, if you want good luck on your finals, one is supposed to jump in the fountain and rub Frog Baby's nose for good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you put into it. short and sweet.

    What to do for fun

    Under 21 one can hang out around campus, in clubs, or join the greek life. Enjoy free movies every Friday night at Pruis, and free food, games, and entertainment Saturday nights at Late Nite. Over 21, there are a plethora of bars in the village for one to enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing dinning halls, plenty of choices to choose from. You can literally go any where on campus and find something different to eat and be thoroughly happy and satisfied with any craving you have.

    Dorm Life

    If you get out of your dorm bed and meet people it is really great, for Freshmen. Once your a sophomore then the dorms are not such a friendly place unless you have a lot of people in your dorm/ hall.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the professor and what the student wishes to get out of the class. You can either learn a lot from Ball State's Education Redefined or you can mock it with every failed redefined attempt they throw at you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of campus both by yourself and on a guided tour and see how you like it. The guided tours generally take you in a wide loop of campus to make it seem bigger but you can get anywhere on campus in 10 minute or less. If you end up going to Ball State get out of your dorm and join things, it makes the college experience ten thousand times better.

    In three sentences

    Ball State university is the perfect sized campus and classrooms, having both large lectures and small classes. The class options could be more diverse but there is generally something for everyone. There is little wrong with Ball State besides the fact that it is in the middle of no where.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I love the meal plan ideas. It makes it easy to always have a meal if money becomes tight, Cardinal Cash.

    Dorm Life

    I will be staying off campus in an apartment since I came in as a senior status. The apartment I have is very nice and close to campus. There is also free shuttle service to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I just started this semester so I am unsure how quickly the program goes.

    Tips for prospective students

    I cannot speak for freshman, but for transfer students. My only tip would be get in a soon as possible in the spring because it is a long process for the application and transferring credits as well as seeing your advisor, who transfers your remaining credits.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is a good schools. However I have had many problems with my advisors, I have seen three different ones and still I signed myself up for classes. There has been little guidance for me as a transfers student.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I would say that campus is pretty safe and that the one push buttons that call campus PD for emergencies are very comfortable.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Here at Ball State we have one unusual tradition where we have a gum tree. It is said years before there were a few professors who did not like students chewing gum in their classroom so what students would do was stick their piece of gum on a tree. That tree is located between the woodworth parking garage and a auditorium.

    Bang for the buck

    I would recommend going to the T.I.S bookstore not only for the less pricier books but because they have amazing deals for Ball State apparel.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things that can be done for fun. I personally enjoyed playing sand volleyball and doing so many things at the rec center such as playing basketball and football. The student center also has billiards and bowling in the basement which can be very fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food can be really great here and I would say that woodworth is the best place to eat at. All the other dining locations are pretty good as well but the food overall can become repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great but it will all vary on how well you interact with others and participate in hall activities. I would suggest leaving your door open and introducing yourself to other students who have their doors open.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is not to difficult as long as the student does what is asked of them to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    I'd suggest that students become very active in programs that Ball State offers so that they have the best opportunity to meet and make connections with students. It would also be very helpful for them to develop good study habits since most of their grades will come from tests and quizzes.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing place for students to gain experience of being on their own. Ball State is the perfect place for students who are not comfortable with huge campuses but also prefer not being at a small one. It is a great place for students to grow as a person and develop life skills.

  • 07/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Blue light sensor in place

    Greek Life

    Working hard to build a positive reputation.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many organizations

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Gum tree

    What to do for fun

    Sports, Clubs, Go out

    Food and Dining

    Does not support vegan diet well.

    Dorm Life

    Always something going on and easy to get involved.

    Academic Rigor

    Solid education that is affordable. Top programs in Communication, Architecture, Business, Nursing, and Education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply Visit Enjoy

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is a hidden gem. It is a medium sized school with a small school feel. Education truly is redefined at Ball State.

  • 07/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Of course, what is college without a little fun! There are sometimes concerts and special events at the campus such as David Letterman (This year he brought Oprah with him), Fun, and Westside Story. Also I have been to the Muncie Mall many times throughout my Freshman year and nearby our school me and my friends have taken trips to the Steak and Shake, Ihop, and Sunrise Cafe just for fun! However, this university, is in the town of Muncie so there is not too much nightlife as opposed to going to a university in big cities like New York or Chicago. Of course, some people try to find parties and others who are legal can go to the bars for fun. Sometimes fun is just hanging with your friends in the dorm on a Friday night and watching a few scary movies or playing Cards Against Humanities. Even though there is not always everything to do in Muncie, usually we find something to do!

    Food and Dining

    Before going to Ball State, I had no idea that the food was going to be so good. Of course, the food is not steak and sea food every day, but you have so many options throughout the campus. Inside Noyer, you have a regular food court as well as Woodworth. However, when you go into the student center there are chains such as Taco Bell and Starbucks, in the work out center, they have a Quiznos, and also on campus in a made for a campus chick-fil-a. This is not even counting the village food such as Subway, Jimmy Johns, Pita Pit, Insomnia Cookies, etc.

    Dorm Life

    I have only experienced living in Noyer. Noyer is split into 4 wings (Howick, Klipple, Baker, and Williams). My Freshman year, I got put into Howick and absolutely loved it! The entire hall was very social and even though there was no air conditioning/semi-private bathrooms, I definitely felt the togetherness. The second semester I decided to move to room with my friend in Baker. This dorm had air conditioning/semi-private bathrooms. I still really liked the experience up there and made some friends, but the hall never felt as social as Howick. One of the many great things about Ball State is that there are many different dorm options. You've got the mostly Freshman dorm that a lot of first years stay in called Lafollette, you've got the dorm that could almost work as a hotel called Kinghorn, A all girls dorm known as Woodworth, the two stus that are just stus, and more! Next year I am planning on living is Stuwest and am hoping to enjoy that option.

    Academic Rigor

    For any college, the challenge in academics depends on your major. Pre-med is most likely way harder and time consuming then say dance. However, I do feel like a lot of the teachers do try to challenge and get the students to understand the knowledge. This might not be the hardest school, but you do end up learning a lot!

    Tips for prospective students

    The great thing about Ball State is that the campus is relatively small and easy to figure out. However, some of the most important tips that I would tell prospective students would be: to wait until the first week of class to figure out your book situation so that your teacher can give you the heads up, try not to schedule 8 am labs (terrible mistake!), go to most of your classes, and of course get involved!

    In three sentences

    There is a lot of diversity. Therefore, Ball State is a place to explore. Through this exploration, one finds meaning.

  • 07/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    With every campus comes dangers and threats, Ball State has excellent security and has one of the safest campus' in the state of Indiana.

    Clubs and Activities

    Offers honestly everything under the sun, come on, Quidditch? Thats when you know everything has been found.

    Great for these types of students

    There is no student that could not mesh well with Ball State, when I find one, you'll be the first to know.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Theres the Zombie Walk, where people get green arm bands and go around turning students into zombies, actually really entertaining.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is moderate, still high, but more so moderate than other universities.

    What to do for fun

    The city of Muncie has everything to do, they have a mall, movie theaters and a ton of restaurants to go to on date night. There always seems to be a game going rather Football, Rugby, Baseball, Quidditch from Harry Potter. There is plenty of entertainment to keep everyone busy and at their toes.

    Food and Dining

    The campus has everything to chose from, from classic American foods to Chinese dishes, Ball State has the best campus food options. They even have Chick-Fil-A, Sabaro Italian, Starbucks, and even Taco Bell.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are okay, but each one is nicer and nicer than the other, so its luck of the draw. Personally, if given the option, would never dorm again.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, the college will make you succeed and they offer enough classes to take to go for any degree, even a degree you can't receive at the school and have to transfer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even when the classes seem to be to challenging, don't lose focus, the professors are always there to help you and even classmates make great study partners. Stay focused and be prepared for everything.

    In three sentences

    Student oriented, and educationally focused, Ball State University, works on making a tremendous impact on the daily life of a student. With an enjoyable campus with excellent degree options available and a small piece of everything, Ball State is one of the best. Students can make life long friends and a life full of passion in their degrees that Ball State helped them accomplish.

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    They food was really good! My friends and I enjoyed it.

    Dorm Life

    I heard it isn't great, but what dorm life is?

    Academic Rigor

    It seems to be rigourous, but not to the point where you no longer have a life!

    In three sentences

    It seems to be an excellent school. We have been in contact since my freshman year of high school, and unlike most colleges, they've never broke it. They take AP Credits, have a beautiful campus, great school spirit and great aceemics!

  • 07/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus, just watch walking around at night alone or anywhere right off campus. ALWAYS have a buddy system.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is HUGE Delta Kappa has the sweetest girls!

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek life is HUGE. Circle K International - college level of Key Club - volunteer group. Ball Bearings Magazine - 4 prints a year, always welcoming newcomers The Daily News Paper - fast pace - every day news on and off campus, always welcoming new comers. Get involved!! There are tons of clubs and activities to join!

    Great for these types of students

    Good study areas in the library - can rent out private rooms. If you need a laptop pronto rent from the library

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go visit Benny with your love interest and see if her wings move if it's meant to be. Visit Frog Baby and the whispering wall both by the library.

    Bang for the buck

    China Express in the Village is a big hit. Rent free movies and cds from the library. RENT your books! saves a ton of money! MITS bus is FREE!! Take advantage. FREE Movie nights at Pruis Hall on Friday nights.

    What to do for fun

    Partying is a big part of college life. If not into that, Late Night for free activities and food. Take the MITS bus and discover new things. Go to sports games. Explore campus.

    Food and Dining

    Student Center and Woodworth are top picks for places to eat on campus. Atrium falls right behind. Noyer is just okay....La Follette is mostly convenience store type food. There are more places but they are more spread out from Kinghorn to Elliot to Quiznos in the fitness building.

    Dorm Life

    Be open as possible. Remember that you will be sharing with others. The bonds you make will last for a long, long time.

    Academic Rigor

    If you stay on top of all of your work you'll be set. Don't fall behind because it is hard to catch up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded. Visit Frog Baby, the Whispering Wall and Benny. Check out our library. Don't be afraid to ask questions. If you do choose Ball State: Be sure to know your way around. Make as many friends as possible, they will be your future links in your careers. Be open minded to new things. STUDY whenever there is a chance. Don't underestimate any class. Learn a timed schedule for your personal preference.

    In three sentences

    Ball State has a very beautiful campus. The classes are challenging. It's a great place to get a college degree.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    University Police is very well organized at Ball State and should be taken very seriously. Excise Police are a part of the state police and can also be found on the weekends or at football games cracking down on underage drinking. Blue lights stationed around campus immediately call the closest UPD officer, who can be there in as little as 5 minutes. All residence halls must be entered by swiping student IDs and guests must be registered overnight, and there is constant surveillance in the halls and around campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a small percentage of Ball State students for itâ??s size: only 12%, but itâ??s constantly gaining new charters and establishing new colonies. They are very active in Homecoming, Greek Week, Greek Games, and Dance Marathon. Riverside Avenue is our Greek Row and itâ??s mostly fraternity houses, with a few sorority houses that only house a few girls. Greeks at Ball State pride themselves on the highest GPA on campus and their community service work.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many intramural, club and varsity sports, including a very good Quidditch team! We have everything from a student run newspaper and radio station to multiple television shows to a Humans vs. Zombies club. The brand new Student Recreation and Wellness Center has a rock climbing wall, indoor track, pool, instructional classes, and an outdoor activities department that is always planning outings and renting equipment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ball State has a well-established Homecoming Week that includes the lip syncing competition Air Jam, mattress races down Riverside Avenue and impressive tail-gating. Every year since Iâ??ve attended Ball State, David Letterman has visited campus with a guest speaker to discuss communications and have a conversation with them in front of a Ball State audience: this year it was Oprah Winfrey!

    Bang for the buck

    Muncie is a cheap town to live in, so students can escape too much debt, and it is a public university, so Ball State is pretty affordable. On-campus jobs are readily available, and the Midwest-state exchange program helps me out a lot.

    What to do for fun

    University Program Board puts on events year round, including Friday Night Filmworks, which screens theater releases every friday night in Pruis Hall. Late Nite every Saturday has movies, music, activities, inflatables, and fun in the Student Center. Really, if any student says they have nothing to do at Ball State, they're trying to not have fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are 11 dining locations on campus, including Jamba Juice and three different buffets. Dining is very accommodating to dietary restrictions and are always having fun things like midnight breakfasts during finals week. Many students love the chef prepared lunches at the Student Center Tally Court that even have their own facebook page.

    Dorm Life

    Iâ??m an employee in HRL so I canâ??t say much butâ?¦my freshman year in the Lafollette Complex was the best year of my life. The friends and connections I made there will last for life. While many students move off after sophomore year to save money, everyone should live there freshman year at least: great support system and the staff go out of their way to make the halls a home.

    Academic Rigor

    I went to a very competitive high school and after AP tests and some credits earned, I felt very far ahead of my Hoosier classmates. But then I had more time to take on minors and get deep into those studies. For example, minors in Urban Planning and Historic Preservation I might not have otherwise had time for if I had a bigger course load.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry if you haven't picked out a major, the Testing Center provides many free tests such as Myers-Briggs, which comes with a free counseling appointment to talk about the results. The Counseling Center is a great example of how Ball State is so accommodating and there is a place for everyone: Safezone training, couples counseling, children of divorce counseling, and a relaxation room complete with a massage chair. There is always something to do on campus: whether itâ??s Dance Marathon, Greek Games, Hall Wars, 24 Hours of Service or Fall Fest, you never have an excuse to be bored at Ball State.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is an excellent university that prides itself on itâ??s immersive learning, innovative education and it's strong programs. While it is mostly Indiana students, it attracts many international students with the excellent business, nursing, teaching, architecture and planning and communications schools. It is the most welcoming and beautiful campus I've ever seen!

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe campus, has alerts sent to you by text and by email. very convenient and safe. They also have panels that you can press in the roads in case you need help. Rate it a 4 because I feel safe around campus, and know that my life isn't jeopardized.

    Greek Life

    they have 8 different organizations more frats than anything but that's about all I know. 80% of students on campus are not Greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    They get you involved their are plenty of different clubs to do. ranging from scuba diving to knitting club soooooo much you can do, and if it's not available you can make the club with three other people Martial arts club international club Music acapella groups etc ect

    Great for these types of students

    Majors in Tele communications Music/art graphic design Architecture Criminal Justice Education

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Zombies vs. Aliens running around on campus playing tagg or something like that

    Bang for the buck

    If you are looking for an education degree, music degree, Tele communications, Architect,Criminal Justice, then this is an excellent choice. They are really helpful in all of these careers. They also have a lot more they offer and are great programs, but I believe if you have any concentration in the above careers, you are looking a an excellent choice. For the money you pay this is what you should go in to. Other programs can be cheaper at other universities, and thus save you money.

    What to do for fun

    for fun I intend to do -late night which is run every Saturday (theme event) -sing -dance -bowling

    Food and Dining

    I scored them a 3 because again, the cost is too much. You have to get a meal plan when you are in a dorm, which can get costly. It would be nice to have other alternatives. They do have quality food, but often become old and because you have a certain amount of money each day, you have to use it. If you don't the money disappears. Maybe having a roll-over system would be nice for students that don't use their money every day.

    Dorm Life

    They dorms are clean and nicely arranged, but the cost is a lot. The reason I gave them a 3 is also because if you have allergies and need a AC you must pay for it yourself, and in other universities they are provided for those students. They also have a great system to establish when lights are out/when the halls should be quiet. This allows the students to participate and put forth their opinions. Guests are also allowed until 12 midnight which is pretty neat. you also have to live on campus your first year so be prepared.

    Academic Rigor

    I give them a three because it's only as difficult as you make it. Ball State has high standards but students are very capable of achieving that goal they set. Students are capable of going even beyond that and BSU offers challenging courses that will gear you up for your potential career that is ahead of you. They also have immerse learning, and tier steps to every school yr. This helps you get the feel of college which is also very helpful. I feel that they take helping students seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    *budget your money *be prepared to be challenged * Ball State has high standards *be prepared at orientation to be given a lot of information * do your research * attend Accelerate Program or summer program to get you involved

    In three sentences

    Great professors prepare you for the real world

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is endless possibilities for having fun at Ball State. If you are athletic and like sports then you will love the Recreation Center. I find myself in there everyday.

    Food and Dining

    The food can be great, or it can be rather lackluster. Noyer Hall is the best place to eat on campus. They also have a buffet that serves some killer breakfast.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Studebaker East for my freshman year, and every person I met on my floor are now very good friends of mine. Go knock on peoples doors and introduce yourself. You never know who you may meet.

    Academic Rigor

    For my first year I felt the prerequisite classes were easy. Although, some tests I found to be challenging. Study hard for all of your classes and you will be just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the campus like the back of your hand, so you can find the quickest way to get from class to class. Get involved in as much as you can to build up that resume! Meet as many new people as possible.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is a highly technological, up-and-coming college in Indiana. I find it very easy to get around because it is a smaller school. And lastly, the people you meet there are great - everyone is friendly.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus at Ball state.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs at BSU are great, they are all very interactive with the students and help get students involved.

    Great for these types of students

    The biggest schools at BSU are the architecture and education schools. BSU is great for education majors, and it has one of the best schools for architecture in the state. People come from all over the country to attend our architecture school. The art program is also very good.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Frog Baby is a fountain right outside of the library, and it is one of the trademarks on campus. She is frequently photographed and tends to wear scarves in the winter. The gum tree is a tree behind the library that students have put their chewed gum on for years. It is gross if you think about it, but its cool to contribute to the tradition. The Bell Tower is a frequent meeting spot for students on campus, its the biggest landmark of Ball State.

    Bang for the buck

    As a junior I have seen a very good return when it comes to how much money I spend at school. I am getting a great education and living in a nice house.

    What to do for fun

    So many things! Walk around the beautiful campus, rock climb at the rec center, join a club, or just hangout in the quad. Ball State has so many activities!

    Food and Dining

    The food courts, like any food courts, aren't the best. But if you are willing to walk across campus you can have a wide variety of food options. The only bad thing was the food points system.. It was very confusing and inconvenient.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in the dorms, I lived in Lafollette my freshman year and it was great. It wasn't the best accommodations, but it really gives you the feel for what college is like. You meet great people and make life long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Stay focused your freshman year, it may be a little intimidating at first, but stick to your studies! Don't get distracted by the social life college brings.

    Tips for prospective students

    The only tip I can give is to not be shy! Make friends early and join clubs on campus. Don't be afraid to ask your professors questions. Also, avoid the Lafollette food court.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school with a beautiful campus. The professors and academic supervisors are all very helpful and are genuinely interested in the success of their students. The clubs on campus are all very interactive and very beneficial for students.

  • 07/26/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Ball State has hundreds of groups, clubs, and other activities for students to get involved in and have fun. Muncie is a great college town.

    Food and Dining

    Food is fantastic!!!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are pretty cool.

    Academic Rigor

    The core curriculum develops well rounded students that are ready to work in the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus. My visit to Ball State's campus increased my desire to attend this great school.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is a school that values the students. It provides academic courses to shape well rounded graduates and

  • 08/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    With over 150 clubs and organizations, plus the chance to make your own, Ball State is bustling entertainment and learning experiences. There's even a Quidditch team, and they're pretty good!

    What to do for fun

    JOIN CLUBS! There are a LOT of clubs and organizations on campus. Don't have one you like? You can make your own! All you need is a few friends and a faculty member to support you and you've got your own club. The bus will take you just about anywhere: Football games, Muncie Mall, Wal-Mart, Target, etc.

    Food and Dining

    From all-you-can-eat buffets to pizza the size of your head, Ball State's food ceases to amaze. They've got everything from authentic Italian food to a cookie shop just off campus that delivers at two in the morning.

    Dorm Life

    The dormitory I reside in, Shales Hall, is the perfect size for my roommate and I. They come well equipped with desks, chairs, closet, lights, beds, and a wardrobe. Some of the dorms are bunk-able and stackable, creating an enormous amount of space for you and your roommate!

    Academic Rigor

    I couldn't be more pleased with the standards of teaching at Ball State. Teachers go BEYOND lectures; they get you involved! I have yet to find a teacher I don't like. Within my few weeks here, I have learned a small chunk of what's to come from my future here at Ball State.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Know your way around campus. 2.USE THE BUS. It's free, it's convenient, it's fast. 3.Go to class! 4.Join an organization or two; it'll make the college experience that much better.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is an absolutely STUPENDOUS place to study. I couldn't be more pleased with the campus, students, teachers. food, and the list goes on and on. If you are even considering Ball State, I would recommend you come have a campus tour.

  • 08/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Distance (Online) education for sure. The Sports are good too, if you're into that

    Bang for the buck

    When you see the mind boggling prices of universities, you will realize that this school is by far one of the best schools that give you a bang for your buck. It doesn't burn TOO big of a hole in your pocket, which is a definite plus. I would highly recommend everyone to give Ball State a try!

    What to do for fun

    There is ALWAYS something to do, someone to see, somewhere to go. Tons of free activities are available, like concerts and sports games! They also have countless clubs/extracurricular activities!

    Food and Dining

    They have an excellent menu

    Dorm Life

    Personally I wouldn't know since I am taking online classes through home, but I've never heard a bad thing about them.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult, but not hard to get through; they're actually fun! They require a lot of time, effort, and studying. It is so worth it though!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest that you take a tour of the campus - it's beautiful. Also, it's a pretty large school, so be prepared to be completely immersed in a culture that you've never seen before.

    In three sentences

    Ball State was my last chance for attending a good university my Freshman year, because I needed to take online classes to accommodate my newborn baby. Their prices are very low, their professors extremely knowledgeable and easy to get a hold of, and the classes are actually FUN! I love Ball State.

  • 09/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I am a part of the Daily News, which is the school's newspaper staff. Being a photojournalism major, this opportunity gives me experience in the field without even leaving campus!

    Great for these types of students

    Ball State offers a phenomenal journalism and communications program, so students considering these majors should look more into the school!

    What to do for fun

    The University offers many programs on the weekends to keep students living on campus busy. There is a movie shown every Friday night, which is a popular activity. Also, they offer LateNite, which is an event held every Saturday night which features inflatables, food, music, dancing, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    I love the food here! There are so many options to choose from, and it's easy to try something different every day. My favorite option is the variety of different sandwiches, which you can buy premade or custom made. There are many well known food services here such as Chick Fil A, Taco Bell, Sbarro, and many more.

    Dorm Life

    Despite what I have heard from other students, the dorm life here is not bad. I live in a freshman dorm, which has been giving a bad reputation in the past. However, when I moved in I was surprised to learn that the dorm room was much bigger than I expected! The only downside would be no air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm only a first semester freshman, so my classes are not difficult so far. As long as you keep up with the work assigned, you should have no trouble at all!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the opportunities that are offered on campus. It's a great way to meet people and make new friends!

    In three sentences

    I love it here at Ball State so far! Everyone I've met is very nice and my classes are very interesting. Not to mention the campus is BEAUTIFUL!

  • 09/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many activities offered on campus for fun. An example includes a free movie night for students that want to view movies that have not yet been released on DVD. We also have tailgate parties before home football games.

    Food and Dining

    There are many food facility choices as well as food item choices on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Laffolette Complex and I love it. The facility is well-maintained and clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Ball State University offers many courses in numerous fields. All courses are challenging, yet manageable if time is utilized properly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always attend your classes, make time for studying, and have fun!

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is very welcoming. It is very diverse. It also has many free and available resources open to students.

  • 09/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police as well as Muncie police that are on patrol near and on Ball State's campus. There are also many emergency lights on sidewalks. There is also a Charlie Cab service that can pick you up from a late class, from parking your car at the football stadium, from ah-em, parties; basically you can be picked up from anywhere if you're not comfortable walking back to your hall. Oh, and it's free! The campus police can also pick you up from anywhere if you do not feel comfortable. Be cautious when walking alone, and when in doubt, if you don't feel comfortable somewhere (like the Village) leave with a group.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's quite a variety of clubs and sports you can be involved in - BSU Quidditch, service groups, language clubs, intramurals, club sports, storm chasing!

    Great for these types of students

    Not great for commuters (or so I've heard). For anyone looking for a fresh start out of high school, anyone anting to bond with fellow classmates in class or in your hall, students looking for tradition and new things, and a bang for your buck!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp! The Naked Lady is a meeting place in Bracken Library. Frog Baby statue. Beneficence - the symbol for Ball State University, or Benny The Atrium, Arts & Journalism building, David Letterman Building, and Robert Bell building are all connected on the inside. The Cow Path

    Bang for the buck

    Ball State has a lot of free things -- tickets to football games, library book and DVD lending, library databases, fun programs, clubs, etc., that are included in your tuition. Use anything available, because it's part of your tuition!

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things the university puts on for you to have fun. Every Saturday, there is a Late Night program with different themes, and they always have free food. Each season has different events, and many associations put on different things to go to. There is also The Village right outside of Ball State. They have a coffee place and restaurant, but otherwise the street is under construction until 2015.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining here at Ball State has a lot of variety and options. For any hall you're in, there will either be dining in your building or very close to you. You get a lot of food for each meal swipe, and customize your own plan. Ball State's food plan is diverse, but all options are somewhat pricey.

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely love living in a dorm! I met my roommate online during the summer before I left, and we clicked and agreed to be roommates. If you think you're disorganized at home, college will whip you into shape. It's a small place to live, and you have to stay on top of things.

    Academic Rigor

    As an Honors student, I expect harder classes, but as long as you put in hard work and have study sessions, you can succeed. You have to put in what you want out of the class -- and every teacher is different.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would encourage looking around the internet for cheaper book prices; bookstores at any college can be expensive. Also, in your first few classes, introduce yourself to people around you -- they could be the study group that saves your grade in a class!

    In three sentences

    Ball Sate University is a traditional university, yet very advanced in their technology. The teachers here take pride in Ball State, and there is always something to do! It's a great fit for a lot of people.

  • 10/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of clubs. I met my other friends from joining different clubs. My school's program board is fantastic. They sponsor events every week that are free for students and actually pretty fun. They love to give out t-shirts and pizza, so if nothing else, there's always that.

    Food and Dining

    There are salad bars everywhere, so eating healthy is very accessible. I wish they'd keep the shelves stocked a little better though.

    Dorm Life

    My roommate is the closest thing I've ever had to a twin sister. I met almost all of my best friends in my dorm. My whole social life is wrapped around the girls from my dorm hall and I love it.

    Academic Rigor

    A few core classes are unnecessarily difficult to get a good grades in. A lot of first and second year sciences are designed to kick you out of your science major, so You need to study a lot more than you might think.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be in the Atrium around noon on Fridays at least sometimes. Ask about the building codes. Play in Frogbaby at least once.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is the place I fit in. I love the studious atmosphere of my classes yet the laid back pace of popular hang-outs. Maybe there are a few things I'd rather change, but there's no where else I'd rather be.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. I really don't have any worries.

    Greek Life

    I don't belong to any Greek Life, however, they do a lot of great services for people.

    Clubs and Activities

    Intramurals are huge for me, but there are hundreds of things to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    This is great for any type of student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite place to go and watch people is at the Scramble Light. There is always something going on there, and it's usually something out of the ordinary.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm beginning to finally understand what people mean when they say college is the best time of your life. I love my freedom.

    What to do for fun

    I do play intramural basketball because that is my passion. I hang out with my friends and love to go to sporting events with them. The atmosphere is awesome.

    Food and Dining

    I do eat on campus most of the time between classes. I love the choices of food and the many places you can go.

    Dorm Life

    I commuted my first year because of financial issues. I would really recommend staying in the dorms because of all the friends you are going to make. It also keeps you involved with the college life and all the activities that Ball State has to offer.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't think you can come into college and wing it. It's not like high school. A lot more is expected out of you and you better put forth the effort. College is expensive so you better get it right the first time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Fill our many, many scholarships and financial aid. Do many community service projects. This will help when filling out applications to college. Get involved right away with whatever interestes you.

    In three sentences

    So far, Ball State has been a great experience for me. My professors seem willing to help beyond class hours. My freshman academic advisor is amazingingly helpful.

  • 11/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although Ball State is ranked #11 of America's most unsafe campuses, I feel very safe on campus. There are emergency buttons located all over campus and a cop will be there within 30 seconds if you push the button.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students of all ethnicities. There is some one here for everyone

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely paying for the experience. However the experience is more then worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Meet people! One of the best things at Ball State are the great people that come with it. Also make use of your Rec privelages to fight that freshman 15; gym memberships aren't cheap!

    Food and Dining

    The food is excellent. You can get anything from Sushi to mashed potatoes and gravy. Whatever food you're craving Ball State has to offer.

    Dorm Life

    The atmosphere of the dorms is awesome! The only downside to the dorms are that my dorm did not have air conditioning, however that was only a problem at the beginning of the year.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics might be one of my favorite parts. Since we have immersive learning, we are able to learn hands on; which I believe will help me in my future career.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would absolutely recommend Ball State to prospective students. Some advice would be to keep your mind open to all of the wonderful things Ball State has to offer.

    In three sentences

    I love everything about Ball State. The atmosphere, the people, I have yet to find a downfall. It truly is what you make it.

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You have to use your ID to swipe in almost everywhere in your dorm so fairly safe

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Late night: different themes every weekend, always FREE pizza and FREE for BSU students

    Bang for the buck

    Too expensive and not very diverse. Great school, not for me.

    What to do for fun

    They have late night every Saturday and they have movies on Fridays and Tuesdays

    Food and Dining

    The food is good but you do get tired of it sometimes, always free papa johns pizza at events!

    Dorm Life

    Fairly small dorms depending on where you live and most have public bathrooms and showers as well as no air conditioning during the summer. Many have nice dining halls in them or near them. Just depends on where you live!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but many tutoring and learning labs are available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before choosing a college BE SURE that it is somewhere you think you will fit in and somewhere you will like. Also be aware of tuition costs and apply for as many scholarships, especially if you are an out of state student! Best Wishes

    In three sentences

    Ball State has a very beautiful campus. Many activities but lacks diversity. Although the classes are challenging they offer many tutoring opportunities and learning centers.

  • 11/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is probably the best thing about this university. There are so many food courts on campus, with different and unique food in each one, that it's impossible to ever say you can't find anything to eat. It's very diverse, which is great.

    Dorm Life

    When I first moved in, I actually loved living in the dorm. As time went on, I quickly changed my mind and began to have a hard time living on campus. I lived about three hours away, so part of it was homesickness. However, my room was always freezing, even in the winter. The heating never kicked on, despite the fact that I looked at the furnace and even reported it to the front desk. Also, other students living in the hall liked to ignore quiet hours, which was a pain if you wanted to get some sleep or needed to study. Otherwise, my overall experience was pretty bad.

    Academic Rigor

    I found that some classes were fairly easy and were a cake walk to pass. Some classes had fairly picky professors that made it a struggle in class. About half of my professors were decent and opened to helping out, and some gave off the vibe that they didn't feel like helping.

    In three sentences

    I personally had a hard time here on campus. Mostly because there isn't much to do and the people I've encountered aren't that friendly. The university is clean and nice, though.

  • 11/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Tailgate

    In three sentences

    Currently at Ball State University in their nursing program. Profs and instructors are excellent and very personable, have always helped with all issues I've come across. As for the nursing administration, not so much, they have been extremely rude to me and unhelpful despite their mistake in my scheduling resulting in the situation I'm in. BSU is a great school but the administration is spotty.

  • 12/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there are blue police boxes (no - not a tardis, sorry.) all over campus.

    Greek Life

    overrated.

    Clubs and Activities

    LOTS OF OPTIONS!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who don't want to put in very much effort and still succeed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I like the whisper wall, where you can whisper into one side and hear it at the other. Its an architectural thing, I don't know, they showed me it at orientation. Also, there's Frog Baby, where people go kiss or rub her nose for good luck before exams.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is overpriced and doesn't want to help you with finances.

    What to do for fun

    There are always things to do, and it is easy to pick up plans every day.

    Food and Dining

    When I do eat on campus, the food is very delicious and there is a wide array of options.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home and commute, so I can't really speak on this.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't feel very challenged here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't sleep in. Vacation time and Sunday mornings are meant for sleeping in; not during your geography lecture.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is a wonderful university full of different opportunities. There are many chances to make friends and many more to become involved. The professors are well-knowledgable on their focused topic.

  • 12/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ball State is very safe. I'm never afraid to walk around campus alone, even at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    I love being busy, and there are loads of clubs to join, like Pokemon Trainer's Union and Yu-gi-o, or others for T-comm majors, NREM majors. We have Greek Life too.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You have to visit Benny and Frog Baby (two statues on campus). Also during football games all the students chrip during our 3rd downs. Go Cards!!

    What to do for fun

    I love to go to football games, and I've joined several clubs around campus too. I like to go to the mall or just hang out with friends in the dorm lounges. One of the buildings here on campus has a bowling alley in it, so I like to go there on Saturday nights.

    Food and Dining

    I LOVE the food!! There are lots of different places to eat, and lots of yummy foods!!

    Dorm Life

    I'm not very social in my dorm because I'm rarely here. I have lots of friends, but in different dorms. I do love my room though, and my roommate and R.A. are cool too.

    Academic Rigor

    I think BSU is pretty rigorous, but since I'm taking lots of science classes that's probably why. They like to challenge you here, but there's always help available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be careful about where your classes are located, and how much time you have to get there. Ball State has a pretty big campus, but its a mostly walking one. You don't want to have to run from class to class to avoid being late.

    In three sentences

    I love it here. Although Muncie is a boring place, there's a lots of amazing people on campus. BSU is a great school to attend.

  • 12/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. There are little blue lights that indicate emergency buttons across campus. Still, I do not recommend walking alone at 3 o'clock in the morning.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have everything and anything, such as Quidditch.

    Great for these types of students

    Its a great nursing school, teaching school, and architecture and design school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a zombie walk I stumble on around Halloween. On Halloween night, the Drama students preform Rocky. Homecoming is a lot of fun, and there is a huge meal on one day of the week. They have a thanksgiving meal before break. Happy Friday Guy comes running around every friday screaming happy Friday!

    What to do for fun

    There are events going on all the time. In emens, I have seen Jason Mraz, Hunter Hayes, and a few magicians. They have also hosted Martina McBride, David Letterman, and many other well known and established men and women. The Recreational Center offers mountain climbing, swimming, a track, basketball, volleyball, racket ball, and other sports. At one point they hosted a rollerblading night. There is also Late Night on Saturday. They have different theme each week and different activities ranging from bouncing houses and sing offs. On Friday nights, there is always a movie that hasn't been released on DVD yet playing in Pruis Hall. There are also a variety of shops in the village, the best one is Insomnia cookie place.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very tasty, but it does get old from time to time. The always have sandwiches, salads, pizza, pasta, and home style section that varies. In my opinion, Woodworth has the best stir fry, the Atrium has the best sandwiches, Noyer has the best buffet, and the Student center has the best salad. There also is Taco Bell and Jamba Juice.

    Dorm Life

    I love dorm life. I love my roommate, and I love the people in my hall. I live in DeHority Hall and everyone is extremely nice. The building itself is relatively new and nice as well. There are eight or six people to a bathroom that are cleaned weekly. The kitchenettes are wonderful places to cook or study. I am also a fan of the study lounge. Its usually quiet and good for people watching. I will definitely be coming back to live here next year

    Academic Rigor

    It will depend on the classes you take and the professors you get, but each one is challenging in its own sense. I am in the Honors College, but that does not mean that the classes are harder. These classes are more discussion based and are taught however the professor sees it fit.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, I encourage you to use go the activities fair and sign up for everything that interests you. You may or may not actually get involved with it, but they will send you emails and it is an excellent way to meet people. Always make time to study and time to hang out with friends. Do not be afraid to befriend people from other floors and other buildings. Always leave your door open when you are in your dorm. Ball State is a very friendly campus.

    In three sentences

    All in all, Ball State is an excellent university that throughly encourages immersive learning. The campus itself is only a ten to fifteen walk from one end to the other, and it is very beautiful in the fall months. The academics are top notch, but there are also a variety if activities offered that help stimulate fun, such as Late Night, Clubs, and free weekly movies at Pruis Hall.

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are many locations to choose from. There is a Starbucks, Taco Bell, Sabarro, Jamba Juice, and Chickfila! There are also many options for different dietary needs- vegetarian, vegan, allergies.

    Dorm Life

    The newer dorms are MUCH nicer than the old dorms. The old dorms are constantly in need of some sort of maintenance.

    Academic Rigor

    The university has a core curriculum. These classes count toward your degree regardless of your major, so if you change you still have some credits. Many courses have a strong emphasis on writing.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is pretty safe here, there are these blue light things you can press that will have campus police come to you if needed.

    Greek Life

    I am not in Greek life nor am I interested in Greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many wide variety of things you could do such as Quidditch, Intramural Sports, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Nursing Majors and Teaching majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't know of any traditions, sorry

    Bang for the buck

    COLLEGE IS EXPENSIVE and I do not like how expensive it is. It is very cheap to go to college in place like Germany unlike USA

    What to do for fun

    I think it depends on the student because I like to study a lot so if there are nerds out there than yea the Library is a great place to go!

    Food and Dining

    The food is good but can get old fast and there is a lot of junk food there

    Dorm Life

    It is like a tight nit community and you can get a lot of help from students.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a hard worker but some of the professors are difficult and can affect your grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't go out to The Atrium around 11-12 because it is hectic around that time. The Library is a grand place to study especially on the 4th floor especially. Volunteering is fun but SVS is slightly disorganized Do not buy books until you need them because pst professors do not use them

    In three sentences

    I love Bracken Library and The Quad, they are exceptional for studying! The Elementary Education professors are terrific and I can't wait to be teacher! I believe that they should help students who need help to pay for college because I am nervous of being kicked out because I am afraid of not being able to pay for it.

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel like campus safety does a great job. We always get alerts as soon as something is happening on campus and it tells us were to go or what to do until the situation is resolved.

    Great for these types of students

    I think this University is set up for almost any type of student. The only type that may not work out with this school is a student that chooses not to try.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This year they made an announcement that if a certain number of students attended a football game that they would donate money to Riley's children's hospital. I thought that was a great cause.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like tuition is very reasonable and I feel like I am getting my money's worthiness the courses I have taken so far.

    What to do for fun

    I am an off campus student and I do not live in Muncie, but athletic events are always fun.

    Food and Dining

    I do not eat on campus because I do not live there, but I did eat at the cafeteria during swim camp. They offered a variety of options and the food was very good.

    Dorm Life

    I don't actually stay on campus but I did several years ago for a swimming camp. I felt the dorm rooms were adequate for college living.

    Academic Rigor

    I am currently taking graduate level courses. The professors want you to understand the information and learn new ways to do different things in your classrooms. While the courses are tough, I feel like I am learning a lot in my field.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are going as an undergraduate, the University is the perfect size with small class sizes. If you are a graduate student the online classes are amazing. You can actually watch the class live and ask questions.

    In three sentences

    The professors in the Graduate Program are fantastic. The school administration was very helpful in getting me in the right program and courses I needed.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is VERY secure. The university has their own police who patrol the campus on a regular basis. There are beacons located throughout the campus as well for extreme measures. If someone is in danger or in trouble, then you have to simply find a beacon, press the button, and a policeman will show up within 2 minutes or less. Recently, there has been some criminal activity in the Muncie area, but the police handle everything in a very professional manner.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is very good. There are multiple different fraternities and sororities that are located just off the University campus. Personally, I am not a part of any of these organizations, but look to joining one soon. The opportunities of joining one of them are phenomenal!

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of different clubs and activities to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    Academic. Social. Entrepreneurs. Innovative. Creative. Artists. Dramatists. Performing Arts

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Happy Friday Guy. This guy rides around on roller skates and a rainbow mask every Friday wishing everyone a Happy Friday. This tradition is absolutely fantastic!

    Bang for the buck

    At Ball State, the rate that you pay gives you exactly what you want out of your academic career.

    What to do for fun

    Like any University, there is a lot to do. There are hundreds of different groups, clubs, and hangouts every day. On the weekend, if you are 21, you can go to the Village and have fun at the various clubs and bars there. There are house parties as well, but be careful!

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at Ball State is obviously not spectacular five-star restaurant food and dining; but it is a University, so what do you expect? That being said, the fact that it is a University and has the standard of food and dining that it does, is quite impressive to say the least. I have seen the industrial kitchens that the University is equipped with in order to cater for the VERY large demand of food and drink from the students. All of them are clean and efficient.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone that I have encountered in my dorm, LaFollette, has been warm and friendly. That is how almost anyone at Ball State University is. They are like an extension of my family now.

    Academic Rigor

    All of the classes that I have attended thus far have been lead by exceptional educators. I strongly recommend taking classes at Ball State University if you want immersive learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work Hard during the week, party hard during the weekend. Repeat.

    In three sentences

    Affordable. Convenient. Immersive Learning.

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    We have about 5 restaurants on campus plus the excellent well prepared cafeteria food. I myself have personally working in the dining area at Ball State and can say for myself that I am impressed with the food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is acceptable. I believe the dorms are really good but the roommate selection process is not.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic side of Ball State is hands down one of the best in the state of Indiana. The teachers are great and helpful. They have free tutoring for almost every class, and all of the tools are laid out to help anyone succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ball is a school for anyone, it has a large varied list of majors and the programs are very good. Coming to this school would help anyone to grow more as a student and person because Ball State challenges you to excel.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is an excellent school. This school excels in the academic and social areas. It is diverse and the staff are great.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety on campus is pretty decent, there are plenty of lights and emergency call systems/ alerts. But directly off campus there has been MANY cases of theft and violence to students at late night. Most offenders or pretty much all are locals and not students.

    Greek Life

    Is growing. In the four years I was involved we saw the percent of Greek students on campus go from about 7% to about 11% and it's still growing. Why could that be? Maybe because it is an experience of a lifetime. And once you're a member you're really in it for a lifetime.

    Clubs and Activities

    Dance Marathon. Do it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Village is getting to be a better place to eat and go out for drinks and even shop a little bit (eh, not really that much) and is close to campus. But Muncie's downtown is actually pretty awesome as well.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in campus activities. If you don't know where to start, check out the activity fair at the beginning of every semester. Don't turn up your nose to anything, especially Greek life, its not what it seems and can be the best decision you ever make. But whatever you decide to get involved in DEFINITELY check out Dance Marathon. You won't regret it.

    Food and Dining

    With a meal plan you can not only have a high variety of choices of typical cafeteria and store bought foods, but you can also get Chic-fil-A, Jamaba Juice, Taco Bell, Sabrarro, Starbucks and Quiznoes. It's pretty much amazing. The only improvement would be if they all had more extended hours but that's hard when you know a lot of the employees are students.

    Dorm Life

    I've seen how some dorms in a few other universities are and Ball State has a variation of quality in their dorms but overall it is pretty great.

    Academic Rigor

    The programs and specific colleges are really innovative.

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED IN CAMPUS ACTIVITIES. Create relationships with your instructors and your classmates. Spend time outside on campus, especially when the weather is nice, it is beautiful.

    In three sentences

    Ball state is a school that has many innovative programs yet some out of date graduation requirements. The campus is beautiful and full of life and involvement opportunities yet the city of Muncie is a bit drab and lacks culture. The staff, faculty and students are all amazing.

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Yum.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are the dorms, but locations are good and everyone is really friendly and it the same situation as you for the most part so it is easy to relate even though it is so diverse.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your work ethic and interest in major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in open minded and willing to try new things. Utilize the fresh start to make for an incredible college experience.

    In three sentences

    It a small campus but has lots of people to interact with. A ton of opportunity. The student life is entertaining.

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although there have been some crimes committed on campus, Ball State is a really safe place. The police patrol daily and most of campus is always lit up well.

    Clubs and Activities

    As i said earlier, there are numerous student organizations and activities to get involved in and you are sure to find something to your liking.

    Bang for the buck

    Ball State is not very expensive, especially for in-state students and in my opinion, an education here is worth every penny you pay. Ball State is recognized worldwide and you are sure to get a great education to prepare you for a successful future if you are willing to put the work in.

    What to do for fun

    The Recreation Center is huge and there are so many athletic activities to get involved in there. A free movie is played at Pruis Hall every Friday night. There are numerous volunteer and student organizations to be a part of. There are so many different things to do for fun here on campus, not to mention the things out in the whole Muncie community.

    Food and Dining

    I wish that we had more dining options on campus; however, the food on campus is generally pretty good. I just get tired of the same stuff after a while.

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorm life at Ball State. Everything is pretty close together on campus and it's really easy to get around. The dorm are kept up very well and the hall directors are very helpful easy to get along with.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are much easier than most, but for the most part, the classes in your major field challenge you enough to succeed in your career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! No matter what your major is, get involved in some kind of organization or activity on campus. It will make your time in college much more enjoyable. Also, do not procrastinate. It may seem okay to do it at the time, but deadlines creep up faster than you realize.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is an all-around great school to attend. You really feel at home on campus and all staff members are available for any help you need. Classes can be challenging, but they prepare you with the skills you need out in the real world.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are safety poles spread out throughout campus that allow emergency personnel to arrive at any of the locations with one push of the emergency button. The campus police patrol around all the time and they make every one feel secure. Even the Muncie Police Department patrol through campus sometimes. They also train all of the housing staff to know exactly what to do in case of an emergency and they do a great job of keeping everyone calm in any situation.

    Greek Life

    I personally am not involved in Greek Life, however, I hear that it is amazing. I've heard that there are so many different types of sororities and fraternities that when choosing which Greek Life is best, there are several different options.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over a hundred different types of clubs to join and there are so many free activities for all types of students. There are concerts that take place in Emens Auditorium. So far this year Martina McBride, Hunter Hayes, Florida Georgia Line, and many other artists have come to our campus to perform. They have a recently renovated recreation center that allows many different types of free activities that include a rock climbing wall, basketball courts, tennis courts, indoor rugby field, and many other activities. There are so many clubs that there are enough for any student to find at least one that they like. They range from a Harry Potter Quidditch club to an LBGTQ group to a chess club and many many more.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that attend Ball State University should be outgoing for all the types of clubs and activities on campus. They should also be very intelligent because that's one thing I pride myself in is that I am getting such an amazing education. Students should also be very kind because everyone hear is friendly and Ball State University feels like it's one small community. Also, students who have a desire to help others and give back to their community because Ball State' Student Volunteer Service provides so many volunteering opportunities and it always feels good helping out others.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are several unusual but must see locations on campus. One of the locations is the statue of Frog Baby. Another is the Statue of Benny. One very interesting story is about the whispering wall. One person can stand on one side of the wall and another can stand on the other end and they can whisper back and forth to one another. Being a freshman, I do not now of any traditions yet.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun. One of Ball State's organizations, UPB (University Programing Board), provides students with many free activities throughout the semester. Every Friday, UPB presents a free and relatively new movie in Pruis Hall. Every Saturday night, UPB puts together an event called Late Night and it's an event many student go to have fun. They have free bowling, crafts, inflatables, food and drinks, a movie, and many other activities that keeps everyone busy. Aside from UPB, Ball State has many things going on in campus that keep the students busy.

    Food and Dining

    The food courts at Ball State are awesome. There are so many food courts throughout camps that allows students to eat almost at any time they need to. It is so convenient. There is also a Chick-Fil-A and a Taco Bell located on campus. Every residence hall has a dining room which also makes it convenient for the students living on campus. There is such a variety within the food courts too. In Woodworth's dining hall, there is a salad bar, sandwhich station, Asian bar, pasta station, pizza place, burgers and fries location, and just about anything one could think of.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is awesome. There is so much freedom but they don't just let people run wild. I can always study in my room no matter what time of the day it is and not have to worry about people running in the hallways or yelling and screaming. The bathrooms are always clean and that is something I have grown to appreciate. The RA's put together so many activities for the students to do. They have also played movies, and games.

    Academic Rigor

    I love that I can choose the classes I want to take. They have such a wide variety of classes and majors that people can pick and choose what they want. If someone wants to take a class that will really challenge them, they can. If someone wants to take a class just to learn more information about something and see if it's something they are interested in, they can do that too. The core classes also really help students to see where they really fit in with what they want to do with their life. The classes are by no means a walk in the park but they really help students to challenge themselves. It's not like high school because here, students have to study or they will fail the class.

  • 01/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Plenty of options and variety with a bus transit through the middle of campus. Also just a short walk to the Village with more dining restaurants.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses can be difficult and some professors are very tough. There are plenty of resources for help when struggling though. Stay focused and work hard; it won't be easy but it will be worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is a whole new world from high school, remember to be thankful for the chance to receive a college education. It will take hard work, dedication, and time to do well in every course. Don't be afraid to get to know people and reach out if you need help too! College is a great way to get to know new people and meet new friends, and definitely don't forget to have fun.

    In three sentences

    An exciting student body with a beautiful campus and academics that excel above the rest. The faculty and staff are always friendly and willing to help as much as they can. Always with a happy and loving environment, this campus gives off a welcoming feel.

  • 01/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    BSU is the proud home of Frog Baby, the Naked Lady, and Beneficence. These are three famous statues on campus. Frog Baby stands holding frogs in a fountain; students often dress him in scarves and hats for the winter season. The Naked Lady resides inside Bracken Library, and she's a popular meeting spot for students. Beneficence is our logo. She is surrounded by pillars which represent the five Ball Brothers. It is said that if two lovers kiss in front of her at midnight and she flaps her wings, they are soul mates.

    What to do for fun

    The university offers many activities for students to get involved in throughout the week and on weekends. Most of these activities are free for students or at least heavily discounted. Ball State has brought a number of big names to campus, such as Martina McBride, Fun, and the Blue Man Group. Events like those may normally cost $5-$15 for students (if they aren't free!), whereas schools such as IU have charged $60+ for the same event.

    Food and Dining

    As a dining employee, I know for a fact that Ball State takes their food and dining seriously. Some of the dining locations have been recognized nationally for their great food. There is a wide selection of food tastes on campus, and the selection is still growing!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the international dorm for two years, and it was the most exciting period of my college life. I met so many great people, and learned about many different cultures. It was very refreshing to open my eyes to the world.

    Academic Rigor

    I personally felt a welcome challenge with many of my courses. I have taken a wide range of courses-from art to geography to Chinese, and I would take them all over again if I had the choice!

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the dorms for at least one year! Your freshman year of college can be scary, especially if you're like me-who moved to a new town by myself and had to make new friends. Living in the dorms allows you to meet people very easily, and there are often events held by Resident Assistants to make you feel welcome in your new home.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University has opened doors to many opportunities for me. All of the faculty and staff that I have met with within my 3 years here have gone above and beyond my expectations to make my time as a student enjoyable. The university is very tech-savvy, and they strive to make living on campus or in the Muncie community comfortable for students.

  • 02/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things to do for fun. I am in a sorority on campus so I hang out with my sisters a lot. There are always hall or floor events going on in the dorms as well as campus programs as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is amazing; which you don't hear to often about school food. There are many different choices and even many healthy choices.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life honestly isn't too bad here. The rooms are a decent size and the facilities are pretty nice as well. I obviously prefer to have my own room, but all in all it is a good experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Being a nursing major, my course work is very rigorous! Even though sometimes I get stressed out, I know it will be worth it in the end. A degree from Ball State is a degree worth having.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a college visit at least once, maybe even twice. You want to make sure this is the right place for you.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is challenging. Ball State is fun. Ball State is not too big but not too small.

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are plenty of on campus alert stations as well as campus police frequently monitoring the area.

    Greek Life

    I never gave it a shot. It is a little over rated.

    Clubs and Activities

    Outdoor Pursuits Be Here Now Dill Street Bar The Chug Locker Room Ball State Football!

    Great for these types of students

    Art Students, Communication Students, Architecture Students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tree called gum tree where students passing by put their chewing gum on the side of the tree. The students also dress up frog baby during the winter.

    Bang for the buck

    For all of the facilities provided, Ball State is very affordable and reasonable.

    What to do for fun

    Ride my bike, go to parties, and go rock climbing

    Food and Dining

    The food is average. A lot of the food is overpriced in the dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is relatively strict and there are a lot of rules. However, the facilities are typically very nice and clean.

    Academic Rigor

    I think that the art program challenges students and provides them with excellent facilities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get the 21 meal plan. Do not do the premium plan.

    In three sentences

    Ball State has an excellent art school. The classes required for freshman can be somewhat boring and non-related to your major. Ball State sports are continuing to improve.

  • 02/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of places to get food on campus. Everything is a short walk away. My favorite place to get food would be wood worth!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is decent, it really depends where you live. Lafollette really isn't the best place to live because it is the oldest building on campus. But the atmosphere is great here!

    Academic Rigor

    The work at Ball State is not too hard. It definitely depends on the class and professor you have. However, if the work is too hard there are places where you can get tutored.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learning how to manger you time is important, there can be a lot of course work and there are always events going on that can get in the way of school work. Also take advantage of your professors office hours, they can be really helpful one on one. lastly the library fourth floor is the best place to get your work done when you do not want any distractions.

    In three sentences

    Ball state is great school with a lot of great amenities. The students and faculty here are very helpful. It is very easy to do well in this school.

  • 03/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You cannot get into the living quarters without an ID. Also can not get into girls bathroom without female ID for that dorm. Emergency Blue Light phones are all around campus. Charlies Charter for when you do not want / feel uncomfortable walking.

    Greek Life

    Cannot afford it.

    Clubs and Activities

    The open up for a lot of opportunity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Gum Tree. Exactly what it sounds like.

    What to do for fun

    Parties.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, a lot of choices. It gets old after a while but that's expected.

    Dorm Life

    People get stuck in the elevators. My dorm has no AC. The bathroom sometimes floods. LaFollette complex is a joke.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but there is a lot of help offered by the school and professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are wanting a career in media this is the best school for you in the state of Indiana.

    In three sentences

    Ball State has an amazing media program. The professors are often friendly. The students are okay.

  • 03/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is alright but pretty expensive. The best place to eat is Elliott Dining, but it's on the other side of campus.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Dehority and it's new and pretty clean. Being an honors college dorm, it's pretty quiet also. My major complaint is that the rooms are literally sardine cans. There is barely any room to move your furniture around in my double room.

    Academic Rigor

    Some majors are kind of a joke. There is a teacher who teaches the same class to both BSU students and students at a gifted and talented school on campus. He has to seriously dumb down the material for the college students. The same is true for other teachers who teach the same classes at both places. General ed. is hell on Earth.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is...cute. It has some great majors, but overall I would say that it's an all around third-tier school. It does have a nice bus system, however.

  • 04/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ball State does not have the best of reputation due to the surrounding area, but the actual campus is decently safe. There are almost always police officers surrounding and keeping watch of the area, and with such a high student population it is almost gaurenteed there will always be others walking around.

    Greek Life

    Sororities do not have houses, but Fraternaties do. Sororities have suites located in the all girls dorm, Woodworth. There should be Sorority houses sometime in the next five years. If a student does not want to join greek life there is no reason to feel pressured. Everyone is welcoming.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and activities range from acedemic to physical. If a high schooler wanted to continue playing for a team at Ball State but did not make it, there are always clubs and seperate travel teams to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Artistic, talkative, friendly, intelligent, or respectable. I have never met someone who does not follow at least one of those characteristics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Happy Friday Guy is a man here on campus who rides around screaming Happy Friday to students as they walk to classes on Friday. After not seeing him for a few weeks, there emerged a Happy Monday Guy.

    Bang for the buck

    This University does a great job of making items affordable, and often there are give-aways in the Atrium. The best part is absolutely all sporting events are free. If students bring their ID's with them they swipe in and recieve rewards also.

    What to do for fun

    Late Night is an option hosted by Ball State University for those who want free pizza, drinks, and game play every Saturday night. Along with that, there are always events that sport the enthusiasm and spirit that Ball State has. If you are not interested in any of those events, the night life is fantastic. There is always something going on rain, shine, snow, or even when there is an ice storm.

    Food and Dining

    College may have the same reputation as airlines in the food department; but Ball State University does not dissapoint. There are numerous dining halls around campus that provide absolutely anything you are craving. From Home Style Cooking to Fire Dragon Stir Fry, you will never go wrong.

    Dorm Life

    Having a whole floor of best friends is what creates the great atmosphere of dorm life. There are connections made here that will never be forgotten. The fact that the building is cleaned at least two times a day makes it even better.

    Academic Rigor

    This truly depends on what major a student decides to study in. All of the core classes are basically a high school years worth of material in one semester. It is a lot of work, but nothing out of the ordinary.

    Tips for prospective students

    The moment you walk on campus consider yourself at home. There is no excuse to ever feel out of place here; because there is such a variety of personalities and people there is always a place for everyone. Be true to yourself, so you can find others who are true to you.

    In three sentences

    There is nothing more vibrant than the colors and dynamics of Ball State's campus. From season to season this University maintains a top-notch feel and can be considered nothing less than magnificent. Ball State truly is, Education Redefined.

  • 04/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of events on campus to attend and many house parties on the weekend. The bars are fun for those who are 21.

    Food and Dining

    The food depends on the day. However dining halls do close early for college student's lifestyles.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Ball State are okay. It is a good experience to have. Shared bathrooms are terrible though some dorms have semi private.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, which obviously can be harder or easier it really depends on what professors you get.

    Tips for prospective students

    Read Rate my Professor ratings before choosing a professor.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is very expensive. The campus is beautiful. There are some good professors and some bad.

  • 05/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    -- Students who enjoy a great atmosphere -- TCOM, nursing and music majors

    What to do for fun

    --Many clubs to be involved with on campus, including Urban Games League with Humans vs. Zombies

    Food and Dining

    Food wise, Ball State has excellent choices when it comes to locations for dining and the food is excellent as well. You have everything from hamburgers and hotdogs to Taco Bell and Asian cuisine here and it's all delicious. To me this is a big perk because being able to eat well is absolutely vital to being able to function properly in a college setting.

    Dorm Life

    As mentioned above, Ball State has great dorms and a great dorm life to accompany those dorms. There are a myriad of opportunities to get involved with Hall Council and the Residence Hall Association, and there are always events that are put on by the RAs almost every week. It really is a great dorm life! The staff in the dorms are also very friendly and more than willing to answer and questions that you may have.

    Academic Rigor

    As mentioned before, Ball State is rigorous school, but the professors within each subject really are dedicated to what they do and want their students to succeed. Not all classes are the same, and, at least in the science field, Ball State has some very tough courses but they are definitely manageable. There is also a great degree of research done on campus and there are many opportunities for students to get rigorous hands-on lab experience with a professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    -- Make sure you always keep a scheduling book handy -- Use post-it notes like crazy -- Consider using colored tabs for marking your textbooks -- Take advantage of the free tutoring offered at the Learning Center. It really does help!

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is a beautiful campus located in a not-so-lively town called Muncie. The dorm life here is excellent as are the various locations for dining around the campus. Academically, Ball State is a rigorous school with professors who care deeply about their subjects and the success of their students.

  • 05/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe and feel like there is a strong policing presence.

    Greek Life

    I chose to be a part of a sorority. There are so many to choose from. I found them all to be nice, welcoming and interesting. I found the perfect sorority for me. We do a lot of volunteer work and the girls are great people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is no shortage of choices. Ball State offer a whole gambit of opportunities to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Social students that are looking for a wonderful education highlighted by school spirit and involvement.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is meticulous with beautiful landscaping. I love all the statues and stories and myths that surround them. I love the heritage of the school and the sense of nostalgia that seems to surround it.

    Bang for the buck

    Because Ball State University is part of the Midwest Student Exchange Program, I was able to attend an out-of-state school for the same price as an in-state school. I really thinks this school is a hidden gem.

    What to do for fun

    I joined a sorority. This keeps me very busy but there is also plenty to do for the entire student body. The university has a bowling alley, theater and concert hall and more. I am never bored.

    Food and Dining

    I lived in Woodworth so I simply went down a flight of stairs and the dining center was right there. There were many options and I found it very easy to find food to my liking. The staff was always friendly and the food was always fresh and delicious.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are clean and well kept. The RAs make new students feel welcome and comfortable. I found that dorm living exceeded my expectations.

    Academic Rigor

    Ball State is very challenging academically but offer many ways to get assistance. Free tutoring, study groups and review sessions are just a few opportunities offered to students that need extra help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in the organized tour. Visit both over the summer and during the school year. Remember that Ball State University is part of the MSEP which means that certain out-of-state students may qualify for a reduction in tuition.

    In three sentences

    Ball State University is the perfect school for me. It is a wonderful learning environment that prides itself on immersive learning. The overall atmosphere is condusive to a great college experience.

  • 05/29/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Ball State's dining offers 11 locations, each with its own menu selections. You can choose about anything from fast food to home style cooked.Ball Sate also offers many vegetarian, low-calorie, low-fat, and low-carb items. Another really cool thing about Ball State's dining locations is that they offer special meals for holidays, religious observations, and cultural celebrations.

    Dorm Life

    You have two options at Ball State either dorm living, the residence halls or making a home in University Apartments, Ball State Housing and Residence Life offers students the benefits that come from being close to classes and activities, living and learning with friends, making better grades, and getting involved in a community. It is a great on-campus advantage.

    Academic Rigor

    Ball State has a wide variety and 180 majors including 12 preprofessional programs. It offers studying abroad and a good honors program. Ball State also offers hundreds of leadership and team building clubs. There is really too much you can do at Ball State.

    Tips for prospective students

    A friend told me to not rely on the advisers. They actually know less than what you think. If you need special permission to get into a class, email/call/visit the professor on your own. Stay on the professor until you get your access to the class permitted.

  • 06/03/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Nothing to be afraid of at all!

    Greek Life

    People stick together no matter what. It's very interesting to see.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have over a hundred clubs to pick from, or you can make your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for every type of student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Ball brothers were so generous, the school was given back to them.

    Bang for the buck

    BSU is very affordable.

    What to do for fun

    Their new recreational center is a good place to go if you need something fun to do.

    Food and Dining

    Their food is delicious, lots of different choices to pick from.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice and clean, plus you get to pick your own roommate

    Academic Rigor

    Their majors and programs are the bomb.com. Literally the best around.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to Ball State, there is no way you will not like it.

    In three sentences

    Ball State is basically the best school I've ever been to. The people of muncie are so welcoming and warm, they made me feel at home instantly. The size of the school is perfect, not too big, not too small.

  • 06/11/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Ball State has very nice campus. The staff and the students are very nice and welcoming. The town of full of stuff to do off of campus

  • 09/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive. It cost more to live in the dorms here than it does to pay for tuition. It could definitely be cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of activities on and around campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food is expensive, so I don't eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor