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Ball State University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 1,259 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 18 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

55% Women
45% Men


NCAA Division I-A

Mid-American Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $125,229)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $69,360)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined - 38 - -
Baseball 36 - Yes -
Basketball 12 19 - Yes
Field Hockey - 21 - Yes
Football 112 - - -
Golf 11 8 - Yes
Gymnastics - 17 - -
Soccer - 32 Yes Yes
Softball - 23 - -
Swimming and Diving 21 33 Yes -
Tennis 11 8 - -
Volleyball 16 19 Yes Yes
Badminton - - - Yes
Bowling - - - Yes
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes Yes
Water Polo - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -
Weight Lifting - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8%
Black/non-Hispanic 6.3%
Hispanic 2.0%
Non-resident alien 3.2%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 4.1%
Two or more races 1.3%
White/non-Hispanic 82.0%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 71
Liquor Law Violation 95
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 3
Property Crime 29
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Laurie from Cedar Park, TX
  • 5
  • Dorm life is what you make it--as are most things in life. If you surround yourself with quality friends then wherever you are will be an adventure. Every school is…

  • Jan-21-2016 Read More
  • Hannah from Indianapolis, IN
  • 3
  • 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,…

  • Jun-26-2012 Read More
  • Dante from Crete, IL
  • 5
  • 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…

  • Jun-05-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Maggie from Marion, IN
  • Oct-23-2016 I am a current student here

    The food options are excellent. They have vegetarian and vegan options but fair warning the options get boring fast. The nice thing is they do try to accommodate everyone. The dining staff are super friendly and willing to work with what you want. The food varies from day to day so you aren't eating pizza seven days a week, but it also stays consistent. Most of the dining halls aren't open on the weekends though, that is a downer. There are plenty of places to get coffee! There are also fast food places such as Jamba Juice, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Chick-fil-a, Papa Johns, and Quiznos on campus that you can use your meal swipe at so that's also something I really love! Food is important to me, BSU has fourteen different meal locations I've been here a semester and still haven't had to eat the same food if I didn't want to.

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  • 5
  • Amanda from Indianapolis, IN
  • Oct-13-2016 I am a past student here

    Well the freshman 15 may be a real thing because of Ball State. Their food choices are endless and so yummy! Between Chic-fil-a, Taco Bell, Boars Head, and multiple Ball State owned restaurants and buffets I never had a problem finding something satisfying to eat. In fact after freshman year when I moved off campus I still loaded money onto my ID so that I could eat on campus whenever I wanted. I have been graduated for three years now and still brag to my friends that didn't go to Ball State about the food choices we had.

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  • 4
  • Laurie from Cedar Park, TX
  • Jan-21-2016 I am a past student here

    The food and dining facilities were good. I have no complaints. I didn't gain the freshman 15, but I sure didn't lose any weight either!

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  • 5
  • Lauren
  • Jan-02-2016 I am a current student here

    The food at Ball State is really good! There is a variety of places to eat at. There are also healthy food options in each place. The food is one of my favorite things about Ball State.

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  • 4
  • Lauren
  • Dec-18-2015 I am a current student here

    The food is pretty good, there are plenty of options. Each dining hall has something different about it- my favorite is Woodworth for the starbucks. There are also connivence sections in all dining halls so you can buy snacks to bring back to your room, there will always be something for you.

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  • 4
  • Stephanie
  • Oct-29-2015 I am a current student here

    Ball State has seven different places where students can get food. The food ranges from different menus depending where you go. The chefs are great and friendly. There are several different meal plans that students can choose from.

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  • 5
  • Elizabeth from Muncie, IN
  • Sep-21-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    One of the top on campus dining choices in the country, plus Muncie offers any type of food you can think of plus many chain restaurants.

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  • 4
  • Kandice from Huntington, IN
  • Jun-20-2015 I am a current student here

    The food is delicious, though I am easily addicted to the Chik-fil-a and Taco Bell on campus! There is such a variety of places on campus to dine, and every place has really good food.

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  • 5
  • Caroline from Fishers, IN
  • Feb-22-2015 I am a current student here

    There is a lot of variety with the food and numerous dining locations. They have all the highlights- Chick fil A, Taco Bell, Papa Johns, along with homestyle foods and grab and go types.

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  • 5
  • Freshmen
  • Dec-23-2014 I am a current student here

    Great food and meal plans. Several places all around campus to eat at! The spaces to eat are also very large and accommodating, so even during rush hour you can still have a comfortable place to sit.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Lauren
  • Jan-02-2016 I am a current student here

    Greek life is very popular and I have heard good things about it even though I am not personally in it. I know a lot of people that enjoy Greek life.

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  • 0
  • Stephanie
  • Oct-29-2015 I am a current student here

    I am personally not apart of any Greek house, however from friends who are, I have heard that the Greek community is very friendly and good at creating a family-like environment.

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  • 0
  • Kandice from Huntington, IN
  • Jun-20-2015 I am a current student here

    Though I myself am not involved in Greek life, those who are seem to love it and have such a wonderful experience!

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  • 0
  • Samantha from Mokena, IL
  • May-08-2014 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 0
  • Shannon from Lombard, IL
  • Apr-04-2014 I am a current student here

    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.

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