Setting: Large four-year, primarily residential
In-state Tuition: $8,498.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $23,462.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 16:1
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1608 / 22 / 3.42
Male/Female Ratio: 42:58
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: N/A
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 59%
Ball State University, commonly referred to as Ball State or BSU, is a public coeducational research university in Muncie, Indiana, United States. On July 25, 1917, the Ball Brothers, industrialists and founders of the Ball Corporation, acquired the foreclosed Indiana Normal Institute for $35,100 and gave the school and surrounding land to Indiana. The Indiana General Assembly accepted it in the spring of 1918, with an initial 235 students enrolling at the Indiana State Normal Schoolâ€“Eastern Division on June 17, 1918.
Ball State is classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a high research activity university and a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The university is composed of seven academic colleges, including the College of Architecture and Planning, the College of Communication, Information, and Media, the Miller College of Business, and Teachers College. Other institutions include Burris Laboratory School, the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, and the Center for Business and Economic Research.
In the 21st century, college graduates need to be prepared to live as global citizens. They will need to acquire knowledge of the diverse people with whom they share this world. Moreover, as the world is experiencing a virtual revolution in information and communication technologies, college students need to be trained to acquire and critically evaluate the abundance of information. Finally, they need to acquire skills that allow them to communicate their knowledge and ideas.
Studies in history at the university level are especially well suited to the preparation of students for this kind of world. History students develop the ability to understand highly varied cultures, to see issues with the clarity provided by historical perspective, to discern patterns amid the complexity of past societies, to appreciate the context surrounding particular texts or images, and to express ideas clearly and cogently.
The location of today's Ball State University had its start in 1899 as a private university called the Eastern Indiana Normal School. The entire school, including classrooms, library, and president's residence were housed in what is today's Frank A. Bracken Administration Building. The one-building school had a peak enrollment of 256 and charged $10 for a year's tuition. It operated until the spring of 1901, when it was closed by its president, F.A.Z. Kumler, due to lack of funding. A year later, in the autumn of 1902, the school reopened as Palmer University for the next three years when Francis Palmer, a retired Indiana banker, gave the school a $100,000 endowment.
Between 1905 and 1907, the school dropped the Palmer name and operated as the Indiana Normal College. It had two divisions, the Normal School for educating teachers and the College of Applied Sciences. The school had an average enrollment of about 200 students. Due to diminishing enrollment and lack of funding, school president Francis Ingler closed Indiana Normal College at the end of the 1906â€“1907 school year. Between 1907 and 1912, the campus sat unused.
In 1912, a group of local investors led by Michael Kelly reopened the school as the Indiana Normal Institute. To pay for updated materials and refurbishing the once-abandoned Administration Building, the school operated under a mortgage from the Muncie Trust Company. Although the school had its largest student body with a peak enrollment of 806, officials could not maintain mortgage payments, and the school was forced to close once again in June 1917 when the Muncie Trust Company initiated foreclosure proceedings.
Ball State University's campus spans 1,140 acres (4.6 km2) and includes 106 buildings at 7,180,728 square feet (667,111.5 m2) centered mostly around two main quadrangles. The original quadrangle, "Old Quad," anchors the south end of campus and includes most of the university's earliest academic buildings, Christy Woods, and the Wheeler-Thanhauser Orchid Collection and Species Bank.
The focal points of the Old Quad are Beneficence and the Fine Arts Building, home to the David Owsley Museum of Art since 1935. The museum contains some 11,000 works valued at more than $40 million. The museum is currently under renovation that will expand the total exhibition space from 17,179-to-27,000-square-foot (1,596.0 to 2,508.4 m2). The Fine Arts Terrace, overlooking the Old Quad, hosts the annual spring commencement ceremonies.
Ball State University includes more than 157,500 active alumni. A few of Ball State's most distinguished graduates include David Letterman, host of the Late Show, Angela Ahrendts, former CEO of Burberry and current Apple Inc. executive, John Schnatter, founder, spokesman, and CEO of Papa John's International, Jim Davis, creator of the Garfield comic strip, actors Andy Devine and Doug Jones, actress Joyce DeWitt, Kent C. Nelson, retired president and CEO of UPS, Jeffrey D. Feltman, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and former U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, Brent McMillan, Executive Director of the Green Party, and Angelin Chang, Grammy Award-winning classical pianist.