Ball State University

Ball State University Acceptance Rate, Average GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

Ball State University was founded in 1918 as the Indiana State Normal School Eastern Division. It was renamed Ball State Teachers College in 1929 and Ball State College in 1965. The university became a fully accredited public university in 1968 after many years of growth and development.

In 2000, Ball State University launched its first doctoral program, the Doctor of Education (EdD) program, which is now one of the biggest programs offered at the university. In addition to its EdD program, other doctoral degrees include Doctor of Audiology (AuD), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). In 2006, Ball State became a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, a consortium that allows students to take courses from any other Big Ten school without paying additional tuition fees.

Since becoming a public university in 1968, Ball State has steadily grown into one of Indiana’s largest universities with an enrollment exceeding 22,000 students as well as more than 590 undergraduate majors and graduate programs. The university also boasts 16 NCAA Division I athletic teams that compete in the Mid-American Conference. Student life at Ball State is vibrant with over 400 student organizations available to join and dozens of cultural events held throughout the year on campus. Additionally, students can take advantage of various research opportunities or internships through the Career Center and Office for Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors.

Ball State University, as one of the top colleges ranked by major educational institutions, has impressed us by its high selectivity and student friendly application process during admissions. The following tables detail 2018 class profile, including total applications received, average high school GPA, SAT scores/ACT scores, and acceptance rates of Ball State University. To learn more about GPA, SAT and ACT scores information, please follow the links below. If you want to find even more about Ball State University, such as tuition fees and scholarships, you can click the link after tables to visit the school’s official website.

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Admissions Stats

Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana and has an acceptance rate of 81%. This means that the university admits just over 8 out of every 10 applicants. The university has a freshman class size of 5,800 students, with a total enrollment of 22,000. Additionally, Ball State has an average freshman retention rate of 83%, meaning that the majority of students who enroll as freshmen continue to attend the school. The university also boasts a diverse student population, with over 30% identifying as members of minority groups. The most popular majors at Ball State are Business Administration and Management; Education; Psychology; Health Science; and Visual and Performing Arts. As far as financial aid goes, Ball State offers need-based grants, scholarships and loans to help students finance their education. In addition, the university offers academic merit scholarships for high achieving students.

Fall 2022 Selectivity

Selectivity selective
Fall 2022 acceptance rate 65%
Early decision acceptance rate N/A
Early action acceptance rate N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 65%

Fall 2022 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments

Applicants 17,481
Female applicants 10,317
Male applicants 7,164
Applicants accepted 11,298
Female applicants accepted 6,913
Male applicants accepted 4,385
Freshman enrollment 3,882
Female freshman enrollment 2,141
Male freshman enrollment 1,741
Early decision applicants N/A
Early decision applicants accepted N/A
Early decision applicants enrolled N/A
Early action applicants N/A
Early action applicants accepted N/A
Early action applicants enrolled N/A
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action N/A

Fall 2022 Wait List

School has a wait list No
Applicants placed on wait list N/A
Students accepting place on wait list N/A
Students accepted from wait list N/A

Fall 2022 High School Rank

Freshman students submitting high school class standing 78%

Fall 2022 High School GPA

Freshman students submitting high school GPA 99%
Average high school GPA 3.3
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range 2.4-3.5

Fall 2022 Freshman SAT Scores

Freshman students submitting SAT scores 74%
SAT Critical Reading average score 530
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range 480-580
SAT Math average score 535
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: 490-580
SAT Writing average score 515
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range 470-560
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman ACT Scores

Freshman students submitting ACT scores 25%
Average ACT Composite score 22
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range 20-24
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range 19-24
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range 19-25