Frequently Asked Questions
What are Ball State University's peer universities?
While no set of peer universities has been officially approved, we advise using the following set of public, doctoral, non-urban universities, which share similar curricular, student, and faculty/staff characteristics with Ball State and have traditionally been used as peers:
Bowling Green State University
Eastern Michigan University
George Mason University
Illinois State University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
James Madison University
Kent State University
Northern Arizona University
Northern Illinois University
The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The University of North Texas
The University of Southern Mississippi
Western Michigan University
What is Ball State's classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching?
The Carnegie Foundation provides a basis classification and several additional classifications. Our basic classification is "research university--high research activity." For our additional classifications, please click here
and type in Ball State University.
How many students are enrolled at Ball State?
The official census-data headcount enrollment for Fall 2012 was 21,053. This includes undergraduate and graduate students, on- and off-campus, and non-degree students, including dual-credit high school students.
What is Ball State's graduation rate?
The percentage of Fall 2006 new full-time, first-year students who graduated by July 2012 (six-year rate) was 56%. The percentage of Fall 2008 new full-time, first-year students who graduated by July 2012 (four-year rate) was 36%.
How many degrees did Ball State grant during the past year?
In 2011-2012, Ball State awarded 272 associate degrees, 3,861 bachelor's degrees, 81 post-bachelor's certificates, 1,940 master's degrees, 32 post-master's certificates, 16 educational specialist degrees, and 91 doctoral degrees.
What is the tuition at Ball State?
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What is the student-faculty ratio at Ball State?
Using definitions from the Common Data Set, the Fall 2012 average undergraduate student-faculty ratio is 16:1.
What is the academic background of the first-year students?
The average high school GPA of Fall 2012 new first-year students was 3.35. The percentage of these students who graduated in the top 25% of their high school graduation class was 48%, and the percentage who graduated in the top 10% of their high school graduating class was 18%. The 25th and 75th percentiles for the SAT critical reading and mathematics scores for these students were both 480 and 580, respectively.
How diverse is the student body?
Among all 16,323 Fall 2012 undergraduate students, 2,527 (16%) were domestic students of color or international. Among the 3,556 Fall 2012 new first-year students, 573 (16%) were domestic students of color or international.
How many faculty and staff members work at Ball State?
For Fall 2012, following the definitions used in the AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey, Ball State had 938 full-time instructional faculty members, including 515 men, 423 women, 458 tenured, 193 tenure-track, 287 non-tenure-track, 222 professors, 229 associate professors, 312 assistant professors, and 175 instructors.
As of November 1, 2012, following the definitions used in the IPEDS Human Resources Survey, Ball State had a total of 4,099 faculty and staff members, including 2,853 full-time, 418 part-time, and 828 graduate assistants; 1,144 full- and part-time faculty members, and 2,127 full- and part-time staff members.