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
Marshall University
Miami University
Northern Arizona University
Northern Illinois University
Ohio 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 2015 was 21,196. 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 2008 new full-time, first-year students who graduated by July 2014 (six-year rate) was 56%. The percentage of Fall 2010 new full-time, first-year students who graduated by July 2014 (four-year rate) was 36%.


How many degrees did Ball State grant during the past year?

In 2014-2015, Ball State awarded 57 associate degrees, 3,682 bachelor's degrees, 240 post-bachelor's certificates, 1,464 master's degrees, 173 post-master's certificates, 20 educational specialist degrees, and 82 doctoral degrees.


What is the tuition at Ball State?

Please see the Tuition and Fees page from the Office of the Bursar and Loan Administration


Where can I find an organizational chart for Ball State?

Please see the Organization Charts page from the Office of the President.


What is the student-faculty ratio at Ball State?

Using definitions from the Common Data Set, the Fall 2014 average undergraduate student-faculty ratio is 15:1.


What is the academic background of the first-year students?

The average high school GPA of Fall 2015 new first-year students was 3.47. 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 19%. The 25th and 75th percentiles for the SAT critical reading scores for these students were both 510 and 600, and the percentiles for the SAT math scores were 500 and 590.


How diverse is the student body?

Among all 15,689 Fall 2015 undergraduate students, 2,763 (18%) were domestic students of color or international. Among the 3,537 Fall 2015 new first-year students, 573 (17%) were domestic students of color or international.


How many faculty and staff members work at Ball State?

For Fall 2014, following the definitions used in the AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey, Ball State had 984 full-time instructional faculty members, including 515 men, 469 women, 443 tenured, 202 tenure-track, 339 non-tenure-track, 205 professors, 246 associate professors, 308 assistant professors, and 225 instructors.

As of November 1, 2014, following the definitions used in the IPEDS Human Resources Survey, Ball State had a total of 4,099 faculty and staff members, including 2,994 full-time, 443 part-time, and 927 graduate assistants; 1,211 full- and part-time faculty members, and 2,206 full- and part-time staff members.