If you are a freshman student-athlete (less than 30 credit hours completed), you are assigned an academic advisor who specializes in the rules and regulations of intercollegiate athletics. Student-athletes are required to meet with their advisor at least once each semester to plan class schedules, review majors and minors, and discuss academic progress. Student-athletes in the Honors College are assigned an honors advisor.

All upper-class student-athletes (30 or more credit hours completed) are assigned a faculty advisor in their major and required to meet with the Coordinator of the Athlete Advising Center each semester. While decisions regarding programs, courses, and class times are ultimately the responsibility of the student-athlete, the Coordinator of the Athlete Advising Center, in conjunction with the faculty advisor, should be involved in all aspects of the advising process. The Coordinator helps insure that student-athletes are in compliance with the academic rules and regulations of the Mid-American Conference and the NCAA.

The Academic Support Services for Student Athletes program in University College is committed to the academic success of student-athletes at Ball State University. Staff members provide individual monitoring and academic counseling, study table activities, workshops, enrichment of study skills, coordination with tutoring, and other services.

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics encourages all student-athletes to enroll in PEP 164: Life Skills for Student-Athletes (2 credit hours) during the freshman year. This course introduces personal values and health concepts affecting both academic and athletic performance. Life skills such as values and value clarification, diversity, communication skills, decision making, time and stress management, alcohol and other drug/addiction education, sexuality issues, sport nutrition, and career development are addressed.