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Apply for Admission

You may apply for admission to the Honors College in one of the following ways:

  • In the online university application for admission to Ball State, indicate your interest in the Honors College by selecting “Yes” to the question, “Do you wish to apply for admission to the Honors College?” 
  • If you’ve already applied for admission to the university, you may print out, complete, and submit the Honors College application separately to Ball State’s Office of Admissions.

Honors College admission closes May 1. This is not an application deadline: it means that once you have applied and been admitted to the Honors College, you must confirm your enrollment to Ball State (enrollment deposit) no later than May 1. If you’re applying to the Honors College later than April 15, we advise you to contact us directly to ensure that your application is considered on time.

Admission Requirements
If you are an incoming freshman, you must first be admitted to the university before your application to the Honors College will be considered. Responses are normally sent to students within three weeks of receiving all application materials. Please review the Honors College admission requirements before applying.

Current BSU students
If you are already a student at Ball State, call 765-285-1024 to make an appointment with the Dean or Associate Dean early in the semester to discuss your options for admission to the Honors College. The most effective timing for this process is during your first, second, or third semester at Ball State.

Transfer Students
The process for application and admission to the Honors College for transfer students differs from the one for new freshmen. Transfer students should contact the Honors College directly, by email (honors@bsu.edu) or by phone (765-285-1024). For transfer students, academic performance at their current school is the principal criterion for admission to the Ball State Honors College. We will discuss the specific requirements for completing the Honors Diploma (which will vary from student to student) and the obligations, as well as the opportunities from joining the Honors College. If Ball State has not already received a transcript and list of current classes, these should be sent to the Honors College for review: an unofficial copy is adequate for this purpose, but final approval requires an official transcript sent to the Office of Admissions (see below).

University Admission
Ball State practices rolling admission, which means your application to the university will be reviewed and an admission decision made once all of your credentials are received. Admission to a particular semester may depend on available space and the date of your application. Learn more about applying for admission to Ball State.

International Students
If you are not a U.S. resident, please see our international admissions area for application information and guidelines.

Visit Us
We invite you and your family to schedule a campus visit soon to learn more about the Honors College experience firsthand.