At the heart of a Ball State education are innovative, relevant academic experiences that engage and challenge students both in and out of the classroom. Resources linked on this page will show you what to expect and set you up for success in your courses and your career.

Academics 101

  1. Stay focused and disciplined.
    Build good study habits early, manage your time effectively, and see what a typical
    first-semester class schedule looks like.
  2. Stay on top of your work and progress.
    Use our Blackboard and MyBSU websites to keep track of your classes, assignments, grades, and records. DegreeWorks helps you track your academic progress.
  3. Make the most of our support services.
    Academic Advising, the Learning Center, and the Writing Center offer tutoring, workshops, and other academic assistance. The PACE Program will help if you run into trouble.
  4. Choose a major and potential career.
    Explore your interests through the Career Center and the KEY Careers program for freshmen, and take our online Myers-Briggs personality test. Your academic advisor can help you decide on a major.
  5. Don't overlook the required courses.
    The University Core Curriculum, a large part of your first-year classes, provides a valuable foundation of essential skills and knowledge for your life.
  6. Challenge yourself through special programs.
    Enhance your academic experience with our unique immersive learning, Honors College, Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry, and study abroad opportunities.
  7. Interact with faculty in and out of class.
    Benefit from the expertise and support of our accessible world-class faculty.