Applying to Ball State University
Admission to Ball State is competitive, so apply early to pursue a bachelor’s or associate degree or take undergraduate courses. Application procedures vary depending on your needs.
First-Time Freshmen and Transfer Students
If you have never been enrolled at Ball State, choose an application option below.
The Fall 2016 application for first-time freshman is now closed. We encourage you to apply for our Spring 2017 semester that can be found here. Applications for all other student types are still being accepted at this time.
Guidance Counselor Form (PDF)
Please keep in mind the term you are applying for. If you apply for the incorrect term, you will be required to reapply and must pay the application fee again. (If using Internet Explorer, version must be 10 or higher.)
International Applicants: Apply through the Rinker Center for International Programs
If you previously attended Ball State as a degree-seeking undergraduate student after high school, or have become inactive due to non-attendance, apply for reenrollment through the Office of the Registrar.
If you previously attended Ball State as a degree-seeking
and were academically dismissed, apply for reinstatement through the Office of the Registrar. A reinstatement narrative is required before
your application will be reviewed.
High School Students
If you are attending high school and would like to learn more about dual credit opportunities that may be available, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 765-285-1581 or 800-872-0369. If you attend high school and would like to come to Ball State’s main campus for early college credit, apply for high school special enrollment through the Office of the Registrar. Permission is required from your high school principal and the appropriate university department.
If you are enrolled at another college or university and want to take Ball State courses for credit to transfer back to your home institution, apply for guest student enrollment through the Office of the Registrar. You must be in good standing at your school (minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and be eligible to return immediately to your home institution.
If you wish to enroll in courses and not pursue a degree, you may apply as a non-degree student. You must submit official high school transcripts, a high school equivalency degree (GED or TASC), or college transcripts. You must have earned a high school diploma or high school equivalency degree (GED or TASC) and not be currently enrolled in post-secondary institution. If you have post-secondary coursework, you must be in good standing (a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and eligibility to return to the last post-secondary institution attended. If you have applied for and have been denied regular or online admissions, you must have 24 transferable credit hours and a 2.0 cumulative GPA or better from another institution to be admitted as a non-degree seeking student. Non-traditional students must have a GPA of 2.5 or better on their high school transcript to be admitted as a non-degree seeking student.
Please note: Financial aid is not available to non-degree students. Non-degree status is not available to previously denied students.
student with a Non-Degree status is only eligible for 31 credit hours. Once obtained, a student must complete an application for undergraduate admission.
If you wish to sit in on a class for no academic grade or credit and will not be taking any other Ball State courses for credit, you may apply at the Office of the Registrar (Lucina Hall, room B43) three to five days before the first day of classes in each semester or term. If your application is approved, you must visit the Office of Registration and Academic Progress to be enrolled in requested course.
students wishing to audit may apply, but the course selection must be present
on their application. The student will
be placed in their requested course, based on their application selection, only
if space if available in the course. This process will take place the Monday prior to the beginning of the