Ball State students are leaders both in and out of the classroom. From leadership organizations, seminars, and even academic course credit, you’ll have lots of opportunities to develop your leadership skills.
Excellence in Leadership
The Excellence in Leadership (EIL) program will help you explore your leadership attributes and leadership styles. The program utilizes workshops, keynote speakers, and experiential activities to help emerging leaders develop a strong skill set. The program is also available for course credit!
Leadership Studies Minor
The leadership studies minor is designed for students who wish to incorporate their leadership experiences into an academic curriculum. Our interdisciplinary course offerings prepare students for leadership in any field. Our classes are dynamic and discussion oriented.
All Campus Leadership Conference
The mission of the All Campus Leadership Conference is to provide a free, one day leadership development opportunity for Ball State students. The 2013 conference was held on Saturday February 9 in the Student Center. The conference theme was "Promoting Yourself, Promoting Your Organization." Planning for the 2014 conference will begin in August.
Cardinal Leadership and Service Seminar
Incoming freshmen who want to be campus leaders can attend an intensive, three-day seminar. During Cardinal Leadership and Service Seminar (CLASS) , you’ll explore ideas of service, citizenship, leadership, and success. Returning students are encouraged to serve as CLASS mentors.
Every semester our office brings nationally celebrated speakers to campus. Students who participate in our student organizations often get the opportunity to interact personally with a diverse range of guest lecturers.
The Office of Student Life offers scholarships to emerging and established student leaders. The Hiatt/Wickham Scholarship is available to students who participate in the EIL program . Incoming first year students with strong grade point averages (GPAs) are invited to apply for the Parents Advisory Council Scholarship . Current students who are in good academic standing are eligible for the Undergraduate Leadership Scholarship .
Each semester, we offer you the chance to meet our student organizations. The Fall Activity Fair is held every year during Welcome Week and includes representatives from many of our more than 350 student organizations. The Spring Activity Fair is held in January.
Student Organization Presidents Retreat
This retreat is open to all student organization presidents. You will have an opportunity to connect with other presidents, discuss your unique challenges, and learn how to better lead your organization.