National Spotlight

With 28 nationally ranked or recognized programs, Ball State is often recognized for our innovative and transformative programs. Some of our top recognitions include:

  • U.S. News & World Report ranking Ball State 20th among the “up-and-coming” colleges and universities in 2010 and recognizing our first-year programs for the seventh year in a row
  • Being named one of the best universities in the Midwest—the top 25 percent—by The Princeton Review for six years
  • The Princeton Review recognizing us in the comprehensive 2010 Guide to 286 Green Colleges
  • Our entrepreneurship program ranking in the top 10 with U.S. News & World Report since 1999
  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching elevating Ball State’s institutional classification in 2011 to research university, high research activity (RU/H). The new designation places Ball State in the company of Boston College, Clemson University, and College of William and Mary, among others.

In recent months, we were featured in four editions of The Chronicle of Higher Education. “Others might know smaller institutions that have either honed great reputations in their markets or are on the rise—places like Ball State University,” The Chronicle reported. “Some colleges have gotten mileage out of the distinctive way they deliver education. Ball State University’s immersive learning program, which requires students to complete projects for practical experience in the off-campus world, stands out.”

We were also recognized as a creative campus, along with other universities such as Vanderbilt, Stanford, and Harvard. “A creative campus must become a central part of students’ learning and living. ... Ball State University has developed a student-driven immersive learning program around creative inquiry and problem solving that has become a key aspect of the university’s strategic plan and a defining feature of its brand.”

According to data published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Ball State ranks sixth in the nation for improvement in graduation rates among public research institutions between 2001 and 2008 (published December 2010). In addition, The Chronicle covered an international conference hosted by Ball State to improve higher education in Afghanistan.

Ball State has been featured 57 times in 2009–2010 within significant national media publications and has been acknowledged in 9,598 state and national publications overall.

Goal 1, Objective D: By 2012, have 25 nationally ranked or nationally recognized programs. 

Goal 1, Supporting Objective i: By 2012, increase significant national media placements to five per year.