State Authorizations

Office of State Authorizations

Currently Accepting . . .
Ball State is accepting online students from all states. However, in a few states because of licensing issues we are not allowed to admit nursing, education, or ABA students. 

In particular, if you are from North Carolina or Kentucky, we recommend you review those states' statuses listed on our state authoriization map very carefully. We can accept students in only some academic programs from these states.

You may also check with the advisor for the program in which you are interested.

Stay Up-to-Date
Review our state authorization map for the latest information, as these situations can change.

For Online and Distance Students from States Other Than Indiana

The U.S. Department of Education requires that any U.S. college or university offering online or distance programs to citizens in a state where it is not physically located to meet those other states' requirements to legally offer postsecondary, online education to their residents. 

The regulations for authorization vary from state to state.

Ball State University, located in Indiana, is currently pursuing authorization from all states, plus the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

State Authorization Map

mapAll online, out-of-state students need to check this map to determine if their states currently allow them to enroll at Ball State. Please check regularly for updates.

If you are a U.S. citizen, do not reside in Indiana, and are thinking about enrolling in a Ball State online program, we urge you to review the regulations regarding authorization of your specific state.

If you become a Ball State student, you are responsible for checking program authorization and licensure requirements in your state of residence. Rules and regulations vary by state. If you move to a new state, you are responsible for ensuring our program is approved in the new state.

Professional Licensure

If the field you are studying requires professional licensure, make sure you are aware of license requirements within the state in which you wish to work.

Complaint Resolution

If you have any questions or issues related to Ball State and state authorization, we encourage you to and review our complaint resolution policy and contact us at We will make sure the person who can best help you will contact you within one business day.


Contact Laurel Garrett, Ball State's coordinator for state authorizations.

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity AgreementsAs an Indiana institution, Ball State University is a participant in the National Council for State Authorization for Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a group that has established a reciprocity process among member states to help ensure high quality standards are met in relation to state authorizations for distance learning.


State Authorization Map

State Authorization Map

Office of State Authorizations
David Letterman Communication and Media Building (LB), Room 131
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday-Friday
Phone: 1-800-872-0369 or 765-285-1581
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