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Students from Outside Indiana and State Authorizations


Currently Accepting . . .
Ball State is accepting online students from all states.

However, we are not accepting online nursing students from a few additional states.

In addition, we cannot accept North Carolina students for programs with field experience, clinical practicums, and student teaching. If you are from North Carolina, please check with the advisor for the program in which you are interested.

Stay Up-to-Date
Review our state authorization list

These situations can change, so check back here for updates.


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.

All online, out-of-state, students need to check this list 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 stateauth@bsu.edu. We will make sure the person who can best help you will contact you within one business day.


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.

NC-SARA

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

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