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Undergraduate Transfer Credit and Online Students

Many students have credit from other colleges or universities when they start at Ball State.

If you've taken classes at another higher education institution, even if it was several years ago, you may be able to apply that credit to your Ball State degree. Just keep in mind that you must earn 30 of your last 40 credits from Ball State in order to earn a bachelor's degree from Ball State.

For more information about transfer credit and your situation, contact the academic advisor for your program.

Admissions Requirements for Online Transfer Students

Requirement 1: Submit transcripts from all higher educational institutions you have attended.

Admission decisions will be based upon your academic records from all colleges or universities you’ve attended. You must be in good academic standing and eligible to return immediately to the last institution you attended.

We’ll consider you for admission, if you’ve earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for all transferable course work attempted from an accredited institution. Courses from remedial programs, vocational and technical schools, and colleges and universities that are not regionally accredited* cannot be transferred.

*Accrediting associations recognized by Ball State include:

  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Middle States Association
  • North Central Association
  • New England Association
  • Northwest Association
  • Southern Association
  • Western Association

If you apply for transfer admission to Ball State while you’re enrolled at another college or university, you may be considered for admission on the basis of your current college or university cumulative GPA. If you’re admitted to Ball State while enrolled at another college or university (referred to as “transfer admission on an incomplete transcript”), your cumulative GPA must remain above 2.0. Admission granted under such circumstances may be withdrawn if your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0.  

Requirement 2: Follow the instructions below that relate to your situation:

You have earned less than 24 transferable college credit hours.

  • If you are age 23 or older—You must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (TASC or GED). To qualify for admission, you must have a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher;
  • Or, if you have a high school equivalency diploma, submit your socres.  The following are passing scores for the GED:
    • Standard Average Score of at least 520 (or 52 for tests prior to 2002)
    • Writing Skills Score of at least 500 (or 50)
    • Mathematics Score of at least 500 (or 50)
    • Minimum score of 450 (or 45) in each of the remaining sections.
  • If you are under age 23—Your final high school transcript with graduation date and diploma type earned from an accredited high school (if available) or have earned a high school equivalency diploma* (TASC or GED). TASC and GED scores will be individually reviewed to determine admissions. You must also submit either SAT or ACT scores to Terri Manring, Office of Admissions, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306. 
You have earned 24 or more transferable college credit hours.
  • If you are age 23 or older—Final high school transcript with graduation date and diploma type earned (if available) or TASC or GED scores.Transcripts must be from an accredited high school.
  • If you are under age 23—Final high school transcript with graduation date and diploma type earned (if available) or TASC or GED scores. This will be individually reviewed to determine admissions. Transcripts must be from an accredited high school.

You have already earned a college degree (including an associate degree).

  • You need to submit college transcripts from all the higher education institutions you have attended. To qualify for admission, you must have a college GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Our application instructions page has more details about sending transcripts to Ball State.

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