Ball State University offers courses students may take to prepare for admission to schools of law, medicine, dentistry, engineering, audiology, speech pathology, or pharmacy. The prelaw program is described in the Department of Political Science; predentistry, premedicine, and prepharmacy in the Department of Biology; preaudiology and pre-speech pathology in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology; and pre-engineering in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
OTHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
University College is an academic unit offering comprehensive programs and services to enhance students' academic success at Ball State University. University College is the home for academic advising for all freshmen regardless of major. Students receive advising through University College until they achieve sophomore status and declare a major, at which time they will receive faculty advising in one of Ball State’s eight degree-granting colleges. In addition, University College houses the Learning Center, which offers free peer tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and other forms of academic assistance to all Ball State students. The college coordinates the University Core Curriculum, the liberal arts component required of all Ball State undergraduate degrees.
Additional University College programs and services include
- PACE (Partnership for Academic Commitment to Excellence), a program of academic assistance for freshmen on academic probation.
- ID 101, the freshman seminar course.
- Specific programs for exploratory (undecided) students, students with disabilities, and student athletes.
For information about specific services, call University College at 765-285-1510.
Rinker Center for International Programs
The Rinker Center for International Programs is Ball State's central facility for international activity on campus. In cooperation with faculty, students, and the local community, the center's administrative services support Ball State's commitment to international teaching and learning. Each year, Ball State hosts international students and scholars from more than sixty countries; the center offers admissions and orientation assistance. Study abroad programs open to all Ball State students give students the opportunity to explore intercultural issues outside the classroom. Programs vary in length, location, and cost, and credit is offered on most programs, so that students who participate are not required to delay graduation. Information on international work and internship opportunities is also available at the center. RCIP also houses the Center for International Development, which applies for and manages grants from the U.S. State Department and other sponsors to assist developing countries.
For information on the services offered by the Rinker Center for International Programs, call 765-285-5422.
Online and Distance Education
Ball State University serves the needs of students who are pursuing fully online degrees and certificates, as well as those seeking a blended experience of online and face-to-face courses. The university is about empowering students with quality educational choices no matter where they are or what their work and family obligations are.
Approximately 8,000 students from nearly 50 states are enrolled in one or more of Ball State’s web-based courses. Some of these students include main-campus students who are looking to supplement their on-campus schedules with the flexibility of online offerings.
Ball State offers more than 60 online degrees and certificates, and students can choose from about 500 online undergraduate and graduate courses. The university also offers a few live, face-to-face graduate courses at Ball State's Indianapolis and Fishers centers.
For more information, visit Online and Distance Education.
The Office of Student Life
Student Life supports the academic mission of the university through leadership development, civic engagement, and service learning opportunities for students. In partnership with faculty and academic units, students participate in service learning experiences coordinated through Student Voluntary Services (SVS). Additionally, students may receive academic credit by participating in leadership development courses as part of the Excellence in Leadership program as well as the interdisciplinary leadership studies minor offered through the Department of Educational Studies. For more information, call the Office of Student Life at 765-285-2621 or visit our Web site www.bsu.edu/studentlife.
The Career Center offers opportunities for each Ball State University student and graduate to develop a clear career objective, obtain relevant experience, and learn the skills necessary to conduct a successful professional job search. The center has developed a four-phase career management action plan that Ball State students are expected to follow. The plan includes assessing and exploring skills, values, and interests as well as academic majors and career options; developing key skills employers are seeking and learning job-search techniques; developing leadership skills and pursuing opportunities for professional experience; and securing professional employment or enrolling in graduate school. The Career Center also coordinates all on-campus part-time student employment and some off-campus student employment opportunities; supports internship programs; maintains the Career and Experiential Learning Lab in Lucina Hall, room 235 that includes up-to-date materials on careers, salaries, the job-search process, and graduate and professional school preparation; distributes career brochures and publications on self-assessment, career exploration, resume writing, interviewing, and job success; and coordinates on-campus interviews with recruiters from business, industry, government, and educational organizations seeking graduates at all degree levels. For more information, call the Career Center, 765-285-5634 or 765-285-1522.
The Counseling Center provides a broad range of individual and group counseling programs and services that are designed to help students reach their educational and personal goals. They include individual counseling, group counseling, testing, emergency services, psychiatric consultation and outreach. Services are free and confidential and are provided by psychologists and counselors who have special backgrounds and experience with young adults. Appointments can be made in person or by calling the receptionist in Lucina Hall, room 320, 765-285-1736.
Disabled Student Development
The Office of Disabled Student Development (DSD) coordinates university efforts to provide access and opportunity to students with disabilities, including students who have disabilities that are non-apparent. Students wanting to learn more about services or accommodations available to those with a documented disability should contact the DSD office. Advance notice in planning services is strongly encouraged. Please visit Student Center 116, call 765-285-5293, TTY users 765-285-2206, or refer to our Web site www.bsu.edu/dsd or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology
Ball State University is committed to helping students lead healthy lives. The Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology can help students integrate the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, occupational, and environmental dimensions of their lives through many programs, activities, and services. In addition, the institute offers a minor in gerontology to those interested in learning more about the aging process and a resource area with information about many aging issues. For more information call the Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology at 765-285-8259.
The Health Center is funded by separate fees required each semester of all students who are enrolled for 7 or more credits. The fees cover office visits to the Health Center, the Women’s Center, Physical Therapy, and Health Education. Laboratory testing and x-ray services, if required, are not covered. Prescriptions may be filled at the pharmacy in the Health Center at a cost competitive with and often less than at local retail pharmacies. Services are provided by a dedicated and experienced professional staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses who are specialists in health promotion, disease prevention, and medical services for young adults.
The Multicultural Center (MC) exists to bring together diverse populations and to provide cross-cultural exchanges. The Center’s programming includes lectures, films, art events, cultural history, and social programs. The Center also assists all students in acquiring a greater understanding of their culture and heritage. For more information please visit our Web site at www.bsu.edu/multiculturalcenter or call 765-285-1344.
Unified Technology Support
Unified Technology Support (UTS) has brought together technology support professionals from across campus with the goal of providing outstanding technology support to students. The UTS Tech Center is centrally located on campus in the Bracken Library (BL 101). The Tech Center provides technology support to faculty, staff, and students in a comfortable, collaborative, and inviting space. Our services fall under the umbrella of Help, Fix, and Learn.
When visiting the Tech Center, students should stop at the Concierge Desk for assistance. They will help determine which support area in the Center will meet each student's immediate needs. Enrolled students will have access to the computer labs and testing facilities throughout campus; a Technology Store for purchasing tech accessories and equipment, or computers and software at a discount; a Technology HelpDesk to answer technology-related questions, and TechTime, a hardware and software support service that will help resolve problems with computer equipment, software installations, memory, or hard drives.
UTS is here to help students use technology to their advantage. Students should use UTS' services to enhance their education.
The mission of the Ball State University Libraries is to serve users by providing access to resources intended to satisfy informational needs related to and consistent with the university’s teaching curriculum, research mission, and service programs.
The University Libraries, comprised of the Alexander M. Bracken Library and the Architecture and Science-Health Science branch libraries, offer convenient access to more than 1.5 million books, periodicals, digital resources, DVDs, CDs, microforms, software, government publications, maps, manuscripts, music scores, archival records, and electronic databases.
Bracken Library, the main library on campus, is open more than 120 hours weekly during academic semesters. The library’s arrangement into separate service, collection, and study areas facilitates access to information sources. Library personnel are available in each service area to assist library users.
CardCat, the Ball State University Libraries’ Web-based catalog of resources, is accessible via the Libraries’ home page at cms.bsu.edu/Academics/Libraries.aspx. The Libraries also offer a mobile application for many research resources and services.
The home page also provides access to indexes of journal articles including full-text databases, course reserves, online tutorials, interlibrary loan, digital resources, library information and much more. Assistance finding and using these resources is available at the Reference Desk, Bracken Library, First Floor West, 765-285-1101, or via e-mail, live chat, or text msg. Extended individual help, featuring one-on-one reference appointments with research librarians, is also available. Research guides on over 100 popular subjects and short tutorials are also available to assist students in getting started on research projects.
Digital equipment, including laptops, data projectors, camcorders and video cameras, webcams, power cords, adapters, and more are available for use from Educational Resources. Bracken Library features multimedia workstations for video editing, GIS, and other intensive computing applications. Wireless connectivity is available throughout the libraries. Scanners, a large-format printer, laminating, and standard-format color and B&W printers and photocopiers are available. Bracken Library hosts the Bookmark Café, featuring hot and cold beverages and light snacks.
The Schwartz Complex in Bracken Library offers a viewing room and learning pod room which connect to a variety of digital media assets, provide access to international news broadcasts, and are available for group projects. In addition, group study rooms are available for collaborative use throughout Bracken Library and may be reserved online.
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WorkLife Programs offers employees and students a variety of family services to help them balance their responsibilities to both the university and to their families. Resource information on child care, local school systems, relocation and employment opportunities for partners is available online 24/7 at www.bsu.edu/hrs/worklife.