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off-campus housing—Apartments and houses not located on campus premises.

on-campus housing—Apartments, houses, and residence halls located on campus premises.

out-of-state tuition fee—The tuition fee charged to students whose permanent residence is outside of the state of Indiana; also known as nonresident tuition fee. (See in-state.)

reasonable living expenses—General estimated costs, including housing, personal expenses, and transportation, while attending college. Living expenses differ for each individual based upon personal choices so this might reflect a fairly comfortable lifestyle.
resident tuition fee—The tuition fee charged to Indiana residents; also known as in-state tuition fee.

SAT—One of two standardized achievement tests (the other is the ACT) taken by U.S. high school students and international students interested in university study in the United States. Many universities have a minimum SAT requirement for admission.

second bachelor’s degree—Applicants already possessing a university degree received after 4 years of university study are not encouraged to apply for a second bachelor’s degree unless it is a specific requirement of their current professional objective. If an applicant’s ultimate goal is to enter a graduate program in a field different from that studied at the bachelor’s level it may be possible to apply directly for the graduate degree and take remedial course work until the appropriate background is completed.

SSN—Social Security number; a number assigned at birth by the U.S. government to U.S. residents. It is used by many universities as a student identification number. Ball State international students are assigned a random student identification number.

TOEFL—The acronym referring to the Test of English as a Foreign Language; a test that measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand North American English. Many Ball State University academic programs have a minimum TOEFL score for admission.

Top-tier university—A university that is highly ranked and well-respected academically.

transcript—An official university record of courses, grades, and length of study.

tuition—The cost of instruction based on the number of courses taken.

Undergraduate-level applicant—An applicant who has completed the primary through secondary education system of their native country.
The U.S. primary–secondary system consists of 12 years of study; pre-primary education is not included in this total number of years. To meet U.S. university admission standards, international applicants must have studied for a similar number of years in primary-secondary school. However, applicants from countries with at least 11 standard years in the primary-secondary system may be considered if the applicant has achieved a strong academic record and can submit the final, official school-completion certificate. Applicants from countries where there are more than 12 years of secondary study may qualify for advanced standing. Secondary school programs should have included study of a student’s native language, English or other languages, mathematics, natural and/or physical science, humanities, and social sciences. Undergraduate-level applicants are expected to have reached their 18th birthday no later than the end of their first semester of study at Ball State. If your secondary school is over 12 years please include all transcripts.

undergraduate student—A student working toward a bachelor’s degree. A first-level university student.

waiver—A notice given that releases you from fees or courses. For example, if you receive a fee waiver, you do not have to pay that fee.
International Admissions
Carmichael Hall, Room 201
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-5422
Fax: 765-285-3710
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