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At Orientation, new freshman and transfer students will register for classes, get their Cardinal Card, connect with new students, and more. In order to fully prepare for life as Cardinals, students are required to attend. Orientation leaders will guide you through the process, and we’ve even got programs designed specifically for families. Programs and dates vary based on your enrollment term and student type.

Orientation is your first major step in becoming acquainted with the campus community. It typically takes place several weeks before classes start. During Orientation, you will meet with your academic advisor and register for classes. Your student orientation leader will be your guide throughout the campus and orientation activities.

Welcome Week is a fun transition program held when you move in the week before classes begin in August. Essentially, it kicks off the year with a whole lot of fun and celebrating. New students transition academically and socially to college life with the help of student Welcome Week leaders.

Orientation program dates depend on your enrollment term and student type. Learn your dates and program schedule.

For all orientation programs: Yes. Family members are encouraged to attend. Family member orientation is designed specifically for parents, guardians, and spouses of new students. No programming exists for children. You can register your family members when you choose your date online.

For our two-day freshman programs: On Day One, family members will attend information sessions with their students. On Day Two, there are special sessions for family members. The second day begins with a continental breakfast hosted by Ball State faculty. Other sessions for family members include Challenge of Change and Student Panel: Questions & Answers.

New freshman (younger than 23) enrolling in the fall: A $100 matriculation fee will be charged to your first bursar bill. There is no cost for family members. Breakfast items are available on the first morning of Orientation. A $25 meal card is provided for each student attending. (On Day One, we break for lunch and dinner. On Day Two, we break for breakfast and lunch.) Family members may purchase a meal using credit, debit, cash, or check. Housing is $25 per person, per night.

Transfer students or new freshman enrolling in spring or summer: A $40 matriculation fee will be charged to your first bursar bill. There is no cost for family members. Breakfast items are available each morning, and a $6 meal card is provided for each student attending. Family members may purchase a meal using credit, debit, cash, or check.

Invitations are mailed to admitted students who have paid their $100 enrollment deposit. (If you’ve not already done so, you can pay yours now.)

It includes information about your program and instructions to register online for your desired date. You will receive a confirmation packet with a parking permit and map within 10 business days after registering.

Students enrolling in the fall: Invitations are mailed to confirmed students in mid- to late April. Thereafter, invitations are mailed on a weekly basis.

Please notify us immediately at 765-285-8290, toll-free at 800-482-4BSU (4278), or for TTY users only at 765-285-2206. Our academic year hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our office hours in the summer are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can be rescheduled for a later session.

Freshman enrolling in the fall: Traveling to Muncie from a distance? You can register yourself and your family for overnight housing when you choose your date online. Students are strongly encouraged to stay in DeHority complex. Family members are welcome to stay in DeHority Complex but are not permitted to stay in the same room as their student. Family members may book local lodging if they choose.

You may also register to stay in the residence halls the night before your program (but be sure to arrive at DeHority Complex in time to complete the check-in process by 10 p.m.). Learn more about your housing options both on campus and off campus.

All other programs: Check out our local lodging accommodations.

All programs: Bring your confirmation packet (with your parking permit), completed Health Center form (included in your confirmation packet), umbrella, sunscreen, shower shoes (if staying overnight), and spending money for visits to the bookstore. Use your judgment and check the weather when choosing attire. There are no dress-up functions, so casual sportswear is suitable. Walking is involved, so wear comfortable shoes.

Transfer students: Bring a list of current and/or recently completed courses in addition to the above.

Freshmen enrolling in the fall: Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. On the first day, you will learn about academic and career expectations and how to get involved in college life from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. On the second day, you will meet your academic advisor, schedule your classes and get your Cardinal Card from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn more about orientation activities.

All other programs: Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. At 9 a.m. you’ll learn about academic and career expectations and campus resources. Then you’ll meet with several campus representatives and an academic advisor who will help you select your classes. The day ends at 3 p.m.

Learn more about orientation activities.

No. Students must attend the entire day (or two-day) program. In order to register for classes and receive your Cardinal Card, you must attend the entire program. You will not be excused for work-related reasons, so plan to take the entire day (or two) off to attend.

No. Ball State policy does not allow family members to be in the room when students schedule their classes with an advisor.

It is important for each student to meet one-on-one with an academic advisor to create their unique schedule and assume responsibility for all academic decisions. Orientation marks the true start of the school year for each student. The first year is about learning and accepting responsibility as an individual.

Placement tests assist your academic advisor in placing you in appropriate college courses. More important, it could give you a head start on earning college credit. Depending on your academic background and the major you plan to pursue, you may need to take an online placement exam in mathematics or foreign language prior to attending Orientation. Online placement exam information will be mailed to you with your invitation. Learn more.

We strongly recommend you submit a photo electronically at least seven business days before your orientation session. If you upload your photo, we can create your card and have it ready for you when you get here. Submit your photo. If you do not submit a photo in advance, you will have your photo taken at Orientation (no hats please). All students will receive their Cardinal Cards at Orientation.

Learn about photo requirements for Cardinal Cards.