Admissions

Homeschooled Students

Ball State welcomes homeschooled students as applicants for admission. Homeschooled students are evaluated for admission to the university on the same basis as students from public and other private schools.

Each applicant for admission is evaluated carefully on an individual basis, taking into account indicators of potential to succeed at Ball State. The most important factors we consider are curriculum and performance in academic course work. Standardized test scores are weighed in relation to a student's curriculum and academic performance.

There are many unique opportunities at Ball State that set us apart from other universities.

Personal Learning

We understand that homeschooled students have been taught, challenged, and guided by someone whose dedication is equaled only by the students' desire to learn. We continue that experience by introducing students to a small classroom setting - our average class size is 31 students--with true teachers-scholars who believe their calling in life is to teach. We are the only state university in Indiana where 93 percent of the courses are taught by faculty. This allows for the personal attention for which Ball State is known.

Transcripts and Curriculum

All applicants must submit transcripts of their college preparatory course work (showing course titles and letter grades). Homeschools should submit materials showing the curriculum used and the content covered in each course.

Minimum Required Curriculum
The transcript must show the successful completion of the following college preparatory courses:

  • Mathematics: one year each of algebra I, geometry, and algebra I /advanced algebra.
  • English: four years, plus one semester of speech.
  • Science: three years of science (two years must include hands-on labs such as biology, chemistry, or physics).
  • Social science: one year each of U.S. history, government/economics, and one other social studies course.

Foreign language is not required for general admission but is strongly encouraged.

Honors Admission
In addition to the minimum required courses listed above, students who wish to be considered for Honors College  admission and/or academic scholarships should also complete the following courses:

  • Advanced mathematics: at least one year of pre-calculus, statistics, or trigonometry.
  • Foreign language: three years of one language or two years each of two different languages. Ball State accepts American Sign Language as a foreign language.

Performance in Academic Course Work

Each student's academic performance will be evaluated by examining his or her grades in the core academic subjects listed above.

Standardized Test Scores

Students must submit scores from either the ACT or the SAT. These test scores are weighed in relation to a student's curriculum and grades in academic subjects and are used to identify particular strengths and weaknesses in a student's preparation for college.

Additional Information

While an applicant statement is not required, homeschooled students are encouraged to submit applicant statements. Possible topics to address include:

  • Students may highlight any unique educational opportunities they have had.
  • They may also wish to inform the Admissions Committee of any significant life experiences that have affected their academic preparation, either positively or negatively.
  • They may also wish to include special awards or recognitions they have received.

Although not required for admission to Ball State, homeschooled students are strongly encouraged to take the GED (General Educational Diploma) exam. GED scores can be sent to Ball State as additional documentation in support of the application for admission.

Please note: Some employers and government agencies may require a GED score in place of an accredited high school diploma and may not recognize a homeschool diploma alone.

Proof of High School Graduation

Once admitted to Ball State, all students are required to submit proof of high school graduation (or its equivalent) following completion of all necessary course work.

Proof of high school graduation (or its equivalent) can be established in one of the following ways:

  • Submit an official final high school transcript. The transcript should indicate the date (month, day, and year) of high school graduation upon completion of a curriculum that awards a high school diploma that is accredited by a regional accrediting agency (such as the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools)
  • Submit a final high school transcript from the homeschool that indicates the date (month, day, and year) of high school graduation
  • Submit an acceptable score on the GED exam.

College Credits by Independent Study

You may earn college credits in a wide variety of subjects while still in high school through our Independent Learning Program, offered through the Ball State School of Extended Education. For a list of courses offered and other details, please visit the Online and Distance Education Web site or call 800-872-0369.

You may earn college credits in a wide variety of subjects while still in high school through our , offered through the Ball State School of Extended Education. For a list of courses offered and other details, please visit the Web site or call 800-872-0369.

International Students

If you are not a U.S. resident, please see our international admissions area for admission information and guidelines.

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