Ball State University collaborates with Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University to offer the Connect Program, which allows Indiana residents who are not admissible to Ball State out of high school to earn college credit while working toward admission. Prospective transfer students can only enroll in the Connect Program if they have been offered the opportunity. A student does not have to be enrolled in the Connect Program to transfer to Ball State. Successful completion of this program guarantees you admission to Ball State as a transfer student to continue your baccalaureate degree (admission to restricted majors is not guaranteed).

Who is eligible?

Indiana residents who are denied admission to Ball State out of high school are eligible for the Connect Program. 

How do I enroll?

A Connect Program contract will be mailed with your admission decision letter. Your first step is to visit your respective Ivy Tech Community College campus or Vincennes University and meet with the appropriate Transfer Advocate who must sign your completed Connect Program Enrollment Form. The Transfer Advocate should submit the signed and completed form to in order for you to take advantage of full program benefits. Once we receive your form, we'll send you a letter confirming your participation in the program.

What are the requirements?

Participants are required to earn a minimum of 24 transferable college-level credits from the approved course list below. You must also earn a grade of at least C or better in each course with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale). While transfer student admission only requires 24 transferable credit hours, we encourage each student to pursue 30 transferable credit hours, which is sophomore status. (If you earn 30 credit hours and obtain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above, you could qualify for the Transfer Scholarship.)

Are there any special benefits?

Definitely. Since you're well on your way to joining the Ball State community, we invite you to take part in campus life while you're in the Connect Program. For a fee of $50 (per semester), you may request a Ball State Connect ID that will allow you access to Bracken Library, the Learning Center, computer labs, and some recreational facilities on campus. For an additional $90 fee (per semester), you may use Ball State's Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Students may also purchase a commuter parking pass. Without the Connect Program Enrollment Form, students are not eligible for the Ball State Connect ID. The Connect Program is at most a two-year program; therefore, participating students may only obtain the Ball State Connect ID for two years from their original deny date.

Please note: Ball State does not offer on-campus housing for this program. (On-campus housing is available at Vincennes University only.)

What's next?

See what the next steps are as you near completion of the Connect Program.


If you have questions, or wish to enroll in the program, you may contact the Ivy Tech Transfer Advocate or

Vincennes Transfer Advocate at the participating Ivy Tech location you plan to attend. If you would like to discuss the Connect Program with Ball State University’s Transfer Coordinator, please call 800-482-4BSU (toll free), 765-285-8300, or TTY users 765-285-2205 or e-mail