Because Ball State wants every student to have a positive educational experience, we admit only individuals who have demonstrated their ability to succeed academically in our challenging programs. We know from experience, however, that students who are not ready for Ball State today may be successful here in the future.
That's why we collaborate with Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University to offer the Connect Program, which allows Indiana residents who are denied admission to Ball State out of high school to earn college credit while working toward admission.
Who may participate?This program is for Indiana residents who were denied admission to Ball State out of high school. A Connect Program contract will be mailed with your admission decision letter.
How does the program work?The Connect Program is available through both Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University. You may choose to attend either institution but must meet that school's admission requirements and must complete all remedial or skill-building courses deemed necessary by assessment/placement tests at Ivy Tech or Vincennes.
To sign up, you must contact a Transfer Advocate at an Ivy Tech campus of your choice or at Vincennes University. Remember to bring your contract when you meet with a coordinator.
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).
What are the requirements of the program?You will be required to earn a minimum of 24 college-level (nonremedial) credits in specific courses with no grade lower than straight C and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 at Vincennes or an Ivy Tech site. Twelve of your 24 credits are required to be English Composition I and II, public speaking, and college-level mathematics. An additional 12 credits may be selected from specific Connect-approved core courses (see lists below).
Your Transfer Advocate will help you plan your class schedule so you take courses that satisfy the program requirements.
Please note: Before you can register for classes, you will take assessment tests to determine your skill level in selected academic areas such as English, mathematics, and reading. If your scores indicate that skill building is needed, you will be placed in the appropriate classes to strengthen your skills. Typically, skill-building classes are not college level and do not count toward the 24 credits needed to enroll at Ball State. It is to your benefit, however, to complete these classes so that you will have a sound academic foundation on which to build your college-level courses. As a Connect Program student, you may not enroll in 100-level or higher (college-level) courses until you have completed any necessary skill-building classes.
Are there any special benefits?Definitely. Since you're well on your way to becoming part of the Ball State community, we invite you to take part in campus life, even while you're in the Connect Program. For a small fee, you may request a Ball State ID, which will enable you to use Bracken Library, Learning Center, computer labs, and recreational facilities on campus (additional fees required).
What's next?See what the next steps are as you near completion of the Connect Program.
Questions?To discuss the Connect Program with a Ball State admissions representative, please call us at 800-482-4BSU (4278) toll-free, 765-285-8300, or TTY users 765-285-2205.
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