Housing and Residence Life values the diversity of students at Ball State. Our diversity statement says “we embrace all of the people that complete our campus community and pledge to challenge and support our students in overcoming the barriers of prejudice and discrimination in an increasingly global society.” Through this pledge we strive to serve all students, including students who are transgender, those with disabilities, and students of any age.

We also want students and families to be aware of how we make residence hall assignments. Freshmen and upper-level students are placed in the same residence hall buildings, meaning that there is no “freshman dorm.” First-time freshman and transfer students may request accommodations when completing the online housing application (i.e., all women’s housing, living-learning communities, over 21 housing), but not a residence hall building. After the first year, students may request the hall and room they wish to live in, based on availability.

Here are a few types of accommodations we offer students.

Age 21 and over
The first floor in Elliott Hall is designated for students age 21 years and older.

Living-learning communities
A variety of living-learning communities are available by majors or by interests. These supportive communities connect students with similar academic interests and experiences. Living-learning communities include business, communication, design, discover, early and elementary education, emerging media, health professions, honors, international/languages, kinesiology, nursing, social sciences, theatre and dance, and transfer.

Housing and Residence Life is committed to providing safe and comfortable living environments for transgender students. For assistance in requesting accommodations, contact Dr. Cathy Bickel, Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life, at (765) 285-8006.

Students with disabilities
Accommodations are available for students with disabilities, depending on the type of need a person may have. To request this type of space, as well as learn about other available services at Ball State, call the Office of Disability Services at 765-285-5293.