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Incoming Freshmen

Applying to the first-year program at the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) is a two-tier process:

  1. Apply to the university.
  2. If you would like to study Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Urban Planning, complete CAP's supplemental application.
pencilApplying online? Make sure to pick "Architecture First-Year Program" as one of your intended majors on the electronic form.

You may apply to Ball State online through a secure website or download the supplemental application form and mail it to: College of Architecture and Planning, Architecture Building Rm. 508, Ball State University, 2000 W University Ave., Muncie, IN 47306.

Please note: You must be admitted to Ball State University before your CAP application is considered. Also be aware that getting into the university is not a guarantee of admission to our college.

Do You Live Outside the U.S.?

Do you live outside the United States and are interested in attending Ball State? Then review our admission criteria for international students and review our step-by-step guide for applying to the university. Get started.

Deadlines and Schedules

It’s best to apply early due to the competitive nature of our rolling admission review process. You must be officially admitted to Ball State University before CAP will consider your application. Consideration typically begins in October, and we review applications as we receive them.

calendarPriority Deadline is Dec. 1

To receive priority consideration for admission to the college and Fall Studio Track, you must be accepted to CAP by Dec. 1. Those who miss the deadline will be considered for the Spring Studio Track, beginning studio classes in the spring, and complete the First-Year Program during the summer semester.

We use several factors to determine admission. Our students tend to be in the top 20 percent of high school academic standings, with SAT composite scores for critical reading and math of at least 1120 or an ACT score of 24 and above.

The admissions committee weighs academic standing and scores, reviews submitted materials, and considers the following:

  • demonstrated excellence in scholarship
  • evidence of initiative, leadership experience, and interest in the environmental design and planning disciplines as indicated on the supplemental application form
  • the quality of the application essay

A personal interview is not required, and neither is a portfolio. However, given the competitive nature of the application process, both—but particularly a portfolio—are highly recommended to demonstrate your potential achievement.

We maintain no admission quotas by race, gender, state of residence, or expressed preference of major within the department. Read Ball State’s equal opportunity and affirmative action policy.

Although we don’t require a portfolio, we encourage you to submit one to demonstrate your creativity and personality. The best portfolios include diverse content and devote more attention to creative talents than technical abilities. Some items you should consider adding to your portfolio include:

  • creative work, including sketches, drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture, crafts, gardening, poetry, newspaper articles, or other creative projects
  • personal or academic work
  • writing samples
  • awards or certificates

Beneath samples of portfolio work, please include descriptions (e.g. “Sketch of landscape for art class”). 

Requirements

Submitted portfolios must follow these requirements (CAP reserves the right to refuse any portfolio that does not meet these requirements):

  • Submit as a single Adobe PDF file no larger than 20 MB (10 MB if uploaded with your application). The portfolio must be formatted and directed in either portrait (vertical) or landscape (horizontal) orientation on an 8.5-by-11-inch paper size.
  • The page count should not exceed 24.
  • Save your file as your first and last name. Also include your first and last name on every page of your portfolio.
  • As your first CAP design challenge, we suggest you include a cover sheet and organize all the images, text, and pages in a way that demonstrates your creative abilities.
  • Submit your portfolio online at the same time you submit your Ball State application.

How to Submit

Electronically

The portfolio, including letters of recommendation, can be uploaded in PDF format when you apply to Ball State, as long as your file size is 10 MB or less. If your file is between 10 MB and 20 MB, please email it.

thumbs upTip To reduce the size of your PDF, save all the images in your portfolio at 100 DPI and save your file as an "optimized PDF" (in Adobe Acrobat select “File,” “Save As,” “Optimized PDF”).

By Mail

If your file size slightly exceeds 20 MB or if you would prefer to send in your portfolio at a later date, the file must be sent via postal mail to:

College of Architecture and Planning
Ball State University
2000 West University Avenue
Muncie, IN 47306
(Attn: Undergraduate Admissions)

If you are transferring from a university without accredited programs in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban planning or you have less than 30 college-level credit hours, please follow the same admissions process for incoming freshman. Learn more.

Admission with advanced placement is a possibility if you are transferring from an accredited program in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban planning. Please contact the appropriate department directly for transfer admission information and application instructions.

Architecture
Rod Underwood
765-730-2301
Email

Landscape Architecture
Chris Marlow
765-285-1980
Email

Urban Planning
Nihal Perera
765-285-8606
Email

Ball State Student Changing Majors?

If you’re a current Ball State student who wants to change your major to one of our programs, please complete CAP's supplemental application form. Deliver the form to the CAP Office of Student Services (Architecture Building, Room 508), which can answer any questions regarding the application process.

Download the Form (PDF)

CAP First-Year Program
Office of Student Services
765-285-5879
Email

Do You Live Outside the U.S.?

Do you live outside the United States and are interested in attending Ball State? Then review our admission criteria for international students and review our step-by-step guide for applying to the university. Get started.

Deadlines and Schedules

It’s best to apply early due to the competitive nature of our rolling admission review process. You must be officially admitted to Ball State University before CAP will consider your application. Consideration typically begins in October, and we review applications as we receive them.

calendarPriority Deadline is Dec. 1

To receive priority consideration for admission to the college and Fall Studio Track, you must be accepted to CAP by Dec. 1. Those who miss the deadline will be considered for the Spring Studio Track, beginning studio classes in the spring, and complete the First-Year Program during the summer semester.

No magic formula exists to guarantee admission. Our most competitive transfer applicants have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. We weigh academic standing, review submitted materials, and consider the following:

  • demonstrated excellence in scholarship
  • evidence of initiative, leadership experience, and interest in the environmental design and planning disciplines, as indicated on the supplemental application form
  • the quality of the application essay
  • A personal interview is not required, and neither is a portfolio. However, given the competitive nature of the application process, both—but particularly a portfolio—are highly recommended to demonstrate your potential achievement.

We maintain no admission quotas by race, gender, state of residence, or expressed preference of major within the department. You can read Ball State’s equal opportunity and affirmative action policy online.

Although we don’t require a portfolio, we encourage you to submit one to demonstrate your creativity and personality. The best portfolios include diverse content and devote more attention to creative talents than technical abilities. Some items you should consider adding to your portfolio include:

  • creative work, including sketches, drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture, crafts, gardening, poetry, newspaper articles, or other creative projects
  • personal or academic work
  • writing samples
  • awards or certificates

Beneath samples of portfolio work, please include descriptions (e.g. “Sketch of landscape for art class”). 

Requirements

Submitted portfolios must follow these requirements (CAP reserves the right to refuse any portfolio that does not meet these requirements):

  • Submit as a single Adobe PDF file no larger than 20 MB (10 MB if uploaded with your application). The portfolio must be formatted and directed in either portrait (vertical) or landscape (horizontal) orientation on an 8.5-by-11-inch paper size.
  • The page count should not exceed 24.
  • Save your file as your first and last name. Also include your first and last name on every page of your portfolio.
  • As your first CAP design challenge, we suggest you include a cover sheet and organize all the images, text, and pages in a way that demonstrates your creative abilities.
  • Submit your portfolio online at the same time you submit your Ball State application.

How to Submit

Electronically

The portfolio, including letters of recommendation, can be uploaded in PDF format when you apply to Ball State, as long as your file size is 10 MB or less. If your file is between 10 MB and 20 MB, please email it.

thumbs upTip To reduce the size of your PDF, save all the images in your portfolio at 100 DPI and save your file as an "optimized PDF" (in Adobe Acrobat select “File,” “Save As,” “Optimized PDF”).

By Mail

If your file size slightly exceeds 20 MB or if you would prefer to send in your portfolio at a later date, the file must be sent via postal mail to:

College of Architecture and Planning
Ball State University
2000 West University Avenue
Muncie, IN 47306
(Attn: Undergraduate Admissions)