Ball State University offers courses students may take to prepare for admission to schools of law, medicine, dentistry, engineering, audiology, speech pathology, or pharmacy. The prelaw program is described in the Department of Political Science; predentistry, premedicine, and prepharmacy in the Department of Biology; preaudiology and pre-speech pathology in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology; and pre-engineering in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
OTHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
University College is an academic unit offering comprehensive programs and services to enhance students' academic success at Ball State University. University College is the home for academic advising for all freshmen regardless of major. Students receive advising through University College until they achieve sophomore status and declare a major, at which time they will receive faculty advising in one of Ball State’s eight degree-granting colleges. In addition, University College houses the Learning Center, which offers free peer tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and other forms of academic assistance to all Ball State students. The college coordinates the University Core Curriculum, the liberal arts component required of all Ball State undergraduate degrees.
Additional University College programs and services include
- PACE (Partnership for Academic Commitment to Excellence), a program of academic assistance for freshmen on academic probation.
- ID 101, the freshman seminar course.
- specific programs for exploratory (undecided) students, students with disabilities, and student athletes.
For information about specific services, call University College at 765-285-1510.
Rinker Center for International Programs
The Rinker Center for International Programs is Ball State's central facility for international activity on campus. In cooperation with faculty, students, and the local community, the center's administrative services support Ball State's commitment to international teaching and learning. Each year, Ball State hosts international students and scholars from more than sixty countries; the center offers admissions and orientation assistance. Study abroad programs open to all Ball State students give students the opportunity to explore intercultural issues outside the classroom. Programs vary in length, location, and cost, and credit is offered on most programs, so that students who participate are not required to delay graduation. Information on international work and internship opportunities is also available at the center.
For information on the services offered by the Rinker Center for International Programs, call 765-285-5422.
Online and Distance Education
Ball State University serves the needs of students who are pursuing fully online degrees and certificates, as well as those seeking a blended experience of online and face-to-face courses. The university strives to empower students with quality educational choices no matter where they are or what their work and family obligations are.
Ball State offers more than 70 online degrees and certificates, and students can choose from about 500 online undergraduate and graduate courses. The university also offers a few live, face-to-face graduate courses at locations in the Indianapolis area.
Online courses can and are frequently taken by main-campus students who wish to supplement their main-campus schedules or eliminate schedule conflicts with other on-campus classes.
For more information, visit www.bsu.edu/online.
The Office of Student Life
Student Life supports the academic mission of the university through leadership development, civic engagement, and service learning opportunities for students. In partnership with faculty and academic units, students participate in service learning experiences coordinated through Student Voluntary Services (SVS). Additionally, students may receive academic credit by participating in leadership development courses as part of the Excellence in Leadership program as well as the interdisciplinary leadership studies minor offered through the Department of Educational Studies. Unpaid internship experiences are also available for students interested in gaining practical experience in graphic design, marketing, public relations, and/or hospitality management/event planning. For more information, call the Office of Student Life at 765-285-2621 or visit our Web site www.bsu.edu/studentlife.
Student Government Association
Student Government Association (SGA) serves as the collective voice for student concerns, provides valuable services for Ball State students, and invites all students to get involved in campus governance. For more information, please contact Student Governement Association at 765-285-8631 or go to our website at www.bsu.edu/sga.
The Career Center offers opportunities for each Ball State University student and graduate to engage in:
- One on one career coaching with a career coach assigned to students in each academic area.
- Developing a clear career objective, obtaining relevant experience, and learning the skills necessary to conduct a successful professional job search.
- Connecting with employers through on-campus
career fairs and interviews with recruiters from business, industry,
government, and educational organizations seeking interns and graduates at all
- Skills training through programs such as
practice interviews, KEY Careers, Intern-Ready, and Career-Ready.
- On-campus part-time student employment.
- Up-to-date materials on careers, salaries, the job-search process, and graduate and professional school preparation; career brochures and publications on self-assessment, career exploration, resume writing, interviewing, job success, social media presence, and other items.
- The Career Center also provides support to internship programs across campus.
For more information, call the Career Center at 765-285-1522, visit the office’s Web site at www.bsu.edu/careers, or come to Lucina Hall 220.
The Counseling Center provides a broad range of counseling programs and services that are designed to help students reach their educational and personal goals. They include workshops, group counseling, individual counseling, testing, urgent consultation, psychiatric consultation, and outreach programs. Services are free and confidential and are provided by therapists who have special backgrounds and experience with young adults. Appointments can be made in person or by calling the receptionist in Lucina Hall, room 320, 765-285-1736.
The Office of Disability Services coordinates university efforts to provide access and opportunity to students with disabilities, including students who have disabilities that are non-apparent. Students wanting to learn more about services or accommodations available to those with a documented disability should contact the Disability Services office. Advance notice in planning services is strongly encouraged. Please visit Student Center 116, call 765-285-5293, TTY users 765-285-2206, or refer to our Web site www.bsu.edu/disabilityservices or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Health Center is funded by a separate fee required each semester of all students who wish to receive services. The fee covers office visits to the Health Center clinic, the Women’s Center, and Physical Therapy. Each of these areas at the Health Center operates on appointment-based scheduling. Laboratory testing, x-ray services, and prescriptions, if required, are not covered. Prescriptions may be filled at the pharmacy in the Health Center which takes most insurance plans. Services are provided by a dedicated and experienced professional staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses who specialize in primary. The Health Center is also responsible for reporting compliance with vaccine requirements to the State of Indiana. All on-campus students must submit proof of 2 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccines, a diphtheria/tetanus vaccine within the past 10 years and sign a waiver regarding meningitis disease and/or vaccine.
The Multicultural Center supports and advances the university's commitment to cultural diversity by serving as a resource for the recruitment, retention and enrichment of students of color, promoting multicultural understanding through opportunities for cross-cultural connections, and sustaining an inclusive environment for a diverse student population. Our programs and services address the co-curricular needs of all students and celebrate the historical contributions of diverse groups. For more information please visit our Web site at www.bsu.edu/multiculturalcenter or call 765-285-1344.
Unified Technology Support
Unified Technology Support (UTS) has brought together technology support professionals from across campus with the goal of providing you with outstanding technology support. The UTS Tech Center is centrally located on campus in the Bracken Library (BL 101). The Tech Center provides technology support to faculty, staff, and students in a comfortable, collaborative, and inviting space.
When visiting the Tech Center, your first stop is the Concierge Desk. Our courteous staff of student employees will help determine which support area in the Center will meet your immediate needs. As an enrolled student, you will have access to the computer labs and testing facilities throughout campus; the Technology Store, for purchasing tech accessories and equipment or computers and software at a discount; the Technology HelpDesk, to answer technology-related questions; and TechTime, a hardware and software support service that will help resolve problems with your computer equipment, software installations, memory, or hard drives. TechTime also offers Personalized Application Support, a service designed to help currently enrolled students who need software assistance with a Ball State project.
UTS is service-driven. We’re here to help you use technology to your advantage and enhance your educational experience! For more information, visit our Web site: www.bsu.edu/uts.
Ball State University Libraries serves users by providing access to and assistance with resources to satisfy informational needs related to the university’s teaching curriculum, research mission, and service programs. The Libraries also provide a range of physical spaces to support individual and collaborative learning.
The University Libraries, comprised of the Alexander M. Bracken Library and the Architecture and Science-Health Science branch libraries, offer convenient access to more than 1.5 million books, periodicals, digital resources, DVDs, CDs, microforms, software, government publications, maps, manuscripts, music scores, archival records, and electronic databases.
Bracken Library is open a generous 123 hours weekly during academic semesters with hours to meet the needs of both early birds and night owls. The library’s arrangement of service, collection, and study areas facilitates access to information sources. Library personnel are available at each service point to assist library users. Group study rooms are available for collaborative use throughout Bracken Library and may be reserved online.
CardCat, the Ball State University Libraries’ Web-based catalog of resources, is accessible via the Libraries’ home page at bsu.edu/library. The Libraries also offer a mobile application for many research resources and services.
The home page also provides access to indexes of journal articles including full-text databases, course reserves, online tutorials, interlibrary loan, digital resources, library information and much more. OneSearch is a powerful tool for discovering resources in the Libraries’ collections using a simple search box to simultaneously search many print and online collections. Assistance finding and using these resources is available at the Reference Desk, Bracken Library, First Floor West, 765-285-1101, or via email, live chat, and/or text msg. Extended individual help, featuring one-on-one reference appointments with research librarians, is also available. Research guides for over 100 popular subjects and short tutorials are available to further assist students in the research process.
Digital equipment, including laptops, data projectors, camcorders and video cameras, webcams, power cords, adapters, and more are available for use from Educational Technology Resources and Collections. Bracken Library features multimedia workstations for video editing, GIS, and other intensive computing applications. Wireless connectivity is available throughout the libraries. Scanners, a large-format printer, laminating, and standard-format color and B&W printers and photocopiers are available. Bracken Library hosts the Bookmark Café, featuring hot and cold beverages and light snacks.
The Schwartz Complex in Bracken Library offers a viewing room and learning pod room which connect to a variety of digital media assets, provide access to international news broadcasts, and are available for group projects. In addition, group study rooms are available for collaborative use throughout Bracken Library and may be reserved online.
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Working Well Programs
Working Well Programs offers employees and students a variety of family services to help them balance their responsibilities to both the university and to their families. Information on relocation, movers, utilities and other community services, local school systems, and employment opportunities for partners, and things to do (in Muncie) is available online 24/7 under Relocation at bsu.edu/hrs.