You are a freshman student if you:

  • have completed or will complete high school or secondary school before your term of application
  • have not attended a university or college or other postsecondary institution (This is for academic study only, does not include Intensive English study)
  • wish to earn a bachelor’s or associate degree

Freshman Applicants must meet the following requirements and application procedures:

  1. Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a U.S. 4.0 scale (some programs require higher GPA’s)
  2. Application: Complete the online international application found at www.bsu.edu/international 
    • Click on “Apply Now”
    • Please select the correct application type & term
    • Application Fee of $55.00 is non-refundable

   3. Academic Records: All applicants are required to send their academic documents for all secondary schooling

    • Scans, Emails, and Faxes of documents are acceptable
    • Documents can be submitted to intadmit@bsu.edu or faxed to 765-285-3710
    • Need English transcripts and diplomas for all schooling
    • Attested copies of academic documents are acceptable
    • Exceptions
      • Transcripts from United States schools must be sent directly from institution to Ball State University – International Admissions

   4. OPTIONAL: TOEFL/IELTS: If you have completed TOEFL/IELTS you can submit them to Ball State

  • Ball State University School Code 1051
  • Must be sent directly from ETS
  • TOEFL Scores of 79 IBT or 550 PBT, or above, are eligible for Regular Admission
  • IELTS Scores of 6.5 or above are eligible for Regular Admission
  • General TOEFL/IELTS Exceptions
    • If you have earned a degree or have 24 hours of academic study in the US you are waived from the TOEFL/IELTS
    • If you have earned a degree from one of these native English Speaking Countries: United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada (Except Quebec), Australia, and New Zealand you may be waived from the TOEFL/IELTS. Possible TOEFL waivers will be reviewed at the time of evaluation.

The following documents will be required by the International Student Services team, if you are found admissible to Ball State University. You can send them at the time of application or once you have our application decision. You can contact the student services team at: intlservices@bsu.edu

  1. PASSPORT PHOTOCOPY – A clear copy of the main passport page for you and each of the dependents (spouse or children) you will bring to Ball State. If you are currently in the US, include copies of your current visa, all I-20s or DS 2019s and I-94s for you and your dependents.
  2. ACCEPTABLE PROOF OF FUNDS – You must demonstrate your ability to pay for your living expenses and your University Fees. You will need to demonstrate sufficient funds are available to you in the form of personal funds, private sponsorship (family and friends), Government Sponsorship or Ball State sponsorship.
Personal funds: - Submit bank statements in your name showing balance of account. Scanned copies can be sent by email but original statements must be mailed to Ball State. A sample bank statement can be found here.

Private sponsors (must include both of the following):
  1. Letter(s) that shows the relationship between you and the sponsor(s), the amount of support and the length of support or the Agreement of Financial Support-Private Sponsors form in place of a letter.
  2. AND the sponsor's bank or other financial statements showing account balance. Scanned copies can be sent by email but original statements must be mailed to International Student Services at Ball State. A sample bank statement can be found here.
Governmental/institutional support or award letters - Students relying on support from their government, such as the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, must send a financial guarantee letter with the sponsor’s name and address. Your major must be listed on the form including any provisions for ESL.

Ball State University Awards – If you have been awarded a Graduate Assistantship or Scholarship from Ball State You must include the Award Letter showing the amount and length of support.

  • be no more than one year old (older statements will not be accepted). You may want to obtain more recent funding documents for your visa interview
  • should be in English if possible (especially names)
  • clearly show in your national currency and the US dollar ($USD) equivalents
  • be from statements that show liquid assets that can be converted to cash
  • salary statements, tax documents and stock portfolios are not acceptable

International Admissions
L.A. Pittenger Student Center, Room 102
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-5422
Fax: 765-285-3710
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