Ball State students are leaders both in and out of the classroom. From leadership organizations, seminars, and even academic course credit, you’ll have lots of opportunities to develop your leadership skills.

Excellence in Leadership

The Excellence in Leadership (EIL) program will help you explore your leadership attributes and leadership styles. The program utilizes workshops,  keynote speakers, and experiential activities to help emerging leaders develop a strong skill set. The program is also available for course credit!

Leadership Studies Minor

The leadership studies minor is designed for students who wish to incorporate their leadership experiences into an academic curriculum. Our interdisciplinary course offerings prepare students for leadership in any field. Our classes are dynamic and discussion oriented. 

Cardinal Leadership and Service Seminar

Incoming freshmen who want to be campus leaders can attend an intensive, three-day seminar. During Cardinal Leadership and Service Seminar (CLASS) , you’ll explore ideas of service, citizenship, leadership, and success.  Returning students are encouraged to serve as CLASS mentors.

Keynote Speakers

Every semester our office brings nationally celebrated speakers to campus. Students who participate in our student organizations often get the opportunity to interact personally with a diverse range of guest lecturers. 


The Office of Student Life offers scholarships to emerging and established student leaders. The Hiatt/Wickham Scholarship is available to students who participate in the EIL program. Current students who are in good academic standing are eligible for the Undergraduate Leadership Scholarship .

Activity Fairs

Each semester, we offer you the chance to meet our student organizations. The Fall Activity Fair is held every year during Welcome Week  and includes representatives from many of our more than 350 student organizations.