Accelerate, a program designed for first-time freshmen by Housing and Residence Life, is specifically developed to help students succeed at Ball State. A limited number of students will be selected to participate in each residence hall throughout campus. These Accelerate students will have additional opportunities to develop the skills needed to stay on track and succeed at Ball State.

Accelerate students will move in early to attend special programs with speakers who will share valuable tips on:

  • getting involved in your residence hall and in student organizations
  • developing leadership skills
  • achieving academic success 
  • learning more about campus 
  • and making friends!

For more information, contact 765-285-8000 or email Jim Hague.

Program Dates:  Sunday, August 12 - Tuesday, August 14, 2018  (Please note that four other Summer Bridge Programs - Cardinal Connections, Cardinal Leadership and Service Seminar, Early Start, EXCEL - take place during the same dates as Accelerate, so if you are registering for Accelerate, you cannot register as a participant for Cardinal Connections, C.L.A.S.S., Early Start, or EXCEL)

Program Fee (includes meals, lodging, activities):  $.00 - free

Registration:  Registration for this program will open on May 14, 2018

Maximum Participation:  Limited to 200 students

Registration Deadline:  July 27, 2018 or until full


Day 1 - Sunday, August 12, 2018
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Participant Check-In
2:00 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
3:00 p.m. Accelerate Team Activities
4:00 p.m. Introduction of Accelerate Teams
5:00 p.m. Ice Breakers with Residence Hall Staff
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Break
8:45 p.m. Movie and Game Night, hosted by Residence Hall Association

Day 2 - Monday, August 13, 2018
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Challenge Experiences
10:45 a.m. Leadership on Campus with Ryan Penneau
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Developing and Academic Purpose with Ryan Penneau
4:30 p.m. Accelerate Team Photos
5:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. The Defamation Experience
8:30 p.m. Accelerate Reflection

Day 3 - Tuesday, August 14, 2018
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Campus Scavenger Hunt
11:00 a.m. Opening Roles and Welcome Week
12:00 p.m. Lunch and Visit to the Bookstore
2:00 p.m. Speaker Darrell Bellamy
4:00 p.m. Accelerate Connections
5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Accelerate Teams Final Reflection
7:30 p.m. Night at Rec