Ball State University
 

Category: Tier 2 research institution | State: Indiana

About Ball State University
 

At Ball State, we're educational entrepreneurs. Combining top-flight talent with top-notch resources, our students and faculty inject endless energy and creativity into teaching and learning. We offer comprehensive academic opportunities, including about 190 undergraduate majors and preprofessional programs, and more than 100 master's and doctoral degrees. Our programs in architecture, telecommunications, landscape architecture, education, entrepreneurship, and online MBA and master's degree in nursing have been ranked among the nation's best. That excellence is possible because of our quality faculty and their commitment to teaching. Professors teach almost 90 percent of our classes ' a rarity at institutions Ball State's size.
 

Military Friendly Ratings

We rate how Military Friendly® an organization is within 6 different categories. Learn more about our methodology.

The ratings below reflect the extent to which each organization exceeds the benchmark standards for Military Friendly®.

Academic Policies & Compliance

Admissions & Orientation

Culture & Commitment

Financial Aid & Assistance

Graduation & Career

Military Student Support & Retention

Why attend Ball State University
 

Ball State University Office of Veterans Affairs is privileged to serve veterans, service members, and family members of veterans. Ball State has been a destination of choice for veterans since World War II. The staff facilitates the educational process through financial support, access to campus resources, and collaboration with faculty and staff to build a community in which veterans and family members can thrive. The transition from Combat to Classroom is addressed for returning veterans and family members by our nationally recognized new veteran student orientation program, and by our StuVetZone program for faculty and staff.
 

Ratings

Top Degrees

plaeholder-teamBusiness Administration & Management, General

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

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Criminal Justice/Police Science

A program that prepares individuals to perform the duties of police and public security officers, including patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control and public relations, witness interviewing, evidence collection and management, basic crime prevention methods, weapon and equipment operation and maintenance, report preparation and other routine law enforcement responsibilities.

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Educational/Instructional Technology

A program that focuses on integrating technology into educational curricula. Includes instruction in foundations of educational technology, computer applications, utilizing technology for assessment, multimedia instruction, web-based instruction, distance education, and designing and producing educational software and materials.

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Exercise Science

A scientific program that focuses on the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and biophysics of human movement, and applications to exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation.

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Hospitality Administration/Management

A program that prepares individuals to serve as general managers and directors of hospitality operations on a system-wide basis, including both travel arrangements and promotion and the provision of traveler facilities. Includes instruction in principles of operations in the travel and tourism, hotel and lodging facilities, food services, and recreation facilities industries; hospitality marketing strategies; hospitality planning; management and coordination of franchise and unit operations; business management; accounting and financial management; hospitality transportation and logistics; and hospitality industry policies and regulations.

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Nursing Administration

A program that prepares registered nurses to manage Nursing personnel and services in hospitals and other health care delivery agencies. Includes instruction in principles of health care administration, resource and financial management, health care law and policy, medical personnel management, and managed care operations.

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Nursing Practice / Registered Nurse

A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

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Social Work

A program that prepares individuals for the professional practice of social welfare administration and counseling, and that focus on the study of organized means of providing basic support services for vulnerable individuals and groups. Includes instruction in social welfare policy; case work planning; social counseling and intervention strategies; administrative procedures and regulations; and specific applications in areas such as child welfare and family services, probation, employment services, and disability counseling.

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Sports and Fitness Administration/Management

A program that prepares individuals to apply business, coaching and physical education principles to the organization, administration and management of athletic programs and teams, fitness/rehabilitation facilities and health clubs, sport recreation services, and related services. Includes instruction in program planning and development; business and financial management principles; sales, marketing and recruitment; event promotion, scheduling and management; facilities management; public relations; legal aspects of sports; and applicable health and safety standards.

Undergraduate Graduate
In State Out of State In State Out of State
Tuition $7,794 $23,962 $8,386 $20,698
Fees $1,980 $1,980 $662 $662
Room $9,936 $9,936 N/A N/A
Board N/A N/A N/A N/A
Books $1,320 $1,320 $1,320 $1,320
Other Expenses N/A N/A N/A N/A
Totals $21,030 $37,198 $10,368 $22,680
  • Approved for Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Utilize the Federal Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
  • Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) Funding
  • DOD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Tuition Assistance
  • Waives the admission application fee for military students and veterans
  • ACT or SAT test scores required for admission
  • Awards college credit for passing scores on CLEP exam
  • Awards college credit for passing scores on DSST exam
  • Award college credit for military training and experience according to the ACE recommendation guidelines
  • Mentoring/on-boarding programs for new military students or veterans
  • Compliant with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 ("Choice Act")
  • Active duty or reserve military student returns without penalty after deployment
  • Returning student receive reimbursement or remission of course fees
  • Offers evening programs
  • Offers weekend programs
  • Offers accelerated courses (i.e., 6-8 weeks course completion time)
  • Explicit commitment to serving the military and veteran community
  • Study skills workshops
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Career planning services
  • Transition Assistance
  • Accommodations for military students with disabilities
  • Full-time veteran counselors or advisors on staff
  • Formal mentoring or advising program in which faculty or staff members who are current or former members of the military mentor students who are military service members or veterans
  • Veteran-to-veteran peer mentoring program
  • Online clubs or associations for military service members or veterans
  • Campus/social networking events planned specifically for veterans?
  • Specialized career guidance counseling or other programs to help military students identify careers to pursue
  • Industry-employer relationship programs available to active duty military students and veterans to assist with post-graduate employment outcomes