2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Admissions Requirements and Classifications

All new freshman applicants to Ball State University are individually reviewed and evaluated. Admission is based on the following:

  • Strength of curriculum (including the senior year)—Students should pursue the best college preparatory curriculum available. For Indiana applicants, Ball State requires completion of the academic component of the Core 40 curriculum as the minimum preparation for students who are college bound; however, completion of the Academic Honors Diploma is strongly encouraged. Students from other states should pursue strong college prep curricula.
  • Performance as measured by grades in English, mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II are minimum requirements), laboratory sciences, social sciences, and foreign languages.
  • Curriculum patterns and grade trends in the above courses—The Office of Admissions expects a balanced academic program with at least four college preparatory classes each semester and grades that reflect a steady or upward trend in academic performance.
  • Standardized test scores—SAT/ACT scores are weighed in relation to high school grades and are used to identify particular strengths or weaknesses in students’ preparation for college. Scores weigh more heavily in selection for Honors College admission and Presidential Scholarship consideration. (Ball State superscores, which means we take the best score from each section for a final score.)

Honors College Admission

Indiana applicants who earn Academic Honors Diplomas and out-of-state applicants who pursue comparable curricula may be reviewed for Honors College admission. Performance in academic course work and standardized test scores will be evaluated. (See the Ball State University Honors College website for details, bsu.edu/honors.)