2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Other Educational Opportunities

University College

University College is an academic unit offering comprehensive programs and services to enhance students' academic success at Ball State University. University College is the home for academic advising for all freshmen regardless of major. Students receive advising through University College until they achieve sophomore status and declare a major, at which time they will receive faculty advising in one of Ball State’s eight degree-granting colleges. In addition, University College houses the Learning Center, which offers free peer tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and other forms of academic assistance to all Ball State students. The college coordinates the University Core Curriculum, the liberal arts component required of all Ball State undergraduate degrees.

Additional University College programs and services include

  • PACE (Partnership for Academic Commitment to Excellence), a program of academic assistance for freshmen on academic probation.
  • ID 101, the freshman seminar course.
  • Specific programs for exploratory (undecided) students, students with disabilities, and student athletes.

For information about specific services, call University College at 765-285-1510.

Rinker Center for International Programs

The Rinker Center for International Programs is Ball State's central facility for international activity on campus. In cooperation with faculty, students, and the local community, the center's administrative services support Ball State's commitment to international teaching and learning. Each year, Ball State hosts international students and scholars from more than sixty countries; the center offers admissions and orientation assistance. Study abroad programs open to all Ball State students give students the opportunity to explore intercultural issues outside the classroom. Programs vary in length, location, and cost, and credit is offered on most programs, so that students who participate are not required to delay graduation. Information on international work and internship opportunities is also available at the center.

For information on the services offered by the Rinker Center for International Programs, call 765-285-5422.

Ball State Online

Ball State University serves the needs of students who are pursuing fully online degrees and certificates, as well as those seeking a blended experience of online and face-to-face courses.

Ball State Online offers all the advantages of a Ball State degree – highly trained faculty, quality courses, and more – but it’s delivered on your schedule and at a competitive price. Our award-winning programs offer our students both quality and value. We offer more than 70 online degrees, certificates, and educator licenses.

Paired with our quality educational experiences, Ball State is the first higher education institution in the country to earn Learner Support Program Certification for its online programs. The honor is given by Quality Matters (QM), a leading quality assurance organization for online education. It recognizes online programs that provide all the critical student and academic services needed for learner success and uses learner feedback to continuously improve those services.

Online courses can and are frequently taken by main-campus students who wish to supplement their main-campus schedules or eliminate schedule conflicts with other on-campus classes.

For more information, visit www.bsu.edu/online.

The Office of Student Life

Student Life supports the academic mission of the university through leadership development, civic engagement, and service learning opportunities for students. In partnership with faculty and academic units, students participate in service learning experiences coordinated through Student Voluntary Services (SVS). Additionally, students may receive academic credit by participating in leadership development courses as part of the Excellence in Leadership program as well as the interdisciplinary leadership studies minor offered through the Department of Educational Studies. Unpaid internship experiences are also available for students interested in gaining practical experience in graphic design, marketing, public relations, and/or hospitality management/event planning. For more information, call the Office of Student Life at 765-285-2621 or visit our Web site www.bsu.edu/studentlife.

Student Government Association

Student Government Association (SGA) serves as the collective voice for student concerns, provides valuable services for Ball State students, and invites all students to get involved in campus governance. For more information, please contact Student Governement Association at 765-285-8631 or go to our website at www.bsu.edu/sga.