Ball State University
At Ball State, they're more than just educators—they're educational entrepreneurs. Combining top-flight talent with the top-notch resources they have to offer, their students and faculty inject endless energy and creativity into what they teach and how they learn. The result—a university The Princeton Review calls one of the best in the Midwest. To fulfil their mission of fundamentally changing their students, researchers, and external partners, they offer comprehensive academic opportunities, including about 190 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs and more than 140 graduate programs, including certificates and masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Their programs in architecture, telecommunications, landscape architecture, education, entrepreneurship, and online master’s degree in nursing are consistently ranked among the best in the nation. That excellence is only possible because of the quality of their faculty and their commitment to teaching. More than 90 percent of their classes are taught by professors. That's almost unheard of at an institution of Ball State's size. They believe that for an educational experience to be successful, it should be just that—an experience. So they've made a unique commitment to immersive learning programs that incorporate research, projects with community partners, and capstone experiences into the curriculum. Acting, musical theatre, and telecommunications students participate in talent showcases in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Students in their entrepreneurship program face the ultimate pass or fail test—to graduate, they must pitch a business plan that a panel of experts deems viable.
They celebrate diversity and inclusion as part of their community and culture. Part of their responsibility is actively living out their Beneficence Pledge, whether you’re a student, faculty member, or staffer. Among the pledge’s tenets are “to treat each person in the Ball State community with civility, courtesy, compassion, and dignity.” They also vow “to respect and learn from differences in people, ideas, and opinions.” Emerging media are deeply ingrained in their academic and immersive learning experiences. They're home to the leading experts in the field, and they provide them with top-notch facilities to conduct truly ground-breaking research. Their growing emphasis on new ideas, technology transfer, and commercialization provide the support faculty need to bring their ideas to market and benefit Indiana's economy. Ball State is located in Muncie, Indiana, a mid-sized city 55 miles (one hour) northeast of Indianapolis, just off Interstate 69. Muncie’s location in the heart of the Midwest makes it easily accessible by highways and charter flights from many locations, including the Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Dayton airports.
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