Ball State University is a state-run research university located in Muncie, Indiana. It is also known as Ball State, Ball U, or simply BSU.
Located on the northwest side of the city, Ball State’s campus spans more than 1,000 acres. The student body consists of more than 20,000 students, of which over 18,000 are undergraduate students and over 1,500 are graduate students.
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classifies Ball State as a Doctoral/Research University (DRU).
The University’s entrepreneurship program has been ranked in the top five among such undergraduate programs for the last three consecutive years, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine. According to the 2006 edition of the same magazine, Ball State has one of the best undergraduate business programs in the nation.
The University is also the administrator of the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities. The Academy is one of the oldest schools for gifted & talented high school juniors and seniors in the nation and provides University faculty an additional resource in research and hands-on experience.
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The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Ball State University continuously since 1925.
Ball State competes in the NCAA Division I / IA and is part of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in all sports except for men’s volleyball, where it competes in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA).
Ball State is home to 27 Greek organizations on campus, including 15 fraternities and 12 sororities. Around eight percent of all undergraduates are members of the Greek community, with over 1,200 students maintaining membership in a Greek organization.
Many Ball State graduates have gained regional, national and international attention, including U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and former United States Ambassador to Lebanon, Jeffrey D. Feltman. Ball State graduates have particularly left their mark in the fields of American professional sports and popular entertainment. The most recognizable alumnus of Ball State is American television host, David Letterman, of Late Show with David Letterman on CBS.
Many alumni from the Miller College of Business have gone on to successful business careers like Kent C. Nelson, Retired President and CEO, United Parcel Service and John Schnatter, Founder and Chairman of Papa John’s Pizza restaurants.
In the field of comics, artist Jim Davis, the cartoonist creator of Garfield also is a graduate of Ball State.
“I love Ball State. All of the experiences I have had on and off campus have been awesome. In general, my classes have gone well and have been fairly successful. I will miss Ball State when I leave.” Ball State University Student Review, CollegeProwler.com.
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