Beneficence: Proud Past. Bright Future.

Spotlight on the Honors College

As we enter our second century, our Honors College is poised to further its efforts to provide the very best, combining a liberal arts education that rivals small private schools with the access of a state school. This includes an increased investment in undergraduate research and more intentional community engagement, ultimately nurturing a community of respect, nimbleness, and personal empowerment.

About the Centennial

For 100 years, we’ve had an unwavering belief in an education rooted in creativity, values, and intellectual curiosity.

The Ball family believed in the transformative power of education for students, the community, and beyond. In 1918, the five Ball brothers purchased the land and buildings of a defunct institution and donated them to the State of Indiana. Ball State was born.

We were founded on the beneficence and tenacity of the Ball brothers who gave back to the community that gave them so much. Those values—excellence, integrity, social responsibility, respect, and gratitude—guide us today and will endure as we enter a bright future.

Centennial Kickoff

The campus community gathered in Emens Auditorium on September 6 to officially kick off our yearlong celebration of Ball State's 100th anniversary. The evening featured the premiere of the student-produced documentary “From Normal to Extraordinary: Ball State’s First Century,” plus food, live music, and more.

Our History

We’re proud—proud of our past and the prospects of our future. The Ball family had a clear vision of a teachers college growing into something so much more. Today, we are a world-class University with highly respected programs in education, architecture, business, communications, fine arts, sciences and humanities, and the health professions. With faculty, staff, and students as partners, we learn, grow, and take flight.
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Buy the Book

Commemorate our Centennial with a copy of "Ball State University," which is part of "The Campus History Series." You can order it online or pick it up from the Ball State Bookstore in the Art and Journalism Building.

Graduates of Distinction

For 100 years, Ball State graduates have made lasting contributions here in Indiana and around the world. We graduate scholars who are leaders in their professions and community. Thank you, everyone.