Beneficence: Proud Past. Bright Future.

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.

Treasured Objects

Something as simple as a sweater or an old newspaper give glimpses into our rich history. Thanks to the Archives and Special Collections at Bracken Library and alumnus Jeff Koenker, '74, Bracken's bookstacks supervisor, the photos below highlight some of these relics of our proud past. Visit Ball State Magazine's website for the full gallery.

Watch the Documentary

The student-produced documentary "From Normal to Extraordinary: Ball State's First Century" covers the University’s history since it was founded in 1918 in Muncie, Indiana.

Set to a faculty-composed musical score performed by the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, the film details the University’s early days as a teachers college and its evolution into a world-class institution with highly respected programs in education, architecture, business, communications, fine arts, sciences and humanities, and the health professions.

Interviews include past Ball State presidents, faculty members, government leaders, and well-known alumni.

The Centennial Celebration Roadshow

Join the celebration around the state throughout the year! We’ll be offering cupcakes, giving away prizes, and doing community service projects at each stop for our Centennial Celebration Road Show. At each event, we assemble literacy kits, which consist of a book and supplies for a related craft. Check out our map below to see when and where we’ll be.

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.
Historical Image of Students

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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.