We spark intellectual curiosity. Spirited and motivated, we learn, grow, and take flight. Our faculty and staff—everyone in our community—treat students as partners, from day one. In classrooms and labs, on the sports fields, in immersive learning projects off campus—with agility and perseverance—Cardinals fly. We are grounded in our values, lifted by our knowledge, and go confidently upward toward ever greater opportunities. Ours is a simple promise: to challenge each other to excel.

And with Beneficence as our guide—We Fly.

Ball State University is the one to watch.

Propelled by an innovative, immersive approach to education and guided by clear and enduring values, Ball State University is on the minds and in the hearts of every potential student, elected official, and community leader. We are a source of pride for alumni and our community.

Our Marketing Campaign

"We Fly" is part of an inspiring new campaign to reflect who we are and what we do at Ball State University.

Our Mission

We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world.

Annual Report

Our annual report outlines our Centennial, enrollment, academic achievement, community engagement efforts, diversity initiatives, and development of a strategic plan.

There is more to Ball State University than you may think.

While we are proud of our roots as a Teachers College, we have grown far beyond them. Ball State is a world-class university. Our students and alumni are designing extreme weather shelters, providing animation for major motion pictures, hold key positions in major media and news organizations, and are winning songwriting competitions, to name just a few.

21,884 Total Student Enrollment

95% Career Placement

Named One of the Best Universities in the Midwest by The Princeton Review for More than a Decade

We are Beneficence.
We live Beneficence.

We live the Beneficence Pledge because it is the right thing to do and it is intrinsic to our ultimate education goal: to propel students to successful careers and meaningful lives.

Students from All 50 States and 68 Countries

Earned the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

One of Only 26 Schools in the Country Named to The Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll

We empower students and faculty to fly.

And they love it.

We empower faculty, staff, and students because responsibility is assumed. We encourage them to take risks because we believe failure is a step closer to success. We insist faculty and students be learning partners because we understand the quest for knowledge and greater understanding is a shared experience. They are given freedom and flexibility, and are expected to be engrossed and persistent. We know flying is challenging, but it's also exhilarating. So we foster a culture that believes in students, faculty, and staff, and we demand they believe in themselves.

On-time Graduation Grew 65% in Just Seven Years

Ranked in the National Top 20 for Three Online Graduate Programs in “U.S. News and World Report”

Honored With Two Innovator Awards from Campus Technology

Our campus is our canvas.

Place matters, and that is particularly true on our beautiful campus—our size, our people, our culture, and our amenities. Our perfect size is one of the reasons students choose us.

We’re about more than educating students. We’re about serving our neighbors, near and far.

At Ball State University, we graduate scholars who are changing the world. And we’ve dedicated our university to do the same.