As a first-generation student and Cardinal at Ball State University, you fly. We are committed to meeting you where you are in your college journey, providing support and resources, and celebrating all that you bring to our campus community.
You belong here. Our campus services, resources, and programs have you in mind.
If you are the first in your family to attend college or if your parents or guardians did not complete a college degree.
First-generation stoles will be available for in-store purchase at the Ball State University Book Store for Spring 2024 commencement.
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Undergraduate Freshman Are
Employed One Year After Earning A Bachelor's Degree
First-Generation College Celebration is an annual national event held on November 8, to recognize, support, and celebrate first-generation college students.
Join us on November 8, 2023, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Multicultural Center for the First-Generation Celebration to enjoy refreshments, prize drawings, and conversations with first-generation students and staff.
First-Generation Student, Accounting MajorGraduation: May 2027
Learn about Kenneth
First-Generation Student, Public Relations MajorGraduation: May 2025
Learn more about KwaTashea
First-Generation Student, Computer Science MajorGraduation: May 2027
Read about Lilly's experience
Nickolas Atlas, Director of Student Services College of Health
Read about Nickolas's Experience
Dr. Adam BeachDean of the Graduate School and Professor of EnglishCollege of Sciences and Humanities
Learn about Dr. Beach's Experience
Director of Student SuccessCollege of Communication, Information, and Media
Learn about Tréon's experience
Read about Taylor's Experience
First-Generation College StudentSocial Work Major in Honors CollegeGraduation: May 2026
Read about Frank's experiences
Learn about Taylor's Experience
First-Generation StudentVideo Production MajorGraduation: May 2024
Read about Terry's Experience
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First-Generation Door Sign
Frank A. Bracken Administration
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.