Once you're admitted to the university and confirm your enrollment, it's time to prepare for your first semester as a Ball State student. Resources and programs linked on this page will help you settle into college lifeandget off to a great start.

Transition To-Do List

  1. JOIN us on Facebook to get information, ask questions, and show your Cardinal pride.
  2. APPLY for financial aid (FAFSA), if you haven't done so already, to be considered for grants, scholarships, loans, work-study, and veterans benefits.
  3. SEARCH for additional scholarship opportunities. Also check with your school and local library for options.
  4. REQUEST your housing and dining preferences, if you'll be living on campus. You can request a roommate and meal plan through the housing application.
  5. REGISTER for Orientation, where you'll get your Ball State ID Card, register for classes, and prepare for your new life as a Cardinal. 
  6. SIGN UP for our summer bridge programs to get an early start at Ball State through special academic, leadership, service, and recreational activities.
  7. PACK UP for your move to campus, or plan to attend Commuting 101.
  8. ATTEND a variety of fun Welcome Week events before fall classes start. The Freshman Convocation is mandatory for all first-time students.
  9. SHOP online or on campus for your textbooks, supplies, and Ball State gear plus the computer equipment you'll need.