U.S. News and World Report

Social mobility
#1 in Social Mobility in Indiana (120 Nationally)

Institutions that advance social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of economically disadvantaged students.

*received ranking in 2022

First Year Experience
#3 First-Year Experience in Indiana

Institutions providing first-year seminars or other programs that bring small groups of students together with faculty or staff.

*received ranking in 2023

Undergraduate Teaching
Best Undergraduate Teaching (#2 in Indiana)

Institutions recognized by top college administrators for putting a particular focus on undergraduate teaching.

*received ranking in 2022 and 2023

Online Programs

Best Online Master's Programs
Best Online Undergraduate Programs
Best Online Master's Programs for Veterans


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#27 Online Colleges in America

Top 10% College Dorms in America

Top 10% College Food in America

Top 14% College Campus in America

Princeton Review rates Ball State as one of the best universities in the Midwest for 2022

More Notable Rankings

Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

Designated as a Doctoral University in 2022

Center for World University Rankings

Rated among the Top 7% of universities worldwide in 2022-23

Engaged Scholarship Consortium Awards Committee

Winner of the 2022 Ryan, Moser, Reilly Award for Excellence in Community Engagement Institutional Leadership award

Insight into Diversity

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED). (For exemplary initiatives focusing on all aspects of diversity and inclusion, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community.)

University Business

Ball State received a grade of "A" from University Business for scholarship transparency (2022)

College Magazine

No. 6 - Campuses for Students with Physical Disabilities (2020)

Equipment Supplies Magazine

North Dining Hall featured in the magazine's July 2021 issue