If you are transferring from a university without accredited programs in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban planning or you have less than 30 college-level credit hours, please follow the same admissions process for incoming freshman.
Admission with advanced placement is a possibility if you are transferring from an accredited program in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban planning. Please contact the appropriate department directly for transfer admission information and application instructions.
Ball State Student Changing Majors?
If you’re a current Ball State student who wants to change your major to one of our programs, please complete CAP's supplemental application form. Deliver the form to the CAP Office of Student Services (Architecture Building, Room 508), which can answer any questions regarding the application process.
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CAP First-Year Program
Do You Live Outside the U.S.?
Do you live outside the United States and are interested in attending Ball State? Then review our admission criteria for international students and review our step-by-step guide for applying to the university. Get started.
Deadlines and Schedules
It’s best to apply early due to the competitive nature of our rolling admission review process. You must be officially admitted to Ball State University before CAP will consider your application. Consideration typically begins in October, and we review applications as we receive them.
We are accepting applications for Spring 2020 studios
Those who missed the Fall deadline can still apply now to be considered for the Spring Studio Track. This studio track will begin Spring semester 2020. To stay on schedule, you will complete the First-Year Program during the Summer semester of 2020.
No magic formula exists to guarantee admission. Our most competitive transfer applicants have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. We weigh academic standing, review submitted materials, and consider the following:
- demonstrated excellence in scholarship
- evidence of initiative, leadership experience, and interest in the environmental design and planning disciplines, as indicated on the supplemental application form
- the quality of the application essay
- A personal interview is not required, and neither is a portfolio. However, given the competitive nature of the application process, both—but particularly a portfolio—are highly recommended to demonstrate your potential achievement.
We maintain no admission quotas by race, gender, state of residence, or expressed preference of major within the department. You can read Ball State’s equal opportunity and affirmative action policy online.
Although we don’t require a portfolio, we encourage you to submit one to demonstrate your creativity and personality. The best portfolios include diverse content and devote more attention to creative talents than technical abilities. Some items you should consider adding to your portfolio include:
- creative work, including sketches, drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture, crafts, gardening, poetry, newspaper articles, or other creative projects
- personal or academic work
- writing samples
- awards or certificates
Beneath samples of portfolio work, please include descriptions (e.g. “Sketch of landscape for art class”).
Submitted portfolios must follow these requirements (CAP reserves the right to refuse any portfolio that does not meet these requirements):
- Submit as a single Adobe PDF file no larger than 20 MB (10 MB if uploaded with your application). The portfolio must be formatted and directed in either portrait (vertical) or landscape (horizontal) orientation on an 8.5-by-11-inch paper size.
- The page count should not exceed 24.
- Save your file as your first and last name. Also include your first and last name on every page of your portfolio.
- As your first CAP design challenge, we suggest you include a cover sheet and organize all the images, text, and pages in a way that demonstrates your creative abilities.
How to Submit
The portfolio, including letters of recommendation, can be uploaded in PDF format when you apply to Ball State, as long as your file size is 10 MB or less. If your file is between 10 MB and 20 MB, please email it.
To reduce the size of your PDF, save all the images in your portfolio at 100 DPI and save your file as an "optimized PDF" (in Adobe Acrobat select “File,” “Save As,” “Optimized PDF”).
If your file size slightly exceeds 20 MB or if you would prefer to send in your portfolio at a later date, the file must be sent via postal mail to:
R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning
Ball State University
2000 West University Avenue
Muncie, IN 47306
(Attn: Undergraduate Admissions)