Ball State University was founded as Indiana State Normal School, Eastern Division, in 1918. Its antecedents, all housed in what is now the Ball State Administration Building, were also normal schools, owned and operated under various names. In 1918, the Ball brothers, a prominent Muncie industrial family, bought the property and donated it to the state of Indiana, which, in turn, transferred control of the school to the board of trustees of the Indiana State Normal School in Terre Haute. In 1922, in recognition of the generosity of the Ball brothers, the board added Ball Teachers College to the school’s name. In 1929, the Indiana General Assembly separated the two colleges, naming the Muncie campus Ball State Teachers College.

    On February 8, 1965, the general assembly renamed the institution Ball State University in recognition of its phenomenal growth in enrollment and physical facilities; the variety and quality of its educational programs and services; and in anticipation of the much broader role it would be expected to assume in the future.


Ball State University is a comprehensive, publicly assisted institution of higher learning whose mission is to provide excellent education. It is located in Muncie, Indiana, a city of 70,000, fifty-six miles northeast of Indianapolis. Although its primary concern is for the citizens of Indiana, it offers programs with appeal to regional, national, and international audiences. 

    Ball State University offers a strong undergraduate liberal and professional education and selected graduate programs of high quality. Ball State students can choose from a comprehensive range of academic programs at the associate, baccalaureate, and master’s levels, as well as doctoral programs in areas where the university has special competence.

    The university has a selective admissions policy; in some areas, such as architecture, the university is very selective. Exceptionally well-qualified undergraduate students may enroll in the Honors College for more intellectually demanding programs of study. Students who have not decided on a major or who may need to strengthen their learning skills can take advantage of the special academic assistance and intensive educational advising offered by University College. 

    As part of Ball State’s commitment to excellence in education, the university offers students a friendly, collegial atmosphere; a full range of out-of-class activities; and excellent, well-planned academic, residential, and recreational facilities. An impressive array of student support services contributes to the personal, social, and intellectual development of all students. 

    Although Ball State University is primarily a residential academic community, it also supports programs that reach students well beyond the immediate campus. Through interactive telecommunications, Internet courses, and on-site courses, Ball State distance learning students are able to take courses and entire degree programs. The university has a strong commitment to cultural diversity and international programs. It offers exchange programs with universities throughout the world and a wide variety of opportunities for students to study abroad.


Ball State University will be a national model of excellence for challenging, learner-centered academic communities that advance knowledge and improve economic vitality and quality of life.


Ball State University is an innovative, supportive academic community that inspires students by:

  • Offering action-oriented learning, including immersive out-of-class experiences, research, and study-abroad;
  • Providing extraordinary access to and collaboration with professors who create scholarship to advance knowledge, improve teaching, and transform learning; and 
  • Engaging state, national, and international communities to enhance educational, economic, and cultural development.


Members of the Ball State University Community . . . 
    pledge to maintain high standards of scholarship and excellence
To work with students, faculty, and staff to strengthen teaching and learning on campus. 
    pledge to practice academic honesty
To model and uphold academic integrity, to honor their peers and earn the trust and respect from all members of the community. 
    pledge to act in a socially responsible way
To treat each person in the Ball State community with civility, courtesy, compassion, and dignity; to respect the property and environment of the campus. 
    pledge to value the intrinsic worth of every member of the community
To respect and learn from differences in people, ideas, and opinions.


Ball State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the National Architectural Accrediting Board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. The Department of Chemistry Curriculum is certified by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

All educator preparation and licensing programs are accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Programs in the College of Fine Arts are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the National Association of Schools of Theatre, and the National Association of Schools of Dance. The David Owsley Museum of Art is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Child Study Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The interior design concentration is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. The interior design major and the fashion apparel design major are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD). FCS teacher education program meets the academic requirements for the initial teaching license. The program is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (NCATE/CAEP) and the Higher Learning Commission.

The technology and engineering teacher education program is accredited by the CAEP. The construction management major is accredited by the American Council on Construction Education (ACCE).

The doctoral degree in counseling psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association. The master’s in clinical mental health counseling and the master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The baccalaureate program in the School of Nursing is accredited by the Indiana State Board. The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Ball State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The athletic training major in the School of Kinesiology is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The exercise science major is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The health and physical education teaching major is accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

The Department of Nutrition and Health Science has several accredited programs.  The Didactic Program in Dietetics and the Dietetics Internship Program maintain separate accreditations by the Accreditation Council on Education for Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), a division of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  The Health Education and Promotion Program is accredited by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and American Association for Health Education (AAHE) Baccalaureate Program Approval Committee (SABPAC).  The Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology (JRCERT).  The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

The Department of Social Work is accredited by the Commission on Standards and Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education.

The Master of Arts (M.A.) program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program in audiology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The program in urban planning is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

The Miller College of Business is accredited by the AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), except for the programs in apparel design and fashion merchandising, computer technology, hospitality and food management, and residential property management. The accounting programs, undergraduate and master’s, are separately accredited by the Accounting Accreditation Committee of AACSB International.

The clinical program affiliates for the major in medical technology are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

The Department of Journalism is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The public relations programs are Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR) accredited by the Public Relations Society of America.

The Center for Medical Education is accredited as a part of the Indiana University School of Medicine by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, Association of American Medical Colleges.

The Legal Studies program offered through the Political Science department is approved by the American Bar Association.

The Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, and its internship training program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

The university also holds membership in many professional organizations, including the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, American Council on Education, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, National Collegiate Honors Council, National University Continuing Education Association, and College Entrance Examination Board, and the Southern Regional Education Board.

Health Science is accredited by SABPAC = Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and American Association for Health Education (AAHE) Baccalaureate Program Approval Committee. The respiratory therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

The Radiography program  is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).


D. Miller, Principal; V. Edwards, Assistant Principal; M. Peo, Assistant Principal

Burris Laboratory School was established in 1929, as part of Teachers College, Ball State University and the Muncie Schools. In 1990, Burris, with the addition of the Indiana Academy of Science, Mathematics, and Humanities became part of University Schools.

Burris Laboratory School is named after Dr. Benjamin Burris, Dean of Teachers College, Ball State University at the time of the construction of the school. This building, which underwent an 11.7 million dollar renovation in 1993, has always been the home of Burris Laboratory School. The renovation not only improved the appearance of the inside of the building but also up-graded the facilities to include four computer labs, a distance learning studio and well equipped science laboratories.

Burris Laboratory School’s mission is to foster a culture of respect and trust where every student is challenged to pursue excellence by engaging in a well-rounded, technologically-enhanced, rigorous curriculum in a safe and secure environment. As a model school, engaged in best-practice research and the preparation of highly effective educators, we collaborate with community partners to prepare students for success in an ever-changing world.

Burris is fully accredited by AdvancED and the State of Indiana. Burris does not have a school board; therefore, the Ball State University Board of Trustees is the ultimate authority for school policies.

Vickie Barton, Executive Director

The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities is a residential school for three hundred of Indiana’s most academically gifted high school juniors and seniors. The Academy also has approximately 25 local students enrolled through the Academy’s non-residential program and approximately 15 international students. A rigorous curriculum is required for all students. The academic program gives students the opportunity to experience advanced elective courses from Academy’s curriculum as well as the university’s. Students can also pursue individualized research and experiential education opportunities. They are required to “give back” by earning service hours through work in both the Indiana Academy and the larger community.

The Indiana Academy also offers outreach programs that serve students and teachers outside of the Academy. Several advanced distance learning classes are offered for students in Indiana, the United States, and throughout the rest of the world. Each summer, under the auspices of the College Board, the Academy hosts an Advanced Placement Summer Institute for around 300 teachers studying to be Advanced Placement teachers. Throughout the school year and summer, the Academy offers Enrichment Programs and summer camps (both day and residential) for students from elementary through high school.