It's hard to believe — in just a few months, you'll be walking into your first class at Ball State. Between now and then, we'll guide you step-by-step through your transition into becoming a new freshman and show you what to expect in your first year on campus. We'll provide the resources and support you need to succeed from day one.

Learn about your next steps, tour our academic colleges, and prepare for life as a Cardinal with advice and insight from current Ball State students — all featured in our curated playlist of videos below.

Attend Orientation

Sit down with your advisor, register for classes, and meet Ball State faculty, staff, and your fellow classmates during our on-campus Freshman Orientation this Summer.

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Apply for Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid at Ball State, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1.

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Your Next Steps

You'll need to formally accept your offer of admission and pay a $100 nonrefundable enrollment deposit. Also, you need to complete this step in order to apply for certain types of financial aid, sign up for housing, and other important steps to getting started at Ball State.

You must confirm your enrollment online through your Admitted Student Portal. Be sure to have your Ball State username and password ready to log in. If you do not have your credentials set up, contact the Technology HelpDesk at 765-285-1517.

Once you login, fill out the Decision Reply Form under the "Forms" section of your portal. You'll then be prompted to make your $100 enrollment deposit 

Accept My Offer

To set up your Ball State username and password, follow the instructions that were emailed to you by the Technology HelpDesk upon admission. If you cannot locate this email or if you have any problems with your username and password, contact the Technology HelpDesk.

What is my Admitted Student Portal?

Your Admitted Student Portal allows you to:

  • access your Ball State Outlook account. This serves as your official Ball State email, so it's critical to check your inbox regularly to find next steps related to financial aid, housing, and other important topics.
  • view financial aid award information through Self-Service Banner (when it becomes available). Students admitted before January 1 receive this in mid- to late-January.
  • update and change personal and contact information through Self-Service Banner such as your name, address, phone number, and email.

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible between October 1 and April 15 to receive maximum consideration for financial aid and scholarships. Then, use your MyBSU account to view your financial aid awards. Ball State starts notifying incoming freshmen of their awards in January.

For a preliminary estimate of your financial aid eligibility and final costs, use our Net Price Calculator. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

As a student, you can set up proxy access granting others permission to access certain information in Self Service Banner or to speak with specific departments.

Students commonly grant parents or spouses access to their personal information. Learn how to set up proxy access or read our proxy FAQs.

Confirmed and planning to live on campus? Apply for housing online by June 1. Request your residence hall room type, search for and request a roommate, and choose a meal plan.

We are currently evaluating the best way to provide an Orientation program for new students while still prioritizing student and staff safety in these unprecedented times. Confirmed students will receive timely updates through email, social media, and our website.

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Your final, official transcript from your current high school is required prior to the completion of your first semester at Ball State. Admission to Ball State may be rescinded if your final transcript reflects a significant downward trend in grades or courses not completed successfully. Once available, please request to have your final transcript sent electronically to Ball State Admissions.

As your first semester approaches, you'll receive details about moving to campus. We’re talking your residence hall, roommate, move-in procedures, what to bring—the works.

We can’t wait for you to get here!

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Visit Ball State 

Sign up for a campus tour, join a virtual information session, or book an online appointment to learn more about Ball State and your future as a Cardinal. We'll answer your questions about admissions, financial aid, housing, academic programs, and more.

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Get to Know Our Colleges

Explore each of our academic colleges and our campus through video tours produced by our very own students. Watch now.

Show Your Ball State Pride

Digital Backgrounds Now that you're part of the Ball State family, display your Cardinal pride with our digital backgrounds for your devices or a printable yard/window sign for your home.

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