orientation leader

When Do You Start?

Tell us your enrollment term and we’ll walk you through how to prepare for Orientation.

Fall Enrollment
Ball State is actively monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation, and we invite you to review our comprehensive list of actions and resources at the top of this page.  Here at the Office of Orientation, we are very much looking forward to meeting you and helping you prepare for life as a Ball State Cardinal.  But as you’re aware, the COVID-19 virus has caused most all universities to constantly monitor the ever-changing landscape with an eye toward student and staff safety, combined with delivering the best programs and offerings possible.  As decisions take shape related to Ball State’s continued response, we are reviewing all options and will provide timely updates here, and through email/social media, regarding any potential changes for Orientation.  Until then, please stay safe and well.
Starting this spring? You'll attend Orientation this winter. Programs vary depending on your student type.

One-Day Session

December 12, 13, or January 3

If you’ve confirmed your enrollment, we’ll send your Orientation invitation in early November with instructions to register online for your desired date. 

Please note that a $50 student matriculation fee will be added to your first-semester bursar statement for Orientation.

Registration Tips

  • Register soon after your invitation arrives. Sessions fill up quickly.
  • You’ll need your Ball State username and password to register.
  • Each registered student receives a $5 meal card to use at our dining facilities during Orientation.
  • Register your family members, too. Don’t forget to reserve local lodging if you’re staying overnight.
  • Take placement exams before you attend to earn early college credit.

Need to change your date? Call us at 765-285-8290. 

Local Lodging

Schedule

A complete schedule will be provided to you upon check-in.

Schedule

8:30–9 a.m.: Registration

9–10 a.m.: Welcome/Campus Information

10–11 a.m.: Campus Community Break Out Sessions

11–11:45 a.m.: Lunch

Noon–3 p.m.: “Making It Official”  (Academic Advising, course registration, Ball State ID, tour)

One-Day Session (for all Transfer Students)

December 12, 13, or January 3

If you’ve confirmed your enrollment, we’ll send your Orientation invitation in November with instructions to register online for your desired date.

Please note that a $50 student matriculation fee will be added to your first-semester bursar statement for Orientation.

Registration Tips

  • Register soon after your invitation arrives. Sessions fill up quickly.
  • You’ll need your Ball State username and password to register.
  • Each registered student receives a $5 meal card to use at our dining facilities during Orientation.
  • Register family members, too. Don’t forget to reserve local lodging if you’re staying overnight.

A complete schedule will be provided to you upon check-in.

Schedule

8:30–9 a.m.: Registration

9–10 a.m.: Welcome/Campus Information

10–11 a.m.: Campus Community Break Out Sessions

11–11:45 a.m.: Lunch

Noon–3 p.m.: “Making It Official”  (Academic Advising, course registration, Ball State ID, tour) 

LOCAL LODGING

 

Need to change your date? Call us at 765-285-8290.

Non-U.S. residents who are enrolling at Ball State for the first time will participate in orientation through the Rinker Center for International Programs.

International Student Orientation

Ball State will no longer offer an in-person campus orientation for admitted students beginning Summer 2020 due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). An alternative online orientation will be available to all students who have confirmed their enrollment beginning April 27th, 2020.  Learn more about Ball State’s continued response to COVID-19.