Below are answers to frequently asked questions regarding Orientation at Ball State. Don’t forget to check your Ball State email regularly for more information about your orientation program.

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During Orientation, incoming students will hear from campus resources, meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, and build relationships with their fellow Cardinals. In order to fully prepare for their academic career at Ball State, students are required to attend either on-campus or online orientation.

Orientation is your first major step as a confirmed Ball State student in becoming acquainted with the campus community. It typically takes place several weeks before classes start and is the time for you to register for your first semester classes.

Welcome Week is a week of programming in August that begins with residence hall move-in and ends with the first full week of classes. Students will have the opportunity to hear about more on-campus resources and participate in many social programs.

Students will register for their Orientation program by completing the coordinating form on their Admitted Student Portal. Check your Ball State email for your registration confirmation with your Orientation program date and time.

For on-campus Orientation programs, family members are encouraged to attend with their students. In the morning, students and their family members will attend the same programming. Then in the afternoon, family members will attend separate programming from their student which will focus on parent and family-specific learning outcomes.

At this time, we do not have programming available for children during Orientation.

The cost for Orientation is:

  • $150 for freshmen enrolling in Fall;
  • $50 for freshmen enrolling in Spring or Summer;
  • $50 for all transfer students regardless of semester they're enrolling.

Charges for Orientation are applied to the student's first eBill. There is no additional cost for family members.

Students who have confirmed their enrollment will receive their Orientation invitation via their Ball State email.

If you have not yet confirmed your enrollment to Ball State, you may do so online by visiting your Admitted Student Portal and submitting the $100 enrollment deposit. Learn more about confirming your enrollment.

Students who do not feel comfortable attending on-campus orientation due to COVID-19 may instead register for an online-only orientation. Information about this option will be included in your Orientation invitation email.

Yes! On-campus overnight housing for Orientation is available for all students and family members in Studebaker East Complex. Staying on-campus is a great way to get a taste of what it’s like to live in a student residence hall.

To arrange on-campus housing, use our online reservation system in advance of your stay.

If you'd rather stay off-campus, see what local hotels and accommodations are available.

We recommend bringing the following items with you to Orientation:

  • Your confirmation brochure and campus map, sent to your Ball State email.
  • Documentation for college credit you've already earned.
  • A completed health form and immunization record. Get the health form.
  • Money for Ball State gear and extra food. Each student will receive a $10 meal card for lunch during the program.
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • An umbrella (if rain is expected).

Check-in for Orientation begins at 7:30 a.m. and programming will run until 5 p.m.

In the morning, students and families will hear from Academic Advising, University Dining, Financial Aid & Scholarships, and Student Financial Services. Students who plan to live on-campus will also hear from Housing & Residence Life while commuter students learn more about the resources available to them.

In the afternoon, students and families will be separated. Students will hear from a variety of academic and social campus resources and register for their classes. Family members will attend separate programming from their student which will focus on parent and family-specific learning outcomes and also have the opportunity to take a campus tour and/or attend a one-on-one appointment with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

The day will conclude with more information about next-steps, including our Summer Bridge Programs.

No, students must attend the entire program. If there is an emergency, Orientation staff will address issues on a case-by-case basis and assist you in completing the necessary next steps.

No. It is University policy that students must attend their academic advising appointment without any family members or guests. Ball State believes it is important for each student to meet one-on-one with an academic advisor to create their schedule and assume responsibility for their academic career. Any concerns with the schedule may be addressed with Academic Advising after the student’s orientation and/or academic advising appointment.

Maybe. Ball State offers placement tests for mathematics and world languages.

At this time, we are still determining how students will receive their Ball State ID card. Please check for updated information.