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Step 1: Review Admission Criteria

Admission to Ball State is competitive. We will consider both your academic performance and extracurricular activities when we review your application.

Review Admission Criteria

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Step 2: Send Us Your Transcript

A complete application requires an official high school transcript sent directly from your high school. We accept transcripts electronically (i.e. Parchment, SendEdu, etc) or mailed directly to the Office of Admissions.

If your transcript does not include your in-progress courses, please have your guidance counselor fill out this form and send it in to our office. and send it in to our office.

Mail Us Your Transcript

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Step 3: Send Us Your SAT and/or ACT Scores (OPTIONAL)

If you choose to send in your test scores, we accept scores sent from your testing agency or on your official high school transcript.

  • For SAT scores, use code 1051.
  • For ACT scores, use code 1176.

We Are Now Test-Optional

As of August 2018, Ball State is a test-optional institution. This means you may choose whether you submit your SAT or ACT test scores to us—we do not require them. We made this change so you may decide whether your scores best reflect your academic performance. Not submitting test scores will not count against you. Learn more.

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Step 4: Tell Us about Yourself

Optional – Submit a one-page applicant statement, resume, or recommendation. If you’re missing required course work, fall below admission criteria, or graduated from a nonaccredited high school, this step may be for you. You can upload these materials directly to the online application or send to the Office of Admissions.

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Step 5: Apply for Admission

Complete the online application for undergraduate admission. Some program areas require additional information or materials. Find out if yours is one of them.

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Curious about the Redesigned SAT? We've Got You Covered.

The first administration of the redesigned SAT was in March 2016. See your intended college start date below to learn how the new SAT will affect your admission and scholarship consideration.

Ball State will consider both versions of the test for admission and scholarship consideration.

As always, we encourage you to send us all test scores to increase your chances of admission. We will not require the essay portion of the new SAT. We will continue to "superscore," or combine the top test scores from each category, to create the most favorable score for the student; however, we have not yet determined if we will combine the subscores from the current SAT and redesigned SAT and will make this decision once the College Board releases new concordance (comparison) tables. Learn more about the new test and how it will affect your college readiness at collegeboard.org.

You’ll most likely take the redesigned SAT. If you took the old version of the SAT, Ball State will still consider both versions of the test for admission and scholarship consideration.

As always, we encourage you to send us all test scores to increase your chances of admission. We will not require the essay portion of the new SAT. We will continue to "superscore," or combine the top test scores from each category, to create the most favorable score for the student; however, we have not yet determined if we will combine the subscores from the current SAT and redesigned SAT and will make this decision once the College Board releases new concordance (comparison) tables. Learn more about the new test and how it will affect your college readiness at collegeboard.org.