Prepare to Apply

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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.

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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) or mailed directly to the Office of Admissions.

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.

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We're 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.

Use our Scholarship Calculator to see if you could receive any merit-based aid if you apply test-optional vs. choosing to submit test scores.

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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 coursework, 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 them to the Office of Admissions.


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. An application and all required application materials must be received two weeks prior to the start of classes for a given term in order to be considered for admission to Ball State.

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Please note that if an applicant is denied admission to Ball State University, they may reapply for an earlier term only if new materials are provided (updated test scores and/or transcripts). An applicant’s test-optional choice cannot be changed if applying for an earlier term. If applying for a future term, an applicant’s test-optional choice can be different than a previous application.

After You Apply

Log in to your Applicant Status Portal below to submit additional materials and check your application status.

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