Are You Ready?

Soon you'll be walking into your first class at Ball State University to begin the next phase of your college education. Between now and then, we will guide you step-by-step through the transition and show you what to expect as a new transfer student here. We'll provide the resources and support you need to succeed from day one.

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Sign up for a campus tour, virtual information sessions, and online appointments to learn more about Ball State and your future here. Get your questions answered about admissions, financial aid, housing, academic programs, and more.

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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Ball State is committed to making sure our students, faculty, staff, and visitors are safe while they are on campus. See Ball State's safety plan for campus visitors and learn more about our coronavirus response


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Next Steps

How Can We Help You?

Our Transfer Center staff is here to help you with any questions you may have. Please reach out to us at, call us at 765-285-5604, or request a virtual appointment.

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 complete 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


You’ll need activate your Ball State username and password. You will use this information to access your Admitted Student Portal.

Your Admitted Student Portal allows you to:

  • Access your Ball State Outlook Email. This serves as your official Ball State email and is critical to check regularly to find next steps related to Financial Aid, Housing, and other important areas.
  • View financial aid award information through Self-Service Banner when it becomes available (all students admitted before January 1 will be receiving this in mid-late January).
  • Update and change personal identity information through Self-Service Banner such as name changes, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers etc.

To set up your username and password:

  • Locate the email from the Technology HelpDesk you received after you applied to Ball State and follow the instructions provided.
  • If you cannot locate this email, contact the Technology HelpDesk. (The HelpDesk can also help with username and password problems or you may learn more online.)

Contact HelpDesk

If you haven’t already, learn how your credits will transfer to Ball State University. Log in to your Admitted Student Portal to access our DegreeWorks system to see how credits you've earned will transfer to the University Core Curriculum and your major degree.

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 transfer students of their awards in June.

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.

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

You may choose to live on campus or off campus if you'll be at least 21 years old before the start of your first term at Ball State and/or you'll have 24 or more transferable credits. If you'll have fewer than 24 transferable credits, you must live on campus for at least two semesters.

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.

Learn More

If you will be living on campus your first semester at Ball State, you'll start to 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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File Your FAFSA

To be considered for most financial aid options at Ball State, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible, if you haven't done so. Learn more.