Accelerate, developed by the Office of Housing and Residence Life, is a program specifically for incoming freshmen to help them succeed at Ball State!

Ball State Accelerate is designed to help students get a head start with their on-campus experience by introducing them to their Living-Learning Community, residence hall leaders, Resident Assistants, and professional staff members — all before the residence halls officially open. This opportunity helps students acclimate to the Ball State University campus as well as learn how to successfully get involved. A limited number of students from each residence hall throughout campus will be selected to participate. Along with the activities, the program provides meals and lodging for free. 

"Accelerate was responsible for the successful transition I've experienced from high school to college. Thanks to Accelerate, I was motivated and met the amazing friends I have now."

    Accelerate participants will… 

    • Begin to develop a sense of belonging in the residence hall communities.
    • Foster connection and friendship with fellow students living on campus and within their Living-Learning Communities (LLC).

    • Identify characteristics of strong leadership.
    • Apply leadership skills.
    • Gain hands-on experience outside of the classroom within the LLC space.
    • Grow in the top 8 NACE competencies.

    Accelerate Summer Bridge Program Waitlist

    Due to high interest, the Accelerate Summer Bridge Program has reached capacity!
    However, applications are still being accepted and will be added to a waitlist.


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    Accelerate Program Director 

    Participant Expectations

    For students to get the most out of this unique experience, we ask all Accelerate participants to agree to and take responsibility for certain expectations.

    Schedule and Activities

    The following schedule and activities are subject to change.

    • Check into your Residence Hall and Move-in
    • Meet your Accelerate Mentors 
    • Meet your fellow Accelerate students
    • Dinner
    • Activities with your Residence Hall Staff
    • In Hall Time with Group
    • Breakfast
    • Guest Speaker presentations on leadership, getting involved on campus
    • Lunch
    • Accelerate Team Photos
    • Dinner
    • Campus event with other bridge programs
    • Reflection activities 
    • Breakfast
    • Campus Scavenger Hunt
    • Opening Roles and Welcome Week
    • Lunch
    • Guest Speaker presentations on leadership, getting involved on campus
    • Dinner with President Mearns
    • Accelerate Teams Final Reflection
    • Campus event with other bridge programs
    • Breakfast
    • Help students in your building move in!
    • Breakfast
    • Help students in your building move in!

    “I really had a great time at Accelerate! It really helped me get familiar with campus and I felt more confident going to classes. It was also a big help moving in early.”


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Yes, students should apply prior to July 30. There is limited space in the program and students' requests to participate will be accepted on a first-come, first serve basis.
    No, just a person who is friendly and has a willingness to learn.
    Students will have the opportunity to met current student leaders and staff, learn how to get involved on campus, and meet lots of new people!
    No. There is no cost or fee. We just ask that you are ready to learn and have fun.
    Students will be notified mid July via their Ball State email. 
    We ask that students participating in Accelerate move in a few days before other students. Move-in day for Accelerate students will be Sunday, August 14 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. We also expect you to participate in the Accelerate functions and assist with move-in activities.
    Students in the Accelerate program will move into their residence hall. When you arrive on campus, head straight to your building to check-in from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Then we will have a mentor meet you at the front desk of your hall.
    Participants will first go to their residence hall to move-in! Staff members will be there to greet you and help with anything you might need.

    Want to Learn More?

    If you have additional questions about getting involved, send us an email.