Alternative Fall Break 2016 picture of participants


Learn more about how our students are using their time off to change lives.

When you first go away to college, you have no idea how much your life will change until you finally get there. 

From your first night away from home to your first Homecoming, you're gaining experiences like no other you'll find before or after college life. If that weren't enough, you're still given even more opportunities throughout your college life like no other you can find any place else. The Alternative Breaks program is one of those very opportunities that will change you for the rest of your life!


Alternative Breaks are an opportunity for you to grow, meet new people, and most importantly leave a lasting mark on a community in great need of help. An adventurous group of students is chosen to come together, travel to a different part of the country, and directly help people who need it the most.

By the end of the trip, you'll create bonds and friendships that will last a lifetime and make a lifelong impact on the people you serve.


The Alternative Breaks program was reinstated at Ball State in 2004. Students have traveled to Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Texas, and West Virginia to help with projects ranging from assisting refugees and immigrants to building and renovating homes.

How Do I Participate?

There is an application and selection process for each Alternative Break trip. The application process for the Alternative Fall Break trip will begin in September while the application for the Spring Break trip will begin in January! 

To apply for the Spring 2018 Alternative Break trip, download the application. For more information, contact