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For Tomorrow's Leaders

With nationally ranked programs and high-profile research centers, the Miller College of Business is global in its vision and reach. Our engaged network of 32,000 living alumni helps us ensure that our programs are up-to-date and creates real-world learning opportunities for our students.

Our graduates leave Ball State as leaders, creating opportunities that expand prosperity and improve the quality of life for everyone around them, whether they are in Nairobi or New York or Middlebury, Indiana.

With your help, we can make even more of these success stories possible. We need the involvement of all Miller College of Business supporters to keep the momentum alive. And the way you can do it is by answering Our Call to Beneficence.


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"As the role of business in tackling the world’s grand challenges continues to grow, we prepare our Miller College of Business students to lead these bold endeavors. Your support will provide our purpose-driven faculty with resources that ensure our students receive cutting-edge knowledge and a variety of immersive learning experiences."

- Cathy LZ DuBois, Dean 

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FUNDING Opportunities

  • Increase Student Emergency Financial Aid: Emergency funds comprise a particular type of need-based financial support to cover unanticipated but urgent financial needs that could potentially derail a student. The amounts are typically smaller but urgent: covering a textbook purchase, one week’s food or rent, medicine, etc. Inattention to these critical needs can lead to a range of consequences, from problems with class performance to dropping out of school.
  • Increase Student Need-based Financial Aid: More than 30 percent of our Miller College students represent the first generation in their family to attend college. About 25 percent are under-represented minorities, and 80 percent qualify for federal financial aid. All our students deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential despite their financial situation. Need-based financial assistance can ensure students have adequate resources to overcome obstacles, stay in school, remain healthy, and graduate prepared to thrive in their careers.
  • Increase Merit-based Financial Aid: Being recognized with merit-based scholarships provides students with a boost of confidence and a sense of gratification for hard work that was well done. These awards ensure we continue to attract and retain the most talented and motivated students.

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  • The Dean’s Innovation Fund acts as a venture capital fund for education. Faculty can apply for sponsorship of bold initiatives that align with the fund’s three key themes: research, cutting-edge curricula, and outreach to the civic, business, and non-profit communities.
  • Named awards for teaching and research will ensure that our highest-performing teaching and research faculty are properly incentivized and awarded for their outstanding work. High-impact teaching practices and the infusion of faculty research into courses engage and inspire our students.
  • Study away and study abroad opportunities and internships provide transformative learning opportunities that re-frame the world for our students. They cultivate adaptability and inspire independent thinking and creative problem-solving. Study away and abroad support funds will ensure that all students can embark upon adventures in major cities across and beyond our nation.
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  • A New Office of Student Success and Engagement (OSSE): With your help, Miller College will create a welcoming and centrally located Office of Student Success and Engagement that will grow the capacity of our OSSE staff to help students overcome obstacles, stay in school, and graduate prepared to thrive. This space will be the home of our outstanding JUMP START and SOAR programs – programs through which students grow their communication capabilities and develop a strong sense of belonging – which enhance student confidence and academic persistence.
  • A New Accounting Technology Lab: This new tech lab will provide state-of-the-art computer capabilities in a team setting to facilitate the growth of student competence in “telling stories with data.” Students will work together in teams, sharing screens and developing their capacity to use data visualization as the basis of decision-making. This new technology and furniture will mirror what the top accounting firms use.
  • We will honor J.B. Black, Jr., dean of the college from 1973–84, and inspire students to follow in his footsteps by naming the Department of Finance and Insurance after him and creating programs that honor his legacy.
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  • Master Educators: $75K each for a named educator in each of the seven academic departments
  • Faculty Scholars: $75K each for a named scholar in each of the seven academic departments
  • Professorships: $500K endowment for each of three professorships for exceptional scholars
  • Spaces: starting at $25K
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We educate nearly 3,000 students across 22 academic concentrations each year.


Job placement rate after graduation, with 88% employed in their field of study.


High-profile research centers.

Invest in the students who will be tomorrow’s business leaders.

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