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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
$24,766 Out-of-State
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
24,735 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
74.5% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
2,233 Graduates


The median in-state tuition at Ball State University is $8,992, which is $2,001 more than the national median in-state tuition of $6,991. The cost of out-of-state tuition is $24,766, which is 275% of the cost for in-state students, and is $6,390 more than the national median out-of-state tuition of $18,376.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,369.

In 2016, 65% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 59% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Ball State University received 24,735 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 11.7% annual growth. Out of those 24,735 applicants, 15,398 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 62.3% acceptance rate.

There were 21,998 students enrolled at Ball State University in 2016, and 53% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Ball State University has an overall enrollment yield of 25.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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Ball State University has a total enrollment of 21,998 students. The full-time enrollment at Ball State University is 16,389 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,609. This means that 74.5% of students enrolled at Ball State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Ball State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 78.4% White, 7.12% Black or African American, 4.45% Hispanic or Latino, 2.55% Two or More Races, 1.42% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.04% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Ball State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (32.9%), followed by White Male (22.6%) and Black or African American Female (3.32%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (2.65%), followed by White Male (1.47%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (0.17%).

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In 2016, 1,583 more women than men graduated from Ball State University. The majority of students graduating from Ball State University are White. These 4,427 graduates mean that there were 14.4 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 307 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Ball State University is Radio & Television with 237 graduates, followed by General Studies with 220 graduates and General Family & Consumer Sciences with 167 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Ball State University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Architecture and Related Services, with 155 graduates, followed by Communications with 549 graduates and Education with 1,398 graduates.


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Ball State University has an endowment valued at nearly $192M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.83M (1.47%), compared to the 1.09% average return ($2.96M on $270M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Ball State University had a total expenditure of $473M. Of that $473M, they spent $231M on salaries and $76.3M on benefits.

Ball State University employs 341 Assistant professors, 230 Associate professors, and 229 Instructors. Most academics at Ball State University are Female Assistant professors (175), Male Assistant professors (166), and Male Professors (157).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Ball State University are: Service, with 546 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 481 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 194 employees.



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