At Ball State, we define community engagement as the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity with our friends and neighbors in Muncie and East Central Indiana.

The Office of Community Engagement connects university resources with community priorities and initiatives, resulting in more engaged faculty and students; greater prosperity for local residents, businesses, and organizations; and improved quality of life for all.

Major Initiatives

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Ball State is proud to partner with many individuals, agencies, and organizations to tackle the greatest needs in our community.

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Established in 2014 through a grant from the Ball Brothers Foundation, the Building Better Neighborhoods (BBN) Initiative connects Ball State’s resources with local neighborhood development efforts.

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Community-engaged scholarship marries teaching, research, and creative endeavors with community-defined priorities for mutually beneficial outcomes.

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Community Engagement for the Arts Grant Application

The Community Engagement for the Arts Grant affirms Ball State's commitment to community engagement with the greater arts community of East Central Indiana, by promoting broad participation and equitable access to our various community arts organizations.

Recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Foundation Elective Community Engagement Classification

Member of Engagement Scholarship Consortium

Member of The Community- Engaged Alliance

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For Community Members

volunteers painting a houseIt is thanks to you that we can provide community-engaged teaching, research, and learning opportunities. Contact us to learn how Ball State resources can support your organization or initiative through volunteers, interns, immersive learning, neighborhood development, and more!

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Explore the many low- and no-cost programs, facilities, and services that Ball State provides to the community.

Visitor Resources Group Visits

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Office of Community Engagement Blog

MUNCIE – The Training, Resource, & Advocacy Connector (TRAC) has awarded more than $210,000 to early care and learning (ECL) providers in ei …

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The April Better Together newsletter, which highlights the Muncie Community Schools and Ball State University partnership, is available now! Check it …

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The recipient of the 2024 Outstanding Community Partner Award is the Muncie Mission. Ball State University President Geoffrey Mearns presented the awa …

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Available Resources at Ball State

Ball State is proud to be an anchor institution in Muncie, Indiana. Home to about 70,000 people, we have plenty to do right here in town, both on and off campus.

Our Community

With a population of about 70,000 people, Muncie is home to cultural and recreational amenities such as the Minnetrista, Cardinal Greenways, and Muncie Civic Theatre, plus many opportunities on campus. The city ranks as the most affordable place to live in the U.S., according to, and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce has twice recognized Muncie as the Community of the Year.


Muncie Named 2020 All-America City Award Winner

Our city's continued effort to enhance the community's health and well-being earned Muncie the 2020 All-America City Award. Learn more.

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Office of Community Engagement

Oakwood Building, Suite 122
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana 47306

Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.