If you are transferring from a university without accredited programs in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban planning or if you have less than 30 college-level credit hours, please follow the same admissions process for incoming freshmen.
Admission with advanced placement is a possibility if you are transferring from an accredited program in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban planning. Please contact the appropriate department directly for transfer admission information and application instructions.
Ball State Student Changing Majors?
If you’re a current Ball State student who wants to change your major to one of our programs, please complete CAP's supplemental application form. Deliver the form to the CAP Office of Student Services (Architecture Building, Room 508), which can answer any questions regarding the application process.
Download the Form (PDF)
CAP First-Year Program
Do You Live Outside the U.S.?
Do you live outside the United States and are interested in attending Ball State? Then review our admission criteria for international students and review our step-by-step guide for applying to the university. Get started.
Admission to the common first year design program in the College of Architecture and Planning occurs on a rolling basis until capacity is reached (approximately 190 students) Applying early to Ball State and the college increases the opportunity for admission for qualified students.
If you have further questions, please contact Lori Pence.
No magic formula exists to guarantee admission. Our most competitive transfer applicants have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. We weigh academic standing, review submitted materials, and consider the following:
- demonstrated excellence in scholarship
- evidence of initiative, leadership experience, and interest in the environmental design and planning disciplines, as indicated on the supplemental application form
- the quality of the application essay
- A personal interview is not required, and neither is a portfolio. However, given the competitive nature of the application process, both—but particularly a portfolio—are highly recommended to demonstrate your potential achievement.
We maintain no admission quotas by race, gender, state of residence, or expressed preference of major within the department. You can read Ball State’s equal opportunity and affirmative action policy online.
Although we don’t require a portfolio, we encourage you to submit one to demonstrate your creativity and personality. The best portfolios include diverse content and devote more attention to creative talents than technical abilities. Some items you should consider adding to your portfolio include:
- creative work, including sketches, drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture, crafts, gardening, poetry, newspaper articles, or other creative projects
- personal or academic work
- writing samples
- awards or certificates
Beneath samples of portfolio work, please include descriptions (e.g. “Sketch of landscape for art class”).
Brian Zachary Portfolio Example
Brodie Budzinski Portfolio Example
Submitted portfolios must follow these requirements (CAP reserves the right to refuse any portfolio that does not meet these requirements):
- Submit as a single Adobe PDF file no larger than 20 MB (10 MB if uploaded with your application). The portfolio must be formatted and directed in either portrait (vertical) or landscape (horizontal) orientation on an 8.5-by-11-inch paper size.
- The page count should not exceed 24.
- Save your file as your first and last name. Also include your first and last name on every page of your portfolio.
- As your first CAP design challenge, we suggest you include a cover sheet and organize all the images, text, and pages in a way that demonstrates your creative abilities.
How to Submit
You will upload your portfolio under the "other" tab located in your Ball State University Admissions Application.