Here’s What We Look For
Admission to Ball State is competitive. We review each individual application to consider your academic performance, level of course work, and English proficiency test scores. Ultimately, we aim to determine if you can be successful here. Review the following criteria we consider when you apply.
Academic Performance and Curriculum
Admission to Ball State is selective. We seek new students who have the ability, motivation, and intellectual curiosity needed to thrive in our innovative learning environment. Admission criteria include the strength of your high school curriculum and your performance, curricular patterns, and if your grade trends in academic courses were positive and consistent.
No grade point average guarantees admission to Ball State. We look for applicants that have demonstrated above average grades.
SAT and/or ACT Scores and English Proficiency Standards
SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission but scores may be used to meet our English proficiency requirement.
For full admission, you must earn a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5, Pearson’s PTE of 53, SAT Critical Reading section or SAT Evidence-Base Reading and Writing score of 500, or ACT English Section score of 21 unless eligible for a waiver. If you have taken an English proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson's PTE), scores can be submitted by uploading it directly to your application portal or by emailing a scanned copy of the score report to INTADMIT@bsu.edu. SAT or ACT scores must be officially submitted to Ball State University (school code: 1051).
You can retake any test and submit new scores an unlimited number of times.
Students who are eligible for conditional admission are admitted to the Intensive English Institute program at Ball State and must meet English proficiency requirements before being offered degree-seeking admission to the university. Please note that, beginning Spring 2024, a language test score will be required for conditional admission and/or admission to the Intensive English Institute. The Intensive English Institute offers Academic English courses for students who have the following minimum language test scores.
- IELTS 4.5
- TOEFL iBT 42
- Duolingo 65
- Pearson PTE 40
Do you play an instrument, compete in sports, perform onstage, participate in clubs, have a job, or volunteer? Depending on your desired major, we may require a design portfolio, performance audition, or an essay.