It's hard to believe — in just a few months, you'll be walking into your first class at Ball State. Between now and then, we'll guide you step-by-step through your transition into becoming a new freshman and show you what to expect in your first year on campus. We'll provide the resources and support you need to succeed from day one.

Learn about your next steps, tour our academic colleges, and prepare for life as a Cardinal with advice and insight from current Ball State students — all featured in our curated playlist of videos below.

Cardinal Landing Portal

Be sure to check your Cardinal Landing portal regularly during this time for the latest updates on your admission to Ball State.

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Your Next Steps

You'll need to formally accept your offer of admission and pay a $100 nonrefundable enrollment deposit. Also, you need to complete this step in order to apply for certain types of financial aid, sign up for housing, and other important steps to getting started at Ball State.

You must confirm your enrollment online through your Cardinal Landing portal. Be sure to have your Ball State username and password ready to log in. If you have not set up these credentials, see the next step, "Set Up Your Ball State Username and Password".

Once you log in, fill out the Decision Reply Form under the "Forms" section of your portal. You'll then be prompted to make your $100 enrollment deposit 

Accept My Offer

Setting up your Ball State username and password will allow you to access your Cardinal Landing portal. To set up these credentials, follow the instructions that were emailed to you by the Technology HelpDesk upon admission. If you cannot locate this email or if you have any problems with your username and password, contact the Technology HelpDesk.

What is my Cardinal Landing POrtal?

Your Cardinal Landing portal gives you access to important online resources at Ball State so you can do the following:

  • Confirm your enrollment. See the previous step on this page for instructions.
  • Use your Ball State Outlook email account. This is your official Ball State email, so it's critical to check your inbox each week to find next steps related to financial aid, housing, and other important topics. See "Explore Your MyBSU Account" below to learn more.
  • View financial aid award information through Self-Service Banner (when it becomes available). Students admitted before January 1 receive this in mid- to late-January.
  • Update and change personal and contact information through Self-Service Banner such as your name, address, phone number, and email.

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible between October 1 and April 15 to receive maximum consideration for financial aid and scholarships. Then, use your MyBSU account to view your financial aid awards. Ball State starts notifying incoming freshmen of their awards in January.

For a preliminary estimate of your financial aid eligibility and final costs, use our Net Price Calculator. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

As a student, you can set up proxy access granting others permission to access certain information in Self Service Banner or to speak with specific departments.

Students commonly grant parents or spouses access to their personal information. Learn how to set up proxy access or read our proxy FAQs.

Confirmed to the University and planning to live on-campus? Apply for housing and reserve your space in our residence halls by June 1.

We are currently evaluating the best way to provide an Orientation program for new students while still prioritizing student and staff safety in these unprecedented times. Confirmed students will receive timely updates through email, social media, and our website.

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Your final, official transcript from your current high school is required prior to the completion of your first semester at Ball State. Admission to Ball State may be rescinded if your final transcript reflects a significant downward trend in grades or courses not completed successfully. Once available, please request to have your final transcript sent electronically to Ball State Admissions.

Move-in

As your first semester approaches, you'll receive details about moving to campus. We’re talking your residence hall, roommate, move-in procedures, what to bring—the works. We can’t wait for you to get here!

About Move-in

Weeks of Welcome

Here at Ball State, you're immediately connected with our supportive campus community for a worry-free, smooth transition to college life during Weeks of Welcome. This series of events spanning several weeks immerses you in the Cardinal lifestyle while preparing you for your first day of classes.

About Weeks of Welcome

Once you're officially a student at Ball State, you will take care of important business through your MyBSU account. This is where you'll access your Ball State Outlook email, Self-Service Banner, Canvas, and other tools to manage your classes, financial account, technology needs, and other student services. Get familiar with this comprehensive resource, which you will access with your Ball State username and password.

Visit Ball State 

Sign up for a campus tour, join a virtual information session, or book an online appointment to learn more about Ball State and your future as a Cardinal. We'll answer your questions about admissions, financial aid, housing, academic programs, and more.

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Get to Know Our Colleges

Explore each of our academic colleges and our campus through video tours produced by our very own students. Watch now.

Guidance After You're Admitted

Your next step to becoming a Cardinal is to accept our offer of admission and confirm your enrollment. When you're ready to take flight with us, visit our YouTube playlist for next steps as an admitted student.

Show Your Ball State Pride

Digital Backgrounds Now that you're part of the Ball State family, display your Cardinal spirit with our digital backgrounds for your devices, a printable yard/window sign for your home, and fun GIFs for your social media.

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Apply for Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid at Ball State, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1.

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