Soon you'll be walking into your first class at Ball State to begin the next phase of your college education. Between now and then, we'll guide you step-by-step through the transition and show you what to expect as a new transfer student at Ball State. From day one on campus, we'll provide you with the resources and support you need.

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

Questions? We're Here to Help.

As you prepare to make your move, the Transfer Center staff is here to help you. We encourage you to reach out to us by email, call us at 765-285-5604, or request a virtual appointment.

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 complete 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 do not have your credentials set up, contact the Technology HelpDesk at 765-285-1517.

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


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). 
  • Update and change personal and contact information through Self-Service Banner such as your name, address, phone number, and email.

If you haven’t already, learn how your credits will transfer to Ball State University. Log in to your Cardinal Landing portal to access our DegreeWorks system to see how credits you've earned will transfer to the University Core Curriculum and your major degree.

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 transfer students of their awards in June.

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.

Confirmed and planning to live on campus? Apply for housing online. Request your residence hall room type, search for and request a roommate, and choose a meal plan.

You may choose to live on campus or off campus if you'll be at least 21 years old before the start of your first term at Ball State and/or you'll have 24 or more transferable credits. If you'll have fewer than 24 transferable credits, you must live on campus for at least two semesters.

Your final, official transcript from your current institution 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. You will also need to submit official transcripts from other institutions you have attended (if any). 

We encourage you to have your official documents sent to us before Orientation (if available) for a smooth experience when you register for classes with your academic advisor. Once available, please request your institution send your official documents electronically to or by mail to:

Ball State University


Lucina Hall

2000 W. University Ave. 

Muncie, IN 47306

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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If you will be living on campus your first semester at Ball State, you'll start to 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!

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 through 360-degree virtual tours of their facilities. View 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 transfer student.

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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) when available.

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