Welcome to Ball State! Preparing for college is exciting, and families play an important role in helping students through the transition. Make the most of the special resources and opportunities we offer to support your student's journey.

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How Can We Help You?

While we are not currently in the office, our Transfer Center staff is still here to help you with any questions you may have. Please reach out to us at transfer@bsu.edu, 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 Admitted Student 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


You’ll need activate your Ball State username and password. You will use this information to access your Applicant Status Portal, where you will submit additional materials, confirm your enrollment, and more, and your MyBSU account, which you will use for important university business, such as accepting financial aid, signing up for housing, registering and classes, and paying fees.

To set up your username and password:

  • Locate the email from the Technology HelpDesk you received after you applied to Ball State and follow the instructions provided.
  • If you cannot locate this email, contact the Technology HelpDesk. (The HelpDesk can also help with username and password problems or you may learn more online.)

Contact Helpdesk

If you haven’t already, learn how your credits will transfer to Ball State University. Log in to your Applicant Status 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.

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.

Learn More

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!

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File Your FAFSA

To be considered for most financial aid options at Ball State, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible, if you haven't done so. Learn more.