At Ball State, we provide a distinctive series of co-curricular programs and services meant to support and engage our incoming first-year students as they transition to campus each August. For more than twenty years, Ball State has put on Summer Bridge Programs that provide opportunities for students to connect with peers, faculty, and staff while experiencing campus and the Muncie Community before the first day of class. Our students who have participated in the Summer Bridge programs often point to that experience as a key factor in their sense of belonging on campus and confidence in their abilities to be successful at Ball State.
Get a head start on college and set yourself up for success. Our special summer programs for Fall 2022 incoming freshmen will help you meet other students, build confidence, learn leadership skills, and get more familiar with Ball State University – all before your first day of classes. Have fun, make friends, and challenge yourself as your prepare for your first year on campus.
A new first-year transition program for incoming students enrolled in the Teachers College, the College of Communication, Information, and Media, and the College of Sciences and Humanities. During this first year of Jump Start, the program is only being offered by these three colleges. Learn more.
Develop the skills you’ll need to succeed at Ball State by learning how to get involved in student activities, develop leadership skills, succeed academically, explore campus, and make friends. Learn more.
Join us for camping, horseback riding, and hiking at Brown County State Park in Nashville, Indiana. Learn more.
Gain valuable experience in service, citizenship, leadership, and academic success. Past participants have gone on to serve as student mentors, student president, and as the student representative on the University’s Board of Trustees. Learn more.
Move in early and spent three extra days getting familiar with Ball State and earn college credit by participating in seminars. You’ll attend sessions covering a dozen topics such as preparing for college, criminal justice in pop culture, visual design, and more. Learn more.
Kick off your college career with an adventure trip to Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina! Learn more.
Build connections with returning students who serve as mentors to help you with the transition to college. This program focuses on the academic and social experiences of students of color and first-generation college students, but is open to all students who wish to develop a peer connection with a mentor. Learn more.