#4 Best Public Universities in Indiana

BSU Admission Requirements

Muncie, Indiana

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Your chances of getting into Ball State University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Ball State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at BSU is 68.2%.  Its admission rate is the 9th lowest in Indiana.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into BSU and can you get accepted?

BSU is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 15,642 out of the 22,947 who applied were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 54 percent on standardized admission tests. Ball State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.52. 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into BSU?

68% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Ball State University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.52 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1110 on the SAT
  • Score 23 on the ACT
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Ball State University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into BSU are to have around a 3.52 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as BSU accepts 68% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at BSU is 3.52 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #18 in Indiana for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since BSU is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.5 GPA range.

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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BSU SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Ball State University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 42% of students submitted SAT scores and 13% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Ball State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 510
Math 25th Percentile 500
Composite 25th Percentile 1010
SAT Scores for Ball State University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 610
Math 75th Percentile 600
Composite 75th Percentile 1210
Average SAT Score 1110

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Ball State University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at BSU is 1110 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1010-1210. Students who get into Ball State University score in the top 59 percent of all SAT test takers..  BSU ranks #18 in the state of Indiana for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1110 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. BSU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1010 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1010, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 910, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Ball State University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1110 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1110, you have around a 68% chance of being admitted. A 1210 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 80% chance of getting in.

Ball State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1210 and Above Good >80%
1110 to 1210 Avg + 68%-80%
1010 to 1110 Avg - 53%-68%
910 to 1010 Reach 37%-53%
Less than 910 Low <37%
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BSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Ball State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 20
Math 25th Percentile 19
Composite 25th Percentile 20
ACT Scores for Ball State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 26
Math 75th Percentile 26
Composite 75th Percentile 27
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into BSU?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to BSU is 23, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 20 and 27.  The school ranks #17 in Indiana for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 23. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 20 and score in the score in the top 49 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 16.

13 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Ball State University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Ball State University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into BSU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 23 score has around 68% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 82% with a 27 ACT score.

Ball State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
27 and Above Good >82%
23 to 27 Avg + 68%-82%
20 to 23 Avg - 55%-68%
17 to 20 Reach 41%-55%
Less than 17 Low <41%
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Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Ball State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 15,048 7,899 22,947
Accepted 10,641 5,001 15,642
Acceptance Rate 71% 63% 68%
Enrolled 2,041 1,237 3,278
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 25% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Ball State University is $60.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Ball State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Ball State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Ball State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because BSU is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.52 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1110 on the SAT and 23 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=150136 IPEDS survey data for Ball State University.


Does Ball State University prefer SAT or ACT?

42% of students submit their SAT scores to BSU. 13% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Ball State University?

68% of those who apply are granted admission to BSU. Admission competition is low and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Ball State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1010 and 1210. The average SAT score is 1110. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Ball State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 27. The average ACT score is 23. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.