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Ball State University is a public institution located in Muncie, Indiana. Ball State’s history began in 1899 with the founding by business leaders in Muncie of a small, private teacher training school. When community efforts to sustain the school failed, industrialist Frank C. Ball and his brothers purchased the school’s land and buildings and donated them to the state. The Indiana State Normal School Eastern Division was opened there in 1918. The ensuing decades brought a surge of funding and enrollment, as well as a broader educational scope. In 1965, the school was renamed Ball State University in acknowledgement of these changes.

Today, Ball State enjoys a total enrollment of approximately 22,000, including 4000 graduate students. The university is organized into seven degree-granting colleges offering a total of approximately 180 majors and 12 pre-professional programs, as well as over 100 master’s and doctoral degrees. Ball State is described as a research university and employs an “immersive learning” system in which students are organized into interdisciplinary teams guided by faculty members to seek and create solutions to real-world problems

Ball State’s athletic teams, nicknamed the Cardinals, compete on the NCAA I/IA level as members of the Mid-American Conference. The school fields seven men’s and twelve women’s varsity teams.

Located on the northwest side of the city of Muncie, Ball State’s 731-acre campus is built around two main quadrangles and includes 106 academic, administrative and auxiliary buildings, as well as thirty-one residence halls and two apartment complexes housing over 7500 students. The campus boasts an active Greek community with twenty-five fraternities and fifteen sororities. Additionally, students can find a wealth of extracurricular activities and events through the more than 350 campus-sponsored clubs and organizations.

Immediately adjacent to the campus, University Village is a commercial district of restaurants and shops catering to Ball State students and their visitors.

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