2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Special Enrollment

Enrollment as Guest Students

Students regularly enrolled and in good academic standing at other colleges or universities who wish to attend Ball State University for one semester and have their credit transferred back to their home institution and may apply as guest students. To be eligible, students must have minimum cumulative grade-point averages of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be eligible to return immediately to their home institutions. Guest applications are available at bsu.edu/apply. Students must submit official college transcripts to the Office of Admissions.

Within seven days of application receipt, applicant will receive notification from the Help Desk providing Ball State Credentials.  Additionally, if application is approved, the Office of Admissions  will send official notification outlining next steps.

Enrollment as Non-degree Students

Students who wish to enroll for personal and professional development rather than in pursuit of degrees may apply as non-degree students. Non-degree student applications are available at bsu.edu/apply. Students must submit official high school transcripts, the General Education Development (GED) certificate, Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) certificate, High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), or college transcripts. Applicants must have earned a high school diploma or GED/TASC/HiSET certificate and not be currently enrolled in post-secondary institutions. In addition, a student applying that has post-secondary course work must be in good standing – a minimum cumulative grade-point average of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and eligibility to return to the last post-secondary institution attended. Please note: financial aid is not available to non-degree students. If you have applied for and been denied on-campus or online admissions, you must have 24 transferable credits from another institution to be admitted as a non-degree seeking students. Non-traditional students must have a GPA of 2.5 or better on their high school transcript to be admitted as a non-degree seeking student.

Initial Enrollment as Non-degree Students. Before course registration, students registering for courses must call Upper Division Academic Advising for appointments, 765-285-5490. Students must meet all course prerequisites and departmental requirements. In addition to academic advising, students will be eligible for other services offered through University College and the Division of Online and Distance Education. If a student does not achieve the academic standards required their first term of enrollment, they are subject to all institutional policies.

Continuing Enrollment as Non-degree Students. The maximum number of semester credits that non-degree students may earn is 30. In addition, students will be subject to all university policies and regulations, including those pertaining to academic probation and dismissal.

Changing to Degree Status. A student may apply as a degree-seeing student at any point during their non-degree status. Students that are admissible, based on the current degree-seeking admission requirements, will be considered for admission for the term they apply. Students that want to apply for degree-seeking status during enrollment as a non-degree seeker, that do not meet admissions requirements will need to be in good academic standing at the conclusion of the semester in which they have completed 20 semester credits to be considered for regular admission. If admitted, students will be eligible to pursue degrees.

Admission as Auditors

All students who meet the general requirements for admission to Ball State University may enroll as auditors in credit courses upon approval of the academic department offering the course and the Office of Admissions. Auditors do not earn academic credits or grades. Students who have audited courses cannot later test out of those courses. Auditors must pay auditors’ fees for each course unless the course requires full fees.

Applications can be obtained from the Office of Admissions.  three to five days prior to the first day of classes of each semester or term. If an application is approved, applicant must visit the Office of Registrar to be enrolled in requested course. No online courses are available to be audited.

If space is needed for students who want to earn credit in the course, auditors’ registrations will be canceled and their money fully refunded. If auditing students choose not to attend the course, then fees are not refunded.  Faculty members may not admit anyone to class as an auditor who has not officially registered.