Ball State University (BSU) is a public university in Muncie, Indiana. BSU was founded in 1899 as a normal school and was eventually purchased by the Ball brothers, a pair of successful and well-known businessmen in the local Muncie community. The brothers gave the school to the State of Indiana in 1918, which granted it university status in 1965.
Today BSU awards associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, and has several other specialized graduate programs. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The university is home to more than 20,000 students on a very large campus, spanning well over a thousand acres. Ball State University defines its mission as one of “the discovery of knowledge, the integration of learning experiences, and their application through civic and professional leadership. “