Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.08
Liaison Julie Hopwood
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

Ball State University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.80 / 2.00 Lindsey Speer
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
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Are the following students provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability?:
Yes or No
First-year students Yes
Transfer students Yes
Entering graduate students No

Percentage of all entering students that are provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability:

A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation :

Campus Engagement
a. Environmental Sustainability
i. Contact Housing and Residence Life and Dining Services about what they talk about it their session about recycling and environmental sustainability within the residence halls.
ii. Office of Admissions and Orientation added had a water fountain with a bottle filling feature
b. Academic Planning, Conducting Campus Business: Various Locations
i. During this period, student orientation leaders will help you conduct university business, including meeting with an academic advisor, choosing courses, and scheduling classes. You also will have your Ball State Cardinal ID Card made, get answers to questions, and visit the Career Center, Counseling Center, Rinker Center for International Programs, and Office of Student Life.
c. Student Life Presentation—students only
i. Introduce all incoming freshmen to the Student Life Office and all 400+ organizations. At this session they learn about the Big 4 (Black Student Association, Latino Student Union, Asian American Student Association, and Spectrum).
Diversity and Affordability
d. Social Sustainability(Diversity)
i. Bridging the Gap—Making Your Transition Through Summer Programs Presented by the Office of Student Life
1. Get your experience as a Ball State student off to a great start. We offer seven different summer programs with the goal of introducing you to college life, meeting other new freshmen, and discovering ways to stay involved. From thrilling outdoor adventures to valuable academic experiences and opportunities for leadership, involvement, and service, we have a summer program for you!
ii. Multicultural Center 325 North McKinley Avenue, 765-285-1344, bsu.edu/multiculturalcenter
1. The Multicultural Center supports and advances the university’s commitment to cultural diversity by serving as a resource for the recruitment, retention and enrichment of students of color, promoting multicultural understanding through opportunities for cross-cultural connections, and sustaining an inclusive environment for a diverse student population. Our programs and services address the co-curricular needs of all students and celebrate the historical contributions of diverse groups.
The center coordinates the EXCEL mentor program for incoming first year students. Look for additional information through the Summer Bridge programs presentation and webpage.
iii.Partnering for a Safe Campus Presented by the Division of Student Affairs
1. The health, safety, and well-being of students are top priorities at Ball State. In this session, students and parents will learn about the numerous resources provided with the aim of ensuring student safety and success. Particular attention will focus on the Think About It program, Good Neighbor Policy, Police Services, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Victim Advocate services, and electronic communication features that are a must-have for our students.

iv. Unifying Our Differences: Presented by the Multicultural Center
1. The Multicultural Center offers resources and services to advance the values of multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice. Learn about our efforts to support and encourage an inclusive environment for all students through self-exploration, cross-cultural engagement, and opportunities to celebrate historical contributions.
v. Community Partnerships through the Office of Admissions and Orientation
1. Center for Leadership Development
2. 21st Century Scholars Day
3. Attend Indianapolis Black Expo
4. Attend National Hispanic and 100 Black Men College Fairs
5. Multicultural Ambassador Corps conducts on campus visits with local groups and middle schools from around Indiana
6. Host 3 week Summer Scholar on campus program
7. Families at Orientation have the option to attend a Downtown Muncie tour sponsored by MITS and the Downtown Muncie community.
8. Indiana Latino Institute

e. Affordability
ii. Straight Talk about Money: Handling Your Finances at Ball State Presented by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and the Office of Bursar and Loan Administration
1. In this session, you will learn about college costs, billing procedures, payment options, and financial aid.
To receive maximum consideration for financial aid, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than March 10 each year. Students can view their financial aid awards using their Ball State username and password by going to my.bsu.edu and selecting My Financial Aid from the Tuition and Student Services tab on the right hand side of the page. Students who wish to borrow from the Federal Direct Stafford loan program must accept their loans online at my.bsu.edu. They must also complete an entrance counseling session and sign an electronic master promissory note (MPN). This can be done online at www.studentloans.gov. Students receiving a scholarship from an outside source should contact the donor as soon as possible and have the funds sent to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306.
Other Item

How many new students attended Orientation (Freshman and Transfer) in Summer 2017?

2019 Fall Semester Freshman Orientation—4,034 students attended, 5,131 family members attended, 9,165 total attendees.
2019 Fall Freshmen Transfer Orientation—150 students attended, 150 family members attended, 300 total attendees.
2019 Fall Upperclass Transfer Orientation—220 students attended, 195 family members attended, 415 total attendees.

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