Ball State University and Ivy Tech Community College are launching a dual enrollment program that will provide an avenue to earning a bachelor’s degree. The Navigating the Enrolled Student Transition program, or NEST, allows select high school students who have applied to Ball State, but are not yet accepted, to enroll at Ivy Tech in Muncie and live in BSU residence halls.
The partners say students will take general education and prerequisite courses at Ivy Tech’s Muncie campus and take one class each semester at Ball State.
“I am grateful to Ivy Tech for this partnership, which provides a transitional pathway for students to fully immerse themselves in our campus communities while gaining the credits needed to seamlessly transfer to Ball State as a full-time student in good standing the following year,” said Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns. “The NEST program is an innovative way to attract students to Muncie and Delaware County. It is yet another example of Ball State working with partners across the state to actively engage with students to stay in Indiana and earn their college education.”
Students who complete the program with a GPA of 2.5 or higher will satisfy their Indiana College Core requirements and earn guaranteed admission to Ball State. The participating students will ultimately earn a four-year bachelor’s degree from Ball State.
“This is an innovative guaranteed transfer program in that students can live in Ball State’s dormitories, attend classes at our beautiful, state-of-the-art facilities in downtown Muncie, and have the college experience that both institutions offer,” said Jeffrey Scott, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Muncie campus. “Our NEST students will have the opportunity to complete, at a minimum, the Indiana College Core by the end of the first year.”
The inaugural cohort will begin the program this fall.