Auditing Ball State Courses for Academy Credit

What you need to make this happen

The following items are available in the Guidance Office:

  • BSU Class Request Form
  • BSU Audit Application Form (green)
  • BSU Course Permission Form (gold)
  • Indiana Academy Core Course Substitution Form (white)
  • Internet Access to http://www.bsu.edu/studentservices
  • BSU Schedule of Classes for the semester you want to take the course(s)
  • BSU Undergraduate Catalog
  • BSU Tally Report (3-ring binder)

Knowing that it costs $45 to audit a class and that you will be responsible for this cost unless the course is needed to fulfill an Academy requirement and cannot be satisfied through the academy curriculum.

Directions for auditing a BSU course

If you are auditing a BSU class for Academy credit, whether you want to substitute it for one of the core Academy classes or not, please follow these directions carefully.

If you already know what class you want to take you can check the BSU Tally Report in the Guidance Office or check out classes online at my.bsu.edu (Click on Self-Service for course registration, DegreeWorks, and other functions) to see if there are available spaces in the class. If you do not know what class you want to take, you can consult the BSU Schedule of Classes, also available in the Guidance Office.

PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE THE SCHEDULE BOOKLET FROM GUIDANCE IN ORDER TO ALLOW ACCESS FOR EVERYONE

Consult the BSU Undergraduate Catalog for brief summaries of the course content and prerequisites. Refer to the Index if you have trouble finding information.

From any of the aforementioned sources you will need the following:

  • Course Reference Number – this is the 5 digit that will be listed first
  • Course Department Name – this is the 2 to 5 letter name that helps to identify what BSU department your class is in
  • Course Number – this identifies the course level you are taking
  • Section Number – this identifies the section of the class you want
  • Class Hour – the time will be listed in military time. Make sure the class fits into your schedule
  • Days – self-explanatory!
  • Building / Room # – these only need to be listed on the Audit Application Form
  • Teacher – if known

If the BSU Tally Report or website show that there are no more available spaces in the class, do not give up hope. Whether full or not, you will still need the permission of the academic department (and oftentimes the professor) in order to take the course and sometimes instructors will take more than the enrollment cap says. Take the gold BSU Course Permission Form to the department for the signature. (Locations of the various departments on campus are listed in the alpha listing in the front of the Ball State Directory or on the BSU website.)

FILL IN AS MUCH OF THE INORMATION AS YOU CAN BEFORE GOING TO SEE ANYONE. IF YOU NEED HELP, ASK SOMEONE IN THE GUIDANCE OFFICE OR SEE YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISOR.

Be sure to get the signatures of your academic advisor, the academy department chair, and the Director of Academic Guidance on the Petition for Core Course Substitution Form (if applicable).

REMINDER: You must get the permission of the BSU department representative or instructor on the gold half sheet form.

Take all completed forms to the Admissions Reception Desk in Lucina Hall (enter the doors facing University Avenue).

Tell the receptionist that you want to apply to BSU as a “High School Special.” You will be asked to fill out an application and pay the one-time application fee of $25.00. If you take BSU classes any other semester in the future you do not have to pay this fee again. Once approved you may proceed to the Registration Area in the lower level of Lucina to register for the class(es).

The cost to audit a BSU class is $45.00 per class. Your parents/guardian will be billed this fee by the Bursar or you may opt to pay by check or credit card at the time you register.

Important Final Points

Copies of all completed paperwork must be returned to Ms. Hall in the Guidance Office after registering for the class in Lucina.

Attendance in class is critical. Your professor will receive a letter from the Academy with notification of all extended breaks, and also that they are to inform the Academy Attendance Office when you are absent from class.

If you decide to drop a BSU course you must drop it with BOTH the Academy Guidance Office and Ball State. Please be aware of all University deadline and penalties for dropping classes. They are different than the Academy’s. You may incur University penalties if you do not observe policies or deadlines.