Admissions Application Instructions

Applicant Instructions

  • Please read through these instructions before completing any portion of the application. Take particular note of instructions that pertain not only to you as an applicant but also to those who will serve as your references.
  • Register to take either the SAT or PSAT during your sophomore year. To sign up for an SAT, visit www.collegeboard.org Test scores must be from a test taken within 6 months of your application.
  • If you take the SAT with Educational Testing Services/The College Board, be certain to request that your test scores be sent directly to the Indiana Academy by using the appropriate code: 5731.
  • Request an official transcript from grades nine through the first semester of grade ten, your tenth grade second semester schedule, attendance record, and discipline record. Any high school classes that you completed during middle school must be on your high school transcript as earning high school credit in order to be counted for high school credit. Follow the directions on the School Official Form for submission options.
  • Solicit three recommendations from teachers or people who know your scholarly work, leadership skills, and/or character. Recommendations should not be completed by a relative. Any additional references will be included in your file but are not required. Follow the directions on the Recommendation Form(s) for submission options.
  • You will need to use Microsoft Word or compatible software (Google Docs, Pages, etc.) to complete the Student and Parent essays. Check your work for accuracy and completeness. Correct spelling and grammar are very important. Make a copy of all correspondence and materials you send to the Indiana Academy. Student and Parent essay documents can be emailed to . All printed materials should be mailed to:
    The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities
    Academy House – Office of Admissions
    Ball State University
    Muncie, IN 47306-0655
  • Call the Office of Admissions if you have any questions at 1-800-316-3163 x 1 or visit our website at academy.bsu.edu/admissions/.

The Application

Indiana residents who are eligible to attend public high school may apply for admission to the Indiana Academy. Students should start and complete the application process during their sophomore year in high school. Students must submit an application form; essays; parent letter; transcripts; three recommendations; the School Official Form; samples of written/graded work from the areas of science, mathematics, and humanities (preferred, but not required); as well as either the SAT or PSAT. Continuance in the Academy program is dependent upon satisfactory academic performance and compliance with all Academy expectations including residential and academic life policies.

Equal Opportunity Statement

The Indiana Acadmy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (except where sex is a bona fide qualification), household income, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender expression, national origin, or ancestry. The purpose for gathering the information contained in this application is to enable the Admissions File Review Team of the Indiana Academy to base admission decision on information relevant to the curriculum and residential life programs, to ascertain the effectiveness of recruitment efforts in reaching all segments of the population, and to ensure that proper facilities are available to serve all students.

Additional Information

  • All students must submit an SAT or PSAT score. The minimum total SAT or PSAT score is 1000. Students may take each test more than once.
  • If you have “D” or lower on your high school transcript in a core class for a semester or trimester grade, you may be ineligible to receive the Core 40 with Honors Diploma. Please contact the Office of Admissions for additional information if this pertains to you.
  • The Admissions File Review Team may ask you to submit additional information. This does not indicate a problem with your application. They may do this to supplement the information already received.
  • Qualified students are admitted as long as there is space available in the class. Students are encouraged to start and complete their applications early in their sophomore year for the optimum probability of class space availability.
  • Once space in the class is filled, qualified students will be admitted to a Waiting List. Waiting List students will be invited to attend Summer Orientation. The Waiting List will be kept active until the end of the first full week of school in August. Students will be called up from the Waiting List as space in the class becomes available.
  • Admission offers and enrollment are contingent upon completing the sophomore year in accordance with Academy standards.
  • Every effort will be made to advise you periodically of the status of your application. You are welcome to contact the Office of Admissions any time to determine if your file is complete or if you have any questions.
    You may e-mail us at or call toll-free at 1-800-316-3163 x 1.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete by the deadline for which you are applying.
  • The Indiana Academy’s admission process gives every applicant the right to appeal the original admissions decision. Written requests to initiate an appeal should be filed by the students and the custodial parent(s) or legal guardian(s) no later than ten working days after the receipt of the admissions decision. Please contact the Office of Admissions for details.
  • Summer Orientation will be held in June. If you are admitted to the class or admitted to the Waiting List you will be expected to attend.
Application Deadline
Priority Deadline:February 1, 2018
Final Deadline:May 15, 2018

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Note: You will need to have a Google account to complete this online application.
If you don’t have one, you can create one by selecting “More options” on the Google sign-in screen.

https://academy.bsu.edu/admissions/apply/application-instructions/