International Student Program – About the Academy

History and Location

The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities was founded as a school for high ability students in 1988 by the Indiana General Assembly. The Indiana Academy is accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges through the University Schools. It is a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling and complies with the NACAC “Statement of Principles of Good Practice.” We have also been nationally recognized as a premier educational institution for gifted and talented students.

The Indiana Academy is located on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Indiana Academy students have access to numerous Ball State resources including the university’s library, museum, theater, pool, gym, dining facilities, civic and department events, internships, and university classes. Ball State University has ranked ( among the best colleges in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review and was awarded a gold medal as one of the best schools in the United States in 2017. Muncie, Indiana has a population of 70,000 residents and is in the portion of the United States known as the “Midwest.” Muncie is often referred to as “America’s Hometown,” and is noted for its friendly people and typical American lifestyle. The state’s capital, Indianapolis, is one hour away by car. Chicago – the third largest city in the United States – is only 4 hours away.

Located on the campus of Ball State University, the Indiana Academy is within walking distance to:

  • Ball State’s “Village” shopping and dining area
  • Restaurants and shops
  • Westside Park
  • Cardinal Greenway trails
  • River walking paths
  • Churches
  • Banks, ATMs, and U.S. Post Office

Additional Muncie Area Attractions:

  • Minnetrista Cultural Center
  • Shopping malls
  • Bowling alleys
  • Batting cages
  • Golf and miniature golf
  • Movie theater
  • National Model Aviation Museum
  • Muncie Civic Theater
  • Muncie Children’s Museum
  • Prairie Creek Reservoir

Students may ride the Muncie Indiana Transit System (MITS) bus to get to many of these locations for free!

Indiana Academy Fast Facts

  • Rankings: Nationally ranked as one of the best public high schools in the United States.
  • School: One of only approximately 20 statewide public high-ability schools in the United States, with a comprehensive college-preparatory environment.
  • Enrollment: High-ability students from all over the state enroll in the Indiana Academy for the 11th and 12th grades. Our international students come from all around the world. There are approximately 325 Indiana students and 15- 25 International students.
  • Location: Center of the U.S. on an American university campus, providing college and residence hall experience while in high school. Access to university resources (library, internships, gym, pool, dining, classes).
  • Class Size: Average class size is 15 students allowing for high-quality classes between instructors and engaged students. Student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1.
  • Faculty: Ranked among the best (top 15) in the United States, and #1 in Indiana. Experts in their fields, all of our faculty have masters degrees and around one-third have doctoral degrees.
  • University and college preparation: 3.97 Average GPA for the Class of 2018. 100% of students matriculate to a 4-year college/university.
  • Courses: All of our courses are Advanced Placement (AP), dual credit, and college classes. Over 160 college credits are available through dual credit with Ball State University. Students may also enroll in numerous AP classes as well as Ball State University classes (with special permission).
  • Building: The Indiana Academy buildings contain study lounges, teacher offices, social areas, printers, and unlimited wireless internet for student use.
  • Extracurricular Activities: Hundreds of activities per year. Volunteering, over 50 clubs, extracurricular activities, intramurals, and IHSAA sports.
  • SAT Scores
    Academy International Student Average759659
    United States Student Average531536
    International students at prom