Ball State University and Ivy Tech Introduce NEST Dual Enrollment Program

Ball State University and Ivy Tech Community College in Muncie have launched a dual-enrollment partnership to provide students with a transition path to a bachelor’s degree.

Navigating Enrolled Student Transition (NEST) is a dual-enrollment program in which select high school students who have applied to Ball State, but have not yet been accepted, will enroll at Ivy Tech in Muncie and live in Ball State Residences. Participating students will take general education courses and prerequisite courses at the Muncie campus of Ivy Tech and take one course per semester at Ball State.

Students who complete the NEST program with a GPA of 2.5 or better will meet Indiana College’s basic requirements and gain guaranteed admission to Ball State, where they will continue their academic journey by earning a two-year associate degree. years from Ivy Tech and ultimately a four-year bachelor’s degree from Ball State.

The first cohort of NEST students will begin the program in the fall semester of 2022.

“I am grateful to Ivy Tech for this partnership, which provides students with a transitional pathway to fully immerse themselves in our campus communities while earning the credits needed to seamlessly transition to Ball State as a full-time student. full in good standing the following year,” said Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns. “The NEST program is an innovative way to attract students to Muncie and Delaware counties. This is yet another example of Ball State working with partners across the state to actively engage with students so they stay in Indiana and earn their college education.

Jeffrey S. Scott, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Muncie Campus, said the NEST program aligns with Ivy Tech’s results-driven core values, which focus on student success, academic achievement, collaboration with educational partners and the culture of inclusion.

“This is an innovative guaranteed transfer program in that students can live in Ball State dorms, take classes in our beautiful, state-of-the-art facilities in downtown Muncie, and benefit from the college experience offered. by both institutions,” said Chancellor Scott. . “Our NEST students will have the opportunity to complete, at a minimum, Indiana College Core by the end of freshman year. This collaboration is another example of how institutions in Muncie are working together to do the right things for the right reasons. Ball State and Ivy Tech Muncie are committed to student engagement and success as well as community partnerships.

Through the NEST program, students will be connected to a support team that includes Ivy Tech Transfer Advocates and Ball State Transfer Counselors, Student Success Coaches, and Academic Advisors. Participating students will be advised on course selection to complete the Indiana College Core and will receive proactive support to ensure strong academic performance.

NEST students will live in residence halls alongside other Ball State students and will be able to participate in most campus community activities, providing a positive integration into campus life.

“At Ball State, we are proud to partner with Ivy Tech to support the academic success and personal growth of our students through safe, comfortable, affordable, and diverse living and learning communities,” said Paula Luff, Vice President of Enrollment Planning and Management. at Ball State. “Living on campus can be one of the most rewarding experiences a student has while at Ball State, and the NEST program is a great way to bridge the academic gap while engaging in lots of activities around the world. within our university community.

For more information about the Dual Enrollment Program, contact the Ball State Transfer Center at 765-285-5604 or

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