Freshmen Glimpse Future at Ball State Orientation

  • Two out-of-state students — news journalism major Joel Johnson of St. Louis (left) and music education major Erica Gallermo of suburban Chicago — chat outside Lucina Hall during a break from a July 7 Orientation session. (Photo by Don Rogers)

This year’s summer Orientation was one of Ball State University’s biggest ever, with more than 9,000 people from across Indiana and the United States converging on campus from June 6 to July 14. Guided by 33 student Orientation leaders, the 3,800-plus incoming freshmen and their families spent two days navigating class schedules, finances and campus safety, learning the fight song, taking a campus tour, dancing and singing. They even stayed overnight in DeHority Complex. All in preparation for the students to begin the next chapter of their lives, at Ball State.

Reporting by Jonathan Neal; Photos by Domenic Centofanti and Don Rogers