Melinda’s College: Either Ball State or University of Evansville

Over the last couple weeks Melinda received letters of admission to both Ball State University and University of Evansville, the only two colleges she applied to.

Both have solid programs in “visual communication” — kind of a combination of art, photography and graphic design — which is what she’s most interested in.

Ball State is similar in size, reputation and approach to either Eastern or Western Michigan Universities. We got a chance to visit Ball State in Muncie this fall — take the official tour, talk with some students Melinda knew from high school, and explore the photography and design facilities and displays in a beautiful brand-new journalism and art building:

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Evansville, in contrast, is a small Methodist-related private university on the south-western edge of Indiana that reminded Colleen and me quite a bit of Albion. Its main advantages are its smaller size and a bit more of an emphasis on liberal arts. It’s pretty isolated from the rest of Indiana, however — even from Indianapolis — though that can be a positive if you’re going to stay on campus for the most part anyway.

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At this point it looks like Melinda is leaning heavily towards Ball State, though we’ll probably wait and see what kinds of scholarships and/or financial aid she can get from either one.

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