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IU School of Medicine-Muncie is located adjacent to Ball State University. With more than 20,000 students, Ball State University offers access to many cultural and educational opportunities such as theatre, music, great recreational facilities, one of the largest planetariums in the Midwest, and Division I sports. Housing is affordable, and nearby schools are excellent.
In short, the Muncie campus offers all the benefits of traditional campus life in a small town with a large reputable teaching hospital—all within about an hour’s drive to the bigger-city amenities in Indianapolis. Once the subject of sociological studies on the industrial era’s effect on values, morals and family, Muncie continues to be a good place to live and raise a family. Cost of living remains low, and quality of life is high.
IU School of Medicine students in Muncie can obtain a Ball State University ID, which allows students to check out books from Bracken Library (on the Ball State campus), attend free and discounted entertainment events at Emens Auditorium, free entrance to all home athletics events, and access to recreational services at the SRWC Fitness Center, Ball Gym, Lewellen Aquatic Center and Ball Pool. Showing this ID can also qualify medical students for discounts at many Muncie area merchants.
History and Culture
Cultural and historical attractions include Emens Auditorium, which features world-class theatre, opera and dance, and Muncie’s own Symphony orchestra, showcasing local talent along with guest artists from the worlds of jazz, popular and classical music. Visitors can enjoy the Minnetrista Cultural Center and Oakhurst Gardens to experience the rich history of East Central Indiana. Muncie is also home to the Academy of Model Aeronautics and the National Model Aviation Museum.
Sports enthusiasts can find many opportunities to cheer here too. Ball State University competes at the NCAA’s highest level in 22 intercollegiate athletic sports, including basketball, football, cross country, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, swimming/diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball and soccer.
IU School of Medicine students at the Muncie campus are registered students within the Ball State University system, which provides them with access to a wide range of athletic opportunities. Ball State has several recreation facilities to choose from, with the most popular being the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC). The center is a 200,000 square foot, multi-level facility that offers fitness machines, weights, basketball and volleyball courts, a suspended track, and a 35-foot climbing wall. The center is also connected to a complex of facilities, including Ball Gymnasium which includes a fitness room with machines and weights, an elevated running course, dance studios, and a six-lane, 25-yard swimming pool.
Muncie is also home to a portion of Cardinal Greenway, the longest rail trail in Indiana. The Cardinal Greenway is a shared-use trail, and more than 50 miles of the trail run through the Muncie city limits, in a northwest to southeast direction to Richmond, Indiana. Several trailheads are located along this section. The main trailhead is located near downtown Muncie, at the Wysor Street Depot. Parking, restrooms and water fountains are available this trailhead.
For those who enjoy leisurely walks, Ball State offers five different one-mile Tree Trail walks on campus. Trees are marked along the route. In addition, the community offers playgrounds, picnic areas, baseball diamonds, basketball and tennis courts, and swimming pools. Numerous hiking, biking and nature trails are nearby, and the local reservoir supports boating and fishing. Public and private golf courses are also available in the area.
The most competitive residency programs in the United States seek well-rounded medical students who demonstrate an ability to balance work with recreation. Recreation activities, including athletics, student mentoring, civic engagement and hobbies, help students relieve stress and return refreshed to academic work. Students in Muncie can also volunteer at numerous local organizations.
The Muncie campus offers a variety of student-focused participation opportunities. For example, IU School of Medicine-Muncie students started a local Internal Medicine Student Interest Group that meets three to five times each semester. Local physicians are invited to join the group meetings to discuss this area of medicine. The group is sponsored by the Internal Medicine residency program at Ball Memorial hospital.