The Medical Sciences Program in Bloomington is unique among the IU School of Medicine campuses in that it educates medical students seeking an MD as well as graduate and undergraduate students. Bloomington offers a Big 10 learning environment on an iconic campus.

With six major hospitals housing about 2000 beds, medical students in Evansville have access to physician educators in a range of medical specialties. An expanded residency program here will provide more than 100 new graduate medical education positions over the next few years.

The Fort Wayne campus offers clinical education in both rural and urban communities through two large hospital systems serving the region. A Student Research Fellowship Program offers med students nine weeks of summer research experience.

Students and faculty in Indianapolis benefit from close proximity to some of Indiana’s largest teaching hospitals and the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center. This campus offers medical education in the heart of one of the most progressive and economically healthy cities in the United States.

Muncie is the School’s only campus that’s located on hospital property, giving medical students a front-row four-year medical education with all the amenities that come with being located near the campus of Ball State University, a bustling college environment.

Located in a highly populated urban region just 25 miles from downtown Chicago, the Gary campus offers medical students unparalleled access to clinical care at 11 major teaching hospitals housing 2800 beds. An expanded residency program in Gary will accommodate more than 100 new graduate medical education positions.

IU School of Medicine-South Bend is located on the campus of Notre Dame, offering a rich campus life in a traditionally collegiate community. Students here gain clinical care experience at the Navari Student Outreach Clinic, and external funding for faculty research exceeds $2 million per year.

Known for its rural medical education program, IU School of Medicine-Terre Haute meets the increased need for physicians to serve rural communities throughout the state of Indiana and beyond. This unique four-year medical school program emphasizes primary care and other specialties of need in rural communities.

Located on the campus of Purdue University, the West Lafayette campus offers a Big Ten campus atmosphere and opportunities to supplement the MD curriculum with research experience in the collaborative labs and research centers here. This IU School of Medicine campus offers on-campus housing to med students.

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Campus Life

Campus Life

IU School of Medicine-Muncie is located adjacent to Ball State University. With more than 20,000 students, BSU 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 of 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 will grant lending rights 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

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.

Personal Recreation

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, with the most popular being the new Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC). It 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 SRWC is 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.

Extracurricular Activities

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 relieve stress and return refreshed to academic work. Students in Muncie can volunteer at a deserving organization, and the campus offers a variety of student-focused participation opportunities as well.

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.

Find more information about Muncie and the surrounding region at the Muncie and Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and the Muncie Visitor Bureau.