Travel and Lodging


For registration: Park in lot at Worthen Arena, Gate 1 (Lot C1) -- you will receive a parking pass at registration, which only takes a few minutes.

Access Worthen Arena parking lot the last (East) entrance from Bethel Ave. (Do not turn at the traffic light at McKinley, which has Ball State University signs).

Local hotels have maps at the front desk, if needed.


Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, in the region of East Central Indiana.  

Air travel: the nearest airports to Muncie, Indiana are Indianapolis International Airport (IND) and Dayton International (DAY), both of which are around 80-85 miles from campus.  There are very limited shuttle services available ( to BSU (and a travel time of approximately 3 hours), so renting a car is preferable for travel to campus.  Once at the airport, follow the driving directions to campus (below).

Ball State University 2000 W. University Ave. Muncie, IN 47306

See this Visitor's Parking Guide for a campus map.  Registration is in the Worthen Arena, Gate 1. 


Rooms have been set aside at  the brand new Courtyard Marriott at Horizon Convention Center, which just opened in downtown Muncie. Note: the block of rooms is reserved only until February 1, 2017, after which they will be available to the general public.

All reservations must be made directly with the hotel. 

Marriott Hotels is offering the AAR Midwest Region a special group rate of $114 USD per night. This is available for stays of 3/1/2017 to 3/5/2017, and must be booked by 2/1/2017.

Book group rate for AAR - American Academy of Religion Midwest Region

Other Nearby Hotels:

Hampton Inn & Suites  – (765) 288-8500   

4220 W. Bethel Avenue

Muncie, IN 47304

Holiday Inn Express – (765) 289-4678 

4201 W. Bethel Avenue

Muncie, IN 47304

Fairfield Inn – (765) 282-6666

4011 W Bethel Avenue

Muncie, IN 47304

Meeting in 2018:  

March 2-3, 2018    Ball State University, Muncie, IN