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Butler University
At Butler, liberal arts courses exercise the ability to think, feel, evaluate and communicate...

Butler University

Indianapolis, Indiana

At Butler, liberal arts courses exercise the ability to think, feel, evaluate and communicate essential skills for a job in any field. Butler University educates a graduate not simply to make a living, but to make a life of purpose.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
4,062 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female
51% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
351 full-time faculty
168 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

68% of students living on campus.

School Location

Butler University is located just a few miles from downtown Indianapolis, which was ranked the No. 1 best city for new grads in 2009 by careerbuilder.com. Broad Ripple Village, near Butler’s campus, is a neighborhood with trendy restaurants, shopping, and nightspots.

Retention Fall 2014

90% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

78% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 4%
White 82%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3%


Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field 

Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

Mascot: Butler Blue III  Colors: White, Blue

Academic Programs

Accounting, Actuarial Science, Advertising, Education (K-12), Anthropology, Art, Arts Administration, Astronomy, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Chemistry, Chinese, Classical Studies, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communication Studies, Journalism, Public Relations, Digital Media Production, Recording Industry Studies, Composition, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Dance, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, English, Literature, Writing, General Studies, Finance, Foreign Languages, French, Gender Studies, German, Health, History, Integrated Communication, International Business, International Studies, Jazz Studies, Journalism, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Multimedia Studies, Music, Music Composition, Music Education, Natural Sciences, Editorial News, Peace and Conflict Studies, Pedagogy, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physician Assistant, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Seminary, Pre-Vet, Psychology, Public Relations, Religion, Social Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Software Engineering, Spanish, Special Education, Theatre

At Butler, students receive a well-rounded education where liberal arts are incorporated into professional studies. With 60 academic programs spanning over 6 colleges, students have several options to choose from. There are also pre-professional programs in areas of engineering, law, medicine, and veterinary medicine.

Enriched Offerings
Butler has been lauded for its academic and campus resources. The University offers its students beneficial opportunities like the first-year experience, study abroad, internships, service learning, and research projects. These resources have been praised for their contributions to student success.

Core Curriculum
Core Curriculum is the foundation of Butler’s educational experience. Students are taught to consider both their role in the classroom, as well as their citizenship within the global society. The goal of Core is to develop a sense of community, while teaching students to think critically and communicate effectively. Ultimately, students should come to appreciate the learning process as an on-going adventure that continues after graduation.

Global Education
There are several study abroad programs for students to choose from. Butler currently has 110 programs, the locations of which span over 40 countries. Students may choose to study for a semester, a full-year, or a summer term. All interested students must work with the Center for Global Education. This is to ensure that each student has selected the correct program and term for study. The center provides advising services and works with students to coordinate transportation.

Butler hires faculty that are actively engaged in their fields of study. Professors are researches and scholars, practicing and exercising their talents through creative inquiry. Butler faculty create a solid foundation for students to work from. The educational experience offered by the University is grounded in the liberal arts, and tied to professional studies. Students learn to integrate the two components into a framework of educational discovery.

Core Curriculum: A Professor’s Perspective
The purpose of the Core Curriculum, as mentioned before, is to give students a sense of place within the local and global communities. Students learn about their individual potentials and how to apply their talents to society. Butler professors recognize the importance of Core, not just for its content, but for its potential to engage. Involving the students with the subject matter is more critical than the subject matter itself. Through involvement, students gain necessary skills such as critical and higher level thinking, effective communication, and conceptualization.

Butler students have over 150 clubs and organizations at their disposal. Over 94% of the student body participates in some club or group, and nearly 33% of students are involved in Greek life. There are also plenty of opportunities to give back to the community. Butler connects its students with several organizations, many of which focus on mentoring the community’s youth. Butler also offers service opportunities available in conjunction with academic coursework.

Butler has 19 varsity sports that compete in the NCAA Division 1 BIG EAST Conference. Non student-athletes may participate in athletics by joining an intramural or club sport. There is also the option to exercise at the Health & Recreation Center or join a fitness class.

Programs for Leadership and Service Education (PULSE)
This campus resource is available to assist any club or group. It is also the place to go to seek information regarding upcoming events and activities. PULSE is great tool for getting involved. Staff members are happy to help students find their niche in the campus community.

Butler works hard to provide its students with the tools necessary to succeed after graduation. The class of 2013 had a 96% success rate, with 19% of those students going on to pursue a graduate program.  Butler has 44,000+ alumni in 50 states and 81 countries.

Internship & Career Services (ICS)
Internship & Career Services is an incredibly useful tool for students. The center focuses on the individual needs and goals of each student. Through frequent academic advising and occasional counseling, students are guided through the rigorous process of selecting an area of study, and ultimately a career path. ICS also offers self-assessments to students so that they might better understand their talents and professional potential.


Admissions Fall 2014

10,103 Total Applicants
6,917 Total Admissions
972 Total Freshmen Enrollment

68.46% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 530 630
SAT Math 530 650
SAT Writing 520 610
ACT Composite 25 29
ACT Math 25 29
ACT English 24 31
ACT Writing 8 9





Tuition $34,750
Fees $902
Total $35,652
Room and Board (on campus) $11,920
Room Only $5,760
Board Only $6,160
Estimated Total On Campus $47,572


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

93% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
60% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$16,086 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$8,896 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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