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Butler University
At Butler, liberal arts courses exercise students’ ability evaluate and communicate the skills that...

Butler University

Indianapolis, Indiana

At Butler, liberal arts courses exercise students’ ability evaluate and communicate the skills that are essential 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 2015 Enrollment
4,028 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
371 full-time faculty
0 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 has been ranked as the best city for new grads. Broad Ripple Village, near Butler’s campus, is a neighborhood with trendy restaurants, shopping, and nightspots.

Retention Fall 2015

89% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

76% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 4%
White 81%
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 4%


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 that incorporates a liberal arts perspective into professional fields of study. With 60 academic programs that span 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 such beneficial opportunities as the first-year experience, study abroad, internships, service-learning, and research projects. These resources have been praised for their contributions to student success in recognition of their hands-on approaches to learning.

Global Education

There are several study abroad programs for students to choose from. Butler currently offers 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 who are actively engaged in their fields of study. Professors are researchers 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

The 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 ongoing adventure that continues after graduation.

Butler professors recognize the importance of Core, not just for its content, but for its potential to engage. Through active involvement, students gain such necessary skills 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 even offers service-learning 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

The Programs for Leadership and Service Education (PULSE) is a resource available to assist any club or group, supporting students with the means to carry out the goals of their organizations. It is also the place to go to seek information regarding upcoming events and activities and serves as a 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. A recent had a 96% success rate, 19% of whom had enrolled in a graduate program. Butler has over 44,000 alumni spread throughout all 50 states and 81 countries.

Internship & Career Services (ICS)

Internship & Career Services in an incredibly useful tool for students. The center focuses on the individual needs and goals of each student, working to provide them with the resources and guidance they need for postgraduate success. 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 help students better understand their talents and professional potential.


Admissions Fall 2015

9,943 Total Applicants 
7,003 Total Admissions 
1,025 Total Freshman Enrollment

70.43% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 520 620
SAT Math 530 630
SAT Writing 510 610
ACT Composite 25 30
ACT Math 25 29
ACT English 24 31
ACT Writing    





Tuition $36,050
Fees $960
Total $37,010
Room and Board (on campus) $12,055
Room Only $5,665
Board Only $6,390
Estimated Total On Campus $49,065


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

94% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
58% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$15,747 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$9,214 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates