Butler University

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4600 Sunset Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46208

Phone: (317) 940-8000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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#2 Overall Score: 96 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Butler University is a private institution that was founded in 1855. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,020, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 290 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Butler University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 2. Its tuition and fees are $34,368 (2013-14).

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. Freshmen live together in one of two residence halls, while upperclassmen can choose to live in a residential college or university apartment. Greek life is prominent at Butler, representing nearly 35 percent of the student body. Other popular organizations include The Collegian student newspaper, Shotokan Karate club team, and the University Choir and Chorale. The Butler Bulldogs compete in Division I and are well known for their successful men’s basketball teams. The final game of the 1986 film Hoosiers was filmed in Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse, which is a National Historic Landmark.

Butler is comprised of six schools and colleges. Its graduate offerings include the College of Business, College of Education, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, College of Fine Arts, and College of Fine Arts. Undergraduates can choose from more than 60 majors, and there is also an Honors Program for highly motivated students. Butler offers study abroad programs in more than 40 countries, including a faculty-led program in Spain. Butler’s Irwin Library was designed by famous architect Minoru Yamasaki, who also designed the original World Trade Center towers in New York.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Students at Butler find the University's Mission Statement in prominent places around campus. We are quite proud that the theme of our mission is to provide the highest quality of liberal and professional education integrated into the liberal arts. As crafted at Butler, liberal arts courses exercise the ability to think, feel, evaluate and communicate - essential skills for a job in any field. We believe that Butler University educates a graduate not simply to make a living, but to make a life of purpose. Butler is one institution made up of six colleges: College of Business, College of Communication, College of Education, Jordan College of Fine Arts, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences. While we understand that a major is important, the Exploratory Studies Program encourages students to take advantage of the college experience to explore their options and discover the path that best suits their values, interest and goals. The core and electives allow the flexibility to pick up double majors or minors in additional areas. In most cases, students may change a major or study abroad without delaying graduation because the core makes up about a quarter of coursework regardless of a major. Butler's academic program is different for many reasons. With an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 20, classroom learning is dynamic. We understand that students will spend time in historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in the "Dawg Pound" cheering the Bulldogs to victory, seeing world-famous performers and lectures in Clowes Memorial Hall and other great campus locations, but Butler also has amazing facilities and programs for learning. Academic opportunities allow for high-quality personalized instruction. For example, our Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement offers myriad programs for students who wish to enhance their education at Butler or continue their education beyond Butler with postgraduate programs and fellowships. The Honors Program offers hands-on experiences, bringing together faculty and students from all colleges and majors for discussion, projects, field trips and other forms of experiential learning. Butler Undergraduate Research Conference is the largest undergraduate conference in the Midwest and attracts students from across the country to present papers and posters on a various topics, and each summer about 30 students across all disciplines participate in the Butler Summer Institute to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor for nine weeks on a creative, scholarly or research project. Peer tutors offer free and practical advice in the writer studio and in the speaker lab for students from all majors in the development and sharpening of oral presentation skills. The Center for Faith and Vocation is a place for students of all faiths to explore their own beliefs, better understand diverse religious traditions and discover themselves. And, more than 75 percent of students complete internships for credit while they are enrolled at Butler. In addition to internships, there is a study abroad program for everyone. With over 110 program options in 70 countries, students may choose to study abroad for a semester, academic year or summer term. Financial aid may even apply toward the cost of tuition at study abroad institutions.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1855
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $148,077,000


When applying to Butler University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Butler University is $35. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 65.9 percent and an early acceptance rate of 83.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 65.9%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Butler University is 11:1, and the school has 50.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Butler University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 89.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 55%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22%
Education 10%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%
Health Professions and Related Programs 8%
Social Sciences 8%

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Student Life

Butler University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,020, with a gender distribution of 40.4 percent male students and 59.6 percent female students. At this school, 69 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 31 percent of students live off campus. Butler University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,771
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Butler University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Butler University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Butler University, 61 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Butler University.

Students who have cars on campus 61%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Butler University, 67 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,179.

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Tuition and fees $34,368 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,530 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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