At a Glance
Our mission is to provide the highest quality of liberal
and professional education and to integrate the liberal arts with
professional education, by creating and fostering a stimulating
intellectual community built upon interactive dialogue and inquiry
among students, faculty, and staff.
- Over 60 major academic fields of study in six colleges:
- College of Business
- College of Communication
- College of Education
- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
- Jordan College of the Arts
- 8 pre-professional programs, including:
- Veterinary Medicine
- 19 graduate programs, including:
- Creative Writing
- AACSB-accredited MBA
- Physician Assistant
- School Counseling (CACREP accredited)
- Doctor of Pharmacy
- Butler University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North
Central Association of
Colleges and Schools.
- Butler has maintained continuous accreditation status
- Programs in the College of Business, College of
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Pharmacy
and Health Sciences, and Jordan College of Arts are
accredited by specialized accrediting agencies.
- View the complete list of Butler's
- Average class size: 18
- Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
Irwin and Science Libraries
- Provide access to more than:
- 170 online databases.
- 100,000 e-books.
- 30,000 online journals and magazines.
- Maintain a collection of over 350,000 books and other
- 96% success rate for Class of 2013, including
19% who went on to graduate or professional school.
- More than 150 student organizations.
- Over 94% of students are involved in campus activities.
- 19 varsity sports compete in the NCAA Division 1 BIG EAST
- Football participates in the NCAA Division I Football
Championship Subdivision (FCS) of the Pioneer League.
- Men's sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross-Country, Football,
Golf, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis.
- Women's sports: Basketball, Cross-Country, Golf, Indoor Track,
Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball.
- Around 33% of the student body is Greek affiliated.
- In 2011-2012, Butler Greeks contributed over 24,000 service
hours and raised more than $108,000 to benefit local, regional, and
- Fraternities: Delta Tau Delta, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta
Theta, Phi Kappa Psi, Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu.
- Sororities: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi,
Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa
Gamma, Pi Beta Phi, Sigma Gamma Rho.
- 295-acre campus with park-like setting.
- Located in historic Butler-Tarkington neighborhood:
- Approximately 5 miles from downtown Indianapolis.
- Three miles from Broad Ripple.
- Less than 20 miles from Indianapolis International
- Multiple sustainability initiatives, including the American
College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.
- Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked the College of Business'
undergraduate program 48th in the nation, and its part-time MBA
program seventh in the Midwest and 37th in the nation. This same
publication ranked the college second in internships, and ranked
two undergraduate programs-business law and marketing-sixth and
- The college achieved a 99 percent placement rate for 2011. This
is the highest placement rate in more than 10 years. Placement
refers to graduates being employed full-time in career-related
positions, in graduate school, or involved in gap year
- The undergraduate and graduate programs are rooted in
experiential learning, referred to as real life. real
business. Highlights of RLRB include:
- Sophomores start and run their own businesses for credit-before
taking most of their business courses.
- Four-year career development program including two
- Students manage a $1 million investment portfolio in the stock
- Highlights of the MBA program include: a one-day immersion with
a local company; every student works with an executive coach
throughout the program; selected students work with local
not-for-profit boards as part of the FirstPerson MBA Board Fellows
- International focus.
- In 2012, the college introduced the Zotec Business Competition,
an up-to-$9,000 cash price competition for sophomore business
students involved in the Real Business Experience (RBE) practicum
course. RBE teams are evaluated on various measures, including
their presentation skills, operational effectiveness,
sales/marketing, growth, financial management, use of technology,
social responsibility, and business valuation.
- The Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) major and minor debuted
in fall 2012. In the program, students learn how to mitigate and
manage risks through a combination of insurance and non-insurance
techniques. Butler is the third university in Indiana, and one of
approximately 55 universities in the United States, to have a RMI
- The Butler Business Accelerator (BBA) is a consulting firm that
started in 2006 through a $22 million grant from the Lilly
Endowment. In June 2012, the BBA received a $3 million continuation
grant. The BBA works with organizations with upwards of $500
million in annual sales. Consulting teams not only include BBA
staff, but College of Business students and faculty, as well as
faculty from other Butler colleges when appropriate.
- Housed within the COB is Butler's Corporate and Executive
Education (BCEE), the organizational learning and professional
development arm of Butler University.
- Students enjoy hands-on experiences in communication media
through their work on The Butler Collegian and The
Butler Collegian Online (campus newspaper), The Butler
Beat (an online video news/entertainment program),The
Bulldog Blitz (an online video sports show), and the debate
and speech/forensics teams. The Butler Collegian was named
the best student newspaper of 2011 by the Society of Professional
Journalists, Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky), and the
Indiana Collegiate Press Association.
- State-of-the-art CCOM production facilities feature
professional grade editing bays, full control room facilities for
television and sound recording, and a professional sound design
room. CCOM has one of the city's only full-size green screen
cyclorama walls. Students use broadcast quality portable cameras,
lighting kits, and microphones for class projects on and off
- A Butler student team received honorable mention in the
National Public Relations Student Society of America 2012 Bateman
Case Study Competition. Other CCOM students received the Getty
Images Award in the final round of the 2012 National Student
Advertising Competition (NSAC). It was Butler's third consecutive
year to advance to the NSAC finals.
- Since 2000, Communication Sciences and Disorders students have
provided free speech, language, and hearing screenings to more than
6,000 area school children. Butler is one of the few universities
providing undergraduates with hands-on screening experience.
- Butler created its first school of journalism in 1924.Today,
students explore of all forms of communication
media-electronic/broadcast, print, online, visual, and
social-through the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism. The
Pulliam family, longtime publishers of The Indianapolis
Star, permanently endowed the school with $5 million gift to
Butler in 2000.
- In fall 2011, the College of Education, in partnership with
Indianapolis Public Schools, opened a new Reggio Emilia-inspired
magnet laboratory school near Butler. Currently serving preschool
through second grade, it will eventually serve students up to fifth
grade. All teachers have COE degrees. The COE teaches on-site
methods courses at the Lab School. In 2011-2012, more than 100
University students had opportunities to observe best teaching
practices and apply their learning in Lab School's classrooms.
- Education faculty and students have developed and participated
in numerous programs for Butler's university-wide partnership with
IPS at Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy.
Hundreds of University students have participated in education
practicum courses on-site at Shortridge. COE offers ongoing
professional development in culturally responsive teaching and
project-based pedagogy for both Shortridge and Butler faculty.
- For the past 15 years, Butler COE has been the state's
only education program requiring elementary
education majors to teach for a full school year, in two different
settings. COE students observe in real classrooms as freshmen. Our
metropolitan location and partnerships with local schools allow
students to experience diverse educational models-urban, suburban,
Montessori, charter, magnets-as well as student teaching
- COE's Project Alianza has provided graduate-level professional
development to more than 250 teachers in four Indianapolis
school districts, aimed at improving educational outcomes for their
students who are secondary English language learners.
- For the past 12 years, COE has had 100 percent placement rate
for graduates who are licensed and seeking employment.
- Three Butler education graduates have won Milken National
Educators Awards since 2008. COE graduate Mark Weaver is a member
of the National Teacher Hall of Fame.
- The Efroymson Family Fund and Jeremy Efroymson donated $1
million to Butler University to buy the home at 530 W. Hampton
Drive (which from 1965 to 1979 was the University president's
house) and convert it to the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing
in support of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
program. The program has topped all enrollment projections in
its first two years and is off to a great start.
- Through the generous funding of Butler alumnus Frank Levinson,
Butler has been able to create a number of partnerships that set
our undergraduate programs in the sciences apart from peers and
competitors. Those include a partnership with the Smithsonian
Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama and the Southeastern
Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA), which allows Butler
faculty and students the opportunity to utilize telescopes in
Tucson, Ariz., and La Serena, Chile.
- Levinson's gift also resulted in the purchase of the Big Dawg
supercomputer, which is used by faculty and students in computer
science and software engineering (CSSE) as well as physics, and a
post-doc position that will rotate through the departments of CSSE,
physics and astronomy, and biology. The second post-doc in
this series began in fall 2012. Levinson has also funded a
grant to refurbish the Holcomb Observatory telescope.
- Butler's Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) exists to explore,
steward, and enhance urban ecosystems with a vision of becoming a
national leader in the study and practice of urban
ecology. The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awarded
Butler a $230,000 grant to support the ongoing development of the
CUE's Urban Farm project. The CUE is exploring the idea of creating
a small (3,000 square feet) "Living" building in Holcomb Gardens as
a home for the CUE as a part of the larger work of the Commission
on the Sciences.
- LAS is strongly committed to providing opportunities for
undergraduate students in research-a national "high impact"
practice. The psychology, biological sciences, chemistry, and
physics departments are leaders in this effort. In any given
semester, 40 percent of the nearly 150 psychology majors are
directly involved in undergraduate research.
- In 2011, Butler's pharmacy program ranked sixth in the nation
in the five-year aggregate, first-time-pass rates for pharmacy
students taking the North American Pharmacy Licensure Exam
(NAPLEX). No private U.S. college of pharmacy ranks higher than
- Butler's three-year average pass rate for the PANCE (Physician
Assistant National Certifying Exam ) is 96.3 percent. The national
pass rate averages 92.3 percent for the same period.
- COPHS' Healthy Horizons program, which promotes healthy living
options to Butler faculty and staff, received the Wellness Council
of Indiana's 5-Star Wellness Certification Award in 2012. The
award recognizes the highest level of successful health promotion
by worksite wellness programs, demonstrated by continuing program
growth, increased participation, and documented health improvements
- A $25 million grant from the Lilly Endowment in 2006 has
allowed the College to focus efforts on public health and providing
students with opportunities to work with the underserved.
- Since 2009, Butler pharmacy students have collaborated with
medical students from the Indiana University School of Medicine to
operate a health clinic and pharmacy serving low income eastside
Indianapolis residents. The pharmacy, which is totally student-run
by Butler, has provided free medications and medication counseling
to an average of 30 patients per week.
- Butler's pharmacy and physician assistant programs have both
been awarded the maximum length of accreditation from their
respective accreditation organizations. Important factors in
achieving that high level of external recognition included COPHS'
addition of faculty, enhanced faculty development, and significant
expansion of the facilities and services available to students and
- COPHS offers two dual degrees: a Doctor of Pharmacy/Master's in
Pharmaceutical Science for pharmacy students interested in doing
research and a Doctor of Pharmacy/Master's in Business
Administration, administered collaboratively with Butler's College
- Jordan College of the Arts prepares its graduates for careers
as performers, professionals, scholars, and teachers. With programs
in arts administration, dance, music, theatre, and art, the
Jordan College of the Arts combines nationally recognized
conservatory-style programs with a curriculum rich in the liberal
arts. As a cultural leader in Indianapolis, the Jordan College of
the Arts collaborates with professional programs and companies both
nationally and internationally.
- Butler Ballet is a nationally prominent dance program whose
graduates have danced with Alvin Ailey, Boston Ballet, Paul Taylor,
and dozens of other prominent companies.
- Jordan College of the Arts students study and work with
Indianapolis professionals from the Indianapolis Symphony
Orchestra, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Phoenix Theatre, and
numerous other organizations. JCA also has ongoing partnerships
with six local arts organizations, five of which are housed on
campus in Lilly Hall-the American Pianists Association, Dance
Kaleidoscope, Indianapolis Children's Choir, Indianapolis Chamber
Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. (Indianapolis
Opera is the other partner.) These organizations offer great
opportunities for students to interact with professionals working
in the arts.
- The Schrott Center, which opens in January 2013, will be a "new
front door" to the arts in Indianapolis. The 450-seat theater and
art-exhibition space will enable the University to stage
performances that are too big for the 140-seat Eidson-Duckwall
Recital Hall but too small for 2,100-seat Clowes Memorial Hall.
Clowes, incidentally, turns 50 in 2013.
- The School of Music presents about 30 vocal, orchestral, and
other concerts each semester, all of which are open to the
- Butler Community Arts School has provided free or low-cost
music lessons to thousands of young people in Indianapolis. BCAS
fellows, who are Butler students, teach music in two IPS elementary
schools, where arts education programs have been eliminated.
Budget Overview (2011-2012)
- Total Endowment: $148,077,000
- Operating Expenses: $118,952,000
- Largest expense-instruction: $49,814,000
- Operating Revenues: $139,185,000
- Largest revenue-net tuition: $84,482,000
Tuition and Expenses (2013-2014)
- Tuition (non-pharmacy): $33,490
- Room and Board: $11,240
- Fees: $878
Who We Are
- Founded in 1855 by attorney and abolitionist Ovid Butler.
- A University that emphasizes a liberal arts-based education
with the goal of teaching clear and effective communication,
appreciation of beauty, and a commitment to lifelong learning,
community service, and global awareness.
- A nationally recognized comprehensive University that blends
the liberal arts with first-rate pre-professional programs.
- Learn more about our history on our Facebook
- 2nd for Midwest Regional Universities (U.S. News
& World Report, 2013)
- 47th in nation for undergraduate business program
(Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2013)
- 7th in Midwest and 37th in nation for part-time MBA program
(Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2012)
- Best Buy School (Fiske Guide to Colleges, 2013)
- America's Top Colleges (Forbes, 2013)
- Best in the Midwest (Princeton Review, 2014)
- 44,000+ alumni in 50 states and 81 countries.
- 23% average alumni giving rate.
- 94% placement rate for Class of 2012, including
19% who went on to graduate or professional school.
Faculty and Staff
- Faculty (full-time equivalent): 398
- Staff (full and part time): 740
- Fall 2013 total enrollment: 4,902
- Fall 2013 full-time undergraduates: 4,296
- States represented: 44
- Countries represented: 51
- % returning after freshman year: 90%
- % of freshmen who graduate from Butler: 73%