About Butler

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.

Academic Programs

  • Over 60 major academic fields of study in six colleges: JCA-BalletCOPHS-Lab
    • 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:
    • Engineering 
    • Law
    • Medicine
    • Veterinary Medicine
  • 19 graduate programs, including: 
    • Creative Writing
    • AACSB-accredited MBA  
    • Music
    • 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
    since 1915.
  • Programs in the College of Business, College of Education,
    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 accreditations.


  • Average class size: 18
  • Student to faculty ratio: 12:1  

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  • 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 materials.


  • 96% success rate for Class of 2013, including
    19% who went on to graduate or professional school.

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  • 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 Conference.
  • 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.

Greek Life

  • 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 national charities.
  • 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.   HRC-ExteriorButlerJordan-At-a-Glance
  • Located in historic Butler-Tarkington neighborhood:
    • Approximately 5 miles from downtown Indianapolis.
    • Three miles from Broad Ripple.
    • Less than 20 miles from Indianapolis International Airport.
  • 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 12th, respectively.
  • 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 experiences.
  • 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 internships.
    • Students manage a $1 million investment portfolio in the stock market.
    • 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 Program.
    • 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 program.
  • 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 campus. 
  • 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 abroad.
  • 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 COPHS.
  • 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 for participants.
  • 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 faculty.
  • 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 of Business.


  • 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 public.
  • 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)  Spring 2010 031

  • 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  Butlerwaysign -at -a -glance

  • 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.
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Recent Accolades  Midwest Regional USNEWS2013

  • 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)

Alumni  Alumni -at -a -glance

  • 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  Staff -faculty -at -a -glance

  • Faculty (full-time equivalent): 398
  • Staff (full and part time): 740

Students  Students -at -a -glance

  • 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%