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Butler Fact Sheet

Get the quick stats about Butler University, from ACT/SAT/GPA averages to degrees offered, and more.

Who We Are

Butler is an independent, private, coeducational university founded in 1855. We're a comprehensive university, which means we offer both liberal arts and sciences majors (like English and Biology) and professional programs (like Business and Pharmacy). Butler University is just that, a university. Which means we're one institution made up of six colleges, each specializing in a specific area. This gives you more choices. More majors to choose from, more classes to pick from, more opportunities to create.

Our Location

Butler is located on the north side of Indianapolis, just five miles from downtown in a residential neighborhood. The Hoosier capital is the 12th largest city in the United States.

Our Students

  • 4,667 students
  • 4,034 undergraduates
  • 633 graduate students
  • 113 transfer students
  • Place of origin: 45 states; 52 foreign countries

2010-2011 Freshmen Class Profile (Middle 50%)

  • GPA (on a 4.0 scale): 3.51 - 4.0
  • SAT: critical reading 520-630; math 540-650; writing 520-620
  • ACT: 25-31
  • Fifty percent in the top ten percent of their graduating class

Our Faculty

339 full-time faculty; 0 teaching assistants (grad students teaching classes)

Student-Faculty Ratio

11:1 with an average university-wide class size of 20

Retention Rate

Eighty-nine percent of freshmen re-enrolled for sophomore year in 2010-2011, well above the national average.

Undergraduate Studies

More than 60 programs of study within six academic colleges, including an Exploratory Studies Program for students undecided about their major.

Placement Rate

Ninety-three percent of Butler students have a full-time job, volunteer/service corps position or are enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation. For PharmD and PA program graduates, the rate is 95 percent and for College of Education graduates the placement rate is 98 percent.

2013-2014 Costs

For freshmen (in and out of state):
Tuition $33,490
Room & Board $11,240
Fees $878


The 290-acre Butler campus is hailed as one of the most attractive in the Midwest for its park-like setting.

Rankings and Recognitions

  • Butler University has been named a "Best Buy" school in the 2013 revised and updated edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges - one of only 21 private schools and 41 nationwide to receive that designation this year.
  • Ranked 2nd best university in the Regional Universities Midwest category of the 2011 and 2012 U.S. News & World Report  America's Best Colleges. This same publication ranked Butler as the No. 1 "Up-and-Coming" institution among Regional Universities Midwest, and one of 68 nationwide.
  • Named a "Best in the Midwest" college by the Princeton Review.
  • Butler's part-time MBA program was ranked 8th in the Midwest and 36th in the nation by BusinessWeek magazine.
  • Butler's dance program is one of the top five programs in the country.
  • North American Pharmacy Licensing Exam ranks Butler in the top three schools nationally.
  • Named 'College that Rocks' by Rolling Stone.
  • Recognized in:
    • Princeton Review Best Colleges (Regional Edition)
    • Peterson's Competitive Colleges
    • Barron's Best Buys
    • A $22 million grant in 2005 from Lilly Endowment Inc. created the Butler Business Accelerator.
    • A $25 million grant in 2006 from Lilly Endowment Inc. supported the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Expansion Project.


19 NCAA Division I sports and dozens of club and intramural sports


More than 140 student organizations from the Academy of Students of Pharmacy to Voices of Deliverance and the YMCA.

Our Mission

Butler's 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.