At a Glance

Butler University is a private, nationally recognized comprehensive university encompassing six colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and doctoral students are enrolled at Butler, representing 46 states and 22 countries.

School Type: Private, Coed
Year Founded: 1855
Religious Affiliation: None


Our mission is to provide the highest quality of liberal and professional education and to integrate the two by creating and fostering a stimulating intellectual community built on interactive dialogue and inquiry among students, faculty, and staff.

Butler is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

When students come to Butler, they’re getting more than just a world-class education. They’re joining the bustling community of Indianapolis, nicknamed the Crossroads of America and home to five professional sports teams, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a vibrant arts and culture scene, a nationally recognized international airport, and many major businesses and corporations.

  • 1850—The charter of North Western Christian University proposed by abolitionist Ovid Butler was approved by the Indiana General Assembly.
  • 1855—Classes began at North Western Christian University in the area of today’s 13th Street and College Avenue.
  • 1877—The school moved to Irvington and was renamed Butler University.
  • 1928—Butler University relocated to its current location at 4600 Sunset Avenue.

2022 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges Rankings

  • No. 1 Regional University in the Midwest
  • No. 1 Most Innovative School
  • No. 1 Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • No. 1 Best College for Veterans
  • No. 16 (tie) Best First-Year Experience
  • No. 25 (tie), Study Abroad Opportunities
Total Enrollment5,554
Undergraduate Enrollment4,492
Graduate Enrollment1,052
In-State Students45%
Out-of-State Students55%
Students Receiving Financial Aid (2020–2021)99%
Full-time Faculty368
Student/Faculty Ratio12:1
Average Class Size24
Undergraduates engaged in student-led campus activities88%
Students who study abroad while at Butler40%
Students who complete at least one internship while at Butler75%
Student Experience
First-Year to Second-Year Student Retention89%
Career or Graduate School Placement Within One Year of Graduation97%
Median Starting Salary$52,000