Admission Information & Requirements

Admission Contact Information

Office of Admission
Butler University
4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208-3485
local: 317-940-8100
toll-free: 888-940-8100
fax: 317-940-8150

CEEB SAT code 1073; ACT code 1180

Visiting Campus

Students and their families are encouraged to visit campus or attend a virtual event or presentation. On-campus visits are generally scheduled between 9:00 AM–2:30 PM on weekdays, with Saturday campus tours scheduled between at 10:30 AM–1:00 PM on most Saturdays during the academic year; all of our visits include a student-guided tour of campus. In addition, several large visit programs are scheduled throughout the year with additional visit opportunities available for admitted students. For more information and to schedule a visit, visit Those unable to visit campus or would like a preview before their campus visit experience are encouraged to view our virtual tour at

First-Time Students

Prospective first-year students, regardless of major, are expected to have the following academic preparation:

  • Four years of English
  • Three years of math, including algebra I, algebra II, and geometry
  • Three years of laboratory science
  • Two years of history or social studies
  • Two years of the same foreign language

Butler University strongly urges all prospective students from Indiana to complete the Core 40 With Academic Honors Diploma curriculum in high school. Students intending to major in science, engineering, pharmacy and health sciences, or mathematics are strongly encouraged to have additional units in science and math. Students intending to major in business or computer science are also encouraged to have additional units in mathematics.

In evaluating students’ credentials, the Admission Committee strives to determine potential for success in Butler’s rigorous academic programs, taking into account the following criteria:

Academic achievement in high school (GPA, class rank, course selection, grade trends, and strength of school)

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores—(optional) First-year and transfer students can apply to Butler with or without standardized test scores such as the SAT and the ACT. This policy, established in 2020, reflects Butler’s commitment to a holistic admission review process.
  • Writing sample, personal statement, or essay
  • A Secondary School Report completed by your high school counseling office
  • Résumé outlining extracurricular activities, work experience, and academic honors (optional)

All admission credentials must be received by the Office of Admission before the student’s application can be processed. It is the student’s responsibility to see that all required documents are sent. Admission decisions for students applying by the early-action deadline of November 1 will be released by mid- to late-December. Admission decisions for students applying by the regular decision deadline of February 1 will be released by mid-March. Students applying after the regular decision deadline will receive admission decisions on an ongoing basis. Students offered admission two weeks prior to May 1 or earlier, have until May 1 to decide if they will attend. Students offered admission within two weeks of May 1 (or after May 1) have two weeks from receiving their decision to decide if they will attend.

All application materials become the property of Butler University and are kept on file for a minimum of one year. Application materials as well as transcripts received from other institutions will not be returned to the student or released to another institution or third party.