A nationally recognized independent university known for its exceptional student learning experiences, Butler University comprises a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and five professional colleges: College of Education, Lacy School of Business, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Jordan College of the Arts, and College of Communication.
Butler is committed to its mission to provide the highest quality liberal and professional education and integrate the liberal arts with professional education, creating and fostering a stimulating intellectual community built upon interactive dialogue and inquiry among students, faculty, and staff.
In the 2018 “Best Colleges” edition of U.S. News and World Report, Butler University was ranked as the Most Innovative School among Midwest Regional Universities for the third consecutive year. Butler was also listed on the national shortlist of excellence for First-Year Experience, Internships, Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects, and Study Abroad.
Such recognition reflects Butler’s dedication to providing students with a broad, liberal arts foundation with nationally recognized programs, coupled with countless experiential learning opportunities in Indianapolis and beyond. Through this comprehensive approach, Butler students are prepared to step directly into a career or graduate school with confidence, which is evident in Butler’s 2017 graduate success rate of 97 percent.
The University strives to ensure the accuracy of the information in this Bulletin at the time of publication; however, certain statements contained in the catalog may change or need correction. This Bulletin is not intended to confer contractual rights on any individual. The University has the right to modify programs, course numbers and titles, and instructor/faculty designations.
Butler University has been accredited since 1915 by what is now the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Programs in the Lacy School of Business are accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Programs in the College of Education are accredited by these associations:
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through 2020 and currently affiliated with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the new accrediting body for educator preparation
- Indiana Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensing (OEEL)
- Programs in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences are accredited by these associations:
- American Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE)
- Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
Butler University is an accredited institutional member of:
- National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD)
- National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
- National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)
Some programs in the Department of Chemistry are accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS).