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Academics

Butler University in Indianapolis is a relatively small liberal arts school that prides itself on its established history of providing a quality education while doing things differently. With just under 5,000 students and more than sixty-five majors spread across six academic colleges, the “student to faculty ratio is excellent” and teachers “are open to collaboration with students on research and professional endeavors.” The school is continually introducing “innovative technology into each of the classrooms” (such as wireless display devices and a Lightboard room), and its eight core course requirements “push students out of their comfort zones” and allow students to explore interests outside of their major, creating “an atmosphere of driven students.”

Professors are willing “to support student ideas and make modifications to lectures to support student interests,” and “always facilitate discussions in the classroom that create an intellectually stimulating experience.” They are “engaging, fun, and extremely knowledgeable about their areas of expertise” and “bring life to learning.” Students and teachers “interact multiple times a week and it is clear that both parties have a sincere desire to be there,” and teachers “put in time and effort to developing relationships and getting to know their students closely.”

As an added benefit, Butler offers more than 110 study abroad programs in seventy countries that “focus on the study abroad experience while keeping time and cost short.” Students are expected to almost be “learning on the job,” as much of the coursework provides real-life experiences and internships. Different majors have inventive requirements and classes: some science classes have “semesterlong research projects”; one class participated in a “simulated village while studying modern China”; while the business school has a “Real Business Experience course,” in which students must “develop a business and sell a product/service during a typical semester” that is funded by a loan from the university.

Student Body

It’s a small campus, so “it’s more close-knit than others,” and there’s definitely a community on campus “that cares and looks out for one another.” Many students “would not consider the student body at Butler to have great ethnic/cultural diversity”; however, the student body is “welcoming and accepting.” The campus is full of “incredibly friendly people who are more than willing to help or just smile at you”; it’s “fairly Greek, but the Greek system is much more open and accepting than a lot of larger schools.” The inclusive Butler culture is described as “The Butler Way,” and “there is a camaraderie among everyone in the same class to help each other succeed.” Most students here are involved in some sort of community service organization on or off campus, which “truly speaks to the character of the university and its students.”

Campus Life

Butler has an interesting campus in that “life is completely sustainable on-campus,” which means that students typically stay there for studying, food, and socializing. On days with good weather, students can be found “out playing ball, Frisbee or hammocking around campus,” and Butler has a nice park on campus as well. The school spirit at Butler is palpable and “Many people support athletics and the arts and there’s a lot of fundraising for things”; “Basketball games are the best way to spend a weekend.” Many students on campus are involved in Greek life, which is “a prominent social aspect of Butler’s campus,” and people at Butler are generally “very busy because they like to overcommit themselves.” There “is always something going on,” making it “just a really great environment to go to college.” Downtown Indianapolis is also just a short distance away, and students like to go to “Broad Ripple” or take “other small trips around the area” for food and culture.

Overview

Applicants
16,418
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average HS GPA
3.86

GPA Breakdown

63%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
1%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 670
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
595
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
73%
Graduate in 5 years
81%
Graduate in 6 years
82%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Actuarial Science.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Finance, General.
  • Insurance.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other.
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
  • Journalism.
  • Organizational Communication, General.
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication.
  • Radio and Television.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.
  • Sports Communication.

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Recording Arts Technology/Technician.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education, General.
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Computer Software Engineering.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, Other.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Pharmacy.
  • Physician Assistant.
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.
  • History, Other.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology.
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.
  • Science, Technology and Society.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other.
  • Philosophy, Other.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.
  • Psychology, Other.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology, Other.
  • Anthropology.
  • Criminology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, Other.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management.
  • Conducting.
  • Dance, General.
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies.
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Gordon Hayward
Utah Jazz

Rick Berry
Demandforce

Frank Levinson
Small World Group

Sean McGould
Lighthouse Investment Partners

Stan Crooke
Ionis Pharmaceuticals

Shelvin Mack ?12
Orlando Magic

Michael Hole
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Population Health & Public Affairs at University of Texas at Austin; Co-founder and Co-Director of StreetCred; Founder of BeHaiti

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
73%
Graduate in 5 years
81%
Graduate in 6 years
82%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,869

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,842

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,477

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
58%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$38,191

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$18,564

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,370
Required Fees
$990
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$950

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,540
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,698
Foreign Countries Represented
40

Demographics

3.40%
Asian
3.67%
African-American
4.35%
Hispanic
82.28%
Caucasian
1.67%
Unknown

60% female
40% male
55% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
67%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Michele Atterson

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
2

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
160
Number of Honor Societies
9

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
15

21% join a fraternity
36% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

9% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bulldogs)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bulldogs)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: The Butler Alliance promotes campus awareness and understanding of topics and issues related to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community and to provide a supportive, comfortable atmosphere for GLBT students, faculty, staff and straight allies of the Butler community.

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple and Hewlett-Packard

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admission
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Phone
317-940-8121

Email
visit@butler.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Starbucks in the Union
Carillon on Lake Road
Holcomb Gardens
Hinkle Fieldhouse
Atherton Union

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Broad Ripple Village
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
NCAA Hall of Champions
Circle Center Mall

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm
317-940-8121

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
www.butlersports.com

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
BlueIndy City buses come to campus Indianapolis Airport Train Station Bus Station Taxis Uber Shuttle service

Driving Instructions to Campus
https://www.butler.edu/about-butler/maps-directions

Local Accommodations
https://www.butler.edu/alumni/hotel-partners


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