Butler University will welcome 1,111 freshmen on move-in day, Saturday, Aug. 18, the largest incoming class in Butler’s 157-year history. Classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 22.
Butler’s class of 2016 brings strong high school academic achievements, including an average GPA of 3.8 (compared with 3.76 last year). The average ACT of 27.45 and average SAT of 1742 are about the same as last year.
The students come from 32 states and 20 countries. Forty-four percent are from Indiana; 170 from greater Indianapolis. Of the 56 percent from out of state, 172 are from the Chicagoland area.
“During a time when many colleges are seeing applications drop, we have seen our applications increase by 43 percent over the past two years,” said Tom Weede, vice president for enrollment management. “The success of the men’s basketball team and the increase in our national reputation for academics has made Butler a first-choice school for students throughout the country.”
Some other notable statistics about this year’s class are:
•134 multicultural students (12.1 percent of class, up from 104 or 11.2 percent in 2011).
•16 Lilly Scholars.
•10 National Merit/National Achievement Scholars.
•683 students played a sport in high school; 330 received multiple varsity letters; 312 were elected team captain.
•328 students played in the band or orchestra, or sang in their school’s choir; 109 were cast in a school or community play or musical; 82 played first chair of their section.
•585 students were elected to the National Honor Society; 257 were student government members; 82 were elected class officers.
•733 students were involved in community service; 310 were members of a church youth group; 87 served on a mission trip.
As in years past, pre-pharmacy remains the most popular major for students who declared a major. Other areas of interest include business (marketing, accounting and finance), biology, chemistry, dance, education, psychology and strategic communication.
Butler’s largest area of study for new students is exploratory studies (or undecided). In this program, students explore possible majors through a series of courses, job shadows, interviews and advising, and still go on to graduate in four years.