Butler Facts

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


Academic Programs

  • Over 60 major academic fields of study in six colleges: 
    • College of Business
    • College of Communication
    • College of Education
    • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    • Jordan College of the Arts
  • 8 pre-professional programs, including:
    • Engineering 
    • Law
    • Medicine
    • Veterinary Medicine
  • 19 graduate programs, including: 
    • Creative Writing
    • AACSB-accredited MBA  
    • Music
    • Physician’s Assistant
    • School Counseling (CACREP accredited)
    • Doctor of Pharmacy  


  • Butler University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of
    Colleges and Schools.  
  • Butler has maintained continuous accreditation status
    since 1915.
  • Programs in the College of Business, College of Education,
    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Pharmacy
    and Health Sciences, and Jordan College of Arts are
    accredited by specialized accrediting agencies. 
  • View the complete list of Butler’s accreditation.


  • Average class size: 19 
  • Student to faculty ratio: 12:1 

Placement Rate

  • 93% placement rate for Class of 2011, including 17% who went on to graduate or professional school.

Activities and Athletics


  • More than 150 student organizations. 
  • Over 94% of students are involved in campus activities.


  • 19 varsity sports-except for football and women’s golf-all compete in the NCAA Division 1 Atlantic 10 Conference.
  • Football participates in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of the Pioneer League.
  • Men’s sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis.
  • Women’s sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball.

Greek Life

  • Around 33% of the student body is Greek affiliated.
  • In 2011-2012, Butler Greeks contributed over 24,000 service hours and raised more than $108,000 to benefit local, regional, and national charities.
  • Fraternities: Delta Tau Delta, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Psi, Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu.
  • Sororities: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Beta Phi, Sigma Gamma Rho.



  • 295-acre campus with park-like setting.   
  • Located in historic Butler-Tarkington neighborhood:
    • Approximately 5 miles from downtown Indianapolis.
    • Three miles from Broad Ripple.
    • Less than 20 miles from Indianapolis International Airport.
  • Multiple sustainability initiatives, including the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.



Budget Overview (2011-2012)  

  • Total Endowment: $148,077,000
  • Operating Expenses: $118,952,000
    • Largest expense-instruction: $49,814,000
  • Operating Revenues: $139,185,000
    • Largest revenue-net tuition: $84,482,000

Tuition and Expenses (2012-2013)

  • Tuition (non-pharmacy): $32,280
  • Room and Board: $10,830
  • Fees: $858


Who We Are  

  • Founded in 1855 by attorney and abolitionist Ovid Butler.
  • A University that emphasizes a liberal arts-based education with the goal of teaching clear and effective communication, appreciation of beauty, and a commitment to lifelong learning, community service and global awareness.
  • A nationally recognized comprehensive University that blends the liberal arts with first-rate pre-professional programs.
  • Learn more about our history on our Facebook timeline.



  • 44,000+ alumni in 50 states and 81 countries.
  • 23% average alumni giving rate.
  • 93% placement rate for Class of 2011, including
    17% who went on to graduate or professional school.

Faculty and Staff  

  • Faculty (full-time equivalent): 406
  • Staff (full and part time): 663


  • Fall 2012 total enrollment: 4,771
  • Fall 2012 full-time undergraduates: 4,244
  • States represented: 45
  • Countries represented: 49
  • % returning after freshman year: 90%
  • % of freshmen who graduate from Butler: 73%

Recent Accolades

National Recognition

  • 2nd for Midwest Regional Universities (U.S.News & World Report, 2013)
  • 48th in nation for undergraduate business program (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2012)
  • 7th in Midwest and 37th in nation for part-time MBA program (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2012)
  • Best Buy School (Fiske Guide to Colleges, 2013)
  • America’s Top Colleges (Forbes, 2012)
  • Best in the Midwest (Princeton Review, 2011)

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