Class boasts strong academics

Butler University will welcome 931 freshmen on move-in day Saturday, Aug. 20. Classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Butler’s class of 2015 brings strong high school academic achievements including: an average GPA of 3.76 (compared to 3.69 last year); an average ACT of 28 (compared to 27 last year); and an average SAT of 1751 (compared to 1711 last year).

The students come from 34 states and nine countries. Forty-six percent of students reside in Indiana, with 130 students being from greater Indianapolis. Of the 54 percent of students from out-of-state, 161 are from greater Chicago.

“Butler continues to attract a high number of out-of-state students,” said Tom Weede, vice president for enrollment management. Weede cited Butler men’s basketball back-to-back Final Four appearances as a strong reason for the out-of-state numbers, as well as an increase in applications, which were up 41 percent from the previous year.

Some other interesting statistics about this year’s class are:

· 104 multicultural students (11.2 percent of class)

· 19 Lilly Scholars (Butler was second behind Purdue University for total number)

· 8 National Merit/National Achievement Scholars

· 598 students played a sport in high school; 299 received multiple varsity letters; 235 were elected team captain

· 283 students played in the band or orchestra, or sang in their school’s choir; 88 were cast in a school or community play or musical; 64 played first chair of their section

· 483 students were elected to the National Honor Society; 188 were voted onto their school’s Student Council; 83 were elected class officers

· 654 students were involved in community service; 318 were members of a church youth group; 87 served on a mission trip

As in years past, pre-pharmacy remains a popular area of study for this year’s class. Other areas of interest include business (marketing, accounting and finance), biology, chemistry, dance, education, physician assistant and psychology.

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.

Media Contact: Courtney Tuell

(317) 940-9807

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