Butler University will welcome 1,025 freshmen on move-in day Saturday, Aug. 24. Classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Butler’s class of 2017 continues the University’s track record of attracting high-quality, academically prepared students. Here’s a look at some numbers.

_BS12660– Average GPA, 3.51-4.03.

– Average ACT, 25-30.

– Average SAT, 1580-1900.

– 16 Lilly Scholars.

– 5 National Merit/National Achievement Scholars.

The Class of 2017 comes from 32 states and 22 countries. Forty-three percent are from Indiana, and 57 percent are from out of state. This is Butler’s highest percentage of out-of-state students in history. Approximately 25 percent of the class comes from nearby Illinois.

In addition to being the most geographically diverse, this year’s incoming class is also the most ethnically diverse, with minority students representing 14.4 percent of the class.

As in years past, 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. 

For students who declare an area of study, pre-pharmacy remains the most popular, and is closely followed by business (marketing, accounting, and finance), biology, chemistry, dance, education, psychology, and strategic communication.

Media contact:
Courtney Tuell
(317) 940-9807

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