Butler University

Butler University

Butler University, BU, is a private co-educational university in Indianapolis, Indiana that was founded in 1855. It sits on a 290 acre campus and offers programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in areas like business, health science, and fine arts. The colleges of the university are as follows:

  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Jordan College of Fine Arts

Butler University, which participates in the NCAA Division I Horizon League and the Pioneer Football League, has teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. The teams are nicknamed the Bulldogs. BU also has nine sororities, eight fraternities, and over 115 clubs and organizations.

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Contacting Butler

Butler University
4600 Sunset Ave
Indianapolis , IN 46208
General Phone: (317) 940-8000

Butler Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management195business management, accounting, finance, international business, actuarial science, marketing
Education and Teaching172education, educational administration, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, music teaching
Medicine158pharmacy, pharmaceutics and drug design
Liberal Arts103German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages and literature, English, creative writing, speech and rhetoric, general studies, liberal arts and humanities, ...
Media86journalism, radio and television, recording arts tech
Science82biology, science and society, chemistry, physics
Medical Support and Technology72physician assistant
Therapy and Counseling49psychology, communication disorders
Music34music, music performance, music theory and composition, conducting, piano
Drama and Performing Arts32dance, drama
Art Studies23arts management
Computer Science and Engineering11computer and info science, information science
Security and Law Enforcement8criminal justice and safety
Religion and Philosophy4philosophy, religion

Number of programs and degrees for Butler in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree69348
Master's degree18714
Associate's degree11
First-professional degree1561

Butler Student Body

In 2007-2008, Butler had a total enrollment of 4,479 students (4,638 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 39%
Women 61%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 76%
Graduate 18%
First Professional 6%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 83%
Black 4%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 31%
20-21 35%
22-24 20%
25-29 5%
30-34 2%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)3%
New York1%

Butler Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 86 %

Butler Room and Board (2007)

Butler offers campus housing for 2,026 of its 4,638 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Indianapolis, Indiana for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Indiana Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Butler Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal530640
SAT Math550650
SAT Writing520620
ACT Verbal2431
ACT Math2429
ACT Composite2529

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT44%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT56%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Butler Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 28,266
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 28,266
Room and board $ 9,410
Room charge $ 4,610
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,800
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 2,050

Financial Aid:
Butler participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 178800)

Butler Faculty

Butler has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4343
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2549

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year6$102,5462*
Associate professorcalendar year6$106,4565$106,353
Assistant professorcalendar year15$94,62022$83,184
Instructorcalendar year1*1*
Lecturercalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year29$95,14030$87,928

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year56$84,4187$67,739
Associate professoracademic year38$68,08533$63,503
Assistant professoracademic year31$59,45238$58,984
Instructoracademic year1*4$35,738
Lectureracademic year15$40,25325$39,414
All faculty totalacademic year141$69,549107$55,509

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Butler Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Pioneer Football League
Basketball Horizon League
Baseball Horizon League
Track Horizon League

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports5455109

Butler Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Arts Management

Business And Management
Actuarial Science
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching

Engineering, General

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, Other
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
History, Other
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Urban Studies/Affairs

Mathematics, General

Radio and Television
Recording Arts Technology/Technician

Medical Support And Technology
Physician Assistant

Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (MS, PhD)
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Piano and Organ

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General
Science, Technology and Society

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Psychology, General

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What Sets Butler Apart:

Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Butler Number of degree programs
% of degrees in drama and performing arts
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Butler % of degrees in drama and performing arts
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Butler Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in media
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Butler % of degrees in media
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Butler Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of degrees in music
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Butler % of degrees in music
% of degrees in medicine
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Butler % of degrees in medicine
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Butler Number of students
% of degrees in science
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%Butler % of degrees in science
Student SAT scores
(vs. all colleges)
Top 20%Butler Student SAT scores

checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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