Butler University in Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

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Butler University offers 289-degree programs. Student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 68%. The most popular test is SAT - 51% of students submitted it in comparison to 83% of students who submitted ACT. 41.1% are women, and 58.9% are men. 2% percents of international students. Butler University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Butler University is 30814$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $39152 and $51072 per year. 76% of full-time Butler University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $55,000, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Butler University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Butler University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$23,902
$30,001 - $48,000$26,149
$48,001 - $75,000$28,164
$75,001 - $110,000$31,028

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 5665

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


3527 of Butler University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 87 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Butler University number 8 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Indiana.

Students at Butler University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Recognized student veteran organization

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Does not offer distance education opportunities

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Prepaid tuition plan

Tuition payment plan

Prepaid tuition plan - a program that allows students or their families to purchase college tuition or tuition credits for future years, at current prices.

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Butler University.

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Butler University graduation rate is above the national average.

76% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Butler University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This index doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

10 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Butler University acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 72%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 4% only.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $30k - $40k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 65%, so Butler University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 3% only.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Butler University full-time retention rate is 89% and part-time retention rate is 100%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has quality curriculum, pleasant student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Butler University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1560 - 1860

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 520 - 620
Math: 530 - 630
Writing: 510 - 610

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Butler University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
25 - 30

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 24 - 31
Math: 25 - 29
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Butler University is 11:1, that means that for every 11 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Butler University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Butler University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in not reported location.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Butler University

The campus located by 4600 Sunset Ave address in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Butler University in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Butler University with 0.41% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Butler University are burglary, forcible sex offense, and motor vehicle theft.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Butler University offers 289 programs in total: 214 are for Bachelor's degree, 54 - for Master's degree, 9 - for less than 1-year certificate programs, 6 - for 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs, and 3 are Associate's degree.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 33 universities in Marion county, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree. Butler University is one of the few institutions in Marion that offers an Associate's degree program.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Indiana state average data to help you compare.


Butler University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 4259 students with 127758 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 428 with 10277 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 243 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Butler University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Butler commits itself to being a "community that cares" however this is far from the truth. Being a current student on campus I have come to realize that if you aren't in Greek life or athletics then no one on the campus cares. You are ostracized from social events and even clubs. I wouldn't have came to this school if I knew that Greek life either made or broke your social life. The advisors for the most part are unorganized and don't care about their students. The professors like at any other school could be great or terrible it just depends. Construction is always a factor and parking is far from most of the residential buildings. The food options besides scottys are all terrible. One of the few good things about the school is the basketball but the student sections aren't that energetic. Hopefully if everything works out I'll be able to transfer schools this next year. I knew coming in that most colleges are liberal but this school takes it to an extreme and if your viewpoints are different from everyone else's then you get targeted by almost everyone in class when having class discussions. Almost every college has drinking and I understand wanting to keep kids safe but the BUPD on campus are getting kids in trouble for minor drinking violations that on almost any other campus would not be a factor. I advise you to not go to this school unless you know for a fact that you'll be interested in Greek life, extremely liberal beliefs, and boring parties/strict campus police.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

As an autistic student, I found the residential facilities on this campus to be extremely disruptive and not conducive to my education. My grades went down considerably over the four years that I lived on campus and, as a result, I ended up graduating two years late.Most of my professors just thought I was lazy or that I wasn't trying hard enough but I don't think that they would've accepted the truth even if I told them. If I struggled in class, then the default responses that I got were "go to the Learning Resource Center" or "get tutoring."My academic advisers were just as cavalier - I think that they were more concerned with their personal research than anything else. Around the time that I graduated, Butler's motto was that it was a "community of care" - and this atmosphere is the exact opposite of what I experienced.I ended up getting my Bachelor's Degree in the end, but I also left with PTSD and a severe distrust of educational institutions. This college is better suited for students without special needs and, unfortunately, I had to find that out the hard way.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Great students. Great professors. Administration is awful. The campus has shifted to a focus that is no longer putting students first. Very sad to see where my former university is headed. Completely unrecognizable from when i was there. Class of 2014 graduate, currently being harassed by Credit World Services as i finish paying my tuition.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

People are getting so mad over this years graduating class dedicating itself to resisting the president. This seems like a good thing to me, shows that they aren't afraid to step out of the norm, especially in the state of Indiana. Should be proud of this class for using the opportunity to speak their minds.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Disagreeing with a President is completely justified, but an entire class dedicating to resisting a President?It sounds like Butler is just taking kid's money. What career would that class prepare you for? That's right, fast food. Butler isn't doing any favors to their students. I will no longer be supporting or donating my money here.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 4600 Sunset Ave


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +3179408000

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: butler.edu

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