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Butler University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Butler University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Butler University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Butler University was awarded 25 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management and marketing.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Butler is ranked #221 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 44 colleges in Indiana, Butler is ranked at #9.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Butler?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Butler University is a competitive 65%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 55% of students accepted to Butler submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 660. Math scores were between 570 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Butler University  ( 580 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Butler University  ( 570 to 660 )
Butler received ACT scores from 77% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for Butler University  ( 25 to 30 )

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Butler University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Butler, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 11 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Butler University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Butler University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Butler University has a freshmen retention rate of 89%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  89 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Butler the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 54%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  54 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at Butler

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,698 undergraduates at Butler with 4,520 being full-time and 178 being part-time.

Butler Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for Butler is 77.03 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  77.03 out of 100
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How Much Does Butler University Cost?

The overall average net price of Butler is $35,488. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Butler

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$25,854 $27,622 $33,303 $36,573 $39,622

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Butler, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Butler, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $9,509 a year. That adds up to $38,036 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Butler is 2.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Butler Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Butler with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $56,600 in their early years. This is good news for future Butler graduates since it is 42% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Butler University make the most money.

Location of Butler University

Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, Butler University is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of Butler is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of Butler University

Contact details for Butler are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4600 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: 317-940-8000

Butler University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 67 majors graduated from Butler University. Of these students, 1,065 received undergraduate degrees and 342 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Marketing 107 $32,800
Finance & Financial Management 95 $31,600
Teacher Education Grade Specific 59 NA
Public Relations & Advertising 57 NA
Romance Languages 49 NA
General Biology 47 NA
General Psychology 43 NA
Accounting 42 NA
Health Sciences & Services 35 NA
Chemistry 33 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Butler University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

This is a decrease from the 4 students who took online classes the previous year.

Learn more about online learning at Butler University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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