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Butler University Data & Information Overview

166 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
81% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Butler University Ranked?

#153 Best Colleges in Nation
#4 Best Colleges in IN
Accounting Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

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Butler University was awarded 166 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is accounting.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, Butler is ranked #153 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 42 colleges in Indiana, Butler is ranked at #4.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Butler?

81% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
39% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Butler University is 81%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Butler is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 39% 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 670. Math scores were between 570 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Butler University  ( 580 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for Butler University  ( 570 to 670 )
Butler received ACT scores from 35% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for Butler University  ( 25 to 31 )

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Butler University Faculty

11 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

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

87% Freshmen Retention
73% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 87% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Butler University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Butler for first-time, full-time students is 73%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  73 out of 100

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Butler University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,347 Full-Time Undergraduates
16.2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
60.1% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,492 undergraduates at Butler with 4,347 being full-time and 145 being part-time.

How Much Does Butler University Cost?

$39,430 Net Price
51% Take Out Loans
$40,888 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Butler is $39,430. 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 +
$30,117 $31,796 $36,315 $39,754 $43,211

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Butler, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $10,222 a year. That adds up to $40,888 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Butler is 1.9%. 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?

$66,540 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Butler make about $66,540 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Butler students since it is 57% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Butler University

Indiana State
4,347 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
Butler University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The location of Butler is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Contact details for Butler are given below.

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

Butler University Majors

68 Majors With Completions
1,075 Undergraduate Degrees
351 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 68 majors graduated from Butler University. Of these students, 1,075 received undergraduate degrees and 351 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
Finance & Financial Management 101 NA
Public Relations & Advertising 91 NA
Marketing 84 $45,331
Teacher Education Grade Specific 74 NA
Romance Languages 49 NA
General Biology 46 NA
General Psychology 42 NA
Accounting 39 NA
Management Information Systems 31 NA
Communication Sciences 31 NA

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

Online Learning at Butler

8% Take At Least One Class Online
5% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 418 students took at least one online class at Butler University. This is a decrease from the 431 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 418 300
2019-2020 431 179
2018-2019 118 17
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 4 4

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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.


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