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Butler University Data & Information Overview

144 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
76% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Butler University Ranked?

#140 Best Colleges in Nation
#5 Best Colleges in IN
Insurance Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 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 144 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is insurance.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Butler as #140 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Butler held the #234 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 42 colleges in Indiana, Butler is ranked at #5.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Butler?

76% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
70% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Butler University has an acceptance rate of 76%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 70% 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 60% 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

12 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Butler it is much better at 12 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

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

86% Freshmen Retention
73% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Butler University has a freshmen retention rate of 86%. 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  86 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

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Butler University.

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
46% Take Out Loans
$45,840 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 46% of students took out student loans averaging $11,460 a year. That adds up to $45,840 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.


See which majors at Butler University make the most money.

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
1,107 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, 1,107 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
Health Sciences & Services 38 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
3% 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 2019-2020, 431 students took at least one online class at Butler University. This is an increase from the 118 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 431 179
2018-2019 118 17
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 4 4
2015-2016 0 0

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.


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