At a Glance

Butler University is a private, nationally recognized comprehensive university encompassing six colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Approximately 4,400 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and doctoral students are enrolled at Butler, representing 48 states and 31 countries.

School Type: Private, Coed
Year Founded: 1855
Religious Affiliation: None


Butler University, founded on ideals of equity and academic excellence, creates and fosters a collaborative, stimulating intellectual learning environment. We are inspired to boldly innovate and broadly educate, enriching communities and preparing all learners to lead meaningful lives.

Butler is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

When students come to Butler, they’re getting more than just a world-class education. They’re joining the bustling community of Indianapolis, nicknamed the Crossroads of America and home to five professional sports teams, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a vibrant arts and culture scene, a nationally recognized international airport, and many major businesses and corporations.

  • 1850—The charter of North Western Christian University proposed by abolitionist Ovid Butler was approved by the Indiana General Assembly.
  • 1855—Classes began at North Western Christian University in the area of today’s 13th Street and College Avenue.
  • 1877—The school moved to Irvington and was renamed Butler University.
  • 1928—Butler University relocated to its current location at 4600 Sunset Avenue.

2024 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges Rankings

  • No. 1 Regional University–Midwest
  • No. 1 Most Innovative School–Midwest
  • No. 1 Best Undergraduate Teaching–Midwest
  • No. 16 (tie) First-Year Experiences–National
  • No. 28 (tie) Study Abroad–National
Total Enrollment5,525
Undergraduate Enrollment4,427
Graduate Enrollment1,098
In-State Students46%
Out-of-State Students54%
Students of Color and International19%
First-Year Students Who Receive Gift Aid96%
Full-time Faculty371
Student/Faculty Ratio11:1
Average Class Size22
Undergraduates Engaged in Student-led Campus Activities95%
Students Who Study Abroad While at Butler40%
Students Who Complete at Least One Internship While at Butler75%
Student Experience
First-Year to Second-Year Student Retention88%
Career or Graduate School Placement Within Six Months of Graduation98%
Median Starting Salary$59,000