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Butler Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to Butler University, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

Test Type
SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

Percent change to get into :100 percent

With an acceptance rate of 73%, admission to Butler is mildly competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1200, or an ACT score of around 27.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Butler admission statistics.


Butler Admissions Statistics

Butler’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 73%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 12,937 applicants, Butler admitted about 9,406. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.78, the average ACT score was 27, and the average SAT score was 1220.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 25, and the 75th percentile score was 30.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1130. The 75th percentile score was 1320.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Butler is mildly competitive. Even if Butler is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Butler’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Butler Application Requirements

To apply to Butler, you’ll need to fill out the Butler Application or Common Application, submit a writing sample, personal statement, or essay (650 words or less), submit official SAT or ACT scores, submit an official high school transcript showing coursework completed through the junior year, and finally submit a Secondary School Report completed by your counseling office. Everything should be submitted by November 1st for Early Action, and February 1st for Regular Decision.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Butler Application or Common Application
  • Submit a writing sample, personal statement, or essay (650 words or less)
  • Submit official SAT or ACT scores
  • Submit an official high school transcript showing coursework completed through the junior year
  • Submit a Secondary School Report completed by your counseling office

The application deadline is November 1st for Early Action and February 1st for Regular Decision.

Have you been admitted to Butler? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


Butler Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Butler, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 40% are male and 60% are female
  • 0.8% of students are international

Butler has a diverse class, as well. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 0.8%
  • Underrepresented minority: 2.7%
  • Two or more races: 2.8%
  • White: 83%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Butler offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Communication
  • Journalism
  • Education

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Butler Tuition Figures

At $54,857, Butler’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $20,022.

Here’s a fuller look at Butler tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $54,857
  • Average financial aid package: $20,022
  • The average student debt of a Butler graduate is $35,730

Now, what is life like at Butler? Let’s take a look.


Campus Location

Butler University is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, about five miles outside of the downtown area.

Much of the current campus’ architectural style is based in Collegiate Gothic.

Remember, you’re going to Butler for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Butler Academics

Butler has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Actuarial Science
  • Biology
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Digital Communication and Media
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • History
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Journalism
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Music Management
  • Philosophy
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
  • Recording Arts Technology
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Butler.


Student Life at Butler

Butler has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Butler’s student activities:

  • Actuarial Science Club
  • Arts Ambassadors Club
  • Be The Voice
  • Butler Entrepreneurship & Innovation Club
  • Butler Food Recovery Network
  • Butler LGBTQIA+ Alliance
  • College Democrats at Butler University
  • Dawgs for a Cure
  • Demia
  • Freshly Brewed Women’s A Cappella
  • German Klub
  • International Club of Butler University
  • It’s OK Society
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Connections Club
  • Manuscripts Literary Magazine
  • Nora’s Neighbors
  • Out of the Dawg House

Are you an athlete? Butler’s got plenty of options for you.


Butler Athletics

Butler offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Butler’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Soccer
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis

Who might you become with a Butler degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Butler has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter
  • NBA player Gordon Hayward
  • MLB player Dan Johnson
  • US Postmaster General Harry S. New
  • Cellist Johann Sebastian Paetsch
  • Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence
  • Architect Avriel Shull
  • Playwright Maurine Dallas Watkins

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Butler is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

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