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Office of Admission

Resources for High School Counselors

Help build the next generation of bulldogs. 

Butler University is a nationally recognized university with six academic colleges and is known for providing small classe sizes, opportunities to engage directly with faculty, and real-world experience through internships, co-ops, research, performances, and community engagement offerings.

As a high school counselor, we know you have an important—and busy—job as you help students navigate the college admission process. As partners in this work, we want to be as helpful as possible. This page serves as a one-stop-shop for all things related to admission and life at Butler.

Can't find what you're looking for? Reach out to a member of our Admission team at

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Butler at a Glance

While it's impossible to truly describe Butler in a list of bullet points, we've compiled some of our most-asked-about stats here. You can also take a look at a few of our brochures to learn more about life at Butler. 

Campus and Student Body Statistics: 

Academic and Student Life Statistics 

Experiential Learning and Outcomes Statistics

  • Over 75% of students complete at least one internship 
  • 2,500+ companies eager to hire students for internships and jobs
  • 97% placement rate within one year of graduation
  • Median starting salary of $52,000

City of Indianapolis Statistics: 

  • 17th largest city in the United States
  • Home to several professional sports teams such as the Indiana Pacers and the Indianapolis Colts, major companies such as Salesforce, Eli Lilly, and Roche, and vibrant, world-class arts organizations including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and the Indiana Repertory Theatre 
  • Ranks among the top 25 best places to live for young professional (U.S. News and World Report, 2020 Rankings) 
  • Ranks the 3rd best city for jobs in America by Glassdoor

Key Dates

  • August 1: Application opens
  • October 1: FAFSA becomes available - Butler Code: 001788
  • November 1: Early Action Deadline - Our non-binding Early Action benefits include full academic scholarship consideration and Honors Program eligibility
  • Late-October through mid-December: Early Action decisions released
  • December 1: Recommended FAFSA filing date
  • February 1: Regular Decision deadline
  • Mid-February: Financial aid notification begins
  • March 1: Butler Priority FAFSA deadline
  • May 1: National Candidate's Reply Date - A $500 enrollment deposit is due to the Office of Admission, which is refundable through this date. 

Application Requirements


  • Butler Application or Common App
  • Writing sample, personal statement, or essay (650 words or less) 
  • Official high school transcript showing coursework completed through the junior year
  • A Secondary School Report completed by the counseling office 


  • SAT (code 1073) or ACT (code 1180) scores
  • Resume outlining activities and honors
  • 1-2 Letter(s) of Recommendation 

More information on the first-year application process can be found here

Test-Optional Admission

First-year and transfer students can apply to Butler with or without standardized test scores such as the SAT and the ACT. This policy, established in 2020, reflects Butler's commitment to a holistic admission review process and provides students the opportunity to determine if their standardized test scores best reflect their academic potential. 

If students submit test scores, the scores will be considered alongside the other materials within our holistic review process. Students who submit scores have the option to submit self-reported scores on the application for admission.

If students decide to apply without scores, the Office of Admission will review their application based on academic performance, curriculum, engagement in and outside of the classroom, and the essay. In addition, students may submit a résumé and letters of recommendation.

More information can be found here.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Information

We offer advanced course placement, with appropriate academic credit, in most subject areas covered by AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Examination Program). Applicants should request that their AP or CLEP scores be reported to the Office of Registration and Records. Students earning AP, IB or transfer credit ordinarily have these credits applied to major requirements, at the discretion of the department or as electives fulfilling Butler degree requirements. Using transfer credit to fulfill the Butler Core also may be possible, provided the course is consistent with the learning objectives of the specific Core area; see "Key Components" on the Core Curriculum website). 

More information can be found here

Tuition and Costs

Direct Costs 2021-2022
Tuition: $42,410
Estimated Housing and Meals: $14,850
Fees: $990
Total Direct Costs: $58,250 

Indirect Costs 2021-2022
Books and Supplies: $1,100
Transportation: $1,100
Miscellaneous Expenses: $2,600
Total Indirect Costs: $4,460 

Total Cost of Attendance: $62,710

Butler University Gift Programs

We are the largest provider of financial aid to our students. And, in 2020-2021, 99% of Butler students received gift aid. 

Butler University gift programs include: 

  • Academic Scholarship: Awards range from $15,000 to $24,000 and vary each academic year based on the quality of the applicant pool. 
  • Morton-Finney Diversity Scholar Award: Awards range from $5,000 to full tuition. Students must be admitted Early Action and demonstrate strong academic rigor and performance as well as a commitment and actions to promote diversity and inclusion through high school and community activities. Candidates from racially and ethnically diverse populations who have been historically underrperesented in institutions of higher education are encouraged to apply. A separate award application is required. 
  • Center for Faith and Vocation Scholarship: Awards are $4,000 per academic year. Students must be admitted Early Action and demonstrate commitment to communities of faith or service to others. A seprate award application is required.
  • Jordan College of the Arts Award: Awards are based on performance ability and departmental needs. Students must major within JCA. An audition, interview, or submitted work is required. 
  • Athletic Grant in Aid: Awards are based on performance ability and the needs of the team. Contact the coaching staff directly for more information.
  • Butler University Grant: Awards are based on academic strength and financial aid eligibility as determined by the FAFSA. Priority consideration is given to those who submit the FAFSA by March 1. 

Federal and State Grants, Federal Student Loans, and Employment

A variety of federal and state grants, loans, and work study opportunities are also available. In order to determine eligibility, the FAFSA must be filed. Butler's FAFSA code is 001788.

  • Federal Pell Grant*: Awards up to $6,345 based on financial needs as determined by the FAFSA. 
  • Frank O'Bannon Grant or 21st Century Scholarship*: Awards to Indiana residents based on financial needs as determined by the FAFSA. Award amounts range from $900-$9,200. The FAFSA must be received by April 15 each year. 
  • Federal Direct Loan: A long-term, fixed-interest student loan offered to students who complete the FAFSA. May be subsidized and/or unsubsidized based on financial need. Grade level maximums: first-year $5,500, sophomore $6,500, junior/senior $7,500
  • Federal Work Study*: On-campus employment where students receive a paycheck for hours worked. Awards are based on financial need. The average award is equivalent to 8 to 12 hours per week at minimum wage.

*Available only to full-time undergraduate students pursuing their first bachelor's degree. Award amounts are from the 2020-2021 academic year and may vary for future academic years. Butler gift assistance is tuition specific unless otherwise stated. 

Find Your School's Admission Counselor

Our Admission Counselors are a great resource for both you and for your students. They can provide any information about Butler that you might need, and help guide your students through the admission process and transition to college. Find your school's admission counselor here