Butler University is a private liberal arts university in Indianapolis, Indiana, one of the largest and most thriving cities in the Midwest. There are approximately 4,400 students attending Butler, which was founded in 1855 by members of the Disciples of Christ Christian Church. Even though it had an affiliation with Christianity due to its founders, Butler University holds a non-denominational status at this time. Butler was Indiana’s first University, and the United States’ third, to matriculate women into the classroom. In fact, they established a chairperson specifically for women, the Demia Butler Chair, and the first woman to hold this position went onto become the second female professor in the country. They also established the first Department of English in the United States, creating the first “professorship” for an English language and literature student. Butler is also widely known for its men’s basketball team, frequently ranked in the top sixteen of all collegiate teams.
Butler has over sixty degree programs within six colleges: Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the Jordan College of Fine Arts. It is well-known for its Accounting, Business, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary Education, Finance, Journalism, Marketing and Physician’s Assistant’s Program. Other undergraduate degree programs include: International Management, Finance, Marketing, Economics, Communications Studies, Journalism, Integrated Communications, Digital Media Productions, Recording Industry Studies, Foreign Languages, Social Studies, Art, Music, Dance, Anthropology, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Biomedical Engineering, Natural Sciences, International Studies, and Urban Affairs. Pre-professional studies include Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Seminary, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Students can pursue graduate studies in Education, Business, Pharmaceutical Science, Dance, Performance, English, History, and Writing, to name a few.
Butler University offers a distance learning option for their Executive M.B.A. part-time program, but not for any other degree programs or courses. America’s Best Colleges, published by the U.S. News and World Report, ranked Butler as the number two Midwestern Master’s Universities. Butler has small class sizes, and all courses are taught by professors, keeping the quality of education high. They were recently awarded a million dollar grant from the Lilly Endowment, which has increased their power as a research institute, and students can participate in their own research opportunities in the ten week summer program known as the Butler Institute for Research and Scholarship.
Because Butler is a private institution, tuition remains the same for Indiana and out of state residents. Full time undergraduate students pay $27,500 per year, and part time undergraduate students pay $766 per credit hour. Graduate students pay per credit hour, a cost which is determined by the College they are attending, and tuition ranges from $430-$635 per unit. Many Student Financial Aid assistance options are available through the University, State, and Federal Loans and Grants. 88% of Butler student receive grant money to pay for their education, and 58% are eligible for loans.
Butler University offers it’s students a small campus feel, situated within a thriving metropolis, creating “the best of both worlds.” There are many organizations, fraternities, sororities and athletics programs available to complement the academia.