Founded in 1855 and located in Indianapolis, Butler is a nationally-recognized comprehensive university that blends the liberal arts with first-rate pre-professional programs.
Our mission is to provide the highest quality of liberal and professional education and to integrate the liberal arts with professional education, by creating and fostering a stimulating intellectual community built upon interactive dialogue and inquiry among students, faculty and staff.
We prepare each graduate not simply to make a living but to make a life of purpose, in which personal flourishing is intertwined with the welfare of others.
Butler offers more than 65 majors. Over the past five years, our graduates have enjoyed an average 96 percent job placement rate, with 100 percent in education and pharmacy. There's always something new to learn about Butler.
Butler University is committed to abiding by the rules set forth by the NCAA and the BIG EAST Conference. The links below will help prospectie student-athletes navigate the college search and application process.
Butler's student-athletes have historically ranked among the nation's best in the classroom. Almost all of the Bulldog teams annually receive recognition for cumulative team GPA as well as various individual awards. During the 2013-14 academic year, 16 of BU's 19 athletic teams had a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better. The GPA for all of Butler's teams was 3.291.
In the most recent Academic Progress Report (APR) study done by
the NCAA, the Bulldogs had six teams honored as being in the top 10
percent in the nation.
Butler has recently entered an exciting new era as a member of the BIG EAST Conference. Yet, it is important to recognize Butler's proud past of athletic accomplishments. As a member of the Horizon League, Butler won the McCafferty All-Sports Trophy a league-record eight times.
Butler's men's basketball team captured a share of five consecutive league championships in addition to the team's well-documented NCAA Championship success. The men's cross country has been nationally-ranked and won 14 straight league championships, while the women's team won nine times during a span of 10 years. Butler has also recently won league championships in men's and women's soccer, volleyball, football, men's tennis and women's golf.
Last season, Butler's football team won a second consecutive Pioneer Football League championship and became the first team in PFL history to advance to the NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs.
In the 2012 London Olympic Games, the Bulldogs were represented with two distance runners competing in the marathon. Scott Overall '05 ran for England, while Ava Hutchinson '07 competed for Ireland. Butler has also produced two NBA players - Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz and Shelvin Mack of the Atlanta Hawks - and several more men's and women's professional players overseas. Butler has also had players in the MLS and all across minor league baseball.
Nicknamed the "Crossroads of America" for our abundance of interstates and ease of access, Indianapolis is the 12th largest city in the United States and the second largest in the Midwest after Chicago. Indianapolis, the state capital of Indiana, is home to 1.6 million people and is one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. This serves meeting planners well because Indianapolis has a large audience to draw from and a very strong hotel community to accommodate out of town attendees.
Indianapolis is the auto racing capital of the world and home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which opened in 1909. The famous track hosts the two largest attended sporting events in the world each year, the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400. As part of the racing tradition in this city, the Indiana State Fairgrounds hosts the annual Hoosier 100 in May and has a history of racing on its 1-mile oval.
In 2012, Indianapolis hosted Super Bowl XLVI, won by the New York Giants. Indy's downtown was transformed into a Super Bowl Village, hosting interactive events, concerts and a zipline across Capitol Avenue. The Indiana State Fairgrounds hosted several high profile events with the Super Bowl, including the NFL Commissioner's Party and the VH1 Pepsi Fan Jam.
Our city offers something for everyone - our many attractions include The Children's Museum of Indianapolis (the largest children's museum in the world), The Indianapolis Zoo (ranked among the nation's top 10 zoos) and the Indianapolis Museum of Art—one of the country's 10 largest and oldest general art museums.