Butler University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Butler University is a private university with an acceptance rate of 68%. Located on a 300-acre campus in Indianapolis, Indiana, Butler was founded in 1855 by attorney and abolitionist Ovid Butler. Undergraduates can choose from 65 undergraduate majors within six academic colleges. The university has an impressive 11-to-1 student / faculty ratio. On the athletic front, the Butler University Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference and the Pioneer Football League.

Considering applying to Butler University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Butler University had an acceptance rate of 68%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 68 students were admitted, making Butler's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 16,418
Percent Admitted 68%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 12%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Butler University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 66% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 590 660
Math 580 670
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Butler's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Butler scored between 590 and 660, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 660. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 580 and 670, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 670. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1330 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Butler.

Requirements

Butler does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Butler University participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Butler requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 72% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 32
Math 24 29
Composite 25 30

This admissions data tells us that most of Butler's admitted students fall within the top 22% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Butler received a composite ACT score between 25 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 25.

Requirements

Butler does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Butler superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Butler University's incoming freshmen class was 3.86, and over 63% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Butler University have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Butler University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Butler University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Butler University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Butler University, which accepts just over two-thirds of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Keep in mind, however, that Butler also has a holistic admissions process, and admissions decisions are based on more than numbers. A strong application essay and a rigorous course schedule can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities. Butler also offers applicants the opportunity to submit optional letters of recommendation and an activity and honors resume to add to their application. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Butler's average range. Note that students applying to the Jordan College of the Arts will be required to audition, interview, and/or submit a portfolio.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most successful applicants had high school averages of "B+" or higher, combined SAT scores of 1100 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 22 or better. Your chances are best if your numbers are a bit higher than these lower ranges. Many Butler students had high school GPAs in the "A" range.

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