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Butler University

Butler University is a private university in Indianapolis, Indiana. Founded in 1855 and named after founder Ovid Butler, the university has over 60 major academic fields of study in six colleges: Lacy School of Business, College of Communication, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Jordan College of the Arts.

Bachelor's programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Law (1)



Butler University is a liberal arts school with a history of doing things differently. In 1855, attorney and abolitionist Ovid Butler opened a school founded on the principle that everyone deserves an excellent education, regardless of race or gender—a bold idea in pre-Civil-War America. 


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.

When you start at Butler, you’ll find a community of classmates and faculty that are committed to your success. In fact, the U.S. News & World Report named Butler among the top schools in the country when it comes to enriched undergraduate offerings that lead to student success. They concluded that Butler is committed to providing all undergrads with “the best possible educational experience.”


The Butler Institute for Research & Scholarship (BIRS) supports faculty research and scholarship, curricular and professional development, programmatic projects and creative works through a combination of internal grants, assistance with the external funding process, and oversight of research compliance protocols and intellectual property issues. This office also oversees the approval of all research and teaching protocols related to human subjects (IRB), biohazardous materials (IBC), and animal care (IACUC). 


As a division of Academic Affairs, Internship and Career Services (ICS) is committed to providing and supporting learning opportunities for self assessment and reflection, experiential education, and career exploration. ICS is equally committed to building and sustaining relationships with high integrity employers for the mutual benefit of their organization and Butler students and alumni.

ICS offers a variety of services to assist students and alumni, including:

  • Career Advising
  • Internship and Job Search Resources
  • On-Campus Employment Services
  • Graduate School Resources
  • A variety of workshops, networking events and fairs

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Student services

The Help Desk provides a single point of contact for the technology needs of Butler students, faculty, and staff. The Help Desk provides self service, phone, email, and walk-in support for a variety of technology services. The Help Desk does not support faculty or staff personal or home computers.

The Help Desk aims to provide excellent service to each and every user. This can cause hold times on the phone to be lengthy. Using self service or email for non urgent requests and issues will prevent users from having to wait on the phone.

Housing services

Reasonable accommodations are determined through individualized interview with the student as well as diagnostic data and recommendations contained within the documentation.  Students who wish to request accommodations must give written permission for SDS to inform professors and other relevant university personnel that he/she is a person with a documented disability.

Library services

Butler University Libraries provides a variety of physical spaces to foster individual and group work. There are two campus libraries. The Irwin Library includes the business; education and curriculum resources; liberal arts; and performing and fine arts collections.

ICT services

All residence hall computer labs are maintained by IT and are available 24 hours for hall residents. Both Windows and Mac computers are available. Paper and toner for these lab printers are available from each hall's front desk.

Irwin Library has 36 Windows computers and seven Macs.

Medical services

Butler University Health Services provides health care to students currently enrolled in the University. We place an emphasis on treating the medical, emotional, and educational needs of our students. Our primary goal is to have students leave the clinic not only feeling better but also being better informed about their condition and how to provide self-care.

Student Life

Campus life

Located on 295 acres on the north side of Indianapolis, the nation’s 14th-largest city, Butler is home to both historic buildings and park-like settings. Whether you’re here for a performing art or athletic event, a visiting student or returning alum, we hope you enjoy your time exploring our beautiful campus.

Moving into your first place away from home is a liberating, exciting time. And at Butler, you’ll share the experience with new roommates and neighbors, all part of a campus community that make residence halls feel more like homes. Some of your best relationships will begin right here. Nearly all incoming first-year students, and most sophomores and juniors, live on campus.

Sports facilities

The Health and Recreation Complex (HRC) offers many programs and services to Butler students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as the Indianapolis community. Not only is it the main stomping ground for the Department of Recreation, the HRC also houses the offices of Counseling and Consultation Services, Health Education, and Health Services, making it a true wellness center on campus. 

  • Personal Training
  • Fitness Assessment
  • Fitness Space Orientation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Nutrition Services

Student clubs

We highly value the work you do with student organizations, and are here to serve as a resource and guide to you.

All recognized student organizations must have an advisor who is a full-time faculty/staff member at Butler University.

We Provide
  • Leadership workshops
  • Student organization support
  • Flyer approval & campus posting information
  • Fundraiser approval
  • Event planning consultation
  • Over 100 free sponsored events per year.
  • Opportunities to start new activities and organizations
  • Assistance with student organization financial management
  • New student orientation programs
  • Service learning opportunities/consultations
  • New student organization recognition 


  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission  
  • Continuously accredited since 1915

Student Reviews

Butler University
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Overall, Butler is a great place to study and I'm thankful I ended up here. I love the small school atmosphere- all my profs know my name and information about me with a week of starting class. Classes are usually around 20 students and very interactive/ discussion based. Double or even triple majoring is very doable. To be completely honest, Butler has so many study...

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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