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Butler University

Indianapolis, IN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate82%

Butler University Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Butler University. Butler University admitted 82% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 13,386 students applied to Butler University and 10,985 were admitted.

If you are planning on applying to Butler University, the regular decision application deadline is August 1 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Butler University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Butler University's admissions stats.

Butler University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 41%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 50%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 27%
Waitlist Yes

Butler University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Butler University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 November 5
Regular Decision Yes 8 1

Applying Early to Butler University?

Butler University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Butler University will release EA admissions decisions no later than November 5.

Butler University accepts around 92% of early action applicants and 82% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Butler University admitted 8,866 of the 9,689 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college to increase their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ See a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Butler University Admissions

How To Get Into Butler University

Butler University is a moderately difficult school to get into. Butler University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Butler University accepted 82% of students, about 10,985 from 13,386 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Butler University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to College of Pharmacy and Health Science programs; Engineering; Sciences; Dance (Classical Ballet) is program moderately difficult.

Transferring to Butler University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Butler University

Butler University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Butler University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Butler University

What does Butler University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Butler University for more information on admission factors.

Butler University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Butler University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Butler University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements HS Secondary School Report
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript(S) of College Record
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Butler University?

Students admitted to Butler University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

Out of all students that were admitted, 36% submitted a class rank. At Butler University 41% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 74% were in the top 25% and 94% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Butler University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 42.94%
3.75 and 3.99 23.89%
3.50 and 3.74 17.38%
3.25 and 3.49 9.44%
3.00 and 3.24 4.43%
2.50 and 2.9 1.92%
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Butler University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Butler University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 50% of Butler University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 27% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

More Information on Transferring to Butler University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Butler University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 15. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Butler University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Butler University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Butler University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Butler University.

Does Butler University accept transfer credits?

✅ Butler University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Butler University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Butler University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Butler University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Butler University?

❌ No, Butler University is test optional, so you can decide whether to include your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Butler University's acceptance rate?

✅ Butler University has an acceptance rate of 82%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Butler University?

❌ Butler University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Butler University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Butler University was 92% in 2021.

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Butler University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Butler University? Butler University is a somewhat selective institution. The Butler University acceptance rate is 82%. This means that the institution accepts 82 out of every 100 applicants.


Butler University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Butler University is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Butler University is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Butler University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Butler University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Butler University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.9. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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