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About Butler


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At Butler, we’re game-changers. And we’ve been so since the very beginning. In the mid-1800s our founder, Ovid Butler, was way ahead of his time in providing everyone, regardless of gender or race, the opportunity for exceptional education. That forward-thinking philosophy continues today. From our continual development of new academic programs, to strategic community partnerships, to major investments in state-of-the-art educational facilities, the Butler Way is rooted in innovation. These actions—both present and future—give Butler educators the tools and techniques they need to inspire and inform the next generation of thinkers and doers.

Top National Rankings

US News Most Innovative 2022We take pride in being ranked the No. 1 Most Innovative School among Midwest Regional Universities—for seven consecutive years. We’re also the No. 1 Regional University in the Midwest (for the fourth consecutive year). This year we ranked No. 1 among Midwest Regional Universities for Undergraduate Teaching and Best Colleges for Veterans, as well. We are truly honored as national experts recognize year in and year out that Butler University is built on a foundation of innovation. Other recent rankings include: 

  • Top 25 among nationally ranked schools (such as Harvard, Duke, and Stanford Universities) by U.S. News and World Report

    • First-year Experience (No. 16)
    • Study Abroad Opportunities (No. 25)
  • No. 36 Best Value School by U.S. News and World Report

  • Top 100 for Best Private College Values by Kiplinger’s

  • Recognized as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education and one of the five schools to be profiled in the education services company’s guidebook for the second year in a row—The Best 384 Colleges—by The Princeton Review

National Rankings Stories

Expanding Opportunities for Lifelong Learning

Continuing EducationAlways looking to the future and always moving forward, we are continuing to strengthen our traditional premier approach for full-time, undergraduate liberal arts education, but also expanding options for learners of all ages and new educational pathways. Highlights of new offerings include:

  • The Master of Science in Risk and Insurance offers one of the most advanced educations possible in this expanding worldwide industry. 
  • The Doctor of Medical Science provides practicing PA’s the business acumen to lead in their places of work. 
  • The Master of Science in Strategic Communication gives students the knowledge and experience required for career advancement in the rapidly changing fields of PR and advertising.
  • The Master of Arts in Management is designed for recent graduates desiring foundational business skills to enhance their professional opportunities.
  • Kenzie Academy and Butler Executive Education joined forces to offer industry-recognized technical certificates for adult learners in the areas of front- and back-end web development and software engineering.


Lifelong Learning Stories

Major Investments in Our Community

New Sciences ComlexWe achieve our status as innovators by investing heavily in the future of our students, providing them with world-class workspaces and equipment. Recent headline-making projects at Butler include:

  • A spectacular new 110,000-square-foot building for the Lacy School of Business.
  • An enhanced residential experience with Irvington House and Fairview House.
  • A $100 million renovation and expansion of our Science Complex, the largest capital project in the University’s history. 


In the fall of 2019, we announced our most ambitious project to date—Butler Beyond. Thanks in no small part to our generous family of donors, we are on track to raise and invest a quarter of a billion dollars into student access and success, faculty support and curricular improvements, and strategic community partnerships. By applying this far-reaching philosophy and solid strategy, we continue to be an agent of change in our community as well as the world beyond our walls.


Stories of Major Investments

Strong Community Partnerships

Student interacting with patient at the Butler University Community Outreach PharmacyAs part of the Indianapolis community, we have a vested interest in its success. Through collaboration and strong partnerships with local businesses, nonprofits, K-12 schools, and government entities, we are cultivating deeper integration between Butler faculty and students on complex issues facing our community. Examples include:


  • The IPS/Butler University Laboratory Schools model is a unique partnership designed to leverage the collective strengths of a private university and public-school system to invest in the development of local students. There are currently two IPS/Butler Lab schools in Indianapolis.
  • The Old National Bank Center for Closely Held Business connects closely held businesses with the resources and advisors they need to succeed. Members gain a Butler-backed competitive edge for their business through research, business valuations, planning, referral partners, and coaching, while Butler students gain real-world case studies, guest lecturers, and internship opportunities.
  • 2019 marked the 10th anniversary of the Butler University Community Outreach Pharmacy, where students are gaining practical experiences in their field providing pharmacy services, disease prevention education, and medication counseling to underserved and uninsured communities in Indianapolis. 


Community Partnership Stories