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Indianapolis, Indiana

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Chances of getting into Butler University


Acceptance Rate 
Admission Difficulty for Butler University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Butler and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Butler is 76%.  It ranks #21 in Indiana for lowest rate of acceptance. Butler University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 11,045 out of 14,592 applicants were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 27 percent (SAT 1150/1320 ACT 25/30). Butler University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.92. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 10% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Butler University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 66% of students submitted SAT scores and 72% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Butler SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
Applicants Submitting SAT 
SAT Scores for Butler University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1150
SAT Scores for Butler University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 660
SAT Composite 75th 1320
Average SAT Score 1240

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Butler University?

Butler University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 32 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1150 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1060. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1240 out of 1600. Butler ranks #4 in Indiana and #185 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 66 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Butler University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1320 and Above Good >86%
1235 to 1320 Avg + 76%-86%
1150 to 1235 Avg - 62%-76%
1065 to 1150 Reach 47%-62%
Less than 1065 Low <47%
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Butler ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
ACT Scores for Butler University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 24
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for Butler University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 30
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Butler?

Admission data indicates that Butler regularly accepts students with ACT's of 25 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 22 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in Indiana and #176 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 72 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Butler University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Butler University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
30 and Above Good >87%
27 to 30 Avg + 76%-87%
25 to 27 Avg - 65%-76%
23 to 25 Reach 53%-65%
Less than 23 Low <53%
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Butler GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
Typical High School Grades 

What GPA do you need to get into Butler University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Butler. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Butler University was 3.92 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 in Indiana for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.92 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Butler accepts 76% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

81% of Butler University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Butler University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 50%
Top 25% of class 81%
Top 50% of class 96%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Butler University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,428 6,164 14,592
Accepted 6,333 4,712 11,045
Acceptance Rate 75% 76% 76%
Enrolled 666 438 1,104
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 11% 9% 10%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Butler University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Butler University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Butler University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Butler University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=150163 IPEDS survey data for Butler University.


Does Butler University prefer SAT or ACT?

66% of students submit their SAT scores to Butler. 72% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Butler University?

76% of those who apply are granted admission to Butler. Admission competition is and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Butler University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1150 and 1320. 66% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Butler University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 25 and 30. 72% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.