Butler Highlights Freshman Class

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Butler University says its incoming freshman class includes the highest percentage of out-of-state students in the school's history. Students from 32 states and 22 countries are part of the Class of 2017, which begins classes next week. August 23, 2013

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Butler University will welcome 1,025 freshmen on move-in day Saturday, Aug. 24. Classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Butler’s class of 2017 continues the University’s track record of attracting high-quality, academically prepared students. Here’s a look at some numbers.

- Average GPA, 3.51-4.03.

- Average ACT, 25-30.

- Average SAT, 1580-1900.

- 16 Lilly Scholars.

- 5 National Merit/National Achievement Scholars.

The Class of 2017 comes from 32 states and 22 countries. Forty-three percent are from Indiana, and 57 percent are from out of state. This is Butler’s highest percentage of out-of-state students in history. Approximately 25 percent of the class comes from nearby Illinois.

In addition to being the most geographically diverse, this year’s incoming class is also the most ethnically diverse, with minority students representing 14.4 percent of the class.

As in years past, Butler’s largest area of study for new students is exploratory studies (or undecided). In this program, students explore possible majors through a series of courses, job shadows, interviews, and advising, and still go on to graduate in four years.

For students who declare an area of study, pre-pharmacy remains the most popular, and is closely followed by business (marketing, accounting, and finance), biology, chemistry, dance, education, psychology, and strategic communication.

(Note to media: Butler President Jim Danko will be helping students move into Schwitzer Hall and will be available for interviews from 9-10 a.m. Contact Marc Allan at 317-501-7999 to schedule.)About Butler University

Challenging and enabling students to meet their personal and professional goals has guided Butler University since 1855. Today, Butler is a nationally recognized comprehensive university that blends the liberal arts with first-rate pre-professional programs. It seeks to prepare each graduate not simply to make a living but to make a life of purpose, in which personal flourishing is intertwined with the welfare of others. Butler is known for its vibrant campus, superior academics and dedicated faculty. The University enrolls more than 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students in six academic colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Located just six miles from downtown Indianapolis, Butler’s urban setting affords students internship opportunities that provide excellent graduate school and career preparation.

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Source: Butler University