Butler University has been recognized by both the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2016 and the 2015-16 Colleges of Distinction website.
Butler is listed in five categories in the updated Fiske Guide, “a selective, subjective, and systematic look at 300-plus colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain.”
Butler is included in:
- Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Business
- Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Engineering
- Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Dance
- Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Drama
- Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Music
Butler also is noted for strong programs in Natural and Health Sciences, Dance, Business Marketing, Accounting, Education, Journalism, Communication Disorders, English and Creative Writing, and International Business.
“College hoops fans may recognize Butler University as the unheralded outsider who fought its way to the final game of the NCAA Division I Basketball Championships not once but twice in recent years,” the book says. “But those who attend this small Midwestern university know that Bulldogs basketball is representative of the Butler way of life, which emphasizes teamwork, tenacity, and solid fundamentals.”
The book, which covers 322 schools, quotes an anonymous Public and Corporate Communications major as saying that Butler “offers quality education, friendly and approachable professors, plenty of opportunities for involvement, and an overall friendly atmosphere.”
A Strategic Communications major says: “Butler students are extremely competitive. Whether that be for who has the best presentation in a class, the highest grade on a test, and even for internships in the Indianapolis area—Butler students want to be the best and be recognized for that.”
The Fiske Guide is written by Edward B. Fiske, who served for 17 years as education editor of The New York Times. During that time, he realized that college-bound students and their families needed better information on which to base their educational choices. He wrote the bestselling annual, the Fiske Guide to Colleges, to help them.
Butler also is included on the 2015-16 Colleges of Distinction website, collegesofdistinction.com, which serves as a guide for high school juniors and seniors seeking a school that is nationally recognized and highly recommended by education professionals.
The College of Distinction designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education. To earn the distinction, schools must excel in four distinctive areas and will receive a personal profile on the Colleges of Distinction website. These include:
- Engaged students: students take an active part in their learning
- Great teaching: professors care about helping students learn to think for themselves
- Vibrant community: active campuses and communities with many opportunities for personal development
- Successful outcomes: Students are equipped to find better solutions in the workplace and in the world
Colleges and universities are nominated for participation by high school counselors, and then evaluated using qualitative and quantitative research. The colleges and universities are not ranked and instead are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools.