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Without Ovid Butler, there would be no Butler University today. The history of the man and the university are intimately and inextricably entwined; without Ovid Butler's vision, leadership, and financial support, the university may not have come into being, or survived its early years. One hundred and sixty years after it was chartered, Butler University today is a private, not-for-profit, comprehensive university located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Butler offers more than 65 majors from six colleges: Liberal Arts and Sciences, Education, Pharmacy, Business, Fine Arts, and Communication. The unofficial fall semester 2010 enrollment is 4,051 full-time undergraduates and 4,575 total students from over 43 states and 52 countries. The incoming freshman class of 2010 is the largest on record. In 2010, the university was ranked second best in the Master’s Midwest category of U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges report, its highest ranking ever. The basketball team’s unprecedented NCAA tournament performances in the spring, resulting in losing the final game by a basket, gave the team and university national and international recognition. The fall of 2010 finds Butler University at the height of its success, and fully expressing the vision of founder Ovid Butler: to provide the highest-quality education, integrating the liberal arts and professional education, and to prepare each graduate to make a living as well as a life of purpose, in which personal flourishing is intertwined with the welfare of others. What follows is the story of the man and the university.


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