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  • 07/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 out of 19 people found this review useful. 1 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Butler University is the perfect place for people looking to stay in the Midwest and for those students looking for a small school that has small classes and solid academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best way to leave an impression on Butler University is to show that you are well rounded, have a solid academic history, and that you have activities outside of school.

    Bang for the buck

    If you consider the amount of money you pay and what to take from Butler, (Competitive academics and national recognition), then you are getting quite a bang for the buck. Butler provides large amounts of financial aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    For someone originally from the Indianapolis area, it must be said there are not too many attractions or exotic places to see around the campus or the outside area. The campus is nice and calm although some of the buildings and the dormitory halls could use an update. There are a few places that are unique to the area (IMA, NCAA Hall of Champions, Children's Museum).

    Am learning a lot

    For the most part, all of the classes are small enough that the professor knows your name and is able to pay more attention to the needs of the students. Because of this, it is much easier to learn more and to understand the topic without having to rush through anything. As long as you stay focused, I feel that the overall workload will never reach critical mass.

  • 11/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 2 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who like to be in a city but also attend a small school. Great for people who like to be involved.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, it is true that Butler provides alot of financial aid to SOME of its students. The process of selecting who receives financial aid is not very fair. Butler is very expensive, and if you are one of the unfortunate ones to not receive a Freshman Academic Scholarship, then you are stuck paying the $40,000 a year. Think about that before you accept the admission offer, I wish I did.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being apart of the many student organizations that Butler has to offer. There is always something going on either on campus or downtown.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes I'm enrolled in are challenging, and the professors are always here to help.

  • 01/01/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 3 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're looking for a fairly small school in a great spot, Butler is for you. It's right in Indianapolis, ten minutes from downtown. So even if you don't like any of the events happening on campus you can easily find something in Indy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should definitely take a look at affordablitiy before entirely deciding on Butler. Don't get me wrong it's a great school and I love it I just wouldn't want anyone to get attached and then realize they can't stay because the deficit will be too much when they graduate. Everyone says college shouldn't be about money but the reality is cost is a large concern that should not be overlooked.

    Bang for the buck

    The education I'm receiving is very strong but I am sure as to whether it is worth the $40,000 a year. I did receive a lot of federal and state aid but was still left with a pretty large deficit. I was forced to take out a few decently large loans which frightened me but hopefully they will pay off later.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is exceptionally beautiful. If I ever need a break, I just go for a quick run through campus. Also, there is always something to do. I get an email everyday about club meetings or events that day I could attend. Also, it may sound unlikely or cliche, but everyone is really nice. I haven't met anyone that has been rude or unkind upfront which is extremely nice.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm in some pretty intense classes but the all of my professors are really good at explaining the concepts. Almost all classes except for chemistry and biology lectures have under 30 students. With this, the professors can answer all my questions so I make sure I fully understand. Also, it is really easy to catch the professors in their office or even sometimes just around campus for any other questions.

  • 04/05/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    6 out of 9 people found this review useful. 4 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    students who enjoy school in a small community type setting.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure that you can afford the full amount of tuition, fees and room and board before applying here, because there is no guarantee that you will receive any type of academic and/or need scholarships.

    Bang for the buck

    I really love this school. It is ideal for me, but unfortunately i was one of the unfortunate few who did not receive an academic scholarship (although i'm not sure why since I have a good GPA and ACT score). So unfortunately because I was not given one, Im not going to be able to attend this school.

    Will enjoy being here

    absolutely loved the campus and know i would fit right in. Lots of student activities to enjoy.

    Will learn a lot

    Butler is known for its academics and has a national reputation, so you won't go wrong in this department.

  • 01/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 5 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Butler is the great place for involved, motivated students. The students here know how to balance work and play, and accomplish a lot of things during their undergraduate career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus! When you step onto the right campus, you will know it. Also, talk to current students and get their feedback on how they enjoy Butler.

    Bang for the buck

    Butler gives students a signifigant amount of financial aid and accepts outside scholarships. They are very helpful by providing payment plans for their students. Butler's students are very well educated and receive the highest caliber of academics available at an undergraduate level.

    Am enjoying being here

    At least once a day my friends catch me saying, I just love Butler. There is not a thing in this world that I do not love about Butler. The students, faculty, facilities, and academics are excellent.

    Am learning a lot

    Butler's professors really care about their students and encourage learning both inside and out of the classroom. The professors push their students to get the most out of their education.

  • 01/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 6 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Butler University is great for students who are looking for a small school atmosphere with a big city surrounding. Students who are looking to get involved and get the most out of their school will flourish here.

    Tips for prospective students

    One thing that I learned to late is that prospective students need to focus a lot on volunteer work and giving back to the community. Leadership and community involvement are used heavily in choosing scholarship winners. Always keep your options open, and if you choose Butler make sure to participate in the early registration so that you can take the classes that you want to take the most.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Butler is expensive, the school does a great job of offering financial aid. The average aid offered by the school is over $10,000, and the school also does a good job of working with families to offer an acceptable cost. Based on the education that students receive, the value of a Butler University degree outweighs the annual cost of the school.

    Am enjoying being here

    There has literally been no moment in time when I didn't have the option of doing something worthwhile. The greek houses are not like those at larger schools, and they take time to get to know freshmen and get them involved in the greek philanthropies and events. The university as a whole does a great job of brainstorming ideas for events for people with all kinds of interests. Butler really is a small community, and I have gotten a sense of belonging through my first semester. Butler also lies only 15 minutes from downtown Indianapolis, which offers many malls, museums, and activities. I miss being on campus when I am home for breaks.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently a pharmacy major in the rigorous pharmacy program at Butler University. The high standards that are held for the students and the small classroom atmosphere ensure that the students reach their full potential. Although the pharmacy program is one of the toughest at Butler, I feel comfortable because my professors make an effort beyond what most professors would make at a state school to make sure that I understand the concepts. The arts program at Butler is renowned around the region, and the business program is gaining recognition by the year. Overall, I believe that choosing Butler will help you to reach your goals.

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 7 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Butler University Police Department (BUPD) is on-site and always available. While they are to be strict and law-abiding, the officers are mostly nice, relatable, and understanding. Students should never be afraid to contact BUPD if they need help in any sort of way.

    Greek Life

    When students visit Butler, they are told that about 30% of students are Greek, but when you are a student and not involved in the Greek Life it seems like you really are not included in any activities. Greek Life also hosts a lot of activities around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are practically clubs and activities for everyone, and if there is something not available, students are welcome to start up a new club, organization, or activity.

    Bang for the buck

    Butler is obviously pricey, but that isn't unusual for a private institution. At times it does seem like we are not getting all that we are paying for though.

    What to do for fun

    Butler is located about 15 minutes at most from downtown Indianapolis, and about 10 minutes from Broad Ripple, so there is plenty to do around the university. Broad Ripple offers plenty of restuarants, bars (for those of age), and unique little boutiques for shopping. Indianapolis also has a zoo, multiple museums, Lucas Oil Stadium, and Conseco Fieldhouse. Basketball games, obviously, are a huge thing for on-campus activities.

    Food and Dining

    There aren't many options when it comes to dining on-campus. ResCo is open for breakfast (on weekdays) and lunch and Atherton is open for lunch and dinner (and breakfast on weekends). C-Club is open all day until 9 pm. Those are the only possible options of dining on campus, and the food quality isn't the greatest.

    Dorm Life

    Being established in 1855, the dorms are a little out-dated and in need of major renovations, which are in order for the future.

    Academic Rigor

    Being a liberal arts college, Butler is very open-minded about helping students achieve what they really want. While professors do have high expectations of their students, the students also have high expectations of themselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    Everyone on-campus is super outgoing and willing to help out anyone in need of finding something around campus, so don't be afraid to ask anyone on-campus for help when you visit Butler.

    In three sentences

    Butler is the perfect size, with the best community-like atmosphere. Once someone visits Butler, they realize that we are a lot more than just a basketball team that has been to the NCAA Final Championship twice in a row. Our retention rate is very high, and it shows that students want to be at Butler and reach their long-term goals.

  • 01/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 8 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you don't come into college looking to just have fun and get away from your parents. You need to always put education first no matter which university you go to. Remember to know your limits for everything because one may come into college thinking about greek life and then go to parties and skip class, which is not good. You are spending a lot of money to go to this university, so you should make the best out of it.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes Butler is very expensive, but the many things that you can do and places that you can go for free is worth it. Depending on the teacher you get and the course that you take, you are getting a more than average education. I would rate Butler as a top of the line school!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus! It is not very large, so you don't have to leave the dorms extra early in order to get to class on time. I absolutely love the Holcomb Gardens! It is a great place to just go and be one with nature. Greek life is a lot of fun because many people dont just go Greek to get drunk and party constantly, there are several honorary and professional fraternities and sororities!

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are very knowledgeable and are more than willing to help you understand the course material. I had one professor who would even give you more practice problems if you needed them.

  • 01/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 9 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you want a small school in a big city, if you want professors to know your name (instead of just being a number in a crowd), or if you want to meet tons of people the first week you get to school, come to Butler!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to Indianapolis! I had never been to Indy before I went on my first tour of Butler. Talking to students, professors, and deans helped me decide that Butler was right for me.

    Bang for the buck

    Since Butler is a private school, it is understood that it will be more expensive. But whether it is getting into sporting events for free, networking fairs to find a job or internship around Indianapolis, or just meeting up with friends at the Starbucks on campus, Butler has so many opportunities for students that make the cost worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love Butler. I have made really great friends since I've been here, and I don't think I've met anyone who works, studies, or teaches here who hasn't been anything but genuinely nice. I've been able to go to a lot of fun events like bonfires, concerts, and of course basketball games, and there are plenty of other places to go off campus as well. Broad Ripple, about three miles away, has some great restaurants and places to shop, and there is tons to do in downtown Indianapolis, too!

    Am learning a lot

    After this past semester's finals, I don't think I've had that much information in my head at one time before! I am learning so much in the classroom and am really excited about my major. But I'm also learning about myself too. By joining different organizations and meeting new people, I have a better understanding of how I want to use my major apply to the real world after I graduate.

  • 10/12/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 10 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Expensive definitely; unless I can get scholarships it'll be pretty impossible to attend, for me anyway.

    Will enjoy being here

    It's close to home, so I can go away to college but not have to worry about roommates.

    Will learn a lot

    It has great programs and great tutoring available. The faculty is always willing for one-on-one.

  • 12/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you want an Ivy League education in the midwest and want a small town school in a big town atmosphere.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to Butler early! After last years basketball season, the school's fame has grown enormously, the amount of prospective students has skyrocketed.

    Bang for the buck

    Butler was out of my price range, but with the amount of financial aid they provided me with, it made the price more than acceptable. My education is a bargain for the national recognized degree I will receive.

    Am enjoying being here

    I hate going home for breaks! Butler is small and therefore it feels like a family where everyone cares about each other. However, Indianapolis is huge! You will never get bored or have an uneventful night. There is plenty to be involved with on campus, whether is Greek life, volunteering, inter-murals, or just class work.

    Am learning a lot

    The education I receive at Butler University is second to none. The business program is one of a kind and is gaining national recognition. Butler's theory of Real life, Real Business, really puts their students ahead of other business students. The pharmacy program and education program are also top notch programs were you can be proud to have a Butler degree in those fields.

  • 01/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is always safe in my opinion. There are stations around campus that allow you to easily summon campus police if anything were to be wrong.

    Greek Life

    I am personally not interested in Greek Life. Most of the campus is not either. But those who are have highly recommended it. The parties are not too wild, but you will run into the typical party group as with any college. There is no discrimination for those that are not interested, which is very comforting.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and activities. It is also possible to create clubs if there is one that you are wanting to lead.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a good learning environment, who are serious about what they want to do should attend Butler.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I wouldn't call them unusual, but I would say they are fun. Every Christmas, one of the fraternities (TKE) plays the song Dominic the Donkey all throughout the day. It begins after Thanksgiving Break and ends before finals week. It definitely creates memories.

    Bang for the buck

    Butler is very expensive. Federal aid as well as my scholarship have been very helpful in getting me to the college of my choice. I would say that Butler is worth every cent.

    What to do for fun

    Being in Indianapolis, there is tons of shopping and activities. There is also always activities provided for students on campus during the week and the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Butler is great! They make it possible to get food to go if you don't have time to sit down and have a meal. There are two cafeterias and one food court style cafeteria. Both produce very good food. There is always a variety to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I love my unit. My RA is absolutely helpful in every way possible and is always wanted to be there for the girls. As a freshman, I live in a dorm which has community bathrooms. These are always kept clean and I have never had a problem with using them.

    Academic Rigor

    Most students who go to Butler have been very successful through high school and they are committed to their academics. However, I personally was an average student and my musical talent was what brought me to Butler. I received a very generous scholarship. Even though I was an average student through high school, Butler has not been a difficult environment to learn it. The professors have all been very accommodating and are always willing to help in whatever ways possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Butler is a small school and it is very easy to navigate around, which is something that I found attractive when I was choosing schools. Class sizes are small so the relationships with your professors are very beneficial. Being in a large city is also a plus because on the weekends there is always something to do.

    In three sentences

    Butler has a very welcoming environment. There are a wide varieties of majors and therefore diversity. I made the right choice in attending Butler.

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Butler University Police Department is always on patrol. Seeing their cars driving around really gives me a sense of security when I am walking from class to class and back to my room.

    Greek Life

    Butler is very supportive of Greek Life. I am a Greek and going through formal recruitment was probably one of the best decisions I ever made. I truly believe that I have, and will continue to grow into the person I am meant to be because of my sisters.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs and activities to count, and it's great. You can meet so many people attending meeting and activities. You can even start your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    Butler is great for any student who is looking for a place to build long and enduring relationships. The staff is always willing to put as much time into your work and you need. Also, the campus is gorgeous all year-round.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fountain hopping is a tradition that everyone must complete before graduation. We have several fountains around campus that people will jump in just for fun. The star fountain that is located close to the center of campus is my favorite.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is high; it's a private school; however, it is definitely worth every penny. The experiences you have here cannot be measured through any monetary value.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something to do, primarily because the Student Government Association sponsors events almost every weekend, and sometimes weekdays. My favorite events are when Coffeehouse sponsors performances in our on-campus Starbucks for free. Also, Greek Life sponsors numerous events throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent and far better than high school food. The nice thing is that we are so close to Broad Ripple that if you ever get tired of the meals here, it's a short drive to local restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    There are three choices for Freshman; Ross Hall that is co-ed with separate floors for boys and girls, Schwiterz Hall that is all girls, and ResCo that is co-ed and a combination of Freshman and Sophomores. All have their positives and negatives, but the nice thing is that they are all literally across the street from each other so visiting with friends is really simple.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a Journalism and Spanish double major and my schedule barely allows me time to breathe, but it's all worth it because I know I am receiving some of the best guidance in the country.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for the family feel, Butler is definitely the place for you. However, if you are not very social, keep in mind that you must also make the effort to create new connections. Here making friends is very easy, but don't always expect others to approach you first.

    In three sentences

    Butler was a last minute decision. I signed up for the last campus tours and absolutely feel in love with the environment. Although coming to Butler meant I was turning down a full ride scholarship to another university and having to actually pay tuition and books, I did not care because I could not imagine myself anywhere else.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You are able to see our police officers come around us all the time as they are patrolling. The sidewalks are lined with safety stations for any type of situation. Plus, you are continually encouraged to go to BUPD for help.

    Greek Life

    This seems to be a big part of campus; however, I am still surprised to find that not everyone is involved in a greek organization.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I mentioned before, there are so many options around that are welcoming to everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Butler is wonderful for those students that want to put in the effort for the grade, because you are rewarded for your hard work.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    TKE plays Dominic the Donkey from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

    Bang for the buck

    Because of all the scholarship opportunities, it is more affordable than what most people think it is. The curriculum will prepare you for what is to come.

    What to do for fun

    You are in the center of Indianapolis, so there are many options around. If you are looking for something that is free to do, The student government always has amazing programs that are happening. For example: a trip to the Children's Museum, movie nights on the mall, and opportunities to go see plays. They also give you discounted tickets to concerts and guest speakers that I never would have dreamed of seeing before.

    Food and Dining

    The food is by all means not bad. It did improve compared to the beginning of the year. However, your options do become tiring after a while. This may have to do with the fact that there aren't very many dining options to begin with.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm unit was simply amazing. They have a ton of different events for you to meet new people and do things that you would never think of. It was also interesting to see how you become involved in so many of the other activities around campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I have never felt more challenged to do my best. The courses at Butler University are unique because they all use different learning styles for the individual. This makes you have to think in different ways to gain the understanding of the course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for anything, you never know what your professor will have planned. Try to keep ahead on your homework because no matter what there will be a time when everything feels like it is loaded down on you. Overall, the biggest advice would be to stay positive. This is because your first year will be emotional no matter what.

    In three sentences

    Butler University felt welcoming to an indecisive person, which made it the clear choice to help me discover what I want to do. This university allows for much growth as an individual because it challenges you in every way. However, it overall feels like a home to me.

  • 05/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students are kind and hardworking. Students study together and help each other through the hard times. You can meet some really good and real friends here at Butler.

    Tips for prospective students

    People should definitely check out the campus and classes before coming here because some students prefer small schools while some prefer big schools. Butler is a small school that can make you feel like home. You will get to meet as many people as you want even though you are a shy person.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love students here because they are all very friendly and outgoing. They know when to study and when to have fun. Environment is great and clean.

    Am learning a lot

    I learn new things every day and get to know each professor. Professors are all very helpful and approachable. They do what they can to help students.

  • 06/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Butler is great for the well-rounded student. It is the best for people with high academic potential, but people who also love to show their school spirit!

    Tips for prospective students

    Professors want to see someone who is dedicated to the subject at hand. They also want to see well-rounded students that are respectful and hard-working.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Butler is expensive, the quality of education you receive is top notch. It is definitely worth the money, and you will learn so much in the time you are here.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus at Butler is the best campus I have ever seen by far! It is extremely beautiful and welcoming. It feels like I belong there, and I know many other students who think so too. The people are very nice and helpful also. It is definitely fun to be a Butler bulldog!

    Am learning a lot

    Butler is an extremely academically competitive college, and it definitely shows in regards to how much I have learned. The professors are extremely helpful and kind, and you really learn a lot of valuable material in a short amount of time.

  • 06/05/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Headstrong, intelligent, and talented.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school and speak to the teachers, it's the only way you will find out if the school is truly for you. Butler isn't for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    You would expect Butler, a school that is over $45,000, to be uppity but it is truly not. Butler is definitely worth the money. They offer some form of financial aid to over 75% of it's students. And, the financial aid advisers are extremely easy going and more than willing to help you.

    Will enjoy being here

    Every time I have visited Butler, I feel at home. It's not too big, not too small, and the teacher to student ratio fits my needs. Though the two main residence halls--Ross Hall (co-ed) and Schwitzer Hall (all women)--aren't air conditioned, they are a relatively good size. And, the closets are spacious.

    Will learn a lot

    The professors are friendly and seem well prepared.

  • 11/14/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Do not let parties rule you

    Bang for the buck

    A lot has said their the best you can have and 2th in the region.

    Will enjoy being here

    I do not know if still going, but go a newsletter last year when ask to received information my junior year of high school one said athletics events are free for students.

    Will learn a lot

    Hope so

  • 01/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    not sure, very expensive but they offer good scholarships

    What to do for fun

    anything, everything.

    Food and Dining

    stinks, but being re-modeled.

    Dorm Life

    decent sized rooms-open doors and friendly people

    Tips for prospective students

    do a visit--especially true blue

    In three sentences

    good school in health sciences and dance. decent in everything else

  • 01/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i have never been on a campus where i felt safer then i do at butler. we rarely have any type of crime on campus, there are emergency poles set up all around campus, and police frequently drive around in cars and on segways to make sure campus stays safe.

    Greek Life

    greek life makes up about 30 percent of butler's campus. we have seven fraternities and seven sororities. greek life can be a great experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are over 100 clubs and activities to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    great for most students, but if you like a small campus, short walks to class, and small classes, butler is a great place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    on homecoming everyone wakes up between 4 and six a.m., hangs out with friends, watches what we call chariot races (this is where a street is closed down and the fraternities pull each other in chariots and race down the street), then go to the football game.

    Bang for the buck

    butler university is a great school filled with great experiences.

    What to do for fun

    basketball games, walks through holcomb gardens, inter mural sports, hundreds of clubs, there is great shopping and restaurants nearby, if you are 21 you can go to the bars and/or fraternity's to drink and socialize, and much more

    Food and Dining

    i can honestly say that the food at butler is terrible, that is the one downside to this university, but you learn to deal with it.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life at butler is really fun and in comparison to many other universities butler has large dorm rooms. living in the dorms allows you to learn a lot about yourself as well as make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    as at any university there is a lot of homework and studying to be done, but the professors make it worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you want to know almost everyone on campus, always have something fun to do, and have small classes with close relationships with your professors then butler is the place for you. if you do not like these things then do not choose butler.

    In three sentences

    butler university is a great university filled with great students and professors. there is always something to do on campus whether it be a spirited butler basketball game or a walk through the beautiful holcomb gardens. though there is a lot of work to be done, the fun never ends!

  • 02/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus police patrol the campus on segways..so cool! the whole campus is green.

    Greek Life

    looks like a lot of greek houses!

    Clubs and Activities

    they seem to have everything...including great d1 athletic teams. building a new fine arts building, plus have an amazing theatre, dance teams, music...love it!

    Great for these types of students

    hard-working students that have fun and want a tight-knit community. i was there 3 days and met many super nice people..

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    you've got to see hinkle fieldhouse..built in 1928 and is over 2 acres under 1 roof. plus their greek row is beautiful and they have the 2nd largest observatory telescope in the nation. so many neat places at butler

    Bang for the buck

    it's expensive, so look for scholarships. butler has a fantastic reputation among the big pharm companies and they have a great alumni base. it's my top pick..just working hard to afford it..

    What to do for fun

    downtown indy is only 15 minutes away, plus there seems to be plenty going on at campus with sports, theatre, rec center, and lots of campus clubs. art museum is just walking distance away.

    Food and Dining

    a wide selection of options and it was good. :)

    Dorm Life

    freshman dorms are older, but very spacious. wi-fi everywhere. resco for sophomores and up looks like a great place to live.

    Academic Rigor

    it will be tough, but they seem to want to help you succeed

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early..and keep your grades up!

    In three sentences

    wow..maybe the coolest school i've ever seen! the hinkle fieldhouse and the entire campus is a walk through history

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Full time police force on campus at all time, and will provide escorts upon request.

    Greek Life

    Very prominent and active.

    Clubs and Activities

    Great involvement and a lot of activities well funded by a strong Student Government Association.

    Great for these types of students

    Business, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Pre-Dent, Pre-PA, Music, and Biology.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jumping into star fountain before you graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth the price of tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Not more than 15 minutes from Broad Ripple and Downtown, and not more than 25 minutes away from the Northside of town.

    Food and Dining

    It's basic Aramark food, but the chefs do a great job with what they have.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a little old, but they are in great shape and have a great reslife staff.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are of the highest standard here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the availability of your professors and really dig deep into the subject matter.

    In three sentences

    It is an excellent liberal arts school in Indianapolis, Indiana. The professors truly care about what the students are learning and will push them further and further. Butler truly is an Ivy League type school of the Midwest.

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus call stations everywhere!!

    Greek Life

    I am so excited about Butler University's Greek life! I definitely want to join a sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    Which one should I choose?! There are so many to pick from!

    Great for these types of students

    Someone who wants a one on one experience with teachers but still get a larger school sort of feel.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's a tradition to sit on the bulldog statue and take a picture!

    What to do for fun

    There are countless intramurals, clubs and activities to take part in. Butler is also well known for their basketball games. Plus Broad Ripple is only 15 minutes away and has many fun and unique restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    I've just got to say here that college food is college food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are clean and doable. But hey! It's a dorm- it'll never compare to home!

    Academic Rigor

    I know many students at Butler University and all of them seem to be well rounded when it comes to academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest to prospective students that questions are a good thing. Never be afraid to ask questions and venture out of the box!

    In three sentences

    Butler is the most beautiful campus I have ever seen. It doesn't even compare to any other school. Every time I visit Butler University impresses me more and more.

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to Broad Ripple or Clowes Hall.

    Food and Dining

    C-club is the best, followed by Atherton. Either buy a meal plan or use Dawg bucls, cash gets annoying.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot comment on this as I commute.

    Academic Rigor

    The material is difficult but the teachers are more than willing to help you achieve the level of excellence expected from you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always attend class, do not skip. Don't take Professor Dunn, she plays favorites. The work is not overwhelming just don't procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    Butler is a great choice. The campus if beautiful, the people are nice, and the food is good. I have had no issues with the school.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    On my tour, we didn't see much of the dining hall/food situation, so I can't really give a good review of this part.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms aren't air conditioned, but after freshman year, there's better living conditions.

    Academic Rigor

    Butler seems like it will be a great place to study, and hopefully I get to go there and find out for myself!

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 58

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    Campus Safety

    Butler police is right there and ready to help you. There main concern is the safety of the students. They do not judge you for you bad decisions but try to help get somewhere safe. Also, if you find yourself alone and do not feel comfortable walking across campus in the middle of the night, you can call the non-emergency line and they will come pick you up and take you somewhere safe.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some of the students like to play tennis golf and make holes out of popular butler landmarks. Also during christmas, one of the frat houses plays Dominik the donkey over the speaker all over campus. The first time you hear is funny but it lasts for a week, which is way too long.

    Bang for the buck

    TOO EXPENSIVE! Sometimes I feel like what the school provides for us is not worth the amount that we pay. Give us air conditioning and fresh food. That is all I ask.

    What to do for fun

    The school provides lots of events and activities for the students to get involved in. Greek night life is really fun and there is no pressure to drink and do drugs.

    Food and Dining

    The food for the price is disconcerning. After eating in the dining halls for the first two months was not that bad, but after that the food started to give me awful stomach cramps. One of my roommate worked in one of the dining halls and said that the storage of food was inadequate and that none of the food was fresh. It was bad even for a fastfood chain.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms do not have air conditioning which is really horrible for the first month of school. The heater are annoying because you cannot turn them off unless you live in the basement. The heaters in the basement make so much noise you cannot sleep. My RA, I had three by the way, tried really hard to make our unit a family and have events with girls in the other units. People at the front desk were very helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a difficult school. All of the professors expect you to put 100% of yourself into their class. This gets challenging but it is the best preparation for the real world you can get. Work are and you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not expect to sit in large lecture halls where your absence will go unnoticed. The classes are small and personal and most of the teachers take attendence and some of them lower your grade because of them. Do not miss classes even if you think they are unimportant. Make friends with your professors because they are there to help you, not hurt you. Some of them may seem mean but that means that they care. The teachers who are oblivious are the ones to avoid because they will never care how well you do.

    In three sentences

    Butler is a great school with excellent teachers. There is so much to do on campus and off campus. My only problem with the school is the cost for the education.

  • 08/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 58

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    What to do for fun

    I would suggest going to Greek events and sporting events.

    Food and Dining

    There are not many dining options on campus and they are just average in quality. However, there is a Starbucks on campus which is great!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are just average quality and there is no air conditioning in the freshman dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on what your major is. Pharmacy is probably the hardest major but definitely possible with all of the support from the other students in the program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! Writing essays can be time consuming so plan accordingly.

    In three sentences

    Butler is a great place to go to school. The campus is small, but the sports teams are D1 so it is a good mix between a small and large university. The campus is very safe and the police are always willing to help you when needed.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You will always feel safe on Butler's campus.

    Greek Life

    There is Greek Life at Butler. Many are involved but you don't have to be to enjoy life at Butler.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every year at Block Party all the clubs and organizations set up a booth in the middle of campus and you can sign up for the ones you want more information about. There are so many!

    Great for these types of students

    Pharmacy students Business students Students who are looking for a close-knit community Students who love basketball Students who are looking for a small school

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fountain hopping- self explanatory Holcomb Gardens- beautiful place to study or relax Hinkle Fieldhouse- location of the movie Hoosiers, basketball is a strong tradition at Butler. ALL home sporting events are FREE to students!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is very expensive, but if you can find a way to pay for it, it's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Broad Ripple has tons of restauraunts and little shops you can go to. There's a couple of fun bars and other things to do. There is a go-karting place nearby with the REALLY fast kind of karts. Downtown Indy is always fun no matter what you want to do-whether it's catch a movie, get a bite to eat, go to a concert, go to a Pacers or Colts game, or go shopping in Circle Centre mall. It's HUGE.

    Food and Dining

    Choices are limited and locations are limited. They are currently in the process of remodeling Atherton dining hall and the increasing quality of its food.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are un-airconditioned and the cleaning crew does not do a very good job. ResCo is much nicer but is mostly reserved for sophomores who aren't living in a Greek house.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, classes are usually challenging but not too difficult. If you aren't willing to work hard you won't do as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Butler is excellent for students looking into pharmacy. Butler also has an exceptional business program as well. Any other majors may want to look at a less expensive alternative.

    In three sentences

    Butler University is a small close-knit community surrounded by a beautiful campus. You'll instantly feel at home when you get to know everybody. Butler students have incredible school spirit and are dedicated to making a name for Butler.

  • 08/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 58

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    BUPD is always watching out for you and is in a relatively crime free area.

    Greek Life

    Very active.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have fountains on campus that are shaped like stars, students go fountain hopping (jumping into the fountains) at least once.

    What to do for fun

    If you're legal, broad ripple is the college bar hang out. Otherwise, there's an active greek life. There's also basketball games, football games, clubs, intramurals, etc. You can always get off campus and experience what the great city of Indianapolis has to offer (recently hosted the Superbowl).

    Food and Dining

    It's hard to get off campus so you're stuck with the dining hall food which is tasteless.

    Dorm Life

    There are only two freshmen dorms and one is barely co-ed and the other is all female.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many hard majors at Butler with teachers who expect the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Butler University is a small school, less than 4,000 undergraduate, so it's not for everyone. A lot of people end up transferring. It is important to schedule a visit to see if you like the size of the campus and try to have a True Blue experience with a current Butler student in order to get a feel for the Butler lifestyle.

    In three sentences

    Butler University is an amazing community that allows students to have a close connection with their teachers. Students have the freedom to choose from a large course catalog. Butler University is truly a unique experience.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Patrol everywhere, so willing to help!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dominick the Donkey!

    What to do for fun

    BROAD RIPPLE!!! Downtown is only 15 minutes away.

    Food and Dining

    Wide variety of food, just not always tasty.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. Students really bond with their hallmates! Resident assistants are always friendly!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are definitely challenging & teachers don't go easy on you, BUT in the end it's so worth it. The teachers will help you with anything you need.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in everything you can!!!

    In three sentences

    Butler has a great atmosphere. The teachers genuinely care about students. They have such a wide variety of classes.

  • 08/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    BUPD is awesome. They escort you anywhere you want to go if you feel like you need it. For a school that is in the middle of the city bad things just don't happen here.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great at Butler because the houses are very academic based. You are held at a higher standard by the Greek Houses than other universities require. Also, at Butler freshman do not rush until winter break. I think this is a great feature at Butler because it gives us time to wrap our heads around the college atmosphere before going greek. I think that rushing within the first few weeks tends to stress some freshman out which can lead to decisions that can impact health such as drinking, so Butler's way of rushing in the winter is amazing!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 150 clubs and activities!!!

    Great for these types of students

    Those who want to become social... or already are.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Because Butler is located in the middle of Indianapolis, on of the welcome week programs is Bulldogs in The Streets which is a huge community service project. Basically for a few hours on one of the Welcome Week days the people who sign up go and clean up the area a little. Projects range from picking up trash to painting murals on concrete walls to make the city look pretty.

    Bang for the buck

    You get treated like a peer here. The staff honestly understands what it is like to be in our shoes and the Financial Aid office tries as hard as they can to get us the money we need. The professors are so helpful and the upperclassman students are so nice.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs and activities to do, you really don't have to try to find anything because chances are you will walk upon it. You can sign up for club e-mails so that they can tell you when cool events are coming up!

    Food and Dining

    There are so many food choice options. There is C-Club, Res-Co dining, Atherton dining, and my favorite... Starbucks! It is great because with your meal plan you get 400 dawg bucks to use in places like starbucks and the convenient store on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are spacious. I am in a triple and we have plenty of room. The RAs have tons of activities planned and it is wonderful to have things to do other than partying.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes, while challenging, are staffed with professors who want to know you on a personal level and who truly care about your personal well being, not just their paycheck.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as early as possible! Butler is very giving and I personally feel like if I had applied earlier I would have gotten a larger grant from the school.

    In three sentences

    Butler's Welcome Week program and activities are so amazing! I keep telling my friends about everything they have planned for us and they just get more and more jealous. The staff and student body is really welcoming and the delayed rush is a great way to take away stress from incoming freshman.

  • 09/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety light stations are positioned throughout campus for students who may feel unsafe walking home at night. They can call 24 hours a day for a ride back to the dorm, or request an escort, be it physical or visual.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is quite a large pressence on campus. That being said, it's not a problem for students who are not Greek. The current president of the university is very tough on partying and drinking, so there have been no incidents since I have been on campus. The fraternities and sororities also run huge philanthropic events throughout the school year.

    Clubs and Activities

    Qudditch, for all you Harry Potter nerds, is a new addition this year. As I said before, over 150 organizations to get involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to have a fantastic college experience!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Welcome Week is four days of nonstop fun for incoming freshmen. From late night playings of the Quest (not allowed to say any more than that) to Playfair, where you'll meet hundreds of people in only one hour, the entire time is fun, if really exhausting!

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, it's true; Butler is expensive. However, the financial aid department really tries to offer students who have worked hard the biggest financial aid package they can receive. For what you do pay though, it is a great school to attend.

    What to do for fun

    Honestly, you can have a lot of fun just hanging out in your dorm and people-watching, but there are tons of organizations (150+) that you can get involved in.

    Food and Dining

    The cooks at Dining Services like to come up with new creations almost every week for students to sample, but always have favorites like pizza and hamburgers for picky eaters. Definitely try out ResCo's cookies, they're fantastic!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Butler is great! In my dorm, Schwitzer, we have unit activities that let us get to know each other and just be ourselves. I've met some of my best on-campus friends through these activities.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are definitely harder than high school courses, and the professors make a real effort to challenge you. That being said, they will help you with any problem you may have with the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should decide whether the small school atmosphere is what they're looking for. Butler is separate in itself from Indianapolis, but close enough to get to the city when you need some time away.

    In three sentences

    Butler is a great, all-around welcoming school community. The professors make a real effort to get to know you, and know you by name by the second week. Overall, it's been a great experience thus far.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Butler police are available 24/7 and can escort you places if you feel unsafe. Blue safety poles are located around campus.

    Greek Life

    Students are very active in Greek life, but it's fine if you don't want to join. I don't plan to join a sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons!

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive :/

    What to do for fun

    Go to downtown Indianapolis or Broad Ripple both less than 6 miles away! Brics is an awesome ice cream place in Broad Ripple. Take a run on the Monon trail or canal path.

    Food and Dining

    The two dining halls have lots of options, and you can eat healthfully if you try! Atherton dining hall has been recently redone and is really nice. The only downside is that not all dorms have places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorms at least in Schwitzer(all girls freshman dorm) are not too small, but the building is old. There is no air conditioning, but that wasn't a big deal this year. Also parts of the building are a bit run down, but the Butler maintenance people are easy to contact and available to fix things.

    Tips for prospective students

    See if Butler has a good program for your major! Some of its programs are awesome!

    In three sentences

    Butler is a Beautiful campus with a suburban feel only five miles from the major city of Indianapolis. The campus is beautiful and not too big! (you can get anywhere in 15 minutes)

  • 10/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Not to sure about that

    What to do for fun

    Nothing much yet.

    Food and Dining

    Food is very bland and nasty.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms do not have air conditions, the walls are thin and you hear everything, and the bathrooms are nasty.

    Academic Rigor

    Classroom setting is small but work is very difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare when coming to Butler and what obstacles are thrown your way.

    In three sentences

    1. Butler is very difficult 2. Not as friendly as I thought it would be 3. Professors are not as personal and one on one as they are made to be

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel like it's pretty safe. They have emergency buttons, and our BUPD police are always around. And even have a number if you feel you need to be chauffeured by them.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs and activities to get involved in. Some not so popular or active, but I know some of those clubs are trying to be revived. There's plenty to get into on campus, though.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I know there's some tradition of jumping into the star fountain in the mall. Leaves you soaking wet! And I like the CFV (Blue House) building. It has a lot of places to study and free popcorn and granola bars. Sometimes they'll have knitting circles or mediation time, or Bazbeux pizza a study hours. There's a neat space upstairs with black board walls and chalk scribbles everywhere.

    Bang for the buck

    I just feel like there's SO much on campus you can try for free, and see if it's something you'd like to incorporate into your lifestyle later on in life when it'll cost. Why no do it while they're offered for free?

    What to do for fun

    There's group fitness like yoga, Zumba, Pilates Barr Fusion. Free events offered from our newsletter like this saturday will be a Chinese version of Cirque de Soeli. There's been cave spelunking, homecoming events, playing with our mascots! Snapperz being rented out just for us, lazer tag, high ropes course... SO much and many unique things. There's a shuttle bus that can take you to Broad Ripple and back, and such.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There's so many opportunities available on campus. Whether it's polishing up your resume, going cave spelunking, group workouts like Zumba, or a free massage. A minute thing is to bring some sort of rainboot... The puddles can be monstrous! Also, talk to your professors- don't be afraid to do so! Most encourage you to, they know your name and the school's small enough to spend one-on-one time with improving your knowledge or grades. Take advantage of the Butler Bubble.

    In three sentences

    It's a very personal, one-on-one type of school. There's always something fun to do. There are plenty of opportunities to talk to your professors and advisors about your grades and life issues.

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Awesome ones!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Holcomb Gardens. Hinkle Fieldhouse.

    What to do for fun

    Check out Broad Ripple. Basketball Games!

    In three sentences

    Butler University is the university that makes you feel like you are home. The professors actually care and the students are friendly.

  • 11/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Party, go downtown, go to concerts, go to Broadripple, run on the canal, join clubs, volunteer, hang out with friends on Butler's beautiful campus (especially if the weather's nice), work out at the Health and Recreation Center, explore Indianapolis, go to the mall.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Butler is not up to par. Occasionally the dining hall will have something good, but otherwise get used to salad and soup. The only good thing is they just put in a stir-fry station, which is actually quite tasty.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms freshman year are typical of a university. There are three options freshman year: a co-ed dorm with the girls' floor at the very top (inaccessible to the guys), an all-girls dorm, and the sophomore dorm (for the freshman with allergies). The first two options have community bathrooms, which aren't that bad at all, especially since you will become close friends with the people in your unit/hallway. The third option has suites with private bathrooms that you share with two other suitemates and potentially a roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    Butler is very challenging. You will study or do homework every day during the school week, and the tests are tough, but if you see your teachers and stay up-to-date with the work, you will be fine.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    It's Indiana. Is there fun here?

    Food and Dining

    I've heard the food is terrible.

    Dorm Life

    I don't have alot of information on this, but it sounds as if the dorms could use an upgrade.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes sound very challenging as well as rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships and merit aid. As much as possible.

    In three sentences

    Sounds up to date on curriculum and classes. Also, very expensive. The grounds may need an update.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Butler is known for being pretty expensive, but there is no way I would choose any other university in this world.

    What to do for fun

    Student Government Association puts on great activities every weekend for students to do on campus. There is no way you could possibly be bored. If you are a student who is into the party scene, that aspect is definitely available as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options for food. Atherton has a variety of choices. Some food is definitely better than others in the cafeteria. We just recently put a Mongolian Grill in our dining area, and it is amazing! It's part of the meal plan and does not cost any extra.

    Dorm Life

    I live in a newer part of Schwitzer Hall at Butler, and it is absolutely fantastic. There are great study areas and fantastic places to just hang out. The rooms are large, and the closets are spacious. The only negative aspect of our residence halls is the fact that there is not any air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    All of the professors I have had are very personable people and want nothing but success for their students. Some courses are very challenging but pushes you to see what your limits really are.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit! I did not think I wanted to go to Butler until I got here. It was a weird experience because as soon as I saw what the university had to offer, I knew it was my school. If it's your school, you'll just know.

    In three sentences

    There are so many positive words I can say about Butler University. I have fantastic professors and have met people that will be my friends for a lifetime. The atmosphere here is incredible, and I have yet to meet an individual who is not happy here.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have our own police station!

    Greek Life

    Almost 70% of students are involved in Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for anything!

    What to do for fun

    We live in the big city. There is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The staff are very friendly and the food is just fine.

    Dorm Life

    The freshmen dorms are a little outdated but I plan to live in a Greek house next year so I look forward to that.

    Academic Rigor

    Butler is very academic driven!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you spend time on your essay for the application.

    In three sentences

    Butler is an amazing school. I have learned so much in the one semester that I have been here. It is very small and close knit.

  • 02/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Can not comment because I do not eat at any of the food courts since I commute.

    Dorm Life

    Can not comment because I am a commuter; However I can comment a little on commuting. Parking permits are very cheap compared to other universities. There are some commuter spots on Sunset and in TKE's lot, which are close to the academic buildings. Otherwise, you will have to park at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

  • 03/23/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    I was a little taken aback by the price tag of Butler but I have already received two scholarships from Butler for a total of $96,000 over four years before receiving my financial package. So going to Butler is definitely economically feasible.

    What to do for fun

    BASKETBALL GAMES!

    Food and Dining

    Food was good and there is a little variety but you can always go somewhere else if you get tired of the food.

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in the dorms for a couple days and I loved them, they were a great size and everyone leaves their dorms open and they are very friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't been able to see any classes but I listened to students who talk about classes and I've seen the work that they do and I know about Butler's awesome academic repuation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus and go to a basketball game. It's important to experience the awesome atmosphere that Butler creates.

    In three sentences

    I applied to Butler because I knew that it was academically a great school, it was a perfect distance away and I knew about their basketball team. I had other schools that I was looking at but I visited Butler and it felt like a place I could call home.

  • 03/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Cops on Segways, lots of panic boxes.

    Greek Life

    I don't plan on joining, but I hear that's OK, too.

    Clubs and Activities

    If they don't have what you're looking for, you can start your own and usually can find a faculty member as a sponsor.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, challenged people. Get involved!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You see it everyday, but don't forget to actually go into the observatory.

    Bang for the buck

    They just raised their tuition 4%. It was already unbelieveably high, too bad we can't all play basketball.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs. Sports complex is fantastic! Broad Ripple. Great places to go and have fun. Join the Dawg Pound and attend some intermural sports.

    Food and Dining

    What I had was good. Seems to be a pretty good variety, but I'm told it's pretty consistent, if that makes sense. There is a variety but it doesn't change much.

    Dorm Life

    From what I saw, you have to make your room cozy. Pretty basic as far as ammenities for the freshmen dorms, but that's college life and you can personalize your room up to a point. Wi-fi is available, pretty secure. I don't have enough money to live on campus this year, but if I could I certainly would, it's a great part of college life and a great way to stretch your wings of independence.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't know yet, I expect it to be challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a map, you might miss something really great. Make sure to get the history of the school

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and my host student was great. I was taken on a tour of the dorms, cafeteria, and attended classes in my prospective major with my host. Great day.

  • 04/07/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning to attend Butler, make time to visit, you won't regret it.

    In three sentences

    I'm excited to attend Butler in the fall. The small campus feel and close relationships with the professors and students really helped to make my decision very easy.

  • 04/29/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    You can always see an emergency call station wherever you are on campus.

    Greek Life

    The houses are so rustic, and the fraternity I met seemed really cool

    Clubs and Activities

    Inteamurals, and have a huge basketball program.

    What to do for fun

    The tour guide said that there is always something to do on campus. They do mission trips on breaks, and have a huge theatre where they frequently have plays. There is a gym with a Basketball Court, weight room, and a swimming pool that has a volleyball net in it. They also are part of intra-murals so you can do pretty much any sport with your friends for free.

    Food and Dining

    Variety Variety Variety. They have a huge variety of food and it is all included in your room and board. You can eat any time of the day and as much as you want. They have two locations on campus for convenience.

    Dorm Life

    Each year you attend Butler you are upgraded from one building to the next. I was able to see a dorm for freshman, and it was amazing. They were very spacious, and my tour guide told me that she was a sophomore, and that she has two bedrooms and a private bathroom, which is pretty cool. They also offer Greek houses for those interested in that. When i was there a Fraternity had a giant teeter toter to collect money for a local children's hospital. They. Said that they do it every year. It was so cool to see

    Academic Rigor

    I have not attended the college personally, but my tour guide told me that you must work very hard to earn your grades, but that there are free programs on campus to help you also.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do exactly what you are doing. Apply for scholarships. This school is expensive, but well worth it. Also make sure you see the school on a warm spring day. The campus feels like home.

    In three sentences

    I attended Butler on a college visit and was blown away by how beautiful, and specious the campus was. All of the buildings were centered very close to the dorms, and my tour guide kept bragging about their teacher to student ratio. The fact that they have only 2 lecture halls for their famous pharmacy department, and the rest of their classrooms are small and personal, made me feel like I would be a name, not a number.

  • 06/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything!

    Food and Dining

    Broad Ripple is close.

    Dorm Life

    Fun!

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard, but as long as you keep on top of your classes, you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind.

    In three sentences

    I love Butler. The professors are awesome. Campus is fun anytime of the week.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    BUPD is on top of their game and very helpful.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is a very charitable scene on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many types of clubs and activities offered

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working and motivated students who still know how to enjoy experiences

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Bell Tower is a place of love and luck.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is well worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    Go for hikes or bike rides along the gorgeous canal behind the campus. Go see the bell tower or chill out on the lawn with your friends. Perhaps even go to the health and recreation center and visit Trip, the school's mascot bulldog.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food will always be cafeteria food...Right? Butler just got some updates to their cafeteria, and I must say the food is pretty yummy.

    Dorm Life

    While the dorms are older, there is so much life to them.

    Academic Rigor

    Butler University does have a challenging curriculum, but it is well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study hard and go to events outside of class. Relax and enjoy your time at Butler University. You will love it!

    In three sentences

    Butler University is a top notch school with wonderful courses and professors. In addition, the campus is one of the prettiest campuses I have ever seen. Finally, there are so many organizations and programs offered at Butler University.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    BUPD is awesome. Having our own campus police means our safety is a priority. The campus police are always out patrolling at all hours of the day and night on bikes, foot, golf carts and segways.

    Greek Life

    We have delayed recruitment which means we do not rush until second semester, this is GREAT. You get to know the houses and the people in them so you can decide whether or not greek life is for you. Greek life is prominent on campus however it is not dominant.

    Great for these types of students

    Driven. Involved. Outgoing. Sports fanatics! Looking to succeed and not party.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our mascot, Blue III also known as Trip, is the star of campus. He is always out and about, you can even visit him inbetween classes in the basement of Jordan Hall!

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, it is pricey... however Butler is a 5 star university. Once you can get past the price, you can see why it is such an amazing one of a kind university.

    What to do for fun

    Student Government hosts weekend activities, great local shopping, downtown Indy, Broad Ripple and tons of bike trails!

    Food and Dining

    Recent dining changes are being made and the food is getting better!

    Dorm Life

    Freshmen dorms are not air conditioned... however it does get better the older you get!

    Academic Rigor

    NO TA'S! Professors doors are always open for you if you need help or just want to talk.

    Tips for prospective students

    The price is worth it!

    In three sentences

    Small class sizes, big campus. D1 sports!

  • 09/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    BUPD is everywhere. You're safe 24/7.

    Greek Life

    That's up to you to make the decision.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many things to do, it's ridiculous!

    Bang for the buck

    The female-to-male ratio here is 6 to 1. Most ladies are gorgeous! That's a true compliment. So if you're a guy, this is truly one of the perks!

    What to do for fun

    Get up. Get out. Get something. Don't just sit there all day in your dorm room. Go have fun! You're scientifically proven to be more productive if you're happy; it's called the happiness advantage. So take advantage of it, and then you can go back to being academic. As for what to do for fun? There are so many things to do, don't worry. But if it's not fun, move on!

    Food and Dining

    Not the best out there but you won't die here. The staff at dining halls are super nice though. I love them! Be nice to everybody and they'll be nice to you.

    Dorm Life

    Awesome! I got to live in Residential College my first year and it was basically a hotel. Living on campus is a must-do for Freshmen. The experience is unmatched. Enjoy the journey! You won't know it or feel it if you're commuting.

    Academic Rigor

    Once again, quality over quantity! Don't stress the numbers, focus on the quality that you're getting. You're going to school for at least 4 years anyway, might as well get the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    You guys should live on campus, at least for your first year. The experience is priceless and you guys will learn and grow a lot. After that, you can commute if you want. But I still recommend living on campus.

    In three sentences

    Butler is a very nice school. I like the small classes that we have here because I can ask questions and interact and learn from my peers easily. Teachers here care a lot about you; they want you to succeed. Yes, the tuition is high, not for a private school. But in order to have anything of high quality you'll have to pay for it accordingly.

  • 10/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus does a great job of feeling safe. It is beautiful. The buildings are nestled into solid landscaping and are sheltered from busy streets so that walking between buildings is a breeze. But the truth is that this campus is blocks away from one of the top 30 neighborhoods for crime in the US. Indigents and other local residents come on campus fairly frequently. The on-campus Starbucks serves a much larger group of customers than just the college students. There are lots of bikers, runners, walkers, etc. from outside the Butler community. The rate of thefts and attacks happening on campus is increasing as the campus continues to grow. The Butler police (BUPD) is small, and hires officers from the Indianapolis Police Department to supplement the force. They've done a great job so far, but it is beginning to become an issue; just as with any other larger college.

    Food and Dining

    The food is one step above normal cafeteria food. The staff is amazing, and will bend over backwards to make sure students receive the care they need, especially when it comes to food allergies. Butler recently changed their cafeteria management company and renovated both eating halls. They are working hard to improve the situation, and most of the time, students seem to be satisfied.

    Dorm Life

    Butler requires all freshman to live in the dorms unless they live with a guardian/family member. The freshman dorms are in bad condition: mice, horrible tasting water, etc. Many students choose to go greek just to get out of the dorms. After the first year, choices open up. Butler owns houses in the neighborhood surrounding the campus which they rent to students. There are newer dorms (all co-ed) for upper classmen. If you choose to commute, expect to be in a highly ignored minority, excluded from most social events, and carry all your books (there are lockers, but they are inconveniently located and not very many).

    Academic Rigor

    Butler requires every student to take a set of core classes (English, Foreign Language, Humanities, Science) equal to approximately 30 credit hours. Most of these classes are little more than busy work. The professors teaching them diverge widely on content, grading, and attitude. Classes required for the degree are usually taught by a core of professors. There are TA's for grading, help sessions, and some labs, but no TA's actually lecture. The difficulty depends on the subject material; by far the majority of the professors keep active office hours and are willing to work with students one-on-one until they understand the material. The amount of mentoring which I have received cannot begin to compare to any other larger college I've ever seen. Ultimately, the quality of education a student receives at Butler will depend on their individual motivation and work ethic. It is entirely possible to get an Ivy League education here if you are willing to put in the same hours you would have put in at an Ivy League school. Alternately, if you prefer to join Greek Life, party, and barely pass classes, you can do that too.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Butler is actively working towards becoming an Ivy League level school and is looking for students who will bring it in that direction. -Butler is trying to increase student population diversity by searching for students outside the Midwestern United States and by searching for minorities. -If you are applying to one of the less popular degree programs (anything not Pharmacy, Business, or Fine Arts), financial aid can be considerable. Butler is working hard to grow these programs, but for right now the departments are still very small and very tight knit. For these less popular programs, incoming classes can be as small as 10-20 students.

    In three sentences

    This is a tiny liberal arts school, small enough that it rivals some larger high schools. The most popular programs seem to be pharmacy/physicians assistant, business, and music/dance. If you fit in with your peers and like the professors it's great here; if you don't, there's nowhere to hide.

  • 10/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    BUPD is everywhere. There is rarely crime on campus and when there is something that students need to know about BUPD does a great job of emailing/calling/texting the Butler community to keep everyone safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is big at Butler. If you want to be involved in Greek life it's very easy to get involved and it's a wonderful (very panhelinic) community, but it's also very possible to get along at Butler without being Greek. Although it's a large part of the Butler community it isn't the entire community, Greek life at Butler does a good job of balancing Greek but also including independents if they want to be included in campus wide events.

    Great for these types of students

    All types, Butler has a niche for quiet, loud, outgoing, shy, athletic, scholarly and studious. It's able to accommodate everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fountain hopping: Every student has to hop in every fountain at least once before they graduate. Sledding on the Butler Bowl: First snow of every year Butler students go sledding down the big hill on the Butler Bowl-where the soccer and football teams host their home games.

    What to do for fun

    Butler Basketball games. Walks in Holcomb Gardens. Workout/Swim at the HRC. Hangout in Broadripple. Visit the Canal downtown Indianapolis.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, although Butler professors are kind and extremely helpful don't think you can take that for granted because they still expect a lot out of you. Get involved, I waited until my second year to really start getting involved and now I wish I had another year to make up for that. Sign up for everything, do as much as you can or you will look back and say you wish you had. And lastly, appreciate your surroundings. Butler's campus is BEAUTIFUL, don't take your walks to and from class for granted-take it all in, I am amazed by it's beauty every single day.

    In three sentences

    Butler University changed my life for the better, through academics but also through socializing. Butler has the best community if you are looking for a school that is not too big but also not too small-it really is like a family. Lastly, Butler is beautiful, for how it's campus looks but also for everything the University stands for-each and every person that attends is so blessed to be apart of such an amazing place.

  • 10/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are numerous activities such as intramural sports and clubs to join. There is never nothing to do on campus. Find what interests you and you will meet friends and have fun at the same time.

    Food and Dining

    The food is healthier than most colleges and the meal plans are manageable. There are plenty of places other than the cafeteria to eat so there are always variety in your meals.

    Dorm Life

    The people are friendly and there will always be someone who is willing to help. The dorms are fun in the sense that you are surrounded by people who will help you reach your goals. Life long friendships are formed.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are hard but they are designed to help you succeed outside of the college atmosphere. The professors are there to help, use them when you have questions and they will allow you to strive to a higher standard. Take the hard classes that no one else will take and set a standard for those who are afraid to reach their goals.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and create good time management skills. This will allow you to stay on top of your classes and be successful out of the classes. Don't be afraid to step outside of your comfortable zone either.

    In three sentences

    Butler is the perfect mix of a larger campus and small class size. The professors make sure you are on the right track to succeed in and out of class. The numerous activities that are on campus allow one to meet befriend people that will have lifetime relationships as well as apart of the social networking for jobs after college.

  • 11/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Above all, Butler prides themselves in the safety of all students. There is always a help button within sight at all times on campus, BUPD (Butler police) are always looking out for safety, and Butler highly promotes their community of care, which holds every student responsible for not only their personal safety, but also the safety of those around them. The joke around campus is that we are the Butler Bubble.

    Bang for the buck

    Butler is expensive--no one can deny that. However, the education you get from attending is top-notch and individualized. The classes are personal, and most majors have excellent job placement ratings after colleges.

    What to do for fun

    Located on the north side of Indy, Butler is very close to downtown attractions--Circle Center Mall, Lucas Oil Stadium, and the Indianapolis Zoo, just to name a few. Butler is also located about a mile from Broad Ripple, which is a great place to find interesting and unique restaurants. On campus, there is Holcomb Gardens, the observatory, and a high ropes course.

    Food and Dining

    Well, it's college food. No more of Mom's home-cooking! However, Butler has a great selection which includes a stir-fry station, Mediterranean station, and plenty of vegetarian options. Although the food does get repetitive, it's much better than most other universities offer!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms for the most part are nice. The bathrooms are always clean, and the rooms are decently sized. The only major drawback is that both freshmen dorms lack air conditioning, which can be miserable at the beginning of the school year.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics here are hard. Professors expect a lot of you, but they also expect a lot of themselves. Many of them are concerned with you, how you are doing, and are willing to help if you ask for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with an open mind to the new students you are going to meet. I came from a very small school and learned very quickly that I was no longer the best, and this shocked me. Be open to change, and never stop learning.

    In three sentences

    Butler University is the best schooling choice I could have made. The campus is beautiful, and the students and faculty are as nice and as skilled as they come. At Butler, you are more than just a statistic; you are an unique person, and they genuinely care about your success in school and in later life.

  • 11/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is small and the police department is always driving around the campus to make sure everything is O.K.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is really big here at Butler, but there is no pressure to join a house if you don't want to.

    Clubs and Activities

    Theres literally a club for everyone. You will never be bored.

    Great for these types of students

    Energetic. Wants a community feeling! Loves Basketball. Interested in Greek Life. Business, Pharmacy, and Dance Majors. EVERYONE!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Theres not too many unusual traditions. Most are greek life. We do have a thing called spring sports, where all the residences halls and greek houses compete in a whole day and night filled with sports and challenges.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are a business major, then Butler is where you need to be. First 98% job placement rate. You live in the number one city for internships and jobs. You're freshman year, you get to build a business plan and have a chance at presenting it to a panel of real world business people. You're sophomore year, you actually get to run a business that you and a team create. Any of the profits that you make off of it, you get to keep! I made $500 off of this class.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the Movies on Friday and Saturday in Jordan Hall. Participate in awesome Human Battleship Contests at the Health and Rec Complex. Hang out with friends. Head out to Broad Ripple. Check out Indianapolis. There's always a ton of stuff to do here.

    Food and Dining

    This is the one thing Butler needs to work on, but they are working on it. The food isn't bad...usually. And it's not that it ever really tastes bad, it's that there are some days where there aren't many options that MOST kids would eat. If you aren't a picky eater then you should be totally fine.

    Dorm Life

    I'm an Resident Assistant here at Butler University. Although the freshman residence halls are pretty old, the community in them is unmatched by an school that I have visited. There is a definite sense of belonging and family in both Ross Hall and Schwitzer Hall. There are several activities and events going on around campus and in the dorms that there won't be a night that you are bored with nothing to do.

    Academic Rigor

    It entirely depends on your major, but Butler is a school that strives on academic success. It's hard, but its hard for a reason. People wouldn't say that its the number 2 school in the Midwest if it was an easy school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit Visit Visit And apply early so that you can be included for a bunch of scholarships!

    In three sentences

    A school surrounded by immense community built upon the ideals of the Butler Way. If you want a small school with a big focus on education and vast opportunities for internships, Butler is your school!

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Butler has their own Police Department located right on campus. They patrol all day and all night, and are available for assistance 24/7. They also provide police escorts around campus at night, as well as a police escorted van called DAWG RIDE that operates to escort students to and from different locations on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life only consists of 30% of campus, but seems more dominant than it is. It is a great way to get even more involved and to create an even more prominent image of yourself on campus! It gives you the opportunity to meet even more people and help in even bigger ways. One sorority helps to raise over $45K for St Jude just from Butler's chapter. A fraternity on campus raises about the same amount for Riley. It helps to make an impact on the lives of those around us, locally and further away.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities at BU. Dawg Pound, intramural sports, the Diversity Center, Help Heal Haiti, sporting events, rowing club, accounting and math clubs, pre-studies, EVERYTHING! It is really easy to get involved not only on campus, but also in the Indianapolis Community.

    Great for these types of students

    Butler is really great for all types of students considering there is so much to get involved in. The core curriculum really helps to create well rounded students, and the opportunities are endless at Butler University!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Butler has a fountain located in the middle of campus called Star Fountain, and it is one of the six on campus. Star Fountain is a common meeting place since it is centrally located. Students also fountain hop through the fountains. There is also the Mall that is a just a large open grassy area that is always filled with students in the warmer months. Campus Golf is also a tradition on campus. People hit tennis balls with golf clubs at different marks on campus. Butler students also have a DAWG Pound for the sporting events.

    Bang for the buck

    Butler is pricy, but you definitely get your money worth. There are career mentors and internship coordinators assigned specifically to each business student, as well as an advisor for EVERY student! The professors are more than helpful, and the placement rates are high for graduating students!

    What to do for fun

    There is a ton of stuff to do for fun! There are many different clubs, as well as intramural sports. There is also always basketball, baseball, football, softball, track- all kinds of sporting events happening to go to- for FREE with your student ID! There are also Butler-sponsored giveback nights at local restaurants and bars to give back to charities though Greek life and other clubs.

    Food and Dining

    There are two places to dine on campus- Atherton and CClub. Atherton is the cafeteria-style place. It had renovations after my freshmen year and now there is an ice-cream machine and a habachi grill! There are also many other choices like a sandwich and salad bar, and also desserts! CClub is downstairs from Atherton and consists of Papa Johns, A hot sandwich place, salads and soups, and snacks for just a quick lunch. The workers are all really friendly! There is also a Starbucks right in the middle of campus!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the co-ed dorm, Ross Hall, my freshmen year. The top floor is all girls, and it was great! THe rooms were not terribly small, and each unit had an RA that tried to keep all of the girls involved in activities throughout the semester. We had movie nights and BINGO nights!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough, but most professors are very willing to hold meetings outside of their normal office hours to make sure their students are learning and being successful with their classwork.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just get involved, but not with too many clubs or activities. It is a great way to meet even more people and really create an image for yourself on campus! I would also advise students to make sure and not be afraid to ask questions! Butler is a small campus with so many teachers and staff willing to help with whatever you need!

    In three sentences

    Butler University is definitely the home away from home that anyone could ever want from a university. Butler allows students to be themselves, always recognize a familiar face, and make friends to last a lifetime. Butler University was and still is the best choice I could have made in a university!

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I would say that Butler is extremely safe. We have the Butler University Police Department right in the heart of campus and the officers are extremely nice (they will drive you home in the dark if you need it) and have a quick response if something does go happen. Butler does monthly fire drills as needed and there are emergency call boxes all across campus if you think you need help. There are some minor crimes that happen (minor theft, underage drinking), but overall I would say that I feel extremely safe walking through campus alone.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge on Butler's campus. There are 7 sororities and 6 fraternities. But there are also professional fraternities that one could join. The Greek system is highly involved on campus and many of the campus leaders and top scholars go Greek. But you don't have to be Greek to be on campus. There is also a group called Independent that just get together to participate in things on campus without having to actually join a fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs at Butler range from debate to Quidditch. There are so many to choose from and new ones are popping up every day. There are also sports teams and intramural sport teams that you can join.

    Great for these types of students

    I would say that Butler is good for students looking to get into Pharmacy, Business and education. We also have a dance school and a music school. There are many other majors but those are the most prominent ones.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a bell tower on campus. It is programmed to play a variety of songs depending on the time of year. Also, it is a tradition that if you kiss someone at the bell tower you will marry them one day. There are always wedding parties coming to take pictures at this spot because it is surrounded by beautiful woods and a little pond with a fountain.

    Bang for the buck

    Butler is expensive. As a pharmacy major I pay close to $40,000 a year. But this includes a membership to our fabulous workout center and your living expenses if you are living on campus. There are some cheaper options but I would say Butler is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Butler is about 5 minutes away from Broad Ripple which is basically a long street full of bars, clubs, boutiques, and restaurants. Students and locals frequent the area and it always proves to be an entertaining time. Butler is also about 10 minutes from downtown Indianapolis which has the Circle Center Mall and different sport arenas including the Colts. Again in downtown there are clubs, bars, and a wide variety of restaurants and shops. We are also close to the Indiana state fair grounds which hosts the state fair and many different concerts and shows. On campus there is Clowes Hall which has Broadway plays, musicals, concerts, and guests speakers year round.

    Food and Dining

    Basically be prepared for college food. Its not always great and it gets repetitive but there are a lot of choices. We have Papa Johns, a wrap station, and a burger station that are always available. Then there are 2 dining halls that rotate their menus about every 2 to 2 and a half weeks. There is also a smoothie station at the gym. Luckily there are many places around campus that you can order from if you get bored.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms can seem a little cramped but overall the dorms are well taken care of and manageable for a college student. As you get into the later years of college, more opportunities open up for where you can live and eventually you can live off campus. But the dorms are a fun and easy way to meet people because there are always activities planned that you can attend.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but interesting. The professors are always available if you need help or want to discuss something. If you put in the work you will do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a car to school with you because you will end up wanting one. Join Greek life because it is so fun and lets you become an active member on campus. Look for cheaper text books online but go to the book store and buy some spirit wear. Make sure you have a good pair of rain boots and snow boots because you will need them.

    In three sentences

    Butler is a great school to attend. It has a very welcoming community and attentive and caring professors. Overall, Butler University is an excellent institution with a wide variety of opportunities.

  • 01/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Butler has it's own police force right on campus. Even though the surrounding area isn't always the safest, Butler is a well protected community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Welcome Week is some of the most fun you will ever have. Several upperclassmen go out of their way to make you feel at home and the school provides fun events to help you get settled into your new environment. Each year the school has what is known as Butlerpalooza. This is a concert on the mall between Irwin Library and Jordan Hall. The school tends to get big names. For instance this past year was B.O.B. and Youngblood Hawke. Butler is also home to one of the most famous locations in Indiana: Hinkle Fieldhouse. Hinkle is the home of the Butler basketball team which has gained fame in recent years. Hinkle was featured in the movie Hoosiers and is a point of pride among all who attend Butler.

    What to do for fun

    Many students attend events at the Greek housing on campus. Others choose to walk the short distance to Broad Ripple, a local arts district. If you don't want to leave campus there is plenty to do. There is a free movie every Friday and Saturday on campus and students get into sporting events for free. Clowes Hall often has guest speakers and recitals from the Jordan College of the Arts.

    Food and Dining

    Atherton Dining Hall is the most common place to eat on campus. Atherton, or A-Town for short, offers a number of options each day, including a made to order stir fry grill. Below Atherton in the basement of the Union is C Club. C Club offers grab and go foods, snacks, and favorites like Papa Johns pizza and sushi.There is also a cafeteria in ResCo, the sophomore dorm, that offers breakfast and lunch. One of the lesser known food locations is found in the Recreation Center. This is a juice bar that offers shakes, smoothies, and healthy grab and go foods.

    Dorm Life

    There are two freshman dorms at Butler: Schwitzer Hall (all girls) and Ross Hall (co-ed). Schwitzer is nice enough, and is currently undergoing some repairs. The room size is bigger than any other rooms I have seen on other campuses. There are always plenty of activities and fun things to do with you unit (e.g. Halloween unit decorating contest, Super Bowl party, movie nights, etc.)

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor varies based on the instructor, course, and program. For instance, if you are a business or pharmacy major, be prepared to have a pretty rigorous course load. Teachers are usually willing to help and the school is good at providing study tables/tutors.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are three things that prospective students should do before applying or attending Butler University: First, get involved as much as possible at your high school and in your community. Butler values volunteerism and even has a community requirement. Second, be prepared to work hard and commit. Classes aren't always easy and professors expect a lot out of you. It is good to know how to manage your time effectively and still have fun. Third, and last, try to save as much money up as possible. Even with scholarships Butler can be expensive. Don't get me wrong, it is totally worth it, but if you don't want massive student loans I suggest you save as much as possible when you can.

    In three sentences

    Butler has a way of making you feel at home. Though the private school is rather expensive at times, the unity and plethora of help that you receive is definitely worth it. After being here for over a semester, I can truly say that The Butler Way is a great way to live.

  • 02/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    BUPD is always a quick phone call away and there are emergency poles everywhere with a button to call them in a hurry. Also, there is a Dawg Ride shuttle which transports students all over campus at late hours when they feel unsafe walking.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is alive and well at Butler's campus with 35% of students living in greek housing. However, it is unlike traditional greek life due to the small size of the campus, and hazing is strictly prohibited.

    Clubs and Activities

    Even with the small population, there are over 100 clubs and organizations for students to join.

    Bang for the buck

    True, the tuition is quite a bit higher than state schools; however, it is much more inclusive than larger schools. For instance, students get into all sports games, including basketball, for free as well as discounts on concerts and speakers, such as Maya Angelou, that come to Clowes Memorial Hall. There are amazing opportunities for the students here - I personally have seen Maya Angelou, Whoopi Goldberg, and B.o.B all in my first semester here with Laura Bush coming up soon and all of them for free.

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of variety with the food, and the meal plan allows for three meals a day as well as $400 to use on snacks, Starbucks, and fast food.

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the pharmacy program which naturally has more challenging coursework, especially since it is a 6-year program rather than the traditional 8-year.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the early orientation programs such as Ambassadors of Change. They are truly a great way to get to know other students before the school year even starts. Also, do not be scared off by the cost of tuition - Butler offers many scholarships that are need-based, merit-based, and departmental.

    In three sentences

    Butler University is a small school with all of the benefits of a large school. The professors know me by name, the students truly care about each other, and the university makes it easy to feel at home. It is perfectly located close enough to downtown Indianapolis without being in the heart of the city.