About Butler

Commitment to Service Engagement


Butler stresses a commitment to serving and engaging with the Indianapolis community.  Our 290-acre campus is located five miles from downtown, making Indianapolis our backyard. Our students are interns and volunteers with organizations throughout the nation's 13th-largest city.

Through the following and other outreach activities, our students deepen their understanding of academic issues, get to know Central Indiana's diverse people and engage in active citizenship.

The Indianapolis Community Requirement requires all 2014 or later Butler graduates to complete a service learning or similar course that includes 20 hours of reciprocal community engagement. Since the ICR was initiated in fall 2010, close to 1300 students in 97 courses have received ICR credit by logging more than 25,860 hours of community involvement.

Butler Community Arts School, an initiative of the Jordan College of the Arts, is an arts education and outreach program that offers affordable and quality instruction in the arts to the Indianapolis community.

IPS/ Butler Laboratory & Shortridge Magnet Schools operate as partnerships of Butler and the Indianapolis Public School district, these public K-5 and 6-12 schools primarily serve the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood. The College of Education teaches methods course in both settings. Other Butler colleges collaborate with the schools in science, theatre, creative writing and multicultural awareness.

Butler University Community Outreach Pharmacy (BUCOP), a student-run pharmacy, provides free medications and counseling on non-drug therapies and chronic disease prevention to uninsured and underserved patients in an eastside Indianapolis community.

Butler Volunteer Center assists students with individual volunteer placements and coordinates the following annual opportunities: Bulldogs Into Streets, a full day volunteer opportunity for incoming students; Ambassadors of Change, a four-day program that focuses on service and leadership development; and Fall and Spring Alternative Breaks, a weeklong service trip to an area in need.

Center for Citizenship and Community is focused on service-learning and outreach activities through partnerships forged with non-profit, faith-based and neighborhood organizations, as well as governmental and social service agencies.

Center for Urban Ecology www.butler.edu/cueb/) provides students with experiential learning opportunities in the urban ecosystems of Indianapolis, all the while building upon its history of student-faculty research and community service.