"In high school, being an honors student was about completing requirements; at Butler, being an honors student is about completing yourself." - Reverend Lori Godich '00
At Butler University, we don't have an honors college. Students in each of our six colleges participate in additional programs and activities to enhance their education, such as:
- Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement (CHASE)-CHASE is an on-campus center that offers a myriad of programs for students who wish to enhance their education at Butler or continue their education beyond Butler. It supports programs like the Honors Program, Washington D.C. semester, and opportunities for research and creative endeavors. CHASE also assists students with selection of and application to graduate schools, as well as exploration of and nomination for national scholarship and fellowship opportunities.
- Honors Program-Academically outstanding students will be invited to apply for this program, which requires students to research, propose, write, and present an honors thesis. The opportunity to graduate magna or summa cum laude, the top two honors extended by Butler University, is reserved only for students who complete the Honors Program.
- Butler Undergraduate Research Conference (URC)-The largest undergraduate conference in the Midwest, the URC attracts students from across the university, and across the country, to present papers and posters on various topics, from anthropology and political science to media arts and business. The URC gives students unique training in an area that many undergraduates don't experience until graduate school: presentation of their own research at a renowned conference.
- Butler Summer Institute (BSI)-Each summer, about 30 students from across disciplines participate in the BSI, during which they work one-on-one with a faculty mentor for nine weeks on a creative, scholarly or research project. To apply, students submit a research proposal that is screened by a faculty committee. Those accepted receive a $2,500 stipend, free housing, and invaluable research experience.