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Schedule of the Day

Below is a sample schedule to give you a general idea of what to expect throughout the day. Check in will take place at Irwin Library.

9:00 to 9:30 a.m.—Check in at Irwin Library ~ More information

Upon arrival, you will receive an individual schedule for the day, including your specific academic advising appointment time. Parents will also receive a folder of useful information and a schedule of parent activities.

ID photos taken 
Smile! This will be the photo for your official Butler student ID. Following lunch, your ID will be ready to pick up and take home. Students can pick up IDs before departing campus at Irwin Library.

Everything You Need Fair
As you arrive, representatives from over 20 programs and services will be available throughout Irwin Library. This is a great opportunity to learn about programs and ask questions. See a full list of who will be on hand at the Everything You Need Fair.

10:00 a.m.—Welcome and General Session ~ More information

This session will highlight Butler's Core Curriculum and provide information from Financial Aid.

11:00 a.m.—Students: College Meetings ~ More information

Each major at Butler falls within one of six colleges. The college of your major will be indicated on your individualized schedule. During this student-only meeting, representatives from your college will review Core Curriculum requirements, major and college requirements, appropriate first semester courses, what to think about when crafting a course schedule with your advisor, and support services available to you. The college meeting is also a wonderful opportunity to meet your future classmates.

11:00 a.m.—Parents: Making the Transition ~ More information

Whether this is your first or last child to go off to college, this is always a big transition for the entire family. This session will highlight "critical conversations" recommended for families, ways to keep connected to Butler and your student via social media, and the many support services available. Also included will be a discussion of FERPA privacy laws, an opportunity for Q&A, and advice from fellow parents.

12:00 p.m.—Lunch ~ More information

Lunch will be provided and this is the perfect time for students and parents to reconnect to discuss all that you learned in your individual morning sessions. Feel free to visit Starbucks, the bookstore, or explore campus. 

Although we would love to have you experience our cafeterias, classes will be in session and current Butler students will be using these facilities. Feel free to visit campus again to try out the many dining options.

1:00 p.m.—Students: Academic Advising Appointments Begin ~ More information

Academic advising is an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a faculty member in the major you have declared. During the appointment, you will discuss your placement exam results, classes important to your major, the Core Curriculum, and potential electives. Appointments may range from 30 minutes to an hour and will take place sometime between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Some departments will conduct a quick departmental meeting at 1:00 that will also help you prepare for your advising appointment.

Academic advising is a special opportunity for students to build rapport with a faculty advisor. Therefore, we ask that parents attend the College Meeting for Parents and Information Sessions during this time.

A hospitality area will be available in Irwin Library throughout the afternoon. Students are invited to mix and mingle with current Butler students before and after scheduled advising appointments and information sessions. Butler IDs will be available for students to pick up, campus tours will depart from this location, and if at any time you have a question, please stop by the information table. This is the perfect place to meet up with your family at the end of the day.

1:00 p.m.—Parents: College Meetings for Parents ~ More information

Representatives from the college of the student's major will discuss topics such as what is happening in the academic advising appointments, common classes taken in the first year, unique requirements for the major or college, support services available, and more.   

A hospitality area will be available in Irwin Library throughout the afternoon. Students are invited to mix and mingle with current Butler students before and after scheduled advising appointments and information sessions. Butler IDs will be available for students to pick up, campus tours will depart from this location, and if at any time you have a question, please stop by the information table. This is the perfect place to meet up with your family at the end of the day.

2:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.—Information Sessions ~ More information

The following information sessions will be offered at both 2:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Money Matters

Need help in navigating college costs? This session will provide guidance on developing a plan for your investment in a Butler education. Hear about the range of financial aid options, the billing and payment process, and student employment opportunities from representatives of Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and Student Employment.

Living on Campus: Residence Life and Butler Dining

This session will provide you with information about living and dining on Butler's campus. Learn more about the housing options and meal plan; what is provided in residence hall rooms; when you learn your roommate and housing assignment; and what the residential communities offer to enhance your Butler experience.

Academic Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

Do you want to get the most out of your Butler education? Do you want to do more? Are you already thinking about what you'll do after Butler? Representatives from Study Abroad, Internship and Career Services, and the Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement (CHASE) office will present about the numerous opportunities for intellectual engagement available to you as a Butler student. Come learn about study abroad, research programs, the Washington, D.C., internship program, and which offices can help you explore graduate school, gap year, and internship and career options.

Beginning Your Butler Journey

Come to this session to learn details about your first days at Butler, Welcome Week. An exciting and interactive time, Welcome Week allows students to meet new friends, connect with faculty and staff, learn about campus resources, and get acclimated to campus. Also during this session, representatives from the PuLSE Office will discuss the benefits of student involvement as well as the myriad of ways for students to connect with opportunities both on and off campus.

2:00 p.m., 2:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.—Campus Tours ~ More information

Full campus tours (including residence halls) will depart from Irwin Library at 2:00 p.m., 2:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.—Residence Hall Open House ~ More information

The Residence Hall Open House will be available at Ross Hall and Schwitzer Hall from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tour guides will be available in the lobbies of each hall.

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.—Hospitality Room ~ More information

If you have questions or need a break, please feel free to stop by the Hospitality Room in Irwin Library between 2:00 p.m and 4:00 p.m.