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Frequently Asked Questions

How does academic advising work on campus? Can a student pick his/her own advisor? ~ Show Answer

Incoming freshmen students are assigned an advising/registration appointment by the Learning Resource Center with an academic advisor in the department the student has declared. If students are exploratory majors, they will meet with an academic advisor from the Learning Resource Center. During Early Registration, students meet with academic advisors to schedule courses. If students desire to change academic advisors, they may do so through a formal request.

How do current students feel about the advising setup? ~ Show Answer

Current students appreciate the design of academic advising at Butler University. They like that the advisors are knowledgeable and understanding in regard to their majors. If students are willing to sit down and build a relationship with advisors, the relationship can prove to be an extremely valuable asset at Butler and beyond.

What are the "general education" or "core curriculum" courses and requirements? ~ Show Answer

Although the specific requirements vary considerably according to academic major, every student wishing to earn a baccalaureate degree from Butler must fulfill the following general requirements involving the University's core curriculum.

To view the specific classes for the core curriculum, visit

Where do students study? ~ Show Answer

For the most effective studying, students normally go to Irwin Library, Ruth Lilly Science Library, or academic buildings. Academic buildings remain open in the evenings for students to find a quiet area to study. Outside doors to the buildings are locked, but students are able to use student ID cards to gain access to the buildings. When students meet with others to study they can normally be found in the group study area of the library, Starbucks or in residence hall lobbies.

Student Affairs

Will the University let parents know if the student is having difficulty? ~ Show Answer

Like other colleges and universities across the country, Butler University is subject to a federal law called the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA sets privacy standards for student educational records that information cannot be released to third parties (including parents) without the consent of the student who is eighteen or attending a post-secondary institution. Grade reports, transcripts, and most disciplinary files are examples of student records entitled to FERPA privacy protection. More information can be found on the FERPA website at

Butler University encourages parents to communicate with students directly to learn what is happening in their lives. As students develop and mature, they often become more willing to share information regarding their lives.

Are church services offered on campus? ~ Show Answer

The Center for Faith and Vocation is on campus to help students discover lives of purpose, meaning, and contribution. The Center is also the religious life hub for Butler, where diverse student groups meet and hold events. Internships, discussion groups, and interfaith service projects are offered through the Center. They can provide information on all religious organizations in the Indianapolis area.

Religious life at Butler is diverse. Campus Crusade, Butler Catholic Community, Hillel at Butler, and the Muslim Students Association are just part of the picture. For some holidays, special services are held on campus for those students who cannot attend elsewhere. The Butler Catholic Community does offer a Mass on campus most Sundays.

Who do parents call if there is an emergency and need to get a hold of the student? ~ Show Answer

A parent may contact the Butler University Police Department (BUPD) in order to reach a student in case of an emergency. BUPD will work with Student Affairs to locate the student in a timely manner. You may contact BUPD at (317) 940-9396.

Can students have cars on campus? ~ Show Answer

All students are allowed to bring a car to campus. All vehicles must be registered with the Butler University Police Department for a fee of $60.00 per year. Students with registered vehicles are assigned an area for parking based on their living units.

If students do not have a car on campus, the Student Government Association (SGA) provides a shuttle service on the weekends to Broad Ripple, the Glendale shopping area with Target, Macy's, Staples and restaurants, and downtown Indianapolis.

Internships & Jobs

What student jobs are available to current students on/off campus? ~ Show Answer

The Internship and Career Services Office assists students in finding part-time campus and off-campus employment. Approximately 900 students work on campus each year. This office also assists federal work-study eligible students in locating on-campus or community service employment. The office has created B.L.U.E., an electronic job search system to assist students in finding job options. Students can access B.L.U.E. at On-campus jobs vary greatly, including positions at the Health and Recreation Center, dining services, administrative offices around campus, lab assistants, tutors, and housing to name a few.

Additional Campus Questions

What computer resources and technical support are available? ~ Show Answer

Butler University supports over fifteen student computer labs, several of which are open 24-hours during the fall and spring semesters. All computers are equipped with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and web browsers. Computer labs have access to Butler's online library resources, high volume laser printers and network file storage.

Students who desire to purchase a personal computer for their use at Butler can access purchasing suggestions at The site will assist in the decision process between a Mac or PC and provide beneficial information for specifics needed in purchasing. Butler students also qualify for educational discounts.

All Butler students have access to the Department of Information Technology (IT) helpdesk. The help desk provides email, web and computing support for technology-related problems.

Anti-virus and spyware software is provided free of charge to students.

What are the average tuition increases and when do they normally occur? ~ Show Answer

The average tuition increase has been approximately five percent for the past few years; however, they can vary each year. Tuition increases are typically determined and released in March for the upcoming academic year.

The Student Accounts office bills by term (semester). The first billing statement for the fall term is sent mid-July via students' Butler email accounts and is due, typically, by the 5th of August. The first billing statement for the spring semester is sent mid-December and is generally due by January 5th. Various payment plans are available.

Which banks are available on campus? Are there ATMs available? ~ Show Answer

Three bank machines are available for use on campus provided by Chase, PNC, and the Indiana Members Credit Union. Students can withdraw money from these machines, but normal banking fees apply. Students can cash up to $100.00 in checks per day at Student Accounts. During Welcome Week, Chase Bank is available on campus for students to set up checking accounts. Chase also has a branch less than a mile off campus. PNC is also available during Welcome Week to open accounts and answer banking questions. Their branch is conveniently located on 21 West 38th Street.