I remember looking at colleges and realizing I couldn’t decide where I would go for school on a number scale. Choosing a school was difficult because I took so much into consideration including how I would fare academically, develop professionally, and grow in character. That is why college visits are so important; it is your opportunity to see if that particular school feels right.
Here are my tips on your campus visit:
Before your visit:
Make the most of your time on campus by scheduling activities and planning to spend a substantial amount of time on campus. Come for a tour, meet a professor, refuel at Starbucks, and stay for a sporting event. Think of some questions to ask your tour guide about their experience (their favorite Butler memory, their favorite professor, what makes Butler different than the other schools they were looking at). Also, think of a few questions to ask your admissions counselor or a professor to get a better understanding of academics (what Butler Alumni are doing now, what they enjoy about working for Butler, what advice they have for you as a high school junior or senior). Remember, this could be the only time you spend on campus or interacting with a student or professor before you make your decision, so you want to have as much information as possible.
During your visit:
Ask yourself this question: Can I see myself here for four years? Ask this early and often. Butler has the resources to enable you to grow professionally, academically, and inter-personally. Do you see yourself being able to do so at Butler? Do you see yourself getting involved and enjoying academic, professional, and extra-curricular programs and organizations at Butler? Could you see yourself being a member of the community here? You might even see yourself being friends with your tour guide or the students you interacted with!
After your visit:
TAKE NOTES. Write down your thoughts, additional questions, and what stuck out to you, good or bad. What did you like? What did you not like? Make notes about everything you experienced. You probably won’t remember most of the impressionable things about your visit after looking at dozens of different schools, which is why your notes will help you when it comes to making the final decision.
For me, electing to spend my four years at Butler was initially a “gut-feeling”. My intuition told me to come to Butler and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. I hope everyone’s college decision is clear because certainly making such a big decision isn’t always easy. Four years later, I hope that all high-school juniors and seniors experience this same sense of clarity. My intuition told me Butler, which was also the smart choice with nationally recognized academic programs and the compassionate community that I thought I would thrive in academically, intellectually, professionally, and inter-personally. We hope you choose Butler as well!
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The college search is a long and stressful process, but when you find the right college it just fits! Stepping foot on Butler’s campus, even in the midst of the madness of the Final Four being in Indianapolis, I still felt right at home on my tour. All of the students, not just my tour guide, were friendly and willing to offer any advice that they had. They seemed very balanced between being concerned about their academics, but also not wanting to miss out on opportunities outside of the classroom, such as extracurricular activities and participating in the Final Four activities. I knew that these were my kind of people!
That being said, I wish someone had told me a few things about touring schools and the college process looking back on it. Ask the tour guide and current students questions about their experiences and what they’re involved in. It will give you a better insight into the campus and what you could get involved in. Don’t be discouraged by the little things, like community bathrooms, because you will make the experience what it should be. Finally, dream big from the beginning! Find a school that you feel at home at that will challenge you to be the best that you can be and never hesitate from taking advantage of it. That is what Butler has done for me, and I wish I would have learned that earlier.
I’ve found that college truly is the most amazing time of your life (and I’m only two years in!). Push through that college search and find your home. Keep your energy up through it, investigate, and dream big. It will all pay off in the end!
Butler University ’15
Finance and Marketing Major
Butler Student Ambassador
Alternative Spring Break-Reflections Chair
Council for Presidential Affairs-Operations Committee
Student Orientation Guide
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With spring break drawing nearer, I wondered what the attendance would be for the Xavier game. My parents had not been to a Butler men’s basketball game this season, so I looked into getting them tickets for the last home game. Unfortunately, all of the home tickets were sold out about two months ago.
The previous week, I had heard that the students section still had unclaimed tickets (as a student, we can attend all home games for free). My business major mind made me think of the opportunity costs Butler would take if the remaining tickets were not sold. We’re not a top Midwestern school for nothing, so I assumed Butler would be smart enough to sell those extra tickets to the public.
And I was right! I went into the ticket office Wednesday to see if they had any extra tickets. I explained that I was a student and my parents had not had a chance to attend a game this season. Without hesitation, they helped me get two tickets before they even offered them to the public. Seriously, I called that morning and got the same recording telling me the tickets were sold out. Being the caring institution that Butler is, I got VIP access to the ticket office just from being a student, and my parents and I had a great weekend. For those of you who didn’t check the score, Butler won 67-62! GO DAWGS!
When I was in the midst of my college search, finding a school that offered one-one-one attention was important to me. I quickly realized that this type of care and consideration would not happen at a larger school, which is just one of the many reasons I chose Butler. I recommend that you consider the same when narrowing down your school. It can make all the difference in the world.
L. Oswaldo Ramirez-Ruiz
Butler University 2014
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Junior and senior year of high school can be a bit tough when it comes to thinking about all of the different possibilities for college. I know when I was going through the process, I believed that I had to have my mind set on my major, and stick to it; especially since I was applying for scholarships in my desired major, Vocal Performance. I really wish someone had told me that I should keep my mind and options open to involvement in other activities and even other majors. When I came to Butler, the sense of community here gave me much incentive to get involved in that community. I gained many new interests such as the business of music and service work, to name a few. These interests led me to decide to change my major to Arts Administration Music.
This experience is the reason that I want to share this advice with others: you are not bound to one degree, and it is wise to diversify your interests and take classes in multiple colleges. Even if you have a scholarship for your college, there are ways to work it out. I would even suggest asking questions about things outside of the college you plan on applying to. I believe in a well-rounded, diverse, and cultured education, and using experiences to build character and perspective. My involvements in various disciplines at Butler has prepared me to handle a multitude of situations and given me an edge in the job market.
The last bit of guidance I want to give is that going to college is a time to roam outside of your comfort zone. I have benefited greatly from doing this and diving into everything I do, head first. Expect to meet an array of people with different backgrounds and stories. I advise to indulge in getting to know these people, and make relationships whenever you can. On student guided tours at colleges you are applying to, get to know the tour guide or any other students you meet. Ask them what they have learned by attending their respective university that they never expected to learn. You will gain more insight about the university this way than any website, book, or statistics. With that said, we look forward to seeing you on campus soon!
Butler University ’14
Arts Administration Music Major
Help Heal Haiti: Butler Chapter
Freshly Brewed Women’s A Capella Group
Epsilon Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi: Director of New Member Education
Office of Admissions: Butler University Student Ambassador
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Butler University’s campus changes on a daily basis. There are always different events going on and unique opportunities to take advantage of. On a tour, you will get a first-hand view of campus and experience what a typical day at Butler is like. Throughout your tour, you will most likely see sidewalk chalk promoting activities going on around campus, hear an acapella group singing and selling CDs, or witness a particular club or group selling t-shirts for promoting their upcoming event. If it is warm outside, you will see students sitting on the mall with friends, playing ultimate Frisbee, or even participating in a competitive game of campus golf. If our campus is covered in snow, you could see students outside having snowball fights or sledding down the Butler Bowl! Regardless there’s always something fun going on!
As with most tours, you will get a chance to walk through the academic buildings. That’s the most important part right? You’ll also get a chance to stroll though the dining halls, student union, and even check out an actual dorm room. After getting a glimpse of the residence halls, you will make your way to the Health Recreation Complex to view our amazing workout facilities. If you’re lucky, you will get a chance to hang out with our lovely mascots Blue II and Blue III (Trip), they typically hang out behind the front desk. Lastly you will be taken to the historical Hinkle Field House!
That’s a few sights you might see while on a tour at Butler. So, what are you waiting for? Schedule a visit now!
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Whether your a junior in high school and just beginning your college search or the parent of a teenage who is getting ready to start visiting universities, there are 10 questions you always want to ask while on tour.
- What is the average class size?
- What is the student-to faculty ratio and how widely used are teaching assistants on your campus?
- Are merit or talent awards offered?
- What types of activities and clubs are offered?
- What is your four-year graduation rate?
- How many students at the college get internships?
- What types of career services does your school offer?
- What percentage of student live on campus?
- Does your school have an on campus residency requirement?
- Do most students go home on the weekend?
These questions will give you a glimpse into what the college or university offers and what life is like at that school. Thinking about scheduling a spring break visit? Space is limited, so register now. We hope to see you on campus soon and don’t forget to ask your Butler tour guide one (or more) of these questions.
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