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Butler University Open House

Choosing a college is about finding the right fit. You might be thinking, what does that really mean? Finding the perfect college or university is all about choosing the right academic program, the right location, the right size, the right community, and the right vibe. And, the only one who can decide if a college is right for you is YOU.

Open House

Open House

That’s why we’ve created Open House at Butler University. It’s a day for you to walk around campus, tour classrooms, speak with faculty in your area of interest, sit in on student panels and so much more. Most importantly though, imagine submerging yourself into what you’re most passionate about—imagine yourself learning, working, playing, volunteering and living at Butler University. So, come visit us in the heart of Indianapolis, take it all in, ask questions, get answers, and find out if Butler is the right fit for you.

Open House Dates:
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 22

11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, October 8

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 27

Space is limited so register for Open House today!

We’re Coming to Your High School!

Our logo is blue, team jerseys are blue, even our bulldog mascot is named Blue (well, Blue II actually) — and we’re bringing the blue to you. During the fall, our admission counselors are traveling to your area. Meeting with one of our staff will give you the chance to ask questions about everything from majors to athletics, from financial aid to career services. If we’ve already met, we’d welcome the chance to see you again, so feel free to stop by.

Visit adm.butler.edu/register to see when we’ll be in your area. Sign up, and bring a friend or a parent along to see us, too. Also, don’t forget to ask your school counselor for more information about these visits.

5 Ways to Make Your Summer Count

Summer is a great time for rising juniors and seniors to get ahead of the game when it comes to the college search process. Make your summer count rather than sitting around an playing video games all day. Here’s a few ideas to make your summer as productive as possible:

  1. Get a job. Having a job is a great resume booster. It showcases your maturity, work ethic and dedication. Moreover, it gives you the chance to articulate what knowledge you have gained and the lessons learned on your college application.
  2. Prepare to retake the SAT and/or ACT. Register for the SAT or ACT as soon as possible. At Butler, we take your highest sub score from each exam and add those together for your final score. That way we review you at your best.
  3. Start working on your college application essay. We have posted the Butler University Application for Freshman Admission and Scholarships essay prompts on our website so you can get a head start this summer. This way you can edit and perfect your essay before you even fill out the application.
  4. Volunteer. Summer is not the time to sit around and catch up on episodes of Game of Thrones or Glee, rather it is the time to volunteer your services to help others. While you certainly deserve some downtime, don’t miss the opportunity to get involved outside of your home, explore your interests and build on your college resume.
  5. Visit colleges and universities. Summer is the perfect time for rising juniors and seniors to visit the schools that they are interested in. While the ideal time to visit a college is when classes are in session, the summer months are a convenient time for families to travel. Plus, it can be a good way to get a first look at a school and schedule a more individualized visit at a later date.

Visit Campus This Summer at Butler 101

This is the time of year when high school juniors (and even sophomores) need to start thinking about college visits. We encourage students to visit colleges and universities early on in their search process. By doing so, you can get a better understanding of what you are looking for in a higher education institution. Furthermore, this can help you save time. We often see that students start visiting schools after they’ve already applied. Visiting colleges and universities before you apply can help you narrow down your choices. It might even help you eliminate a few, ultimately, saving you time applying to schools you wouldn’t see yourself at.

We have Butler 101 events that rising juniors and seniors can attend this summer. Butler 101 is a great way to learn more about all that Butler University has to offer. At Butler 101, you will get to experience an admission and financial aid presentation, student-led campus tour and cookout with current students, faculty and admission counselors. Register now for this unique opportunity to visit Butler.

Butler 101 Visit Days:

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Friday, May 25
Friday, June 22
Friday, July 27
Friday, August 10

We hope to see you on campus this summer. Have questions? Contact your admission counselor or reach out to us on Facebook.

Juniors: Get a Headstart on the Admission Process

You’ve already taken many of the steps to be eligible for admission consideration to Butler University.  You’ve taken solid academic courses and scheduled your classes for senior year. It’s important to know that by graduation you must complete four years of English, three years of math, three years of science, two years of social studies and two years of the same foreign language. (*Please note that if you are interested in physician assistant or pharmacy, you must complete four years of math and four years of science.) Wondering about ACT or SAT exams? You must take either the SAT or ACT exam with writing. So what are your next steps?

March & April

  • We offer a Junior Preview Day visit for all juniors interested in applying to Butler. Be sure to register early because spots fill up soon. *Please note registration for these events will open in March on www.butler.edu/visit.
  • Most colleges look the rigor of your senior year fall semester classes and may even wait for your grades. Be sure to select of full load of solid academic classes.
  • Search the internet for college information and review the publications you have received.
  • Develop your preliminary list of top college choices.

May – July

  • Keep studying for your ACT and/or SAT.
  • Visit us on campus at our Butler 101 event. (*Registration for Butler 101 opens in April)
  • Start working on those application essays. You can get a head start by visiting www.butler.edu/apply to view the essay prompts.


  • You can begin applying to Butler on August 1. 
  • Retake your ACT and/or SAT if necessary.
  • Schedule an Open House visit to see if Butler University might be a good fit for you. (Registration for Open House opens in August.)

Plan a Visit to Indy

As many of you know, Indianapolis was awarded Super Bowl XLVI, which will be played on February 5. This will be the first Super Bowl held in Indianapolis, and the first one held in a cold-weather city since Detroit hosted Super Bowl XL. The game will be held in Lucas Oil Stadium, which seats just over 75,000 people. The Super Bowl Village will transform the heart of downtown Indianapolis into a ten-day interactive festival. From the NFL Experience at the Indiana Convention Center to awe-inspiring performances on Monument Circle, Indy promises to deliver an unforgettable experience. Visitors from across the world will experience the exhilaration of the Super Bowl while being introduced to downtown Indianapolis world-class restaurants, bars, hotels and attractions.

If you are planning to visit that weekend, or any other weekend, there is always something to do in Indianapolis. Check out a few of the Indy happenings going on now:

The Children's Museum

True Blue

Find out what it’s really like to be a Butler student. Admitted students are encouraged to visit campus this spring and ‘shadow’ a current Butler University student through a typical day. The True Blue program takes place Monday through Thursday starting January 30 and ending April 12 (excluding March 12 — 15). It is a great opportunity to learn more about the academic and extra-curricular opportunities that exist for you as a prospective member of the Class of 2016. You will attend classes with your host, meet faculty, staff, and other current students, and have lunch in our award-winning dining hall. Our focus is about providing you an inside look into your major and life as a student at Butler University. By shadowing Butler students, you can gain better insight into the expectations of college, which in turn will help you to be better prepared for college life.

We encourage you to register for True Blue before spots fill up. Register now.

Uniquely Butler

When describing Butler University to those who are unfamiliar with our campus, students and programs, we like to say that we are a medium-sized school with all the benefits of a large university. The question we hear most often is, “What makes you so different from all the other colleges and universities out there?” Our reply, “Where do we start?”

  • Butler is one university with six academic colleges and over 60 majors, so there’s plenty to choose from.
  • Butler University has a 93% success rate upon graduation. (99% in the College of Education and 97% in the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.)
  • You may have heard that we have a basketball team. In fact, the Butler men’s basketball team is one of only ten teams to compete in back-to-back national championship games.
  • Historic Hinkle Fieldhouse is an Indiana landmark. Built in 1928 and featured in the movie Hoosiers, it is the sixth-oldest college basketball arena still in use.
  • We are located in Indianapolis, the 12th largest city in the nation. Indy, is home to professional and amateur sports, shopping, museums, world-class restaurants and so much more.
  • With over 140 student organizations and clubs on campus, there is something for everyone.
  • Butler was ranked as the 2nd best university in the Regional Universities Midwest category of the 2011 U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges.
  • Butler was ranked as the No. 1 “Up-and-Coming” institution among Regional Universities Midwest, and one of 68 nationwide.
  • We offer small classes with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.
  • There are no teaching assistants (TA’s) used at Butler.

We know that we can’t capture all of our unique characteristics in just one post, so if you have more to add please feel free to comment below!

Hinkle Fieldhouse

Butler Basketball

Wow, what an unbelievable year it has been for Butler University, our Men’s Basketball Team, and myself. In the last few months I’ve had the opportunity to experience so many wonderful things that you only dream of doing when you grow up. As a freshman on the Men’s Basketball Team I had the chance to play in a lot of fun, big games. It ended early and bitterly that year and as team we vowed that if we can heighten our focus and our ability to perform together and get better everyday that we had a great chance to do something special the following year.

A lot of things came together at this time. I also finally decided to major in Elementary Education, which I absolutely love. My sophomore year started so strong. I was in all education classes and was enjoying every bit of college. Shortly after class starts basketball starts so it only got better. After sitting out for three months from a stress fracture in my left tibia, I was cleared to play the first day of practice (I had to wear an embarrassing, goofy brace). We started #10 in the country and those high expectations were quickly stripped from us when we lost 2 of 3 tournament games in Anaheim. When a lot of people stopped believing in us we began to believe in ourselves even more. We had some big wins against Ohio State, Xavier (if you remember it was one of the most controversial games ever in college basketball, with the clock problem), then won every single Horizon League game including the Horizon League Tournament Championship (no team in the Horizon League has ever achieved such). Then we found out we were a #5 seed in the NCAA Tournament playing UTEP in San Jose, California.

Going into the tournament the goal is obviously to win the whole tournament, but until you experience actually making a run you have no idea what this dream is like. The great part about the tournament is almost everyone besides our loyal fans picked us to lose almost every game. We went through San Jose beating UTEP followed by a close exciting win against Murray State to go to the Sweet 16. Funny story, I almost died in San Jose from public transportation. There are trains that run through the beautiful city (I’m from Alabama we don’t really have trains running through towns) and I was running my mouth like usual as I was going to throw my trash away. I wasn’t paying attention to where I was or the horn from the train that was honking at me. The train was less than 10 feet away from me and it took Avery Jukes yelling at me to get me see that I probably should speed up otherwise I was a goner.

Go Bulldogs!

Lucky we all made it safely to Utah the following week against Syracuse, which I modestly admit we dominated the whole game. Next up was the big game to get back to Indy either watching the Final Four or getting to play in it. In between our shootaround and the game about 16 of got stuck on an elevator for about 25 minutes on the way up to our rooms. At the time it was not very funny because there was no air and we were all very upset. We took our anger out on Kansas State and decided to compete and play so hard. Next thing you know we are celebrating getting to the Final Four for the first time in Butler history. When we got back that night the scene of thousands of fans cheering us on as we pulled up to Hinkle Fieldhouse was unbelievable. As we moved to our hotel downtown and went to our destinations there were always tons of people cheering for us. People were wearing Butler clothes like none of us had ever seen before. Every restaurant we walked into we got a standing ovation. It was a crazy week to say the least. Our practice of over 30,000 was so much fun, who can say they’ve ever practiced in front of that many people. We got to participate in great media and interviews. We were on TV everywhere and then we finally got to play. Beating Michigan State was great, but then we had to focus on Duke. Gordon Hayward’s final shot couldn’t have been any closer to going in. That would have been the biggest shot in basketball history.

The greatest part were the thousands of people who supported us and cheered for us throughout the whole tournament. We could have gone that far with no support and it would not have been as fun. Our University came together in a way that could only be understood if you were apart of it. Now people aren’t asking, “who is Butler?” or “where is Butler”. Now they know, and those of us who are here are proud to say where we go to school. We lost some guys, but next year we plan on doing the same thing. We know what it takes to get there and are preparing right now to have a great season and make a great run once again. It takes doing something special together and trust me, this team has the same ability to do so. I speak for everyone in our program when I say thank you for all of the support and allowing us to open up the doors at Butler University so people can see the amazing place that many of us now call home.