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Buying Your Books

Every year we get questions from eager incoming freshmen about how and when they should go about purchasing books for the fall term. This step-by-step guide will help you navigate the process. Before we begin, just remember that not every instructor will have their books posted yet. You might have to wait until August to find out what book(s) you will need for your class(es). And, let’s be honesty, you probably aren’t going to read them this summer even if you do get them before August.

1. Log into My.Butler.


2. Click on “Self Service” then “Student Center”.








3. Click “Enroll”.







4. Click on “My Class Schedule”. This will bring up a list of your classes with a link to “Buy my books” at the bottom.


5. Once you view the books that are needed for each class you can purchase them from the Butler Bookstore. You can also buy or rent discounted books from Amazon, Chegg, eCampus.com and Half.com. If you know of a good place to purchase or rent textbooks from, please leave your comment below.

What You Need to Know About Academic Advising

We’re getting questions from many seniors regarding New Student Registration and the academic advising process. During the academic advising appointment, you will discuss your placement exam results, classes important to your major, the Core Curriculum, and potential electives. Together, you will craft a first semester class schedule that balances requirements with general courses of interest.

Upon arrival, students will receive a special version of Butler’s Fall 2012 Schedule of Classes listing all course options appropriate for first year students. This booklet will include course descriptions and meeting times for Core Curriculum and entry level classes for all majors. Please bring this booklet to your college meeting and academic advising appointment as it will be helpful when planning your schedule.

It is not necessary to have a complete course schedule prepared prior to arrival. Many variables go into the enrollment process, including course availability and placement exam results that impact the selection of courses. We do encourage you to visit the Academic Advising FAQ page for more information before attending New Student Registration.

College GO! Week

This year, College GO! Week begins on September 26, 2011. During College GO! Week, every high school in Indiana was asked to prepare their students for college and careers through a variety of events and activities. Specifically, College GO! Week aims to accomplish the following:

•Every senior will complete a college application.

  • Many Indiana colleges and university’s waive their application fee during College GO! Week.
  • Of course, you can always apply for free online at www.butler.edu/boa.

• Every junior will register for Indiana’s e-Transcript and commit to a college visit.

  • Indiana was the first state to offer a free, electronic service that provides access to colleges nationwide.
  • During this week, juniors are encouraged to schedule a visit at a college of their interest. Go to our website at www.butler.edu/visit to schedule a visit.

How to Get Good Letters of Recommendation

You might have seen from our application requirements page that a letter of recommendation is not required for admission or scholarship consideration; however, it can help give the admission committee more insight into who you are as a student both in and out of the classroom from the perspective of a teacher, counselor or community leader.

What should go into a letter of recommendation?
Answer:   There is not a set template.  Each letter is going to be different because every student who is applying for admission is going to be different.  The letter shouldn’t just be a listing of your extracurricular activities or community service—we can see all of that information in your application or ‘Extracurricular Resume’.  A good letter of recommendation will describe to the admission committee why you are a strong candidate for admission.  It should be a description of your personal character, leadership experiences and the recommender’s insight into your accomplishments.

We also have a few tips for you when asking for a letter of recommendation:
Tip 1: Choose teachers, counselors and coaches who know what you can do.
Tip 2: Give those individuals who are writing letters of recommendation the courtesy of time.
Tip 3: Talk with your recommenders about why college is important to you and the reasons you chose particular schools.
Tip 4: Share a brief resume of your activities and accomplishments with those who are writing letters for you.
Tip 5: Provide a list of application deadlines and appropriate forms.

Dining halls at Butler – What you need to know!

So, you’re heading off to college, leaving mom’s kitchen and about to move into the dorms. Now you’re wondering what to do in order to not go hungry. We’ve got you’re questions answered! You will need to sign up for a meal plan which can be used within the residential dining rooms, Market Place @ Atherton or the Residential College Dining Room. The Residential College Dining Room is open Monday thru Friday, breakfast and lunch. The Market Place is open Monday thru Friday, lunch and dinner, and then all three meals Saturday and Sunday. There are three meal plans to choose from: The unlimited plan, the 290 block plan or the 240 block plan.

The unlimited plan is just that, unlimited trips into our dining rooms as often as you’d like. If you enter the dining hall for some coffee and a muffin, head back to your room or a class and decide you’d like a hot breakfast…come on back in. The other meal plans do not allow you to re-enter during the same meal period (breakfast, lunch or dinner). You are guaranteed to not run out of meals at the end of the semester, however, this meal plan is strictly for you and does not allow you to give your meals to friends.

The 290 block plan is designed for those that will be eating a majority of their meals on campus but not necessarily going to the dining hall more than three times a day. To re-enter the dining hall on this meal plan, would require the use of flex dollars or “Dawg Bucks”. The 240 block plan works the same way but takes into account the occasional sleeping in, going away for a weekend or ordering out for pizza with friends. The 240 block plan is the probably the more popular among freshmen.

The preference for the 240 block plan also has to do with the increased flex dollars that come with it. The unlimited, 290 and 240 block plan come with $75.00, $100.00 and $150.00 in flex dollars respectively. Flex dollars are like having cash on your Butler I.D. card and acts as a declining balance to be used in the ARAMARK locations on campus. These include Starbucks, C-Club Food Court, Zia Juice Bar, and The Convenience Store at the Dawg House in the Apartment Village. You may also treat a friend or family member at either of the two dining halls. Flex dollars do expire at the end of a semester, however, more money may be added to a students account (I.D. card). Money added to an account is called “Dawg Bucks” and is used in the same locations as flex dollars. The difference is that Dawg Bucks do not expire until a student graduates and can be added in person or on our website http://www.butler.edu/dining . When adding money to an account, ARAMARK will add 5% to the total if $50.00 or more is added at one time.

This may seem overwhelming at first but we’re here to help and answer any questions you still might have. You may direct these questions to food@butler.edu . Also, remember, you have the first two weeks of school to make any changes to your meal plan choices. Relax, enjoy your summer and we’ll see you soon!