Programs for Leadership and Service Education

Getting Involved

What does it mean to "get involved?"

This may mean more than you think, and the answer is as unique as the individual! Butler offers many opportunities for involvement through a wide range of activities, including:

  • Academic honoraries.
  • Over 100 student organizations.
  • Religious services.
  • Student government association.
  • Social fraternities and sororities.
  • Intercollegiate athletics and club sports.
  • Intramural athletics.
  • On-campus employment.
  • Residence hall activities.
  • Volunteerism.
  • Student media.
  • Performing arts.

Benefits of Involvement

There are many benefits of becoming involved! Not only are you helping yourself, but also the University and the larger community. Here are some of the benefits of involvement:

  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Becoming connected to Butler (feeling a sense of "place").
  • Make a difference on campus and in Indianapolis.
  • Make new friends.
  • Gain a sense of achievement.
  • Enjoy a variety of experiences.
  • Impress potential employers and graduate schools.
  • Have fun!

How to Begin

You can begin very easily by asking yourself the following questions:

  • "What are my current areas of interest?"
  • "What is important to me?"
  • "What are my passions?"
  • "Where can I best contribute?"
  • "What am I looking to gain from this experience?"
  • "What activity best fits my schedule and availability?"

Remember that most organizations are actively seeking new members and are very eager to answer your questions and explain their activities and purpose! Browse the student organizations and find what's right for you.

Making the Most of Butler

  • Your activities should complement what you are doing in the classroom, not compete. That's why we call them CO-curricular activities as opposed to EXTRA-curricular activities.
  • You should be having fun!
  • You should be learning! If you aren't having fun and learning, you might want to reconsider your commitments.
  • Don't commit unless you're sure you have the time to follow through.
  • Take your time. Be choosy. Try to imagine how your activities will fit into your schedule and your life.
  • Be honest with yourself and others about how much you really can balance.