Learning Resource Center

Advising at Butler University

Advising is an integral part of every Butler University students' academic experience. All students are assigned a faculty member in the department of the students' declared major who serves as their academic advisor. Students who have not yet declared a major and are in Exploratory Studies will be assigned one of the professional Exploratory Advisors as their academic advisor until they declare a major.

At Butler University, academic advising provides the student with the opportunity to build a collaborative relationship with the advisor for the following purposes:

  • To gain assistance in planning the student's educational career
  • To learn the skills needed for academic success
  • To learn how to access and utilize the campus resources and services available

Below are specific considerations for new and continuing students:

Advising for New Students

Each spring, Butler University welcomes its newest class of admitted students during a period called New Student Registration.  This program is an opportunity for students - and their families - to visit the Butler campus, learn more about the resources available, and for students to register for first semester classes. While most students are able to attend one of the several sessions offered during the spring, students who cannot make it to campus have the opportunity to register via telephone advising sessions.

During New Student Registration, students meet with an academic advisor who will enroll them in classes for the fall semester. We encourage students to be prepared for this advising conversation by becoming familiar with the courses required for their desired major and the Core Curriculum. Students will have access to a a list of all course options appropriate for first-year students. It is highly recommended that students review this booklet and bring a list of classes that are of interest with them to their advising appointment.

The advisor with whom a student meets is a faculty member from the department or college of the declared major. This person may or may not become the student's official academic advisor. Departments typically match new students with faculty advisors just prior to the start of fall classes. The official academic advisor assignment will be listed in the student's My. Butler student center once the match has been made.

After attending New Student Registration, students who have questions can contact the faculty member with whom they met at registration, the department chair, the college's Dean's office, or the Learning Resource Center.

Advising for Continuing Students

Continuing students work with their academic advisors throughout their academic career at Butler University. Advisors take time to get to know the student - becoming aware of the student's interests, goals, and helping to develop a plan to achieve those goals. It is important that the student informs the advisor of any specific interests or goals, such as pre-professional interests (e.g., Pre-Law), or desire to study abroad. Sharing this information assists the advisor in helping the student map their course progression and satisfy academic requirements in a timely manner.

Students are encouraged to meet early and often with their advisor to develop the partnership. During the twice yearly advising periods, students must meet with their advisors in order to be eligible to register for classes. While the advisor is a partner in helping the student plan their academic career and educational opportunities, it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they are progressing through their degree program.

Beyond the information that academic advisors provide as part of the advising relationship, students can find helpful tools to assist with advising in the My.Butler Student Center, including the "What If" function which can assist with understanding different majors and minors and their program requirements. In addition, students can track their course requirements and Core cultural requirements through their Student Center. Details about the numerous functions that can be performed in My.Butler can be found at the My.Butler blog. For information about advising and registration periods, please consult the university's official Academic Calendar at the Registration and Records website.

Continuing students who would like additional assistance with advising or are considering majors can consult the Learning Resource Center.