College can be quite the trip! It is fun and exciting and
full of unexpected twists and turns. You'll have the chance
to take roads you've never explored before. Sometimes you'll feel
like you are "on track" but sometimes you might feel that you need
a little guidance. So this newsletter is designed to help you
navigate the first year of your journey, to give you some of the
basics so you better understand what this new place has to offer,
what the institution expects of you, and how to best utilize staff,
faculty and students who really know how Butler works. We want you
to enjoy your college journey and make the most of every
What You Need to Know About Butler ~ View Full Article
Don't Get Lost…
||Center for Faith and Vocation (Blue House)
||Health and Recreation Center
||Jordan Academy of Dance
Learn More Butler Speak… ~ View Full Article
||An online system, managed by your professors, that posts class
information, assignments, and, in many cases, your grades. (blackboard.butler.edu)
||The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act - a federal law
that protects the privacy of your student records.
||The online portal where you enroll in classes and find
information such as your class schedule, your transcript,
registration times, your advisor, and any holds on your account.
||Some classes will have a grade of pass or fail, not the
standard A/B/C/D/F grading scheme. Pass/fail classes count as
credit if you pass but they are not factored into your GPA.
||A qualification you need before you can enroll in a
||A booklet that contains an overview of the university,
including history, tuition and fees, offices, financial aid, and
courses offered in each academic program. (www.butler.edu/registrar
||A guide of the university's rules and regulations. (www.butler.edu/student-conduct/student-handbook)
||An inventory of the courses taken and grades earned throughout
your time at Butler.
What You Need to Know About College ~ View Full Article
What do I Call My Professor?
Most instructors will let you know what to call them, or will
have their titles and/or names printed on the syllabus you receive
for class. Many, if not all of your professors, have earned
doctoral degrees and will ask you to call them "Dr." Others will
ask to be addressed by Mr. or Ms., or simply by their first name.
If you're unsure which title is appropriate, the safest bet is to
address him/her with the title of "Professor." That is appropriate
for any classroom instructor you will encounter.
Make a Good Impression!
Now that you have decided to attend Butler, you probably have a
lot of questions. The faculty and staff here are eager to help and
to answer your questions. To make the most of these interactions,
we recommend the following guidelines when communicating with
When Emailing Faculty and Staff:
- Use a meaningful subject line-For example, instead of
using "Hi" or "Help" in the subject line, be more specific and use
"Schedule concern for math course."
- Use an appropriate opener - such as Dear Dr. Smith or
- Use proper spelling, grammar and punctuation - An
email to a staff or faculty member should be written like a formal
letter and not like something you would send a friend. Keep it
professional. Always spell check.
- Avoid jokes or sarcasm - remember the tone of your
voice cannot be heard in an email. Something that is meant to
be funny may actually come across as rude or
- Reread the email before you send it.
- Be patient while waiting for a response- Faculty and
staff may be away from their desks for significant portions of the
day and may not check their email in the evenings. Allow 24-48
hours for a response before following up.
What's a Syllabus?
A syllabus is a document that provides you with information
about a course. Usually the instructor distributes the syllabus to
students on the first day of class. Make sure you are familiar with
all of its contents. The syllabus has the following
- It's a Contact Sheet - You will know how to
contact the professor (phone number, office location, and email
address). The professor's office hours should also be
included; these are times when you can see the professor to ask
questions. Sometimes the professor won't have time to see you
after class so it's important to know his/her available hours.
- It's a Schedule - This is the most important
function of a syllabus because you'll then know when assignments
need to be completed and when tests and quizzes are
scheduled. Unlike high school, in college you're not
going to have daily reminders about assignments and
deadlines. You will need to read the syllabus to
know when assignments are due.
- It's a Guidebook - Although syllabi vary in
content, typical types of information you will find are course
readings, assignments, the grading scale, and class policies.
- It's a Contract - The syllabus is an agreement
between you and the professor, outlining class policies and
procedures. If you hand in a paper late and then complain
about being penalized, the professor will tell you that the policy
is in your syllabus. So it's important to know what is expected of
What Does an Academic Advisor Do?
As a new student, you have been assigned an academic advisor.
You may think that an academic advisor simply helps you select
courses, but your advisor does much more than that. What is
the role of advisors at Butler? They are a
resource, they can connect you with important
services and opportunities on campus that will help you progress
towards your academic and career goals. Academic advisors are
interpreters, they can help you better understand
University policies, explain curricular requirements and interpret
the Butler lingo. In addition, they are
mentors. Advisors are well connected and can
assist you in finding internships, international experiences, and
research opportunities. So take the initiative to meet your advisor
during the first weeks of school. Your advisor can help make your
experience at Butler a valuable one!
College 101: Transition to Success! ~ View Full Article
Start your Butler experience with a step in the right
direction! Learn more about the differences between high
school and college at COLLEGE 101! The College 101:
Transition to Success! workshop will help you develop a
plan of action to approach academic work in an active, engaged and
goal-directed manner. Come learn how to be successful in
college and hear tips from current Butler students. The
workshop includes lunch and is open (free of charge) to all first
year Butler students
COLLEGE 101: Transition to
Saturday, August 28, 11:00 am - 2:00
Reilly Room, Atherton Union
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by August
Drop/Add Policy ~ View Full Article
It's possible in the first days of class that you need to drop
or add a class. So here is some information about the process.
If you want to make changes to your class schedule, set up an
appointment with your academic advisor to start the process. Be
sure to discuss your reasons and discuss any repercussions.
Reasons for dropping and adding classes vary greatly and might
include: the class level is too challenging, the subject matter is
not what you expected, or you need to rearrange your schedule due
to an unforeseen conflict.
You will have until 5 p.m. on August 31 to add a class and
September 8 to drop a class. Classes added and dropped by the
deadlines are not posted on your transcript. If you feel that you
need to withdraw from a class and the September 8th
deadline has passed, you then have the option of withdrawing, only
until November 5th. A withdrawal is different than
dropping because it will show up as a "W" on your transcript.
How Can You Be Academically Successful While Living With
a New Person? ~ View Full Article
7 Questions to Ask Your Roommate
Living in a new environment with a new roommate can be
challenging. It takes some time to adjust to each other's
schedule and habits. Use the questions below to facilitate a
conversation with your roommate about your study habits.
Hopefully this conversation will help you understand each other's
needs, avoid any distractions and encourage academic success from
- What interests you about your major? If you don't have a
major yet, what areas are of interest to you?
- What is your peak time of day for studying? Are you a
morning person or a night owl?
- What type of environments help you concentrate on your studies
most effectively (i.e. can you study with music/TV on or others in
the room; do you need absolute silence, etc?)
- When are quiet hours in our room? What does that
- Are there special "rules" to follow when someone has a test,
project, or final paper to prepare?
- If one of us is distracting the other one while studying, how
should we handle that situation?
- If people drop in while one of us is studying, how should we
handle it? Are overnight guests acceptable? Under what
Educational Records - Your Right to Privacy! ~
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Did you know that as a college student you hold the rights to
your educational records? This is drastically different from
your high school days when your parents had full access to all of
your academic information. What has changed? For one,
you are now considered an adult who is ready to take responsibility
for your own education. As part of that responsibility, the
university wants you to be empowered to make your own educational
decisions, manage your own information, track your own progress
towards graduation and learn to advocate for yourself when
A federal law called FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy
Act) governs this change and protects the privacy of your
educational records. The law allows you, the student, to
determine to whom academic information is released. Butler
University requires written permission from you in order to discuss
academic issues with your parents. You and your parents can learn
more about FERPA by visiting the U.S. Department of Education's
FERPA website (with links to FERPA
Other frequently asked questions pertaining to FERPA are
answered here: /parents/student-affairs-faq/student-conduct
Make Your College Expectations a Reality ~ View Full Article
What is it that you are hoping to gain from your college
experience over the next few years? Here are some ways you
can make the most of your experience!
If you chose Butler because you liked the size…
- Get to know your professors. Take advantage of office hours.
Stop by to talk to your advisor and professors about classes, your
future plans, and why you chose to study your major.
- Make the most of small classes. Sit in the front of the class,
participate in class discussions, and don't be afraid to ask
questions. Tip: Challenge yourself to speak during each class. This
can start great discussions!
- Get involved. Join a student organization, participate in
a volunteer activity, and gather friends to attend various events
If you like the city of Indianapolis…
- Volunteer in the community.
- Participate in Bulldogs Into the Streets (BITS) during Welcome
- Attend events sponsored by the Program Board.
- Attend cultural events, sporting events, and dine
- Find out what is going on around town by reading the
- Explore Broad Ripple, Massachusetts Ave, and other cultural
districts around the city.
- Bike the Cultural Trail, walk the Central Canal Towpath and
explore the Monon Trail.
If you enjoy meeting people from diverse backgrounds…
- Reach out and make friends with Butler's many international
- Participate in diversity programs and organizations.
- Attend the Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture
- Explore courses, organizations, and volunteer opportunities
that will broaden your horizons.
If you value a liberal arts education…
- Take full advantage of the core curriculum. Use the
courses to explore academic disciplines, broaden your knowledge,
develop skills, and expand your interests.
- Complement your major with a second major or minor that
broadens your abilities.
- Choose a variety of electives that are of interest to you and
that challenge you to develop new skill sets.
Introducing Butler Connection! ~ View Full Article
The Butler Connection is your news source for everything that is
happening at Butler! It gives you a lot of great information, such
as programs taking place around campus, clubs and organization
meetings, and new classes being offered. You will receive this
email every day. So keep a look out for Butler Connection! It
will keep you connected!