What Might You Do at Butler
Butler University offers a myriad of opportunities for
students to study with highly engaged faculty, participate in a
wide variety of experiential programs, and live for a semester in a
first-class city. A few of the exciting possibilities that
await you are described below.
The Center for Urban Ecology, founded in 2004,
offers a variety of "ecology for the city" initiatives,
including a rain barrel project in which sampling trips are taken
by electric bikes, the Butler Farm, partnerships with local
environmental groups, campus green projects, an Earth Charter
student organization, along with a number of animal
monitoring projects. CUE's mission is to explore, steward and
enhance urban ecosystems. For more information about CUE,
Butler University is home to the Holcomb Observatory and
Planetarium which houses the largest telescope in Indiana.
The two-mirror 38-inch Cassegrain telescope was installed in
1954 and has recently been upgraded to make it easier to use.
It is now fully automated so that it can be run robotically
and remotely. In addition, Butler University is a member of
SARA, the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy.
Through that consortium Butler students have access to two SARA
telescopes, one in Arizona and one in Chile. for more
information about the telescope and the astronomy program, click
The Butler Ballet performs several times annually in
Clowes Memorial Hall, a 2000- seat venue completed in 1963.
Also performing in Clowes are the Butler Symphony Orchestra, the
Butler Wind Ensemble, the Jordan College of Fine Arts Percussion
Ensemble, and the Butler Chorale, as well as visiting artists from
around the world. For additional information about performing arts
opportunities, click here.