Graduate New Student Checklist

Select graduate and professional programs have individual new student checklists. If you’ve been admitted to one of the programs listed below, please follow that program’s specific checklist.
First Steps

After receiving your admission decision, these should be your next steps in the enrollment process.

Please accept your offer of admission on your student status page.

  1. Log on to your student status page and navigate to Status Update. Select View Update.
  2. Select Reply to Offer of Admission under the Forms section. Complete and submit the form.

You will use your Butler network account throughout your time as a student. More immediately, this account will grant you access to your course registration and online bill status. Butler network login information and instructions are sent via email on a rolling basis within ten business days after you’re admitted. 

Once you have received your login information, you must change your password before you are able to access any Butler sites. Don’t want to check multiple email accounts? You can forward your Butler email to your primary email account following instructions found here. 

For more information about these steps, preparing your technology, smartphone email set-up instructions, and more, check out Information Technology’s Quick Start for Admitted Students resource

If you have trouble accessing Butler systems, please submit a case for Information Technology via 

Butler University policy requires all students to complete the Acceptance of Financial Responsibility (AFR) process each semester after accepting the offer of admission, and if applicable, submitting the enrollment deposit. The AFR statement outlines the student’s commitment to pay all expenses incurred at Butler University (including any penalties that result due to past due payments).

This requirement must be completed prior to enrollment. To complete the process, log into your account and navigate to:

  • Self Service Student Homepage.
  • Click on the tile marked TASKS then click on Butler Accept Financial Responsibility.
  • Review the text thoroughly before clicking Next (at the upper right on the screen).
  • Read the agreement and check the box next to Accept Terms and Conditions, then SAVE.  Click Next (at the upper right of the screen).
  • Click FINISH to complete the process.  The indicator will be removed from your account to allow registration.

By completing these steps, the Service Indicator (which prevents enrollment) will automatically be removed from the student’s account.

If you have any problems logging in or have technology related questions, please call the Butler University IT Help Desk at 317-940-HELP (4357) or email

After you have accepted your offer of admission, allow two to three business days for your record to be matriculated. Then you’ll be able to register for classes.

To complete the registration process, log into and refer to the Registration Steps provided by Registration and Records.

If you were admitted on the basis of unofficial transcripts or with coursework in progress, you will need to request that your official transcripts be sent to us no later than 30 days prior to the start of your entry term.

Please have your university registrar send official transcripts electronically to us at or mailed:

Office of Admission
Butler University
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208

For information about preparing your technology, smartphone email set-up instructions, and more, check out Information Technology’s Quick Start for Admitted Students resource.

If you have additional questions, please contact the IT Help Desk at 317-940-HELP (4357) or email

Graduate students must be degree-seeking and enrolled at least part-time (3.0 credit hours) in order to be eligible for the Federal Aid Program. For more information regarding Financial Aid, visit the website. Financial Aid is located in the lower level of Robertson Hall.

Textbook lists for each course are available in the Bookstore and online at The Butler Bookstore is located in Atherton Union, 704 W. Hampton Drive.

We’re a social University, and now that you’re part of the Bulldog community, we encourage you to connect with us!

The Office of Student Accounts publishes billing statements in an electronic only format. An E-Bill is published the second Wednesday of every month and payment is due in full by the due date on the bill. Students receive email notifications when their E-bill is available for viewing.

Questions about your bill can be sent to

In order for graduate coursework completed elsewhere to be applied towards a doctoral degree at Butler University, students need to submit the Request for the Transfer of Graduate Credit application. Graduate transfer credit policies and instructions are located on the form.

On-Campus Students

If you are considering on-campus housing, please contact Student Affairs at 317-940-9458 or

Students may obtain a student identification card and parking permit from the Parking and Transportation Services Office located at 4702 Sunset Avenue, Suite 500 (located in the Parking Garage), on weekdays from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Closed Noon to 1:00 PM).  Parking services will be open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Closed Noon to 1:00 PM) on January 23-24, 2021.

The cost of your permit will be charged to your student account. All students require a parking permit to park a vehicle on campus at any time. Typically, our graduate students will live off campus and drive in making the Commuter (“C”) and Evening (“E”) Permits the most relevant to the graduate cohort. The Permit”C” allows parking in commuter spaces located in the Hinkle Fieldhouse parking lot, Sunset Avenue Parking Garage, and along 49th Street. The Permit “E” allows parking anywhere that a commuter permit would be allowed to park, however, the vehicle may only be parked on campus from 5:00 PM to Midnight Monday through Friday or from 4:00 AM to Midnight on Saturday and Sunday.

More information on registering your vehicle and parking on campus can be found here.

The campus map can be found at

Online Students

Participation in an online orientation session is required to start an online program. You’ll receive emailed invitation to the orientation from your graduate program prior to the start of classes.