Becoming a Bulldog
Transitioning to Butler University
“Welcome to Butler University!” You will hear that from faculty, staff and students any time you mention that you are a transfer student. The Butler community is pleased that you have chosen to continue your education here and welcomes you to an institution that, since 1855, has been committed to educating individuals who positively impact the world around them.
To help in your transition - and to ease any nervousness you may have about the campus - you will have the opportunity to participate in an orientation and transition program prior to the start of the semester in which you will transfer to Butler.
Important Action Items
Transferring from one college to another can be a challenge. At Butler, we hope to make this transition as smooth as possible for students who are new to our campus community. Please familiarize yourself with the information below—if you follow these steps, you will be on your way to a smooth and successful transition. Additional information about university action items can be found on the Transfer New Student Checklist and the Admitted Student FAQ page.
If you are transferring to Butler University for the fall semester, you will have the option of registering during designated dates of New Student Registration (NSR); these dates will be provided on your enrollment paperwork. New Student Registration is a day during which you will have the opportunity to attend a resource fair of select University offices and programs, meet and hear from University officials, meet other students in your major, and learn more about your college and department's requirements and curriculum. You will have an individual registration appointment with an academic advisor in your major department and will register for classes while on campus.
While it is highly recommended that you attend a New Student Registration, we understand that you may have other commitments. If that is the case, you will be able to set up a phone registration with an academic advisor. Once you have finalized all necessary steps - including completion of your online placement exams - the Learning Resource Center will forward your file to your designated academic department. An advisor will get in touch with you to arrange a phone registration appointment. Please contact the individual department directly if you have questions or concerns. Visit our academic programs listing for details on the individual colleges and academic departments.
If you are transferring to Butler University for the spring semester, we encourage you to come to Butler's campus to meet your advisor and familiarize yourself with campus resources. However, we understand that your current institution's schedule may not allow that opportunity. As such, once you have worked with the Learning Resource Center to complete all necessary steps - including completion of your online placement exams - your file will be forwarded to your designated academic department. An advisor will get in touch with you to arrange a phone registration appointment, or, if you're able, to set up an on-campus appointment for registration. Please contact your academic department directly if you have questions or concerns. Visit our academic programs listing for details on the colleges and academic departments.
If you are interested in formal recruitment for Greek Life this process begins prior to the spring semester, for more information, please contact Becky Druetzler, Director of Greek Life, email@example.com.
Placement exams are intended to determine the appropriate course level for certain subjects. Exams are available once your enrollment deposit is paid and must be completed prior to advising. Butler University placement exams are completed online, and you will be notified by the Learning Resource Center as to which placement exams you are required to complete. For additional information visit placement exam FAQs and directions for taking the placement exams.
- Send Final Transcript: If you were admitted as a transfer student with college coursework in progress, you’ll need to request that your official transcript with final grades posted be sent to the Butler Office of Admission as soon as it’s available. Official transcript from each college or university attended, submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed directly from the issuing institution to the Office of Admission:
Office of Admission
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Review your Transfer Credit Report: Can be found in the Academics section of the Student Center in your My.Butler account. For complete instructions on accessing the report, check MyButler Student Help.
Butler University encourages strong advising relationships between students and faculty. All incoming students are advised and initially enrolled by a faculty member in the academic department of the student's declared primary major. Each subsequent semester students are expected to meet with their advisor to discuss academic goals and to determine an appropriate class schedule.
All incoming students, including transfers, will consult with an academic advisor in their department who will assist with enrollment. The advisor who assists you with your initial enrollment may or may not become your official academic advisor. Check your My.Butler account for your assigned academic advisor.
Setting up your Butler email account and accessing My.Butler are integral steps to completing important items that are integral to a smooth transition to Butler. For more information check out Information Technology's Quick Start for Admitted Students resource.
- Acceptance of Financial Responsibility (AFR): University policy requires all students to complete the AFR process each semester prior to enrollment. In order to register for classes, you must complete this process before your file will be forwarded to the designated academic department.
- E-Pay & E-Bill: The Office of Student Accounts issues monthly billing statements in an electronic ONLY format. Electronic payments (E-Pay) are also available.
The Office of Financial Aid has created a page specifically geared to Prospective Transfer Students Financial Aid that contains some important action items and information about aid programs.
Information on housing options will be mailed directly from Residence Life after your enrollment deposit has been received. Complete your housing intention as soon as possible, because housing assignments are made based upon the date the online intention is first finalized. For more information on housing options and policies, contact the Department of Residence Life directly at 317-940-9458 or email@example.com.
Health Information & Policies
- Health Records: Butler requires all incoming students, living on or off campus, to submit a complete Student Health Record (SHR) to Health Services by August 1 for fall admission or January 1 for spring admission. This is a web-based submission, and directions can be found on the Health Services New Student Requirements page.
- Health Insurance: It has been a long-standing policy of the University to require that students possess health insurance while attending Butler University. Additional information and directions can be found on the Health Services New Student Requirements page.
- Student ID Card: Once you have been assigned a student identification number and have enrolled in classes, you may get your student identification card. The Butler University Police Department (BUPD) issues the ID card and you must go in person to their office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM. to 4:30 PM. You must bring your driver's license, state issued ID, or passport in order to receive your ID.
- Parking Permits: This process can be completed online through My.Butler using the Student Center or at the Parking Services Office at BUPD. You will need the make and model of your vehicle as well as the license tag number.
BUPD is located at 525 W. Hampton Drive, on the corner of Sunset Avenue and Hampton Drive.
Need more information about Butler or have additional questions?
If you have additional questions about the transfer process, contact the Learning Resource Center at 317-940-9308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.