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Welcome Week


Welcome, Bulldog!

We can’t wait to welcome you to Butler University and kick off your school year. Please read through all of the Orientation website as it contains pertinent information about action steps you need to take to prepare for Orientation—like completing required online modules; a brief overview of the Orientation schedule; and what to expect while attending Orientation. 

All new students, including first-year, transfer, and commuter students are required to take part in Orientation from Saturday, August 20–Tuesday, August 23, 2022. All students are invited to part in a variety of academic and community-based experiences, as well as social activities during the week. We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to meet your classmates and learn more about Butler. 

Prior to orientation: Complete New Student Orientation Modules

Prior to a student’s orientation period, all new students are required to complete a series of online Orientation modules including the New Student Orientation Course, the "U Got This!" course, and the AlcoholEdu Course.  All courses will be available online via Canvas and students will be notified via their Butler email when they can access the courses in late summer. More information about each course, including completion deadlines, can be found here.

Orientation Overview

Orientation Schedule

Orientation is scheduled for Saturday, August 20–Tuesday, August 23. As a part of their Orientation experience, all incoming students will be placed into Orientation groups which will be mentored by a returning Butler student called a Student Orientation Guide (SOG).

Activities will occur throughout the day starting as early as 9:00 AM ET and extending through late-night social programming on Saturday, August 21 - Tuesday, August 24. The Orientation schedule is now live and will be updated regularly as we near Orientation. Additional educational and social programming occurs throughout the first week of classes and in Weeks of Welcome for the first six weeks of the academic semester!  

View the complete schedule

Additional educational and social programming occurs throughout the first week of classes and in Weeks of Welcome for the first six weeks of the academic semester!  

Check-in and Move-In

All first-year, transfer, and commuter students will check-in on campus, in-person, to receive their new Butler student ID, their Orientation shirt and, if they are residential students, their key to their Residence Hall room, on Saturday, August 22, 2022

Students will be assigned a check-in and move-in time between 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET on Saturday, August 22, 2022. Students will be notified of their assigned time via email in mid-July.  If students are unable to arrive for their assigned move-in time prior to 5:00 PM, they will be unable to utilize the moving company to unload their belongings.

Additional information about the check-in process for Orientation and move-in will be shared in future communications. 

Commuter Students

Commuter students are required to attend a meeting on Sunday, August 21 at 10:00 - 11:30 AM in the Fairview Community Room. Families are welcome to attend. New commuter students will pick up their Orientation T-shirt (if not previously acquired on Saturday, August 20 during the check-in process) and meet with campus representatives as well as returning commuter students. Brunch will be served. 

Family Programming during Orientation  

We invite families to participate in a number of special programming opportunities on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21. 

  • Resource Fair 
  • Family Dessert Reception 
  • Religious and Spiritual Services on Campus 
  • Convocation and Convocation Reception -  The Convocation program is the official welcome and start to Butler University’s academic year. (This program will also be livestreamed for any families who are unable to attend in person.) 

Families will be asked to say goodbye to their students by 2:30 PM ET on Sunday, August 21, when students will transition into programming with their Student Orientation Groups. 

Additional family program offerings will be posted on the Office of New Student & Family Programs website throughout the year. To stay up-to-date with events and announcements, we also encourage families to follow the Butler Parent and Family Facebook page


Please check our website regularly for updates and additional resources.


Pre-Orientation Programs

Connect with campus early.

Parking and Transportation

Find information about parking and alternative transportation.

Living in Indy

Indianapolis is the 17th largest city in the United States and is the home to many historical landmarks and adventures. Butler University is placed in the heart of the city and provides close access to many of the activities located near by.