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Welcome Week


Welcome, Bulldog!

More information about Orientation 2021 will be Posted Soon! 


Check out the 2020 Orientation Schedule to see what programs are offered during Orientation.   


All new students, including first-year, transfer, fully remote, and commuter students are required to take part in Orientation. All students will take part in a variety of academic and community-based experiences, as well as social activities during the week, which we encourage you to attend. 


Information and dates below reflect Orientation 2020, but are posted as reference until updated to Orientation 2021. 

New Student Orientation Canvas Course

Prior to a student’s orientation period, all new students must complete a series of online Orientation modules. These modules include academic resources; campus life resources; diversity, equity, and inclusion training modules; AlcoholEdu; and information about COVID-19 safety procedures on campus. Students should have received a separate email invitation on July 31, 2020 to complete the “U Got This!” course, as part of our comprehensive approach to sexual and relationship misconduct response and prevention. 

This Canvas Course is asynchronous and students can complete it at their own pace. The deadline to complete the modules is August 16, 2020 with the exception of AlcoholEdu and “U Got This!” which are due by September 4, 2020.

"Live" Programming

Orientation will occur live in “cycles” that will happen synchronously. There are four cycles, each beginning on August 16, 17, 18, or 19. 

Residential first-year students living in Irvington House or Residential College (ResCo) will participate in the cycle that begins on their move-in date. 
Commuter students will participate in Orientation during the last cycle from August 19–23.
Residential transfer students were instructed to select a move-in time that allows them to move to campus by August 19. If a transfer student moves in prior to August 16, they will begin their Orientation with the August 16 cycle. Otherwise, residential transfer students will participate in the cycle that begins on their move-in date.
Fully-remote students will participate in Orientation from August 19–23.

All students, regardless of their start date, will participate in the same Orientation activities. For residential students, these will take place both virtually and in-person. For fully remote incoming students, these opportunities will be available virtually. In the coming days, additional information regarding the Orientation schedule will be updated on the Orientation website.

As a part of their Orientation experience, all incoming students will be placed into Orientation groups and will be mentored by a returning Butler student called a Student Orientation Guide. Activities will happen throughout the day starting as early as 9:00 AM EDT and extending through late-night social programming. 


All first-year, transfer, and commuter students will check in on campus, in person, to receive their new Butler student ID, Orientation shirt, and student health and safety kit. These kits include a Butler-branded mask, a digital thermometer, hand sanitizer, a lanyard to wear with your mask during meals, and a number of other Butler items to welcome you to campus. Additional information about the check-in process for on-campus Orientation and move-in will be shared in future communications. Please note, this check-in process does not apply to students who have chosen to pursue their fall semester remotely.


The first dining plan meal of the semester begins on Sunday, August 16 for dinner. New students who do not have a meal plan will be granted access and meals will be provided within the dining hall throughout the week of Orientation (August 16–23)

If you have any food allergies or restrictions, please share those with so that they can help you navigate your dining options. More information can be found on the Bon Appetit website. 

Convocation and Family Programming during Orientation  

While we’re not able to offer our in-person family Orientation events, we invite you to participate virtually in a video presentation of Butler University’s Convocation. The Convocation program is the official welcome and start to Butler University’s academic year. First-year and transfer students will participate in a viewing of Convocation on Saturday, August 22, either in the morning or afternoon depending on their Orientation cycle. Families will be invited to watch the Convocation and will receive an email with a link to access the video. 

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. 

Pre-Orientation Programs

Connect with campus early.

Parking and Transportation

Find information about parking and alternative transportation.

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