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Welcome Week

Pre-Orientation Programs

Pre-Orientation Programming is being offered in August 2021! 

Why wait until Orientation to meet fellow bulldogs? You can serve within the community, hone your leadership skills, prepare for college life, or learn what goes into planning a major sporting event. Regardless of which you choose, start connecting with other Butler students early!  

Apply to participate in Pre Orientation Programs! 

Students can fill out an application for Ambassadors of Change, Dawg Days, Into the City, and Welcome to Sports Town and rank the four programs for which they would like to apply.  You are welcome to apply to one program or up to all four of the Pre-Orientation Programs. Please indicate your Pre-Orientation Program application preference by selecting first through fourth place on the application. All applicants will be notified of their application status. 

Applications are now available

The Pre-Orientation Program registration and payment form will be emailed to participants. Any student who has pre-qualified and been selected for a fee waiver will receive notification via email. 

  • New students who will be living on campus for the 2021- 2022 academic year will move into their university-assigned residence hall room on the first day of their Pre-Orientation Program. 
  • For more details including dates and costs for each program, please click on the drop-down bars below. 

For questions and concerns, please contact the Office of New Student and Family Programs at 317-940-8648 during office hours of 9:00 AM–5:00 PM EST, or at


Ambassadors of Change

Ambassadors of Change is a week-long program that focuses on service and leadership. Participants will engage in daily service projects, discuss social issues with classmates and community members, and work on small group projects. Fun evening activities round out each day, providing plenty of opportunities to get to know classmates and the city of Indianapolis!


What past participants have said:

  • "I loved every moment of AOC. My most favorite experience was when all of us went to the Paramount School. It was really eye-opening and impactful to watch everyone working together as a team."
  • "My most meaningful moment of this program was helping at Gleaners which greatly increased their productivity for the day by sorting 7,000+ pounds of food that would have taken longer without AOC’s help. Also, helping the lone employee of Indy Urban Acres was very meaningful because the work we did wouldn’t have been completed in a day with just the one employee."
  • "AOC taught me not only how to get involved in the community, but also how to step up as a leader and do what needs to be done. It taught me how to be more open about who I am and my experiences which I can definitely use in the future as a way help others and even become more of a leader and an active citizen."

Program Dates: Monday, August 16 - Saturday, August 21, 2021

Participant Fee: $260 


Into the City: Explore Downtown Indy, Your New Backyard

Your new city, Indianapolis, recently appeared alongside Copenhagen and Melbourne on Metropolis magazine’s list of nine global cities to watch. Yet, this exciting, growing town is incredibly accessible! Let us show you the way to places, people and ideas that can profoundly impact your college years and inspire your professional future. Meet young alumni and seasoned leaders who work in sectors and organizations that define and are connected to Indianapolis’ vibrant downtown. Begin to envision where your personal passions and academic interests can be put into action on campus, in the city, and beyond--all while building your valuable academic and career network before you even step into your first class at Butler!

Program Dates: Wednesday, August 18 - Friday, August 20, 2021

Participant Fee: $300 


Welcome to Sports Town!

Welcome to Sports Town! explores how large sporting events like the Indianapolis 500, NCAA Final Four®, and the Super Bowl are coordinated. By tapping into our vast Butler network, our goal is to explore many aspects of preparing for center stage, world-class events. We will be meeting with key members of sports associations and related organizations, visiting venues, and considering the impact of the sports industry on the region. Welcome to Sports Town is a three-day program and includes 4–5 returning participants who serve as sophomore-level mentors.

What past participants have said:

  • "I want to thank you for helping to make my transition to college easy and fun. I am now at ease. I feel as though I have a great group of friends and I am one step ahead of the game."
  • "Participation opened my eyes to a career I had never imagined but now I know it encompasses many of my strengths and passions."
  • "I already feel at home because of the early days.  I know my campus, I know some faculty, I know my city and I made friends!"

Program Dates: Wednesday, August 18 - Friday, August 20, 2021

Participant Fee: $250



Efroymson Diversity Center: Dawg Days

The Efroymson Diversity Center serves as an open and inclusive symbol to the Butler campus that fosters contributions of intercultural engagement, support, guidance, and a home to the Butler community committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

The Efroymson Diversity Center hosts a Pre-Orientation program called Dawg Days for new students. This program strives to build a supportive network of students from diverse backgrounds and identities including students of color and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Peer mentors and university staff facilitate empowering social and educational activities while exposing students to campus and community resources to help them build relationships and navigate their journeys at Butler. 

Learn more about the Efroymson Diversity Center here

Program Dates: Wednesday, August 18 - Saturday, August 21, 2021 

Participant Fee: $100