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Pre-Welcome Week Programs

Connect with Campus Early

Why wait until Welcome Week 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! 

Students can fill out an application for Ambassadors of Change, Dawg Days version 2.0: Be YOU Be FIRST, Into the City, and Welcome to Sports Town and rank which of the four programs for which they would like to apply. Please note that Becoming #BulldogsAbroad has a different application timeline that ends on May 31, 2019.  

For questions and concerns, please contact the Office of New Student and Family Programs at 317-940-9262 during office hours of 9:00 AM–5:00 PM EST, or at

New students who will be living on campus for the 2020 - 2021 academic year will move into their university assigned residence hall room on the first day of their pre-Welcome Week program.

For more details including dates and costs for each program, please click on the drop down bars below.

Ambassadors of Change

2019 Program Dates: Monday, August 19–Saturday, August 24, 2019

Ambassadors of Change (AOC) 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!

Applications close Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST.


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."

Cost: $260 per person. The fee includes all meals, transportation, and costs throughout the program. The Department of Student Involvement and Leadership is able to waive participant fees for five (5) students. To be considered, you must qualify for a Pell Grant and/or an Indiana State Grant.

66 participants

Dress Code: day-to-day casual wear; work clothes that can get dirty will be needed for service projects; closing banquet attire is business casual (dress/skirt/dress pants/tie, etc.)

Cancellation/Refund Timeline: Participants who have submitted their registration fee are able to receive a full refund until August 1.


If you have any additional questions, please contact:
Chasmine Anderson, Assistant Director, Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice

Becoming #BulldogsAbroad

Program Dates: Wednesday, August 14–Friday, August 23, 2019

Embark on a 10-day program to London and Paris before your Butler classes even start! This unique opportunity, available for up to 12 incoming first year students. An exciting travel itinerary has been designed to combine tourism with several visits to overseas schools to introduce you to some of the many study abroad opportunities available to you during your time at Butler. Throughout the program, you will also learn about study abroad policies at Butler and how to work with your academic advisor to build study abroad into your years at Butler. You will grow your confidence and capacity to travel overseas, as well as create strong friends with fellow first years before beginning your semester at Butler.

What past participants have said:

  • "This program gave me the confidence to come back from the trip and face starting college with ease!"
  • "Every day, every minute, was filled with amazing opportunities and adventures."
  • "This opportunity gave me the independence I needed and made living away from home so much easier."

Application Deadline Extended to June 9th, 2019!

Review program details and full itinerary on the online application:

The Becoming #BulldogsAbroad application includes:

  • Basic information
  • A 250 word personal statement explaining why you want to participate in the program 
  • A $500 non-refundable deposit

Cost: $3,575 + Airfare (estimate $1,200–$1,300)

What's Included? International group flight, housing, activities, some meals, transportation to Paris, insurance and the $250 study abroad fee.

What's Not Included? Personal spending & some meals.


If you have any additional questions, please contact:

Dena Roberts, Associate Director of Faculty-Led Programs

Two students pictured in front of Tower Bridge in London

Dawg Days version 2.0: Be YOU Be FIRST

Program Dates: Wednesday, August 21–Saturday, August 24, 2019

If you are looking for Dawg Days, this is Dawg Days 2.0!

Come put your stamp on a campus tradition by becoming the first fall 2019 admitted students to join Butler in its new pre-Welcome Week experience, Dawg Days version 2.0: Be YOU Be FIRST

Transitioning to college, and the college journey itself, is often characterized by growth and change. Exciting, yes, and challenging, too. To help explore and navigate these experiences, Dawg Days version 2.0: Be YOU Be FIRST strives to create a welcoming environment and provide connections, resources, and programs for students who are underrepresented on our campus:

  • Multicultural students and students of color
  • LGBTQ+ community members
  • 21st Century Scholars
  • First-generation students (neither parent has completed a 4-yr degree)

Dawg Days version 2.0: Be YOU Be FIRST executes this mission through a variety of social and educational activities to support and empower underrepresented students in their college experience. New students will be guided in this journey by returning student mentors. This program is based out of the Diversity Center, which fosters and provides a supportive and inclusive campus environment for students of diverse backgrounds.

Dawg Days version 2.0: Be YOU Be FIRST will retain many of the strong traditions of its predecessor and build upon the intersectionality of our participants. Here are some prior Dawg Days student testimonials:

  • "Participating in this program was the best thing I’ve done while attending Butler. The impact of the experience on me will last forever. I’ve made diverse, lasting friendships, discovered numerous opportunities, received advice that saved me from negative situations, both academically and personally, and so many other positive attributes that shaped me into the successful student I am in my second year."
  • "This program helped me make friends with individuals that I am still friends with, and it has honestly helped mold me into the young woman I am now at this point of my college career. I found a safe haven at Butler—the Diversity Center."

Generous scholarship funds are available. Do not let cost discourage you from saying “YES” to this great first step in your college experience. Indicate your interest in a program fee waiver on the application.

Cost: $100 that covers all food, transportation, and activities from the start of the program on Wednesday through Saturday breakfast.

Participation limit is 100. Once we fill, we’ll keep a wait list and add participants if space becomes available.

Tentative Schedule: Thursday and Friday will generally begin around 9:00 am and continue into the evening. The schedule will be full but with adequate breaks for personal time. Participants are expected to attend all workshops and scheduled events.

  • Wednesday, August 21
    • 9:00 AM—Residence hall students are approved to move into their rooms;  spend the day getting settled
    • 4:00 PM—Program kick off and Welcome Dinner! Family members are invited and encouraged to participate
    • 8:00 PM—Family farewell
    • 9:00–11:00 PM—New students and mentors mix and mingle
  • Thursday, August 22
    • 9:00am—Indy Immersion: Connect with each other and explore our great city!
  • Friday, August 23
    • 9:00 AM–4:00 PM—Student Success Strategy Day: Choose from a variety of workshops, panels, and sessions based on your interests. Meet Butler faculty and staff who have been there and are there for you. 
    • Evening—Beyond Welcome Week - What's Next?
  • Saturday, August 24
    • 9:00 AM—Mentor Meet Up. While other new students are moving into residence halls, walk your class schedule and continue conversations with your mentor. 

If you have any additional questions, please contact:

Dr. Gina Forrest, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Diversity Programs 

Into the City: Explore Downtown Indy, Your New Backyard

Program Dates: Wednesday, August 21–Friday, August 23, 2019


  • Day 1: Students move into their residence halls in the morning, in the afternoon the program begins with orientation, team-based activity and relationship-building, and dinner
  • Day 2: Professional Preview; employer visits/tours and meals with alumni
  • Day 3: TGIF; fun tours of Indy’s downtown, hot spots, and meals

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!

Cost: $300.00 (fee covers all meals, transportation, and event costs for the program). Career and Professional Success (CaPS) is able to waive participant fees for two (2) students. To be considered, you must qualify for a Pell Grant and/or an Indiana State Grant.

25 participants

Dress Code: Casual/athletic/street attire (shorts/t-shirts/sneakers) and business casual attire (nice pants/skirt/dress shirt/blouse/comfortable dress shoes)


If you have any additional questions, please contact:

Jeremy Walthall, LAS Internship and Career Advisor, Career and Professional Success, 317-940-6508

Welcome to Sports Town!

Program Dates: Wednesday, August 21–Friday, August 23, 2019

Schedule: We reveal a detailed schedule during our first meeting

  • Day 1: Students move into their residence halls in the morning. Program begins at 3:00 pm with relationship building activities, off-campus activity, and dinner.
  • Day 2 and 3: Tours and meals with Indy sports professionals.

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!"

Cost: $240.00 (fee covers meals, transportation and event cost for the program)

30 participants

Dress Code: Casual/athletic attire (i.e. shorts/t-shirts/sneakers)