Welcome, Butler University Class of 2016!

You, the class of 2016, will be our largest class in HISTORY! We are excited about your decision to be part of the Butler community and are committed to making your college transition a smooth one. On this site you’ll find many resources to help in that effort. So, bookmark this page and check back often as we will continue to add new information throughout the summer.

And, don’t forget to watch your BU email account. We’ll be sending you information there as well — nearly every month. Don’t know how to log in to your @butler.edu email? Just visit www.butler.edu/it/admittedstudent.

Feel free to contact Butler’s Student Affairs division at (800) 368-6852 ext. 9262 or (317) 940-9262 with questions or concerns. Visit the orientation website for more information and campus resources.

Welcome Week

During Welcome Week, students and parents will have the opportunity to interact with current students, faculty and staff to begin navigating their journey at Butler University. Welcome Week is an exciting and interactive time that allows students to meet new friends, connect with faculty and staff, learn about campus resources, and get acclimated to campus.

Our goals for Welcome Week are to help you make a smooth transition to college life, prepare students for the educational opportunities that are available, and introduce students to all aspects of our campus community. To accomplish this, a variety of events have been planned for students. We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to meet new people, prepare for the start of the year and explore the wide variety of ways to be engaged with your new community.
To help us reach these goals, we have Student Orientation Guides (SOG) that help mentor you during Welcome Week and beyond. This is an energized, committed group of returning students that support you. You will first formally meet with your SOGs on Sunday, August 19th during the orientation group meetings. Assignments for these groups will be given at the Resource Fair on Saturday, August 18th.

Additionally, Faculty Orientation Guides (FOG) are faculty members who work with SOG to help familiarize you with Butler and build an understanding of what the college experience will be like. Butler staff members are on-hand throughout Welcome Week to answer any question and solve issues that may arise.

Take a look at the 2012 Welcome Week schedule in brief to get an idea of all the exciting activities you can take part in once you get here. For more information, check out the frequently asked questions page.

Please note, the first required meeting for residence hall students will be Saturday, August 18th at 8 pm.


You can pick up your detailed Welcome Week schedule as well as your orientation group assignment at the Resource Fair on Saturday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm on the Butler Way Mall (located across from Clowes Memorial Hall).

If you are unable to pick up your schedule at this time, you may pick it up Sunday morning from 9 am – 2:00 pm in the tent on the Butler Way Mall (located across from Clowes Memorial Hall).

We will also be providing an app that will have a calendar of events you may refer to on your smart phone. This will not have your orientation group assignment so it is vital you keep this information.

Apartment Village residents may move into their apartment beginning August 1st. Please check in with the front desk located in the Dawg House. If you are participating in an orientation group during Welcome Week, your schedule and group assignment will be at the Resource Fair on Saturday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm on the Butler Way Mall (located across from Clowes Memorial Hall).


Move-in for Schwitzer Hall, Ross Hall, Residential College (ResCo) and University Terrace will be 8 am – 2 pm on Saturday, August 18th. Take a look at the campus map to get an idea of where things are.

Parking and Moving In
We will have volunteers Schwitzer Hall, Ross Hall and Residential College (ResCo) to help you unload your belongings and bring them to your residence hall room.

For your convenience, we will empty the majority of the parking lot at each hall in preparation for move-in. We will post barricades in these lots to delineate 30 minutes parking zones. Please park, unload your belongings into your residence room and move your car once you are done.

We ask you do this to allow other students and their families parking that is closer and more convenient to the buildings. Once you are done, you may park in other university lots including the Irwin Library lot.

Please note that the east side of Ross will be for unloading ONLY.

Start the School Year Checklist

Take a look at the 2012 Welcome Week schedule in brief to get an idea of all the exciting activities you can take part in once you get here. For more information, check out the frequently asked questions page.

Provide evidence of health insurance coverage by going to www.gallagherkoster.com/butler. Complete information on this requirement can be found at www.butler.edu/health-services/student-health-insurance/. International students with an F1 or J1 visa are automatically enrolled in and billed for the University-sponsored plan.

Complete your required health history form in the secure web portal, myhealth.butler.edu. If you have any questions call 317-940-9385 or send a message to healthservices@butler.edu.

Complete MyStudentBody.com, an online alcohol and drug course that all first-year students and new transfer students are expected to complete. MyStudentBody.com will be available August 1 and should be completed by August 18. You will receive instructions via email on August 1. Visit www.butler.edu/mystudentbody for details!

Download your required free antivirus software from Butler IT. This link will also help you learn about what to bring to campus and how to gain access to technology discounts.

Visit the Residence Life website to learn what to bring, what not to bring, measurements for your room and bed and much more!

Read the Welcome Week book, Outcasts United. You should have received this book as well as the reader’s guide. If you have not received your book by July 13th, please email the Learning Resource Center at learning@butler.edu.

Register for Bulldogs into the Streets (BITS) and join hundreds of your new classmates for a day of service and fun.

Order your books and pick them up when you arrive on campus. You can also purchase your books by logging into your my.butler.edu account and following these instructions.

Register for College 101 – a workshop designed to help you transition to college academics. College 101 will be held on Saturday August 25th.

Making the Most of Your Butler Experience

We are committed to helping you discover the co-curricular activities that best fit your interests. Your co-curricular involvement can have an impact on your academic experience, your development of personal and professional skills and overall connection to your new community.

As a capstone to Welcome Week, we provide a student organization fair with approximately 150 student organizations called Block Party. Take a movement to review the various student organizations that will be in attendance.

Service and leadership are valued aspects of your campus involvement and there are always ways to get involved. For example, we are still accepting applications for our Emerging Leaders program.

Read a firsthand account the importance of involvement for the 2012 – 2013 Student Government Association (SGA) President, Michael Keller.

Residence Life

Living in a residence hall is a wonderful way to make connections with other students, faculty and staff. Learn more about Butler’s three residence halls:

Housing Assignment Timeline

Room and roommate assignments will be mailed by July 18 for students who returned housing contracts and preference forms prior to June 1.

Room and roommate assignments will be mailed by August  1 for students who returned housing contracts and preference forms prior to July 1.

If you have not sent your housing and preference forms, you should do so immediately.

The Residence Life staff is committed to your academic success and personal development, and look forward to having you as a member of our residence hall community.

If you have any questions regarding University housing, please contact the Office of Residence Life at (800) 368-6852 ext. 9458 or (317) 940-9458, or check out our frequently asked questions.

Dining and Meal Plan

How the All-Access Meal Plan Works
The All-Access Meal Plan gives you access to both of the residential restaurants: The Marketplace @ Atherton and Residential College. You will enjoy unlimited access to these locations during their operating hours. Present your student ID card to the cashier for swiping, and enter the dining room to enjoy all-you-care-to-eat dining as often as your desire.  Enjoy coming in multiple times throughout the day for meals, snacks or even just to visit with friends.

Make Life Easier with Flex Dollars
Your meal plan comes with $400 Flex Dollars per semester. Accepted in all dining locations, Flex Dollars work like a debit card. Each time a purchase is made, the money is subtracted from your account.

The All-Access Meal Plan is contracted with Residence Life at Butler University. You can contact Residence Life at (800) 368-6852 ext. 9458 or (317) 940-9368, or go to room 303, Atherton Union if you have further questions.

For Transfer Students

Admitted transfer student information can be found at www.butler.edu/learning/transfer-students.

For Parents and Families

The Office of Alumni and Parent Programs is a resource for parents and families and provides information to assist you in guiding your student through this important stage in life. Update your contact information to ensure that you receive the latest parent communications.

Visit http://www.butler.edu/parents/information-for-new-families/ for more information on Butler’s Parent Program and for information on Welcome Week activities for parents.

Also, be sure to join our Butler Parent Facebook page, to start engaging with other Butler parents.

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