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Welcome, Butler Class of 2018!

Please pick up your detailed Welcome Week schedule as well as your orientation group assignment at the Resource Fair on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 2:00–5:00 p.m. on the East Mall (located across from Clowes Memorial Hall).

Your orientation group assignment will also be emailed to your Butler email account on Saturday, August 23rd.

If you are unable to pick up your schedule at this time, you may pick it up Sunday, Aug. 24th in the morning from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the tent on the East Mall (located across from Clowes Memorial Hall).

You may download the Butler University app (available in the iPhone App Store and Droid Market) which will also have the Welcome Week schedule on it. The app will not indicate your orientation group assignment, so it is vital you keep this information, located on the back of your Welcome Week booklet and in your email.

Apartment Village residents may move into their apartment beginning August 1st. Please check in with the front desk located in the Dawg House.

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.

When thinking about your co-curricular involvement consider some of the following questions:

  • What did I participate in and enjoy in high school?
  • What are some new areas I am interested in exploring?
  • What am I passionate about? What am I willing to dedicate my time and energy to?
  • What type of co-curricular involvement might give me experiences relevant to my major?
  • What does my academic schedule (including out of class work) look like?
  • How can I balance my activities with my academic pursuits?

Consider joining 1 or 2 groups in your first year. You will be able to explore your interests, connect with peers and advisers, gain hands-on experiences and grow as a person.  There will be an opportunity to explore many of these groups and opportunities at the Block Party event.

Read a firsthand account the importance of involvement from the 2014-15 Student Government Association (SGA) President, Chad Pingel HERE.

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 our recognized student organizations which will be in attendance.

We will also be hosting a new event this year, Involvement Week, Monday September 15 – Friday, September 19 on the Starbucks patio. Each day we will highlight one or more types of our student organizations for you to explore further.

Service and leadership are valued aspects of your campus involvement and there are always ways to get involved. For instance, you may register for our Bulldogs into the Streets (BITS) program TODAY. BITS is fantastic way to connect to the Butler and Indianapolis communities. You can begin making an impact before classes begin!

To continue with service throughout the year, consider joining the Volunteer Center on any of their 4 service projects each month.

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, including schedules and checklists, which will come in handy. So, bookmark this page and check back often as we will continue to add new information throughout the summer.  Also, make sure you follow the official Class of 2018 Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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.

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.

Move-in day—Saturday, Aug. 23, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

First required meeting for residence hall students—Saturday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m.

Required student activities will run through Monday, Aug. 25

Optional programming for students will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 26

Classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 27

There will be optional programming for parents Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24 until 2 p.m.

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 (SOGs) 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, Aug. 24 during the orientation group meetings. Assignments for these groups will be given at the Resource Fair on Saturday, Aug. 23.

Additionally, Faculty Orientation Guides (FOGs) are faculty members who work with SOGs 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 questions and concerns that may arise.

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 our recognized student organizations which will be in attendance.

Service and leadership are valued aspects of your campus involvement and there are always ways to get involved. For instance, you may register for our Bulldogs into the Streets (BITS) program today. BITS is fantastic way to connect to the Butler and Indianapolis communities. You can begin making an impact before classes begin!

We are also still accepting applications for our Emerging Leaders program. This program helps leaders further develop essential skills as well as learn to not only navigate but succeed as a leader on Butler’s campus and within the community.

“B-U, T-L-E, R you a bulldog? Hell yeah!”

Bulldog spirit is more than cheering for our great athletic teams; it’s becoming a part of the Butler community. Find out how—and where—to begin, right here.

Butler Bookstore/Spirit Shop

First, you’ll need to get a few necessities. This might include books, binders, pens, posters, and the like; however, the all-essential Butler hoodie, T-shirt, lanyard, and #1 foam finger are just as important. What can we say? Bulldogs aren’t afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves. So be sure to get your gear at the Butler Bookstore in Atherton Union or the Spirit Shop in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Butler War Song

We’ll sing the Butler war song,
We’ll give a fighting cry;
We’ll fight the Butler battle—
Bulldogs ever do or die.
And in the glow of the victory firelight,
Hist’ry cannot deny
To add a page or two
For Butler’s fighting crew
Beneath the Hoosier sky.

Campus Traditions

Want to join in on long-standing Butler traditions? Then you’ll want to take part in our annual events: Homecoming, Geneva Stunts, Spring Sing, and Spring Sports Spectacular, to name a few.

Dawg Pound

Die-hard Bulldog fans can get in on the action and show their dedication as members of the Dawg Pound, the official student-booster group of Butler Athletics. Membership for new students is just $35. All members receive the following benefits:

  • Student-section T-shirt for 2013-2014.
  • Discount card.
  • Automatic registration for the Pound Points Student Rewards Program.
  • Exclusive opportunity for lower-level seating at men’s basketball games, as well as a chance to attend community-service and social events with Butler’s athletic teams.
  • Eligibility to purchase tickets for the 2013 Crossroads Classic game against Purdue at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the NCAA Tournament.

You can register for the Dawg Pound in person at the Resource Fair, Block Party, or any home football game. Registration also is available online by visiting butlersports.com/DawgPound.

Get Involved

Connecting with other Butler students and the Indianapolis community is easy. No matter what you’re looking for, Butler has you covered with more than 150 student organizations, dozens of club and intramural sports, numerous volunteer and mentoring opportunities, and countless social and educational programs throughout the year. Find your place at Butler.

Ride with the Dawgs

Be the envy of the highway with a Butler University license plate on your ride—all while supporting Butler! When you buy or renew your BU plate from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, $25 of the $40 specialty-license fee goes to the Butler Fund as your tax-deductible gift. Learn more at butler.edu/licenseplates.