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Dec 21 2014Music Education
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After passing every single class required for my Major, I was informed that I would not be considered for graduation within my department, regardless of any future efforts sway this decision. I'd had several disagreements with my department head for my entire time at Butler, and not all were professional issues. This is a university with an extremely small faculty. Students are forced to "play the game" in order to be passed by professors who are in complete control of a required section of academia. There are literally classes that only one professor may teach once a year (and in some cases every other year). "Play the game" is exactly what I was told to do by my adviser when I asked for help during the situation with my department head. I don't know about any departments other than those within the music school, but I felt that some of the faculty members I worked with were very unprofessional at times. Members of the band were cursed at openly during rehearsals, some students received racist and extremely unprofessional comments during private lessons, and drama between faculty members disrupted students' activities on a regular basis. I was informed a week before graduation that I would not be receiving a degree in my field of study, but what's almost worse is that I received my first request from the school for donations a week before I was given the news of my faculty head's decision. I would like to note that there are many amazing and talented teachers at Butler. My experience was not completely horrid, but I do not recommend this school to music students because it simply was not worth the amount of money and stress that a Butler degree requires. Thank you for reading.
Alumna Female -- Class 2000
Starting Job: Unemployed Preparedness: F Reputation: B+
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Nov 29 2014Education
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I have been at Butler for almost a semester, and it has honestly been the best decision and experience of my life, and I know that almost all of my friends would say the same.

Majors/Classes: Butler is especially known for its Business, Pharmacy, Education, and Dance programs. Personally, I am in the Education program. The faculty members within this program are extremely helpful and personable. The classes so far are honestly really easy, but I heard that the work becomes a lot more time-consuming during junior year, when students begin student-teaching. Students visit five schools during their first semester of freshman year for their ED112 class, which is helpful in determining if Education is the right major for them. Most class sizes are small (none of mine have more than 20 students), which means professors get to really know you, you can ask questions easily, etc.

Students: A lot of these reviews talk about the arrogance of the student body, but I personally have yet to really witness this. Just like at any school, there are some friendly and some unfriendly people, but I have found most of the students to be really nice. If you're looking for a lot of diversity, this honestly isn't the school for you, as most of the student population is white, middle-to-upper class, and preppy. But some people wear J-Crew to class, others wear work-out clothes, and no one REALLY cares. I've never really felt pressured to dress/look a certain way.

Social Life: There are parties pretty much every Friday and Saturday, and a lot of Thursdays, too. At the beginning of the school year, freshmen aren't allowed into frats, so they just party at senior houses around campus. When it comes time to party at frats, though, you have to know a brother to get into most of the houses. It can be hard to learn about parties and get to know brothers when it's your first year here, but you'll find that you and your friends will be able to gain connections pretty easily. The parties are usually pretty fun and basically what you'd expect of college parties, and you probably won't get into any trouble with BUPD as long as you aren't super obviously drunk around campus. It's much easier for girls to get into frats than guys, though, and--honestly--if a guy doesn't rush, he will probably have a hard time getting into frats. So, if you're a guy (or girl for that matter) and you're not looking to rush, this may not be the school for you. Greek life is huge here.

Overall, it's a beautiful campus; it's only a 5-10 minute drive to either Broadripple or downtown Indy (bring your car freshman year!); there's plenty to get involved in; the basketball program is great for the school's small size; and the food and building maintenance could be better but aren't as bad as people make them out to be. I absolutely love it here and recommend a campus visit if you're even slightly considering BU!!

1st Year Female -- Class 2018
Individual Value: A+, Useful Schoolwork: B-
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Jun 26 2014PreMed and Medical
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Oh gosh I don't even know where to start.
First off - Unless you are in the Greek system you can expect to be excluded from a vast majority of "events" on campus. I never showed any interest in joining Greek life as I am wanting to concentrate on my athletics and academics and I was written off as "less than" by many students. To not be Greek is to not be in the "Norm".

Second - this university is all about the money. They really could care less about the students so long as they are getting their money. The university - administration - really tries to milk you for everything you've got. And while paying 50k a year one would expect different. The university is (in most cases) unwilling to listen to the demands of the students. Simple things such as PARKING and RAPE SAFETY are ignored.

Third - the profs here are exceptional. This is the reason I did not leave the University right away. While I am in the process of transferring now, I stayed 3 years at this University because of how outstanding the profs are. Sadly, this is the only good aspect of Butler I have to comment on.

If you are a minority or LGBTQ (as I am) expect to feel isolated. Expect to be looked down on or simply ignored. This is not a place that values Diversity and this reason is ultimately what was the last straw for me that caused me to leave this establishment. Butler always talks about how they care so much about Diversity but that's a B.S.

I feel as if I have wasted 3 years of my life at this terrible institution. While the Profs here are truly amazing, the administration and student body taint everything that could be good about this place. I wish to convey this message to prospective students---UNLESS you feel very strongly about wanting to join Greek life, go elsewhere. If you are a minority of any kind - go elsewhere. If you are an athlete (as I am) go elsewhere.Thanks for your time.

3rd Year Female -- Class 2015
Campus Aesthetics: A+, University Resource Use: F
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