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I write this review as a student whoSuper BrilliantEconomics
I write this review as a student who is happy with his first-year experience, yet has still decided to transfer schools. If you stick with me through this review, you will learn why.

Butler is an excellent school for some people. The faculty are very down to earth and friendly people. All of the professors I had were both brilliant and approachable. I made it a priority to get to know my professors through their office hours and was able to do this at Butler. However, I registered at Butler with 17 credit hours already from AP credits, plus honors and athletics priorities, so I generally had first pick when it came to selecting my classes. My advisor (S/O Professor Gjerde) was very knowledgable and helpful when it came to selecting classes. Butler will keep you on track to graduate, they will not let you get too far off course. The professors and administration made me feel like they genuinely cared about my academic and personal success. Class sizes are also super small. My average class numbered about 25 kids and all of my professors knew my name. The FBE and RBE programs in the Lacy School of Business are incredible and quite unlike anything offered at any other school. It is also quite easy to double major here.

Most of the student body is friendly if approached. However, most Butler students will not go out of their way to meet new people after a certain point in the school year, so the school gets to be quite cliquey. I understand that everyone finds their group within a school, but at Butler it felt like once people had that set group, they had no interest in meeting anyone else. Of course, this is just a generalization, there are people here that don't fit that mold. Although I imagine those people are more numerous at other schools. Butler is also dominated by Greek life. Despite the fact that Butler had only 4.5 fraternities (RIP Lambda) and 7 sororities last year, it feels like over 50% of the school is greek. I was fortunate enough to be on a varsity athletic team, so I managed to find a large, close-knit group of friends without going greek. However, I have many friends who are neither greek nor athletes, and many of them had a difficult time expanding their social circles. I cannot imagine going to school here if you are not an athlete and do not intend to participate in greek life. With all of that being said, I managed to make some great friends at Butler that I'll miss dearly in my next chapter. In essence, Butler is a small school. Make sure you know that you want a small school before deciding to come here. That means eating at the same dining hall every day, seeing the same faces in the hallways, and always having a mutual friend with someone you just met. Someone shares you major? Best (try to) get to know them, because chances are, you'll have many classes with them. If this is what you want, Butler is probably a great place for you. In the end, I decided I'm just more of a big school kinda guy. I don't regret spending my freshman year at Butler because I've made some amazing friends here. But the school itself is just not what I wanted from my college experience. Although Butler wasn't the best fit for me and I have decided to transfer, I'll still cheer on the dawgs when March Madness rolls around.

1st Year Male -- Class 1920
Campus Aesthetics: A+, University Resource Use/ spending: B
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Attending Butler is the best decision I haveBrightBusiness - Management and Administration
Attending Butler is the best decision I have ever made.
The faculty is extremely helpful and courteous, always willing to help when needed. I can understand why people have said that the students are snotty rich white kids, but I would say since the last review was posted (2014) there has been remarkable changes in order to increase diversity on campus. The diversity center enables students of all races, sexuality, social class, and even political views to come together as a community. I would also say that most of the people I know or have met, have money and wear nice clothes, but will treat any person on this campus as an equal, regardless of race, sexuality, or the clothes they are wearing. The sense of community at Butler is unmatched, as I finish my first semester, I feel like Butler is my home. If you have the opportunity to attend Butler, you should. You'll be happy you did.
1st Year Male -- Class 1920
Education Quality: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: B
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This review is based on the theatre departmentQuite BrightFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
This review is based on the theatre department in the Jordan College of the Arts. I have nothing negative to say about the rest of Butler, because from what I can tell, nearly every other aspect is wonderful. from Greek life to the dining options.

Butler attracted me because they teach the Stanislavski method of acting, have a small campus with a relaxed feel, and they were kind, though not patronizing, when I auditioned for the acting program.

Once I arrived, however, I found that the students in the theatre department were not as interested in creating successful careers as they were in replicating the feel of a high-school drama club. There's no competition, which is great if you just want to coast into a small-time acting gig teaching inner-city kids to feel, but not if you want to be a paid professional.

The training is broad, and they hope to roll out people capable of working in all areas of theatre--costuming, lighting, set design, etc. But this will NOT help you become a competitive actor in an over-saturated market. Alumns who came back to talk to us told us to also major in education as a back-up plan, and many had to go for a masters to find meaningful work after Butler. It was, frankly, depressing; more so than one would usually expect from a theatre major.

That's the harsh truth, but learn it now. I had to leave after one semester so as not to waste my money, though the financial aid I received covered over half my expenses. TL;DR: If you want to become a Broadway-caliber performer, Butler is NOT built to suit your needs. If you want to act in Midwestern regional theatre until you're too poor to make it work, or you want to be behind the scenes in any capacity, attend Butler University's Jordan College of the Arts. At least they will be nice to you.

1st Year Female -- Class 2018
University Resource Use/ spending: A+, Education Quality: B-
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