Butler University - Comments and Student Experiences|
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!!
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.
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