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| I am a sophomore and transferred out of Butler for a variety of reasons:|
The demographic is predominantly white despite what their website depicts. I honestly feel like some of the ethnic people on their website come from stock images. You truly feel foreign if you're of any other ethnicity and the school, despite its "center for diversity" fails to change the narrow minded student body's perspective on foreign students.
I originally applied for the Pharmacy program, got in, and later decided to go Pre Med. Sometimes the students who enter the pharmacy program have a hard time assimilating to the culture on campus. This is due to the pharmacy program attracting competent individuals while the rest of the campus comes from well off, upper-class and somehow uneducated backgrounds. Greek life is large and for some reason the underclassmen take it much too seriously. You'll get the common "I have friends in Greek life and I'm an independent!" which sure is true, but this is seen as a stigma on campus. The Greek life really does judge based off of attractiveness and it is blatantly obvious. Usually nothing goes on without Greek life there, and if it does it's normally referred to as "Sober Fun". With a stigma as well. Being a business major is seen to correlate with Greek involvement and alcoholism. On top of that, many students come from ?Semi-rural catholic/Christian backgrounds? meaning that a religious conversation could end a friendship.
Ross Hall was a mess. The residents had no respect for the place and you were forced to listen to outside noises on weekends of people yelling due to intoxication. For the price you pay, you don't even get air conditioning. The other buildings besides the media buildings were archaic. It's not that Jordan hall is historical landmark, it's because the school is too busy pumping money into athletics to repair the university, let alone build new places. Gallahue looks like a bomb shelter and the ventilation in every other campus is terrible.
Coming to the biology program. The faculty tried to "fix" the program by creating an intro course called BIO 111. This class was a joke, the teacher who taught it did not have a doctorate in anything, yet somehow half the class failed it. I'm not sure why the students perform so poorly when they're in college. If you?re going to this university for research or to actually become immersed into the sciences, you will be much better off at a larger university. The lack of resources is frightening.
The college, although cultural, is obsessed with the bulldog mascot which is not original to them. The first two mascots have died and the university most likely will keep buying more dogs to feed the odd fetish this university has with bulldogs.
If you have any glimpse of a distinct personality, you should highly consider transferring.
Indianapolis is close and busses do go there every now and then. Broad ripple does have an exciting night life which is entertaining to visit.
The school, in my eyes, is a total waste of money and I ended up only paying 6k a year post scholarships including room & board and textbooks. Even for that amount there is absolutely no reason to attend this university besides the Pharm program. Despite the ?prestigious? label they throw on everything, and the fancy typefaces they use, the school is no place for an actual intellectual.
|Sep 03 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2016 |
| Butler University is a mid-sized, private university in Indianapolis about 10-15 minutes from downtown. I liked going to Butler because the people were awesome and the education as great. The campus is really pretty and there are tons of places to run or walk. |
As far as students and social life: Some students are arrogant and snooty, but for the most part, students are very friendly and open minded. The students are mostly white, but there is some diversity. Greek life is a big thing, but most students (about 60%) do not participate, but it definitely is prominent. Even though the school is relatively small (about 4,500 students), there is always something to do. Butler is a great school for all types of people, whether they like to party or not. There are always parties on the weekends, but there are always other options for people who don't like to do that. Though some reviewers have said that the campus is mostly conservative, the campus leaned to be more liberal, at least for my personal experience.
Academics: The academics at Butler are extraordinary. The university is mostly known for the college of pharmacy, but the college of business, education, and fine arts are also very respected. I know that the business and business and education have job placement rates of 98%+ every year, especially because employers in Indianapolis and around the state like hiring Butler grads. The professors are very intelligent and extremely helpful. Since it's a small school, professors know all their students, which is great because getting in contact with them is very easy.
Living on campus: The school has a requirement to live on campus for through your junior year, which is longer than most universities. The freshman dorms aren't that great, simply because they don't have air conditioning, but the other dorms and apartments are nice. The only down part is that it is expensive. The meal plan is required and is too expensive for what we get. Overall: Butler University has provided me with so many opportunities, both academically and socially. Though it is one of the most expensive universities in the state, the school tries to give students an excellent, well-rounded education. And from what I have seen and received, they are doing a good job at it.
|Jul 02 2013|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2013 |