College Spotlight 6

College: Butler University

Author: Ellen R. from Savoy, IL

Admissions site: https://www.butler.edu/admission

Some obvious thoughts on why Butler is unique may be the fact we’re a small school of 4400 with D1 athletics. Others may think about how our Jordan College of the Arts has a dance program that ranks in the top 5 ballet programs nationally, even though we’re in the heart of the midwest. Or that our placement rate is at an all time high of 97% of students in jobs related to their degree, graduate schools, or taking a gap year to travel or perform acts of services for communities abroad or nearby six months after graduation. These however are not why I chose Butler as my undergraduate institution, though they did help influence my decision. When I first toured Butler in the summer of 2016, there were three things that stood out to me.

The first, utmost important factor in choosing Butler was their commitment to excellent academic instruction. As a psychology major, I have already taken a class from an author of an established textbook used at renowned research institutions around the world! Additionally, the core curriculum and liberal arts basis for undergraduates was a strong influence in my decision because students who have already declared their major still get the opportunity to meet members of the community interested in different fields of study.

Community was the second reason I chose Butler. Because my high school was small, I knew I enjoyed knowing my peers and having more than one class with the same instructor. This intimacy is amplified by our established presence in college basketball and commitment to the arts. The community goes beyond students and faculty and extends throughout the greater Indianapolis area. During our diversity lecture series last spring, we had political satirist and commentarian W. Kamau Bell speak, and it was amazing to see how full Clowes Hall became.

The third reason I chose Butler was the commitment to diversity. Diversity at Butler was one of our founding principles. We have diversity in instruction, and experience across our 6 colleges. We have viewpoint diversity, a commitment to protect freedom of speech among students! We promote and celebrate religious, ethnic, and racial diversity across campus. We support varying abilities of students with physical or intellectual differences. We are inclusive.

If any of these attributes speak to you, seek out more information about Butler! You are now part of our community. Best of luck, and as always, Go Dawgs!

 

“When I was observing a class, a student I didn’t know at the time welcomed me and introduced himself via writing on a paper towel. This small action influenced by decision come to Butler .” -Julia B.

College Spotlight 5

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Amazing photos compliments of Susan Brown

College: Colorado State University

colorado-state-1Author: Susan B. from Hartford, Wisconsin

Admissions site: http://admissions.colostate.edu/

Hello, friends! My name is Susan Brown and I am a junior at CSU. I am from Hartford, Wisconsin, so we share the AMAZING Midwest as a home region! At CSU I am an Admissions Ambassador Student Coordinator, so I work with two peers to supervise the entire student ambassador (tour guide) team. Around campus, I am an officer for the CSU Outdoor Club and for the Campus Feminist Alliance and I am involved in the Honors Student Association. I love Fort Collins and my decision to come to CSU from the Midwest!

Okay, so basically CSU is in a PRIME location. First of all, you’re only an hour from Denver, which makes getting back home easy—there are even shuttles that take you straight from your doorstep to the airport check-in door. Secondly, Old Town Fort Collins is the BEST. It’s got a small-town feel but with big-town opportunities. It has some great places to grab a bite to eat (STUFT burger bar and LuLu’s Asian Bistro are my faves), grab the best ice cream in town (Walrus Ice Cream, if you’re in town), or hang out! Ocolorado-state-5n to my favorite thing about CSU’s location, though: the MOUNTAINS. (more…)

Advice from a College Freshman, Part 3

* The class of 2016 already has knowledge to share with our current students. Look for wisdom from them to be featured in our Guest Blog section throughout the year. Thank you, John Michael, for sharing your story.

Hi, my name is John Michael Mason and I graduated with the Class of 2016 at Bishop Chatard. I am currently at Indiana University Bloomington with a focus on studying Sports Management and Marketing. College is something I looked forward to throughout my time in high school. The true point of senioritis came when spring finals arrived early for seniors. Checking emails often really helped with preparing for the college transition. I also recommend that during the summer before college, you should get the earliest orientation pouncatiussible so that you can get the best classes before they fill up. 8am classes have not been very easy for me to wake up for, but as a freshman, I really did not have many options.

College is really fun, but is mostly about what you make of the experience. I have been at IU Bloomington since late July for a two week freshmen intensive seminar program in order to get ahead with three credits. Some advice I have when you arrive on campus is: be careful, especially before school starts with going to parties, and manage your time properly. (more…)

Helpful Hints, Part 1: Campus Visit Tips

College Visits: Insights with Mitch Warren, Purdue Director of Admissions

When my daughter Sarah was a senior in high school, we, like most other families, were touring colleges. Being in the higher-ed biz, I was surprised my emotions; excited for her, a little sad for me.

One day, we were on a campus tour at a small(ish) private university, led by an outstanding tour guide who seemed to personally know everybody. Suddenly, Sarah said under her breath, “Let’s get outta here. I don’t want to go to a college where everyone will know me and my business.”

Ironically, that college tour was one of the most important ones we took – it provided clarity. Coming from a small high school, Sarah was ready for a change and a challenge.

Campus visits do what no college website can ever do – give students a glimpse of what campus life is really like. So as you are making plans to check out different colleges, here are some things to consider.

When to visit?

If you can, visit when campus in in full swing during the academic year. But if that’s not possible, a Saturday or in the summer will still give you the campus flavor.

Official tour or hang out?

Do both. An organized tour will allow you to understand process, logistics, dates and deadlines and all the nitty gritty. Hanging out helps you get a feel for the environment.

On tour and beyond

Ask questions that aren’t about facts and figures you can find on their website. And don’t judge a university by just one tour guide or the weather on the day. After your visit is over, everybody should compare notes. Mom may have noticed something that perhaps the student didn’t. Remember, you can always visit again.

I am pleased to say Sarah finished her undergraduate degree and is continuing her education at a university that is five times smaller than Purdue. She says it feels just right.

Pictuwarren-familyred: The Warren family

Sarah, Purdue (undergrad) and Wake Forest University (first-year law student)

Mitch, Ball State (undergrad) and George Mason (masters)

Seth, Indiana State University (freshman)