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.