As a #ButlerBound student, you can expect that we’ll take your education personally. 


Here, you’ll be able to tailor your studies, activities, research, and service-learning to the subjects, ideas, and career fields you’re really interested in. With support from your close-knit community of staff, faculty, and friends, you’ll do some of your very best work.


And together, we will celebrate your success. So, congrats. You’re a Bulldog now. Welcome to Butler!  

A Student’s Guide to Indy

By Kennedy Broadwell

Kennedy Broadwell is a senior from Toledo, Ohio, with a major in Sports Media and a minor in Sports and Recreation.


When coming to Indianapolis for the first time, I was both excited and nervous. Back home in the Toledo area, I had my favorite restaurants, places to go with friends, and hubs for studying, and I would have to start fresh in getting to know a new city. But after a few years here, I’ve discovered so many things to do around town.

One thing you’ll hear about all the time is the “Butler Bubble”—the term for when you get stuck on campus, or in the very close surrounding areas, and never venture out into the city. But Indy is full of great places to explore, so I encourage you to get a group of friends together and visit some of these spots on your nights out.


Royal Pin

With three locations around the city, Royal Pin is the place to be if you love bowling. They also have laser tag, arcade games, and seriously awesome food for a bowling alley.

Punch Bowl Social

Exploring downtown Indy is a blast, and Punch Bowl Social is one of the most popular spots due to its unique setup. Located on S. Meridian Street, the place is more than just a restaurant. The food is great, but you can also play all types of games—from skeeball to bowling to giant Connect 4. Looking to get an Instagrammable pic on your night out? The “I love you so much” wall is no stranger to a Butler student’s Instagram feed!



Studio Movie Grill

For a more relaxing outing, Studio Movie Grill serves full meals, snacks, and refreshments in a click of a button while you kick back in a luxury recliner to watch the big screen. What’s better than dinner and a show with some of your closest college pals?

Indy Fuel Hockey

The Indy Fuel hockey team represents the city in the ECHL. Tickets are fairly inexpensive, and the games are exciting—don’t miss the flame-filled pregame show.



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Though nights out on the town are fun, at some point you will need to study. Make studying relaxing and grab a great cup of coffee at one of my favorite local spots.


Monon Coffee Company

This shop in the heart of Broad Ripple is almost always packed, but if you can snag a table to study at, do so. Their lattes never disappoint—the Flaming Mocha is my personal favorite—and they sometimes have fun seasonal flavors!

Nine Lives Cat Cafe

If you’re an animal lover like I am, then Fountain Square’s Nine Lives Cat Cafe is your spot! Not only can you watch adorable kittens play and nap while you sip and study, but for a $5.00 cover fee, you can visit the Cat Lounge to play with the adoptable cats. The fee helps cover the cost of caring for the animals until they find forever homes, and you can also choose to make a donation to IndyHumane—a favorite non-profit of mine.

Bovaconti Coffee

If you like to get adventurous with your coffee, this is the place for you! After trying a Spanish Latte at this beautiful shop that opened just last fall in a restored historic building, I never want to go back to a normal latte again. Along with my favorite latte, they have possibly the cutest interior ever, from the turquoise ceiling to the patterned tile floor. You’ll definitely have a new favorite study spot!


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When it comes to my favorite eats in Indy, I could go on for hours. But for this list, I decided to include restaurants with the most college-friendly prices. With the help of my friends, I’ve narrowed it down to these top spots.


Ripple Bagel & Deli

I cannot put into words the love that Butler students have for this place. I don’t know a single person who dislikes Ripple Bagel & Deli—seriously, it’s impossible. With every kind of bagel, spread, cheese, vegetable, and meat you could imagine, your sandwich options are countless.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill

This spot inside Ironworks Hotel is a personal favorite for my friends and me. Their sushi is divine, if you're into that sort of thing. Even if you’re not, you’re sure to find something you love. For my fellow vegans: This place has perfected the craft of vegan sushi, with ingredients like vegan “salmon” made of tomato. No more boring cucumber rolls for you!

Canal Bistro

Broad Ripple’s Canal Bistro has the best Mediterranean food around. Their lunch and dinner are amazing, including complimentary fresh bread and oil, but they really hit it out of the park with brunch. As a brunch enthusiast, I am hard to impress. However, Canal Bistro has cracked the brunch code with favorite dishes like the garden hummus sandwich, stuffed French toast, and the best breakfast potatoes. The thing is, no one knows it yet! Indy loves brunch, and all the other top spots in the city have hour(s)-long waits on weekends, but not Canal Bistro. (Shhh—this can be our secret!)

Gallery Pastry Shop

Speaking of brunch, that mid-morning meal doesn’t get any cuter than at this stylish bakery nestled in a row of cozy shops along the Monon Trail. I love watching chefs create their food art, so I head straight for the bar, where I can watch the magic happen. Who knew crepes could be so beautiful?


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Thrifting has become my all-time favorite weekend festivity. If you’re into sustainable fashion, these are the places for you.


Naptown Thrift

If you’re looking for comfy vintage threads, Naptown Thrift is the spot. All of my favorite oversized sweatshirts, tees, and high-waisted jeans are probably from here.

Hot House Market

This is a hidden gem within the Fashion Mall at Keystone. Seriously, I’ve had to introduce all of my friends to it. Hot House Market curates classic 1970s, 80s, and 90s pieces that are high-quality: No more settling for stained thrifted clothes! Their store also features home goods, vintage tech, and a record collection.

Chief Indigo Vintage

If you’re looking for awesome band tees or vintage Guess, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, and so on, look no further than Chief Indigo! With items from every brand you can think of, you’re sure to find your next favorite piece to add to your closet.


Learn more about living in Indy here.


A Student’s Guide to Indy

In addition to providing rich hands-on learning opportunities for Butler students, Indianapolis is home to plenty of places where Bulldogs can have a little fun


A Student’s Guide to Indy

By Kennedy Broadwell

Meet the Class of 2024 - Anisa Cobb

Anisa Cobb
Hometown: Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Intended Major: Dance Performance


Butler University is excited to welcome an exceptional group of first-year students this coming fall. Read on to get to know Anisa Cobb, one member of the Class of 2024.


What were you involved with in high school?

In high school, I was a member of the National Honor Society, an English and math tutor, and a member of the Mitchellville Drifters Coral Mentoring Program, where we participated in various community service projects. I was also really active in dance and was part of the Baltimore School for the Arts, where I performed in The Nutcracker each year in addition to various other spring performances.

How did you initially hear about Butler, and what interested you in the University?

In August, I visited a friend who attends Butler and toured the school. I also attended Butler Blue Scholars’ Day and toured the school again. Each time I was on campus, the friendliness and openness of all the students and faculty was wonderful. Also, the dance department is top-rated, and I really wanted to attend a strong program in order to enhance and expand my dancing abilities.

What do you hope to major or minor in?

I plan to double major in Dance and Health Sciences. If not a double major, I hope to minor in Health Sciences. The great thing about Butler is that there are so many options that it’s possible to be involved in so many different things.

What do you hope to get involved with or be a part of at Butler?

I am really looking forward to being a part of the Butler Dance department. I am also looking forward to being a Morton Finney Scholar. And, of course I can't wait to attend the Butler basketball games!

COVID-19 course

Butler Offers Free Online Course About COVID-19 to Incoming Students

BY Katie Grieze

PUBLISHED ON May 13 2020

INDIANAPOLIS—This summer, Butler University will offer a free online class to help incoming students learn about and reflect on the widespread impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

Encouraging students to find learning opportunities despite the uncertainty of this situation, the one-credit-hour course will be taught by a team of 14 faculty members from across the University. It will address the impact that COVID-19 has had on how we perceive various disciplines, how students learn, how professionals teach, and how both individuals and organizations respond during challenging times.

“We want to show our incoming students how current Butler students, faculty, and staff have really rallied in this past semester to make the best of a very difficult situation,” says Anne Wilson, Professor of Chemistry and faculty lead for the online class. “We feel that this course will offer an opportunity for incoming students to learn more about the Butler community they are about to enter, explore the impacts of COVID-19 in an academic environment, and reflect on what they have learned about their own adaptability and resilience.”

Starting in late June and running through the rest of the summer, the course will cover topics such as basic facts about COVID-19, the process of developing a vaccine, the presentation of data related to the virus, and the use of technology in disaster management. Students will also reflect on what the switch to online learning has meant for education since the beginning of the pandemic—and how that might change schooling for years to come.

At the end of the term, each student will create a culminating project that shares their response to the course material and discussions.

“I am so grateful for our talented faculty who have taken the time to create this opportunity for incoming students to build a stronger connection with Butler,” says Kathryn Morris, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “This demonstrates the wonderful initiative and innovation that is so central to our community.”

After paying the $500 enrollment deposit, incoming students can sign up for the course on their student status page. Students should enroll before June 15, 2020.


Media Contact:
Katie Grieze
News Content Manager

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Meet Incoming Transfer Student—Kyle Pendleton

Kyle Pendleton '22
Hometown: Lafayette, IN
Major: Criminolody

Why are you transferring to Butler University?

Butler has always been a dream school of mine. The academics here are unbeatable, the atmosphere is great, it offers my major of interest and many choices of clubs and activities to do around campus. It's located close to Broad Ripple and downtown Indy, and overall Butler is just a beautiful campus and is the best fit for me in every aspect!

What were you involved with at your last institution? 

At my previous college I was on the baseball team and I also played intramural sports. I was recruited to play baseball, but that was cut short due to me getting injured (twice) during my freshman year and also because of COVID-19 complications in my Sophomore year.

How did you initially hear about Butler and what interested you in the University?

I’ve always followed Butler basketball, so that’s how the school first caught my attention. Then as I got older, some of my older friends decided to go to Butler and they all recommended I should go on a visit and check out Butler. My freshman year of college is when I was really interested in Butler. My best friend, who plays on the baseball team, really talked me into coming to Butler and he invited me over on the weekends to hang out and meet some of the people around campus. I’ve enjoyed every weekend I’ve spent at Butler with my friends here. I also found out that my major, criminology, is one of the top criminology programs in the state as well—so that really got my attention. Once I went on an official visit, I just knew Butler was the best fit for me!

What is your favorite part about Butler?

It’s the perfect transition for me. Butler accepted all of my credits and coming from a small college it won't be too big of a change in regards to the student population—and also just how nice the facilities are here. The campus is so beautiful and the facilities are so well kept. Just knowing I’m getting a top-notch degree from a well-known school is something I love about Butler as well. The academics here are outstanding.

What are you most excited about?

I’m the most excited about living with my best friend and two other baseball players in Apartment Village! They will be a fun group of guys to be around and I’m excited to live with them. I’m also looking forward to meeting new people on campus as well, in class and out of class. I do know quite a bit of people on campus already, but I want to meet more people in my major and just in general. I'm also super pumped to go to Hinkle and watch some Butler Basketball—I’m really looking forward to that!

Meet the Class of 2024 - Ashton Franklin

Ashton Franklin
Hometown: Canton, Michigan
Intended Major: Strategic Communication


Butler University is excited to welcome an exceptional group of first-year students this coming fall. Read on to get to know Ashton Franklin, one member of the Class of 2024.


What was your first impression of Butler?

I’m a huge sports fan, especially the NBA, so I first heard of Butler through Gordon Hayward, basketball, and the University’s history of competing in the NCAA. Although that’s how I first heard of Butler, what really caught my attention was the positive testimonies from faculty and staff. Everyone I talked with on campus seemed like they really wanted me to be here, which meant a lot.

What made you choose Butler?

I felt so welcomed whenever I would come for campus visits. My first visit was at the end of a long string of college visits in Indiana. Once I stepped foot on Butler’s campus, I knew if I was going to go to school in Indiana, it would have to be at Butler. The campus is so serene, but also so full of life. I love how the campus is surrounded by nature, and the size is perfect.

What are your plans once you start classes?

I’m planning to major in Strategic Communication, and I hope to get involved in a bunch of clubs and intramural sports. I’m also really interested in community service, studying abroad, and completing internships, which is perfect because I know Butler really places an emphasis on that type of learning.

What do you hope you’ll get out of your college experience?

During my time at Butler, I hope that I am able to give others the opportunity to express themselves and to help tell their stories. I really believe that the world can become a brighter place if we all try to understand one another. And by the time I graduate, I’m confident that I’ll be the very best version of myself because of the opportunities that Butler has given to me.

Five Tips for Your First Year of College

By Katie Grieze

Whether you’ve read all those books about what to expect in college or you’re waiting to see for yourself, read on for a few quick tips on how to make the most of your experience.


1. Give yourself space to meet new people.

One of the best things about college is the chance to build lasting relationships. You’ll meet so many people from so many backgrounds. Get to know some of them! Maybe that means joining a club or chatting with classmates. Maybe you even walk up and say hi to other students around campus (while staying socially distanced, of course). College is a unique place where putting yourself out there is the norm, so take advantage of that welcoming atmosphere while you’re here.

BONUS TIP: If you’re starting college alongside close friends from high school, that’s great! But make sure to branch out. If you spend all your time with people you already know, you might miss opportunities to meet more friends.


2. Explore your interests, and fill up your schedule. (But don’t take on too much.)

Over these next few years, you’ll probably have more freedom than ever to learn and do what you want. Even if you’ve already declared a major, don’t stop there. Interested in something different? Consider a minor (or two)! Want to volunteer, join a faith-based community, or explore even more new things? Check out a student organization! (At Butler, you’ll have more than 130 to choose from.) 

College is an ideal time to find what’s right for you. But make sure to also find your limit: know when to say “no,” and don’t feel bad for letting go of things that aren’t a good fit.

BONUS TIP: Early in the semester, many student organizations will host call-out meetings to share information and provide a sense of what the semester will hold. These are great opportunities to “window shop” clubs before you join!


3. Stay in touch with your family.

Many first-year students experience homesickness at some point. And hey, chances are people back home are missing you, too. COVID-19 might make things harder this year, forcing Butler to discourage campus visitors and ask that students refrain from travel during the semester. But even a phone call helps, or you can get creative by holding a family game night over Zoom!


4. Use your campus resources.

As a college student, you have access to so many services and amenities that are either free to you or included with tuition. Take advantage of those now, because after graduation, things like gym memberships and counseling services don’t come cheap. All Butler students can work out in the Health and Recreation Complex, and you’ll have access to a variety of counseling and therapy services. You can also get personalized career guidance from the Office of Career and Professional Success (CaPS), database access and research help through Butler Libraries, and free or discounted admission to several on-campus events. Trust us—it’s cliche, but when it comes to college, you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.


5. Pay attention to how you’re feeling.

In the rush of all these new experiences, it can be easy to lose touch with how you’re feeling about all of it. It’s good to stay busy, but don’t forget to check in with yourself. Even good change is hard. Adjusting takes time, but it will be easier if you pause and acknowledge your feelings every day instead of waking up one morning in second semester and realizing how overwhelmed you’ve been all year. And remember that whatever you’re feeling, that’s okay.

BONUS TIP: Find a way to stay mindful that’s enjoyable and easy. Maybe that’s journaling before bed. Maybe it’s keeping a detailed planner, or using a mindfulness app. You might try yoga or meditation—or take a walk through Holcomb Gardens. Find what works for you!


Five Tips for Your First Year of College

Keep these things in mind as you transition from high school to life on a university campus

Meet the Class of 2024 - Maggie Conlon

Maggie Conlon
Hometown: Brookfield, Wisconsin
Intended Major: Marketing


Butler University is excited to welcome an exceptional group of first-year students this coming fall. Read on to get to know Maggie Conlon, one member of the Class of 2024.


Tell us a little bit about your high school experience.

In high school, I participated in lots of extracurriculars. I played tennis for three years, I led Best Buddies and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and I also loved being a part of DECA and volunteering clubs!

How did you initially hear about Butler, and what interested you in the University?

I first heard about Butler from my sister because she attends the University. What really interested me in Butler was when Trip came to our house and surprised my sister after she was admitted! It wasn’t only Trip’s cuteness that intrigued me, but also how personable Butler was to surprise my sister with a visit!

Then, I first visited Butler in August 2017 on the day that my sister moved into her residence hall. It was such an amazing atmosphere to be in because everyone was so excited to be at college. What really impressed me was how helpful the University was with the move-in process and the activities and events for families to attend over the move-in weekend.

What is your favorite part about Butler?
What I love most about Butler is the Lacy School of Business. Not only is the brand-new building incredible, but also the opportunities for students are unique. I am so excited to take the First Year Business Experience and Real Business Experience classes because instead of just listening to a lecture, I’ll be able to be hands-on in class and run a business.

Why did you choose to attend college here?
When I was going through the college search process, I would look at key features that each school had, such as the location, class sizes, opportunities for my major, and the friendliness of students and staff. When I would talk to my parents about the schools I was looking at, they would all fall short of something in one of those categories except for Butler. I compared every school to Butler, and no other school had what Butler had: a campus located near a big city, small class sizes allowing for connections with professors, an incredible business program, and a place where students would hold the door open for me as I explored the campus.

What do you hope to major or minor in?
I am planning on majoring in Marketing and minoring in Creative Media and Entertainment.

What are you most excited about?
I look forward to joining a faith-based organization, Special Olympics or Best Buddies, Greek Life, and some other extracurriculars. I am also excited to join the caring Butler community on campus with the new friends I make and with the professors I have for class. And of course, I am also excited to see Butler Blue IV around campus!

Meet the Class of 2024 - Marissa Flannery

Marissa Flannery
Hometown: Fairport, NY
Intended Major: Middle/Secondary Social Studies Education


Butler University is excited to welcome an exceptional group of first-year students this coming fall. Read on to get to know Marissa Flannery, one member of the Class of 2024.


What were you involved with during high school?

During high school, I was involved with my school’s National Honors Society, as well as our Spanish National Honors Society (SNHS). I also wrote for my school’s newspaper during my time there, and was an Asset Leader (a community volunteer) in the Fairport Schools. When I wasn’t at school or clubs, I was dancing at my studio. I was dancing five nights a week and couldn’t have been happier.

How did you initially hear about Butler?

I heard of Butler through my older brother. He is two years older than me, and when he was choosing a college, he took a great interest in Butler, so much so that he went there! Once I learned more information about the University, I began to feel like this was a place where people weren’t just another face in the crowd. Butler approaches students and families in such a personal and individualized way, and that is what I found so interesting about it.

What is your favorite part about Butler?

My favorite part about Butler is the on-campus environment. Yes, the nature at Butler is beautiful, but I’m talking about the community there. You can’t walk into Butler and feel like a little fish in the ocean, or feel like there’s no one to notice if you need help with something. The people at this school are there to support each and every one of us. From professors and administrators, to advisors and fellow Bulldogs, the sense of community and family is undeniable, and that is my absolute favorite part of Butler. Positivity is everywhere.

Why did you choose Butler?

There are so many reasons! One is the College of Education. The resources available and the plan to prepare me for my future in my profession blew me away! Another reason is the size of Butler. It’s a school that isn’t so big that you feel overwhelmed, but isn’t too small to the point where I’m reliving my high school classes! Lastly, I chose Butler because when I walked on other college campuses, I didn’t get the same feeling that I did at Butler. It may sound cheesy, but there definitely was that moment of, “Yup, this is the one.” 

What do you hope to major or minor in?

I will be majoring in Middle/Secondary Education in Social Studies with a minor in Spanish.

What do you hope to get involved with or be a part of at Butler?

I definitely want to take part in a volunteer club. Within the College of Education, I know there are a lot of volunteer tutoring opportunities within the Indianapolis Public School system, which I am looking forward to! I would like to take part in Greek Life and join clubs that keep me active and allow me to meet new people. Maybe the Dance Team could be an option, too!

What are you most excited about?

I’m most excited about starting this new chapter of my life in a community that is so special. I’m eager to meet new people and learn from Butler professors! The memories and relationships I’ll make is what makes me so excited for my time there. Also, I’ve met Trip but have yet to meet Butler Blue IV, so I’m looking forward to meeting that little guy!

Meet Incoming Transfer Student—Julia Hoff

Julia Hoff '23
Hometown: Houston, TX
Major: Multilingual Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies

Why are you transferring to Butler University?
My previous university wasn’t a great fit for me; it was incredibly small and isolated. I knew I wanted a college that was academically engaging, but where I wouldn’t have to sacrifice all the other aspects of college that make it feel like your home and community. As I learned about Butler, I felt that it had everything I wanted: interesting (and relatively niche) majors, lots of extracurricular opportunities, engaged faculty, thorough pre-professional counseling, an urban location, and a mid-sized student body.

How did you initially hear about Butler and what interested you in the University?
Both of my parents graduated from Butler, and my grandmother worked there for several years. I was especially drawn to Butler because of its Multilingual and Peace and Conflict studies majors. I didn’t want to have to choose between the several languages I was interested in pursuing and many institutions only offer Peace and Conflict studies as a minor, not a major. Butler’s location in a small city is also really nice!

What is your favorite part about Butler?
My favorite part about Butler so far is definitely my majors! I’ve selected my courses for  the upcoming semester, and I’m really excited about and interested in all of them. I’ve also already had a meeting with my advisor and she was really helpful and supportive.

What were you involved with during high school and/or your first year of college?
I’ve always been really involved with volunteering and service. In highschool, I helped run my school’s community service program by managing funds, leading projects, and helping students find ways to get involved. I spent my summers as a camp counselor at Camp M.I. Way, a day-camp for individuals with multiple disabilities. 

At Butler, I’m really looking forward to getting involved with service organizations, especially ones that go out into the city of Indianapolis. I’m also planning to study abroad, and am excited about the opportunity to get complete language and cultural immersion.

Meet the Class of 2024 - Megan Gorsky

Megan Gorsky
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Intended Major: Environmental Studies


Butler University is excited to welcome an exceptional group of first-year students this coming fall. Read on to get to know Megan Gorsky, one member of the Class of 2024.


What were you involved with during high school?

I was involved in marching band, jazz band, and the rowing team at my high school. I continued participating in band all four years of high school, and I was a drum major for three of those years.

What put Butler on your radar?

I have a lot of family near Butler’s campus, and every summer we would drive by the University. I always had the thought that maybe I would go to Butler. When it came time to start getting serious about my search, I took some college trips (Butler being one of them), and I was drawn to Butler more than any of the other schools I visited. Butler puts an emphasis on not only the academic side of college, but also on being a well-rounded person who really gets to experience life outside of classes.

What do you hope to major or minor in?

I am looking forward to majoring in Environmental Studies with a possible minor in Biology in the future.

What do you hope to get involved in at Butler?

I like to be involved with anything outdoors and adventurous. I would like to join the crew team and maybe join a few other clubs, ideally something environmental or an outdoor adventure group that does some cool things around Indy. I would also love to study abroad—I've spent a LOT of time researching that on the Butler website.

What are you most excited about?

I can’t wait to meet new friends and live in a beautiful area that has seasons. I can't wait to see what it's like to be a bit more independent in a different city.

Meet Incoming Transfer Student—Chloe Dluger

Chloe Dluger '22
Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL
Major: Strategic Communications

Why are you transferring to Butler University?
I am transferring to Butler because of the feeling I got while on campus. It just felt like I was in the right place. I also love its close location to downtown Indy from campus, and the support that Butler provides its students.

What were you involved with during high school and/or your first year of college? 
In college, I worked for the Center of New Students as an orientation leader, where I enjoyed meeting a variety of students. I was involved in the Student Activity Board, planning various student events, and the Honors program/Phi Theta Kappa, where we volunteered within the community and worked to expand our perspectives through classes or discussions. Additionally, I helped provide tours to local elementary and middle schools to motivate them to seek experiences in higher education.

If you’ve visited Butler, when did you first visit? 
My first visit to Butler was a transfer student guided tour. I liked that I was given an appointment with a transfer advisor before the tour because I was able to get all my questions about the transfer process answered. Other schools that I had visited did not offer something so tailored to transfer students, and it really showed me that Butler was the school for me.

What is your favorite part about Butler?
My favorite part about Butler is the instant feeling of being a part of the Butler community. Right after I visited campus, I received letters from the transfer advisor I met with and the student tour guide. It showed that Butler went above and beyond to make me feel welcomed.

What do you hope to get involved with or be a part of at Butler?
I hope to be involved in organizations like the Pre-Law club, but I am also looking forward to expanding my interests and seeing what else Butler has to offer.

Meet the Class of 2024 - Nathan Barney

Nathan Barney
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Intended Major: Sports Media


Butler University is excited to welcome an exceptional group of first-year students this coming fall. Read on to get to know Nathan Barney, one member of the Class of 2024.  


What were you involved with during high school?

I played baseball through sophomore year and then discovered crew. After my team won gold at Midwest Rowing Championships, I was chosen to row for the Olympic Development program last summer. I was also a retreat leader for freshmen and seniors this past year and have been a volunteer coach for the Chicago Blackhawks’ Special Hockey team for the past five years.

What drew you to Butler?

I went on a campus visit as a sophomore, and I felt early on that this might be the place for me. From that very first time I set foot on campus, I felt like I belonged at Butler. Everyone has been so welcoming. Smaller class sizes mean your professors will know your name, but there are still a ton of opportunities you would typically only see at bigger schools.

What is your favorite part about Butler?

I love that Butler is a smaller school with really big school spirit.

What do you hope to major or minor in?

I am currently enrolled in the College of Communication as a Sports Media major. I’m also thinking about minoring in Strategic Communication.

What are you most excited about?

I’m most excited to meet new people, explore internship opportunities, and go to basketball games at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Meet the Class of 2024 - Paulina (Isa) Sanchez

Paulina (Isa) Sanchez
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Intended Major: International Business and Strategic Communication


Butler University is excited to welcome an exceptional group of first-year students this coming fall. Read on to get to know Paulina Sanchez, one member of the Class of 2024.


What were you involved with during high school?

I was a member of my high school’s pre-professional dance company, where I choreographed multiple works and learned from many professional choreographers. I was also heavily involved with an international organization called Best Buddies, which fosters friendships with students with disabilities within our school community. I founded the Habitat for Humanity Club at my school and led a trip to Punta Gorda, Florida, to build a house. I also participated in Dance Marathon for Lurie Children’s Hospital, worked part-time during the school year at Altitude Trampoline Park, and worked as a Gymnastics Coach with the Chicago Park District during the summer.

What drew you to Butler?

I initially heard about Butler in regards to the dance program. When I was younger, I was training to become a professional ballerina, and a teacher told me to look into their program. After I started high school, I decided I wanted to focus more on my academics and change my career path. I later became interested in economics and business. When I was researching schools, I came across an ad for the new Lacy School of Business building. I decided to go take a tour, and I immediately fell in love with the program!

What is your favorite part about Butler?

My favorite part about Butler is the school pride that the student community takes on. I am a member of Butler University’s Dance Team for the 2020-2021 season, and I am so excited to perform, bring spirit to sports games, and represent Butler University.

Why did you choose Butler?

I chose Butler because it was clear that out of all of my school choices, Butler wanted me to attend. The staff reached out to me constantly with information, surveys, and invitations to apply to the Honors Program and scholarships. I wanted to make sure that I would get the most out of my investment in my education, and I realized that Butler would provide exactly that with the Honors Program, scholarship opportunities, smaller class sizes and a more personal learning environment, a promising placement rate for post-graduation, and the community that makes Butler feel like home.

What do you hope to major or minor in?

I hope to double major in either International Business or Marketing and Strategic Communication with a focus on Public Relations.

What do you hope to get involved with at Butler?
I hope to get involved with Best Buddies, Dance Marathon for Riley Children’s Hospital, possibly Greek Life, and continue with the Butler University Dance Team, Honors Program, and Lacy Scholars.

What are you most excited about?

I am most excited about diving deep into the business curriculum at Lacy and game days at Hinkle!

Why I Did an Internship During My First Semester of College

By Kennedy Broadwell

Kennedy Broadwell is a senior from Toledo, Ohio, with a major in Sports Media and a minor in Sports and Recreation.


When I first came to Butler in 2017, I was most excited for all the opportunities students have to challenge themselves, try new things, and gain first-hand career experience. My advice? Do this as soon as possible.

In my first semester on campus, I decided I wanted to hit the ground running with an internship. I knew how important connections and experience would be when it was time to start my career. So, I became IndyHumane’s Social Media Intern, which gave me a chance to learn how to collaborate with media staff to create successful multimedia campaigns.

That was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Because I chose to do this, I already had more on my résumé than most first-year college students, which has opened so many doors since.

Doing an internship early demonstrates your drive and, most importantly, improves your skill set. Since my time with IndyHumane, I have also interned with the Drew and Mike Show and Nine13sports. This summer, I am lucky enough to be interning with CCA Sports.

I want to make myself as marketable as possible. That is why all of my internships have been completely different, and I am doing as many as I can. I am now a senior Sports Media major, and my dream is to work in the sports industry. But I am not blind to the fact that this is a difficult field to break into, which is why I have made sure to gain real-world experience from a variety of companies during my time at college.

I have taken the advice from both professors and practicing professionals to not pigeonhole myself. To make sure I’m a well-rounded candidate when I start applying for full-time jobs, I’ve had to seek out internships that would help me gain career skills that apply to the sports industry but are also valuable within other fields. For example, at IndyHumane, I learned about the importance of non-profits in our community, gained writing and marketing skills, and had a whole lot of fun. My second internship with the Drew and Mike Show taught me how to edit podcasts, monitor fan interaction, and become an on-air personality. Then, I was able to land an internship with Nine13sports, another non-profit. There, I learned more about running company social media campaigns, working with kids, and blogging.

Now, I will be the Digital Marketing Intern for CCA Sports. This is possibly the most competitive internship I have landed so far. When interviewing with CCA Sports, I made sure to bring tangible examples of projects I had done with my other internships, sharing how I had helped those companies grow. It was my previous internship experiences that ultimately landed me the internship I have this summer.

So, to those of you wondering if it’s too soon to jump into an internship: It isn’t. Be confident in what you know and what you can do. Internships provide opportunities to learn and build your network. Take advantage of being in the great city of Indianapolis, and go after what you set out to do the day you decided to become a Bulldog.

Meet Incoming Transfer Student—Ethan Sickels

Ethan Sickels '22
Hometown: Carmel, IN
Major: Accounting

Why are you transferring to Butler University? 
At my previous institution, I felt like I was just a number. It was very difficult to develop relationships with professors and get individual attention or make meaningful connections with people in your classes. I am transferring to Butler because of the relationships that I will be able to develop. I went to a small high school where relationships with students and teachers were valuable, and I believe Butler is the place for that.

How did you initially hear about Butler and what interested you in the University?
Growing up only about 30 minutes from Butler, it was always a school I had on my list of colleges. The main thing that interests me is the size of the school and the campus. Having an interconnected community is something that I really enjoyed about my high school and I see a lot of that in Butler.

What were you involved with at your previous institution? 
During my first two years at my last college, I was involved in intramural basketball and two clubs through the business school. Getting involved early helped show me what I want to do after college and helped me meet some like-minded people.

What is your favorite part about Butler?
My favorite part about Butler is the fact that everyone is actually interested in being a part of the community in whatever role that is. During my interactions at Butler so far, everyone has been invested in helping me, and students are much more engaged in classes. Butler’s smaller size contributes a lot to that.

What do you hope to get involved with or be a part of at Butler?
I’m most excited about meeting new people and doing things like club sports or going to basketball games. So I hope to get involved in some clubs that can connect me with people that have the same interests as me. I’m hoping to be a lot more involved in the school than just going to classes and getting work done.

Meet the Class of 2024 - Tom Sullivan

Tom Sullivan
Hometown: Columbus, IN
Intended Major: Finance


Butler University is excited to welcome an exceptional group of first-year students this coming fall. Read on to get to know Tom Sullivan, one member of the Class of 2024.   


What were you involved with during high school?

In high school, I was involved in Key Club, Student Assembly, National Honor Society, and I played hockey and lacrosse. I was a captain on my hockey team, and I absolutely loved the relationships that I built over all four years. We actually won the 2A state championship in 2018, and it was one of my favorite days of high school.

How did you initially hear about Butler?

I heard about Butler when I was in middle school, but what interested me in Butler was when one of my neighbors decided to go there because of all the good things she had said. A few of my friends’ parents also attended Butler, and they all had wonderful things to say, as well. After hearing so many good things, I thought, 'why not visit?'

What is your favorite part about Butler?

I love the small school aspect the most because I feel like I can get to know both my professors and my fellow classmates. I also love its location in Indianapolis and all the opportunities that it brings.

Why did you choose Butler?

I chose Butler because of the internship opportunities in the Lacy School of Business, and just the overall feel of the school.

What do you hope to major or minor in?

I hope to major in Finance.

What are you most excited about?

I am very excited to start classes, begin learning, and to just be on campus.

Q&A with Transfer Student: Zoie Lowe '22

Zoie Lowe '22
Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders
College of Communication
Hometown: Greentown, IN

Why did you transfer to Butler University?
Originally, I applied to Butler as a high school senior, but I did not get accepted. From a very young age I had always wanted to go to Butler because I have a brother who also went to there, so my family and I visited him frequently. I remember visiting campus and just being there felt like home to me, even at such a young age. When I was in high school my family and I would go to Butler basketball games and that feeling of “home” when I was on campus still remained. Although I did not get accepted my first time around, I decided to re-apply to Butler after my first semester of freshman year because I knew that Butler was where I was meant to be.

What extracurriculars have you participated in? What sparked your interest to join?
I am currently involved in Greek life (a member of Alpha Chi Omega), an executive member of Butler Ambassadors for Special Olympics (BASO), a Butler Student Orientation Guide (SOG), and a member of the club Dawgs Serving Dogs. I became interested in Greek Life because I knew that it would be a great way for me step out of my comfort zone, meet new people, and help others through service. I decided to join BASO and hold an executive position because I have always had a passion for working with those who have disabilities. I have an older brother, Zack, who was diagnosed with Autism when he was around 18-months-old. The way Zack can light up any room that he enters and not let negativity ruin his spirit is inspiring.

I decided to become a Butler SOG because I saw it as another great leadership opportunity, as well as a way to show incoming students why I love Butler and why it is an awesome school full of amazing people. Lastly, I decided to join Dawgs Serving Dogs because I love animals and saw this club as a great way to volunteer and raise money for the local humane society. 

What hands-on learning experiences have you had and/or what internships have you completed?
I have not completed any internships or hands-on learning yet. However, through Butler's Communication Sciences Disorders clinical practicum, in the near future I will get the opportunity to experience working in a clinic and provide therapy to people in the community. This is something that is very unique about Butler's CSD program and I am very excited for the experience and skills that I will gain from it. 

What is your favorite thing about Butler?
My favorite thing about Butler is how everyone cares. The professors only want what is best for their students and are always there to help them succeed. Along with this, the students at Butler care too. Throughout my time at Butler, I noticed a sense of community. Whether it’s holding the door for someone they don’t know or looking out for one another, the people of Butler truly care and are considerate of each other.

What is the most unique experience you've had while attending Butler? 
I think that the most unique experience that I have had while at Butler was transferring at the start of my spring semester of freshman year. It was very hard for me to adjust and there were times when I called my parents a lot throughout the week crying and I would often go home on the weekends. Everyone else was already well-adapted to the school and atmosphere, while I had no idea what to expect. Although it was a difficult change for me, what kept me going was how caring everyone is at Butler. I was blessed with amazing roommates that were always there for me and were the first people to show me around campus and help me find where my classes were—they are now my best friends. At the time I was a Biology major and was struggling with it, but my then advisor, professors, and the Center for Academic Success and Exploration were incredibly uplifting and helpful for me. Everyone cares for each other at Butler and there is a special feeling of community here. 

What tip(s) do you have for incoming transfer students?
One big tip that I have for transfer students is to put yourself out there. When I transferred, it was during the spring semester, so clubs had already began and it was hard for me to get involved. However, I made it a priority of mine to attend the block party at the beginning of the fall semester so that I could find what clubs interested me and go to call-out meetings for them. I think that it is also important to be open to change. I came into Butler as a Biology major and thought I had my life figured out. After a few months, I realized that I did not enjoy being a Biology major and I found myself under a lot of stress. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, my strength was not Biology and it took me awhile to realize that and I didn’t want to at first. I decided to take an Exploratory class my first semester of sophomore year and it was probably the one of best things that I could have done for myself. With the help of my professor in that class, I was able to continue to learn my strengths and weaknesses, and how to better develop my strengths.

Meet the Class of 2024 - Matea Radovic

Matea Radovic
Hometown: Montenegro, Europe and Evansville, Indiana
Intended Major: Biochemistry


Butler University is excited to welcome an exceptional group of first-year students this coming fall. Read on to get to know Matea Radovic, an international student and one member of the Class of 2024.


What were you involved with during high school?

In high school I was involved in theatre, cheer, Key Club, choir, co-curricular committee, National Honors Society, and tutoring. I truly liked being involved in different activities because it allowed me to be part of them and learn a lot of new things. It was also a great way to spend time with my friends and make endless memories.

What interested you most in attending college in the United States?

Being a foreigner and knowing how the universities work in Europe, I felt like colleges in the U.S. were a better fit for me. The way that I think is that, ‘If I am going to be paying for my education, I better have good relationships with my teachers and others on the campus, and a lot of opportunities that would make me grow into a highly educated person.’ On the other side, I can always go back to Europe, so then why not challenge myself?

What is your favorite part about Butler?

I think the feeling that it is a smaller school, but offers a lot of things that you can be involved in. It seems like it is much bigger than it is, so it’s the best of both worlds.

Why did you choose Butler?

I went through a process of basically grading each college that I considered and Butler had the highest grade, and there was nothing that I didn’t like about it. It really just seems like it has everything you can imagine a college to have–great location, perfect size, beautiful campus, great academics. It checked every box.

What do you hope to major or minor in?

I hope to major in Biochemistry and maybe minor in Spanish or some form of art.

What are you most excited about?

I am mostly excited to finally meet my roommate and make new friends and memories. I am also excited to focus on creating my path of becoming a doctor.

Meet Incoming Transfer Student—Amelia Ball

Amelia Ball '23
Hometown: Nashotah, WI
Major: International Studies

Why are you transferring to Butler University? 
I decided to transfer to Butler because of their small student-to-faculty ratio and the ability to explore different academic interests with ease. I also loved the campus location and the dedication Butler has to volunteering around Indianapolis and beyond. 

How did you initially hear about Butler and what interested you in the University? 
I was looking for a smaller school that had similar ideals to my own such as a dedication to service and academics. I also really liked the high ranking business school, as well as the study abroad program. The emphasis that Butler places on the arts (such as through the Butler Cultural Requirements) shows me that they are interested in giving students a well-rounded education that is not just limited to their field of study. 

What is your favorite part about Butler? 
I really enjoy the dedication that the professors and advisors have to the students. I feel they really try to get to know me as an individual, not just as a student, and work to help me achieve the best experience possible at Butler. 

If you’ve visited Butler, when did you first visit? Was it a planned event, a guided tour, or just an informal walk around campus? 
I first visited in Spring 2020 with an informal walk around campus before committing fully to the university. The location—set in the suburbs, close to a college town, but also near the larger city of Indianapolis—was perfect for me.

What do you hope to get involved with or be a part of at Butler? 
I hope to be involved in the Student Government Association, Club Climbing, Greek Life, and various volunteer opportunities. I’m really excited to meet new people through classes, clubs, and other extracurriculars.