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Where to Eat Near Butler

By Hailey Radakovitz ’21

Hailey Radakovitz is a senior at Butler with a major in Strategic Communication and minors in Spanish and Marketing.


Even if it now means ordering takeout or finding a seat outdoors, Butler students enjoy access to Indianapolis’ amazing assortment of restaurants and cafés. Here’s a tried-and-true list of some of the best spots to dine near Butler’s campus—just be sure to stay safe.


317 Burger

(GF and Vegetarian options available)

Located in the center of nearby Broad Ripple, 317 Burger’s specialty is—you guessed it—burgers. Their beef burgers are made with 100 percent premium Black Angus beef, and they also serve bison, turkey, veggie, and impossible patties. 317 crafts meals with high-quality ingredients, which helps set their burgers apart from the rest.

What to try: The 317 Burger & a side of Garlic Parmesan Fries

Open for carryout, delivery, dine in, and patio service.


Café Patachou

(GF, Vegetarian, and Vegan options available)

A favorite Sunday brunch spot among students and locals alike, Café Patachou offers delicious breakfast and lunch favorites with their own unique twist. Their menu is filled with sandwiches, omelets, soups, salads, and specialty coffee drinks. Located just a short drive (or even a long walk) from campus, Café Patachou is an easy and dependable go-to for many students.

What to try: The Omelette You Can’t Refuse

Open for carryout, dine in, and patio service.



(GF, Vegetarian, and Vegan options available)

Patachou’s artisanal pizza joint is the perfect place for a night out. With multiple locations around Indianapolis, a delicious pie is never far. Napolese’s menu features fresh salads, pizza made with hand-formed dough and homemade sauce, and a wide array of wines for those 21 and older. With a modern and stylish atmosphere, Napolese is a great place to unwind and enjoy a weekend dinner.

What to try: The Margherita Pizza & the Napolese Double Chopped House Salad

Open for carryout, dine in, and patio service.


Ripple Bagel & Deli

(Vegetarian options available)

Broad Ripple Bagel & Deli is the place to go for bagels near Butler. With a wide array of spreads and toppings, their bagel sandwiches are anything but basic. This place is great for breakfast, lunch, or a snack any time of day.

What to try: The Banana Surprise & The Morning Mess

Open for carryout, dine in, and patio service.


St. Elmo Steak House

(GF options available)

For special occasions such as Family Weekend or graduation, St. Elmo is the place to be. As one of Indy’s most well-known restaurants, it is notorious for its incredible shrimp cocktail and steaks. Not only does St. Elmo serve great food, but it also has history and a consistent reputation—the restaurant is Indy’s oldest steakhouse still in its original location, and it has also been named one of Forbes“10 Great Classic Restaurants Well Worth Visiting.”

What to try: The famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail

Open for reservations.



(Vegetarian options available)

If you’re looking for an inviting coffee shop where you can study and grab a latte, Provider is an ideal spot to check out. With a cool, modern interior and plenty of seating, this coffeehouse is the perfect place to grab a drink and catch up on assignments with a few friends.

What to try: The Ginger Latte & a pastry

Open for curbside pickup or walk-up window with outdoor seating.


Chatham Tap

(Vegetarian options available)

With a location right on Butler’s campus, this laid-back pub emphasizes sandwiches and appetizers and also serves a wide array of draught and bottled beer for the 21+ crowd. Conveniently located just a short walk from Hinkle Fieldhouse, Chatham is an especially great place to pick up a quick and satisfying meal on game day.

What to try: The Fish and Chips or any order of wings

Open for carryout, delivery, dine in, and patio service.

Chatham Tap

Where to Eat Near Butler

If you're looking to grab take-out or sit down to a socially distanced meal near campus, check out these Bulldog favorites

Chatham Tap

Where to Eat Near Butler

By Hailey Radakovitz ’21

Top 5 Things to Look Forward to at Virtual Open House

Open House is Butler’s cornerstone event for high school seniors and transfer students in the college search process. This year, we’re going virtual on three different dates so you can connect with current students, faculty, and staff, all from the comfort of your own home and in only two hours. This evening will include lots of breakout sessions featuring highlights about everything from living on campus to academics to health and wellness, and much more. So, what are the top 5 things to look forward to at Open House

1. Halftime show with Butler Blue IV 
That’s right—halfway through the event, we’ll take a break for you to meet and greet with Butler Blue IV, our new official live mascot, and his handler, Evan Krauss ’16 in historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. Blue and Evan will take your questions via Instagram about life at Butler, academics, and even about Blue himself. This is your opportunity to meet the famous puppy mascot and learn more about life on campus. This brings us to the second thing to look forward to...

2. Giveaways 
If Blue and Evan pick your question and answer it live, you’ll win a prize package from the Butler Bookstore. The giveaways are a surprise, but expect some pretty great, future Bulldog swag. You’ll have to tune in to see exactly what is in the giveaway, and to submit your questions via Instagram for a chance to win. 

3. Dive deeper into our six academic colleges 
The first sessions of the evening will feature our academic colleges. Led by faculty and current students, you can get a firsthand look at what it’s like to be a college student in any one of our six colleges. Choose from the College of Communication, the College of Education, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the Jordan College of the Arts, and the Lacy School of Business. Browse the list of Butler’s majors and minors ahead of the event to get a feel for our programs.

4. Get a glimpse of what life’s like on campus 
There is no doubt that this year is unprecedented, extraordinary, uncommon, and just plain weird. While we wish we could have this event on campus, we’re bringing you the next best thing through our breakout sessions focused on student life. You can choose to learn more about student involvement, living on campus, the Efroymson Diversity Center, or health, well-being, and recreation. These 25-minute sessions will give you a taste for what your life could be like next year. 

5. Ask admission counselors your burning questions 
We know the college admission process can be overwhelming and you probably have questions. To close the event, our admission counselors will be available to answer your questions about anything, including our test-optional admission policy, scholarship availability, important dates, or the admission process as a whole. 

We hope that you’re excited to join us for one of our Virtual Open House dates on either Wednesday, September 16; Wednesday, October 14; or Wednesday, November 4, from 6:30–8:30 PM ET. Register and learn more here. See you then! 

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.


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 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 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 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 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!

Making Butler your Student’s Home Away From Home

By Anne Denz - Admission Counselor

So–your student is ready to leave the nest, but is thinking about going to a school that isn’t close by. We know that can be a bit scary and overwhelming, so here are the top 10 things you need to know about making Butler’s campus your child’s home away from home.

1: Community

Your student will join a community that supports students in every aspect of their lives. From current students, to faculty members, to alumni, to members of the surrounding community, your student will join a group of people who are proud of being a Butler Bulldog. Students lift each other up, faculty members challenge their classes, and campus provides a safe place to explore various interests and passions. 

2: Housing

So much of creating a home revolves around having a comfortable space to work, sleep, and socialize. Students live on campus for the first three years, which helps establish a strong community and build connections. The Community Assistants organize programs and events so students are able to meet the new people and Residence Life is committed to helping support students during their transition to college.

3: Dining

Nothing feels more like home than a made-from-scratch meal. Butler’s Dining Services provides plenty of healthy and delicious options for students. Bon Appetit, our campus dining partner, is focused on wellness, sustainability, and catering to the needs of students. There’s a dietitian on staff to assist with any special dining accommodations like food allergies. There are also several dining options across campus, so students can choose between a sit down, all-you-can-eat meal in the Marketplace at Atherton Union or get a quick grab-and-go meal at Plum Market

4: Safety

All students, faculty, and staff are connected to our Dawg Alert system that keeps campus up-to-date on any important safety information such as fire alarms, power outages, suspicious activity reported on or near campus, and more. Emergency call boxes are also located throughout campus, and are actively monitored by the Butler University Police Department.  

5: Dedicated Faculty

Butler University has an 11:1 student to faculty ratio, and these dedicated faculty members care about your student’s well-being in and out of the classroom. With an average class size of 21, faculty members know their students by name and notice if they have missed a class or are struggling with the material. They all provide office hours throughout the semester, and are willing to make extra time for a student if they need help on a paper, project, or just want to discuss a lesson. Each student is paired with a faculty advisor from their specific major’s department, so they have an expert guiding them through their class selection and academic career.

6: Health Services

The first time getting sick away from home is the worst, and as family living far away, you can sometimes feel helpless. Butler University Health Services understands that and places an emphasis on treating the medical, emotional, and educational needs of students. Whether your student has a sore throat or would like to talk to one of our mental health professionals, they can head to the Health and Recreation Center to get the help they need.

7: BUBeWell

The overall well-being of all Butler students is top-priority. The BUBeWell Model is an eight dimension model that builds a foundation for a transformative and holistic student experience. The eight dimensions include: Mind and Body, Diversity and Inclusion, Intellectual, Social, Service and Community, Career and Life Skills, Meaning and Purpose, and Sustainability.

8: Involvement

While students are often eager to gain some independence, homesickness can sometimes still creep in. Luckily, we have plenty of ways to help keep that feeling at bay. With over 130 student organizations, there are plenty of ways for students to get involved. Butler has 20 Division 1 athletic teams, and our students thoroughly enjoy attending these athletic events. In fact, experiencing a Men’s Basketball game in Hinkle Fieldhouse is a must. Students also have the opportunity to attend various concerts, musicals, lecture series, and more in Clowes Hall and other performance spaces around campus.  

9: Family Events

Families are always welcomed and encouraged to visit campus. Homecoming is the perfect way to see our beautiful campus in the fall and reunite with your child. From tailgating at the football game to the Bulldog Beauty Contest, the weekend is packed with fun-filled activities. If you can’t make it to Homecoming, we also host a Family Weekend later in the semester.

10: Location

Even if you aren’t just down the road, visiting your student is quite easy, due to the University’s location. Butler’s campus is located only 20 minutes from the Indianapolis International Airport and hotels are easily accessible near campus. Downtown Indianapolis and Broad Ripple provide great entertainment. There are plenty of restaurants to try out, walking and biking paths to explore, shops to peruse, and more. 


It is important that each student feels like Butler is the right fit for them, but we also want to make sure that each family also feels comfortable and welcomed. We highly recommend visiting campus as a family before your student moves in. Whether you join us for an official visit during the college search process, (see Eight Things to Know Before your Official Visit to get the scoop on how best to prepare for your tour of campus) or make a special trip over the summer before classes start to walk around campus on your own, seeing campus for yourself can be extremely helpful.


Anne Denz is an Admission Counselor within Butler’s Office of Admission. Anne works with students living in Illinois’ South and Southwest suburbs; Kansas; Kansas City and St. Joseph, Missouri; Minnesota; and Wisconsin.

Making Butler your Student’s Home Away From Home

By Anne Denz - Admission Counselor

Five Ways We See "The Butler Way" in Your Application

By Erin Scott - Admission Counselor


The Butler Way demands commitment, denies selfishness, accepts reality, yet seeks improvement every day while putting the team above self.

The Butler Way is a motto that Butler students live by. When reviewing your application for admission, we can see examples of how students already embody this motto before even arriving on campus. Below are a few of the many ways we see The Butler Way demonstrated in a student’s application.

1. Leadership

We are very interested in learning about your involvement and leadership opportunities. This could be clubs and organizations inside and outside of your school, athletics, jobs, volunteer work, or any extracurricular activities. And if you’re very involved in high school and want to continue that in college, Butler has over 130 student organizations on campus.

2. Commitment

We understand that high school can be challenging, but a great way to show your commitment to your education is through the grades you earn in your classes. You may have a rocky start getting adjusted to high school, or grades might slip at another time, but showing you bounced back and have an overall upward grade trend lets us know you worked hard to overcome the challenges.

3. Hard-Working

There are several ways throughout your application that you can show us you’ve worked hard to get to where you are now. One way is to see that you have challenged yourself through the classes you have selected each year. This can be shown by taking AP or IB classes, college credit courses, or even a fourth year of math or science.

4. Character

One of the best ways for us to learn more about you and your character is through letters of recommendation. The letters you submit with your application can come from anyone you choose, but we recommend hearing from a teacher, coach, mentor, or boss. Letters of recommendation give us the opportunity to learn about your strengths from a different perspective.

5. Perseverance

We understand that standardized testing (ACT/SAT) isn’t for everyone, which is why we have a test-optional policy for most of our programs. But, if you do choose to take the ACT or SAT, we recommend trying it more than once to see how you can improve and how it may benefit your future.


Erin Scott is an Admission Counselor within Butler’s Office of Admission. Erin works with students living in Northwest Indiana; Michigan: Ann Arbor, the Capital District, Detroit's Northern suburbs, and Wayne County; and Ohio: Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake Counties, Northeast Ohio, and Southeast Ohio. 




Five Ways We See "The Butler Way" in Your Application

By Erin Scott - Admission Counselor

Hidden Study Spots on Butler’s Campus

By Grace Gordon

Grace Gordon is a sophomore at Butler University, where she majors in Strategic Communication and minors in Creative Writing.


Butler is known for its beautiful campus, and it doesn’t fall short on having a surplus of great places to study. Some of the most popular areas include the Starbucks at Atherton Union, the private work spaces available in the building for the Lacy School of Business, or the third floor of Irwin Library. But due to the popularity of these spots, it isn’t uncommon to find yourself scrambling for a table at Starbucks or disappointed that all the Business Building study rooms have been filled. Despite the crowds at some of the more obvious areas on campus, Butler is filled with hidden gems that are sure to satisfy your studying needs.

Business Building Rooftop Deck

I, unfortunately, didn’t discover the joys of working outside until colder days started slipping into my week, but next year I will be sure to spend more time on the rooftop deck of the building for the Lacy School of Business. This area on the top floor is filled with comfortable furniture and great views to add to your studying experience. When the weather is nice, you’ll have a beautiful view of campus while sitting outside in the sunshine.

Atherton Union Floor 1 ½

This spot is located up the stairs near the Reilly Room in Atherton Union, on what I like to call “floor 1 ½.” Technically, I think this is the second floor, but it is very small and only has a set of large windows and a quiet little nook that is perfect for curling up with some reading for class. The views through the windows that overlook the iconic stone bulldog statue and West Hampton Drive add even more character to this cozy location. It’s also in a convenient spot to grab a meal downstairs during the day. In the evening, if you’re lucky, the melodies of someone practicing piano in the Reilly Room will drift up to keep you company while you work.

South Campus Main Building Basement

This hidden spot is more of a hike, but if you’re looking for a unique and private place to study for an extended time, the South Campus Main Building basement is an excellent spot to settle in for hours. This room has a window overlooking the beautiful Central Canal and plenty of study space for you and your friends. The room has a large table and a few white boards that have always satisfied my studying needs. If this spot is already occupied, there are plenty of alternative places around South Campus, so your trip won’t be wasted!

Third Floor of Jordan Hall

This spot took an entire semester for me to find, but it quickly became one of my favorites. This room is located on the top floor of Jordan Hall. The ceiling and almost all the walls are covered in windows (this can be seen from the outside area of Starbucks.) A lot of light always fills this room, but my favorite days are when it rains, and I feel as though I’m secluded in a small igloo during a storm. Along with the excellent views of campus, this room was just newly furnished with couches, tables, and whiteboards.

These spots are just a few of my personal favorite discoveries after a semester and a half on campus. Be sure to continue exploring our beautiful University and uncover what could soon become your ideal study space!

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.