Butler University was founded in 1855 by attorney and abolitionist Ovid Butler. It
occupies 290 beautiful acres. The university’s liberal arts-based education emphasizes
communication, appreciation of beauty, community service and global awareness. The
campus is located in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood. It is 5 miles from downtown
Indianapolis, the capital city of Indiana, which offers many features of a major city. It is
located 165 miles from Chicago, making a weekend trip to Chicago a very attractive option.
All facilities on campus are within easy walking distance and are air conditioned (except
for Ross Hall). Meals, plenaries, classes and evening programs are all located within two
buildings which are adjacent to each other. Atherton Union is the location of the Reilly
Room which is where the plenaries and evening programs will be held. Alberton Union also
houses the dining hall, the campus book store, a Starbucks outlet, and the C-Club which
features sandwiches, pizza, grill items, etc. Jordan Hall, which is close to Atherton Union
and the residence halls, is where the majority of classes will be held.
There are several ATMs (money machines) and a post office on campus. The nearest bank
is about one mile away. On the edge of campus there is a new parking garage with the
following eateries on the ground level: Scotty’s Dawghaus (a restaurant-brewery), Pita Pit
and Metro Diner.
Only a short walk from campus is the Indianapolis Museum of Art. A longer walk (about a
five minute ride by car) is Broad Ripple Village, a charming neighborhood that offers a lively
mix of restaurants, clubs, bars, as well as art galleries and one-of-a-kind shops. BlueIndy,
an electric car-sharing service is available on the Butler Campus and provides participants a
reasonable means of transportation www.blue-indy.com/#easy