50 States, 50 Colleges: Indiana

Today’s featured college for 50 States, 50 Colleges is from Indiana!

College in the Spotlight:  Butler University

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Location:  Indianapolis, Indiana

Size:  4,296 full-time undergraduate students

Fast Facts:

  • Butler is located in the historic Butler-Tarkington neighborhood 5 miles from downtown Indianapolis.

  • It is a 295-acre park-like campus less than 20 miles from the Indianapolis airport.

  • Butler was founded by Ovid Butler, a lawyer and abolitionist, back in 1885 as a liberal arts college focused on helping students achieve personal and professional growth.

  • Students come from all over the country and world to attend Butler–44 states and 51 countries are represented on campus!

  • The university is divided into six colleges focused on Business, Communications, Education, Liberal Arts, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Art.

  • There are over 60 majors to choose from, as well as 8 pre-professional programs.

  • The Placement Rate, or percentage of graduates working full-time, in graduate school, or in a gap year program, for the class of 2012 was 94%!

  • Butler offers over 150 student activities with 94% of students involved.

  • 19 NCAA Division 1 sports are offered at Butler–go Bulldogs!


  • Experiential learning and real world experiences are highly emphasized in all of Butler’s programs.

  • Undergraduates in the College of Business have the opportunity to work alongside faculty at the Butler Business Consulting Group–a fully functioning consulting firm!

  • Students majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders have provided free speech, language, and hearing screenings to over 6,000 school children since 2000.

  • The College of Education partnered with Indianapolis public schools to open a magnet laboratory school in 2011.  All of the teachers at the school are COE graduates and around 100 COE students each year observe or student teach there!

  • COE offers short-term study abroad trips and semester-long student teaching experiences abroad; a recent student traveled to Tasmania!

  • Pharmacy students at Butler work with medical students from the Indiana University College of Medicine to run a health clinic for low-income Indianapolis residents.  The pharmacy is completely run by Butler students and serves around 30 patients each week.

 Want to learn more about Butler?  Visit http://www.butler.edu


Major Monday: Sports Management

Do you like sports?  Are in you interested in finance and management?  Are you a strong leader?  If yes, then a career in Sports Management may be for you!

General Description: Sports Management is marketing and business in the world of sports.  There are numerous options in the field depending on the specialty you choose.  A person in this field may work directly with athletes or sports teams.  This includes being a coach, scout, or agent.  One may also work behind the scenes on marketing and promotions of groups or teams and arenas.  Event planning, community or school programs, and health management are additional areas a sports manager may work in.

Education Requirements: A bachelor’s degree in sports management is required but an MBA or Master of Sports Management may be preferred.  Sports Management may also be a concentration within a Business program, such as Merrimack College.  Program courses focus on business, marketing, event planning, communications, and finance.  Click here for a sample curriculum!

Area colleges with a Sports Management program include Merrimack College (North Andover, MA), Mount Ida College (Newton, MA),  New England College (Henniker, NH), Nichols College (Dudley, MA), Northeastern University (Boston, MA), and Salem State University (Salem, MA).

Salary and Job Projections: In 2012-2013, the average salary for a sports manager was $64,790.  This number could vary depending on amount of specialization, experience, and location.  Sports management is a competitive field yet it is growing faster than average.

Check out an interview with Wade Martin on Roadtrip Nation!  He has a Master’s Degree in Sports Management and is the president of the Dew Action Sports Tour!


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50 States, 50 Colleges: Georgia

Today on our college tour we head to Georgia!

College in the Spotlight:  University of Georgia

Location:  Athens, GA (about 60 miles northeast of Atlanta)

Size:  34,538 students (26,278 undergrads)

Fast Facts:

The University of Georgia is comprised of 18 schools and colleges, and offers over 140 degree programs.  Here are some of the majors that caught our eye:  Avian Biology, Dairy Science, Fabric Design, Magazine Journalism, Music Therapy, Real Estate, and Scientific Illustration.

“The Arch,” pictured above, is an iron gateway at the entrance of the campus.  Most students walk underneath the Arch for the first time with a UGA diploma in hand; rumor has it if you pass through before then, you won’t graduate on time.  For over 150 years it has been the scene of gatherings and demonstrations.  The Arch witnessed the desegregation of UGA, protests over the Persian Gulf War and Kent State shootings, and a candle-lit vigil following the events of September 11th.

UGA’s 759 acre campus boasts its own golf course, botanical garden, museum, hotel and conference center, and a 92,746-seat football stadium.

The Georgia Bulldogs have one of the best known live mascots in the country – Uga!  Uga IX is the current mascot, representing 19 Division I Athletic teams.  UGA students love their Bulldogs and pack the stadium to support their school.  Major rivals include the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Florida Gators, and Auburn Tigers.  Tradition dictates that fans rush to the Chapel Bell to ring in a victory.

You will not be bored at University of Georgia!  The campus is home to over 600 registered clubs and activities.  You name it, there’s an organization for it.  And if there’s not, the Center for Student Organizations will help you set one up!

For more information, head to http://www.uga.edu