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Plan for Success

It's never too early to start thinking about and preparing for college. But where do you begin? We've created this guide to help you sort through the college selection process. Use this information to help your student plan for success!

Freshman Year

Think ahead! Life is exciting as a high school student, but in the midst of everything going on it's important for your student to think about the future. Encourage your student to get organized and practice good study habits now. Grades count more than they think and they become a part of a high school transcript. The better the grades, the better the admission and scholarship opportunities will be!

Tips for students:

  • Study hard! Grades count even as a freshman.
  • Get involved with extracurricular activities. Now is the time to start exploring your options, including clubs, activities, volunteering and more.
  • Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss courses for your sophomore year.

Sophomore Year

Help your child build on the skills developed as a freshman and dig into their potential. Sophomore year should be fun! They're no longer the "newbie", but don't let that distract them from doing their best. Admission professionals look for a steady increase in grades, so take advantage of the second year in high school to shine!

Tips for students:

  • Improve your study skills. If you see yourself falling behind in a certain subject, now is the time to seek help and improve.
  • Take the PSAT and/or PLAN to get a good idea of what it will be like to take the SAT or ACT.
  • Stay involved in extracurricular and volunteer activities. You can make a difference in your life and in the lives of others.
  • Visit your school's career center to begin exploring your interests and strengths. This will help you start your college search by thinking of possible majors.
  • Sign up for classes that will challenge you next year and talk with your guidance counselor about your intended diploma type.
  • Enroll in AP and Honors courses as you are eligible.

Junior Year

Begin collecting college information. Have your student talk with the school counselor to make sure everything is on track for graduation and discuss your college thoughts with your student!

Tips for students:

  • Attend college fairs at your high school or in your community.
  • Talk with your counselor about taking the SAT or ACT. Take the PSAT for an opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
  • Be a leader. Now is a good time to take your extracurricular involvement to the next level.
  • Write a resume. Start putting your accomplishments and involvements on paper for college and scholarship applications.
  • Register with NCAA Clearinghouse if you plan to play Division I college athletics.
  • Plan your senior year. It's important to discuss your course schedule with your counselor to make sure you meet graduation requirements.

Senior Year

If you have followed this plan, the hard work should pay off. Now is the time for your student to start narrowing down the list of colleges and universities. Keep a special folder or binder for information from these schools and be sure to get an application from each school. Keep an eye out for outside scholarship opportunities because every little bit helps!

Tips for students:

  • If you haven't already, visit campus! It's a great way to see if a school will be a good fit for you.
  • Be aware of application deadlines. Butler's Early Action I deadline is November 8.
  • Register for the SAT or ACT. At Butler, we take your highest sub score from each exam and add those together for your final score. That way we review you at your best.
  • Submit your applications. Make sure to proofread and fully complete each application. Give yourself plenty of time to finalize your application.
  • Explore financial aid and scholarship options. Remember to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1. A Butler education is an investment that will last a lifetime.

High School Course Requirements for Admission to Butler University

English: 4 years
Math: 3 years including Algebra II
Science: 3 years (2 must include labs; including chemistry and biology)
History or Social Studies: 2 years
Foreign Language: 2 years of the same language

Intended science, pharmacy, computer science, engineering, or mathematics majors should have additional units in science and math.

Admission Selection Factors

Throughout the admission selection process, our counselors review the "whole" student by considering the following:

  • Academic achievements: grade point average, high school transcript, the student's course load, and class rank
  • Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT); remember that the writing section of either test is required
  • Personal statement
  • Guidance counselor's recommendation

Extracurricular involvement and leadership experience: athletic, literary, artistic, social service, church and community involvement, and employment