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Archive: August 2011

How to Get Good Letters of Recommendation

You might have seen from our application requirements page that a letter of recommendation is not required for admission or scholarship consideration; however, it can help give the admission committee more insight into who you are as a student both in and out of the classroom from the perspective of a teacher, counselor or community leader.

What should go into a letter of recommendation?
Answer:   There is not a set template.  Each letter is going to be different because every student who is applying for admission is going to be different.  The letter shouldn’t just be a listing of your extracurricular activities or community service—we can see all of that information in your application or ‘Extracurricular Resume’.  A good letter of recommendation will describe to the admission committee why you are a strong candidate for admission.  It should be a description of your personal character, leadership experiences and the recommender’s insight into your accomplishments.

We also have a few tips for you when asking for a letter of recommendation:
Tip 1: Choose teachers, counselors and coaches who know what you can do.
Tip 2: Give those individuals who are writing letters of recommendation the courtesy of time.
Tip 3: Talk with your recommenders about why college is important to you and the reasons you chose particular schools.
Tip 4: Share a brief resume of your activities and accomplishments with those who are writing letters for you.
Tip 5: Provide a list of application deadlines and appropriate forms.

Welcome Week: Study Abroad Style

By Kaitlin Canady
Butler University
International Management/Marketing
Class of 2012

 

 

As I begin thinking about Welcome Week commencing on the Butler University campus, I can’t help but think back to the unique Welcome Week experience I encountered while abroad in Germany at Zeppelin University. Welcome Week at any university is the most exciting and exhilarating time. Its a clean slate full of new faces, new opportunities, and tons of potential. But let me just say that I was not quite prepared for the Welcome Week that I was about to experience once I got settled into a week of living in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Welcome Week in Germany

After a few minor activities, students were arranged and split into groups of boys and girls, and all of us were placed into a large empty room in a huge circle. We all soon began to realize that this activity is what we in America like to call “speed dating.” The boys rotated around the circle in order to talk to and get to know each one of us a little better. We had three minutes with each person to talk about the topic that was given to us before each round. Hobbies, family, travel, our future goals…anything was up for discussion! At first everyone was a little worried and nervous, but what felt like a speed dating session was actually a very effective way to put names with the faces you had seen all week during other activities. Next up after being introduced to everyone, we were split into teams of ten and given a series of challenges to complete. Among them were creating a cheer about the University and performing it for everyone, watching a slide show of professors pictures and then putting names with these new faces, and last but not least: running into the freezing cold Bodensee Lake smack dab in the middle of January. Each team got more points depending on how far they ventured into the bitterly cold water. Me, being the wimp that I am, didn’t contribute too much to the team score since I only stuck my feet in.

International Welcome Week

Looking back, even though Butler and Zeppelin varied drastically in the types of activities they required students to participate in during Welcome Week, the goal of both universities was ultimately the same. The first few weeks at a new place with new people can be exciting but also scary at the same time. Bonding activities can really help you form close relationships with the people that may soon become your new found best friends. Even though it might make you uncomfortable or feel unsure of yourself, always open yourself up to new experiences because you never know just where they may take you! Thanks for reading!

Bodensee Lake Challenge

Join the Conversation

Are you interested in Butler University? Will you be applying in the future? Wherever you may be in your search process, we want to connect with you! We have a variety of social media sites to keep you updated on the latest happenings at Butler University.

Facebook
Our Facebook fan page is for prospective students to learn about life at Butler and the admissions process. The site is updated frequently with photos, links to our newest blogs, videos of life on campus and important admissions events and deadlines.

Twitter
Follow us on Twitter @gobutleru. Our Twitter page serves as a resource for prospective students and parents to receive admission and financial aid tips. We also tweet about what is going on at Butler University so you can get a real look at life on campus.

YouTube
Our YouTube page features a wide variety of videos topics including tips for new students, advice from admission counselors, highlights from events on campus and so much more.

Blogs
Our students have a plethora interesting stories to tell so we gave them a platform to do just that. Follow our bloggers through their experiences at Butler University. Through it all, you’ll notice the common themes of hard work, creativity, enthusiasm and perseverance that characterize our students and define our community.

Flickr
They say actions speak louder than words so we have brought your our Flickr page to do just that. Flickr is for those who want to see all that Butler University has to offer through the scope of the camera lens.

Welcome Week is Just 5 Days Away

With classes beginning in just one week, incoming students are excited to move in and start their career at Butler University. Orientation is mandatory for all new students (this includes transfers) attending Butler University. It is designed to provide essential information about academic programs and requirements, student organizations and activities, and the wide range of campus resources, both academic and non-academic, available to our students. Most of all, orientation is intended to help new students connect with the campus community and to be well prepared for success.

Students can begin moving in on Saturday, August 20. Activities will be offered throughout the week to get students oriented with campus, classes, other bulldogs and more. Since there is simply too much going on to post on this blog, check out the orientation website for a complete Welcome Week schedule.

We can’t wait to see you on campus!

Butler at a Glance

As you begin your college search process, it is important to know the ins and outs of a school before you apply. Here’s a brief introduction to Butler University for those of you that may be unfamiliar with us:

Who We Are
Founded in 1855, Butler is a nationally recognized comprehensive university that blends the liberal arts with first-rate pre-professional programs. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of liberal and professional education and to integrate the liberal arts with professional education, by creating and fostering a stimulating intellectual community built upon interactive dialogue and inquiry among students, faculty and staff.

National Recognition

The Carillon

  • Ranked 2nd best university in the Regional Universities Midwest category of the 2011 U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges.
  • Ranked No. 1 “Up-and-Coming” institution among Regional Universities Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review.
  • Butler’s part-time MBA program was ranked 8th in the Midwest and 36th in the nation by BusinessWeek magazine.
  • Butler’s dance program is one of the top five programs in the country.
  • North American Pharmacy Licensing Exam ranks Butler in the top three schools nationally.

Activities
Butler offers more than 140 student organizations with activities ranging from religious and spiritual to service-oriented and political. Over 94% of students are involved in campus activities and 69% participate in community service.

Campus
Butler University’s 290-acre campus is located just five miles from downtown Indianapolis, the 12th largest city in the United States.

Areas of Study
Over 60 areas of study are offered in six academic colleges: Business, Communication, Education, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Enrollment
Our 4,051 full-time undergraduate students hail from 46 states and 50 countries.

In the Classroom
Full-time faculty: 339
Teaching assistants: 0
Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
Average class size: 20

Placement Rates
Overall placement rate averages 94% including 33% of graduates who go on to graduate or professional school. Pharmacy, physician assistant and education graduates have a 100% placement rate.

Athletics
You may have heard about our men’s basketball team in the past year or two, but did you know that Butler has 19 varsity sports? Except for football, all compete in the NCAA Division I Horizon League. Football participates in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

Like what you hear so far? We are giving our prospective families the chance to find out even more about our unique university. Take advantage of one of our many visit opportunities including Discover Butler, Explore Butler and more.

Explore Butler
Sit in on a group presentation with an admission counselor followed by a student led tour. Register for Explore Butler.
Offered Monday – Friday and select Saturdays

Open House
Learn more about financial aid and the admission process. Campus tours will also be available. (Registration for Open House will open in late August.)
Saturday, September 17
Monday, October 10
Saturday, October 29

Counselor Fall Travel 2011
Meet Butler University admission counselors at one of our many stops. Our representatives will be traveling from city to city talking to you about Butler and how to get in. We will announce this fall’s travel dates on our website and blogs shortly so keep an eye out!

Apply Now- Butler’s Online Application is Now Active!

It’s hard to believe that the summer is almost over and today is August 1st!  If you are getting ready to start your senior year this fall, right now is a great time to start completing applications for the colleges and universities you are considering.

At Butler, you have two options to submit applications, Early Action (November 1st) and Regular Decision (February 1st). While applications are still considered for admission during the Regular Decision deadline, we would encourage students to apply by the November 1st Early Action deadline if they are interested in:

-Scholarship Consideration
-Specific Program Admission Consideration
-Priority class registration and housing selection
-The Honors Program

Freshman Application for Admission and Scholarship

The Application for Freshman Admission and Scholarships needs to be completed by November 1st, but we would encourage you to complete your application by early October to ensure that all documents have been submitted in time.   If you submit your completed application by November 1st, we will mail your admission decision on December 15th.

The Admission Process can be confusing so we’ve included below a few brief descriptions of the common deadlines or admission terms you might see below:

-Early Action vs. Early Decision

Early Action: This type of deadline has a completion date in November or early December.  Often times, this deadline brings with it the most opportunity for an academic or merit based scholarship.  In some cases, it can offer you a better chance of admission for specific or more competitive admission programs.  With an Early Action deadline, you do not have to attend a university simply because you are offered admission; rather, you have until May 1st to let the school know whether or not you will be attending.

Early Decision: If a student applies to an Early Decision school, and is offered admission, that is their commitment to that college or University and they must withdraw their application from all other schools they might be considering. Please note that Butler University does not offer early decision.

*Both of these deadlines typically have a set notification date that all admission decisions are mailed to students.

Regular Decision: If you are considering a school with a Regular Decision deadline, the completion date may vary depending on if the school has one of the above application plans.  Some schools might have a fall regular decision deadline while other that have an Early Action deadline might not offer a Regular Decision deadline until after January 1st of your senior year.

Rolling Admission:  Unlike Early Action or Early Decision, schools with a rolling admission policy will notify students of their admission decision on a continuous basis.  There typically is not a deadline for applications.

Again, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible and look forward to reading your application!