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Archive: October 2011

Don’t Let Senioritis Get the Best of You

Senioritis, noun: A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as Graduation.

Senioritis is common among many high school seniors. You’ve worked hard for three years, are now waiting for acceptance letters from the universities you applied to and want to blow off some steam (finally). Although you may want to take a much needed mental break. Don’t!

Senior year is your opportunity to strengthen your skills while broadening your horizons. Rather than taking a lighter load, we suggest you enroll in AP courses or other classes that challenge you. A few other tips we suggest for combating senioritis include keeping a calendar of your activities and important deadlines. We also suggest you stay involved in extracurriculars, volunteer work and sports that help you stay focused. Plus, these activities look great on your college application! Just remember to not let senioritis rule you because Butler University does take both first and second semester grades into consideration (the same goes for quarters or trimesters after the date in which you applied).

Do you have any tips on how you’ve over come senioritis? Share with us!

Weighing the Options – Part 2

Earlier in the week, we shared part 1 of our blog with you. It was a list of the ‘factors’ that are most important to you with each school you are considering applying to or visiting in the near future. As the months pass and you etch closer and closer to graduation, this list can help you make that final decision once and for all. Below you will find a continuation of our list of common college or university attributes that are good things to consider when looking at different schools.

Campus Life

Academics are most important, but the college experience is more than that. What do you like to do for fun? At Butler, we offer:

Over 140 clubs and organizations

Campus and Community Service Opportunities

Concerts, Productions and Speaker Series at Clowes Hall

19 NCAA Division 1 sports

Club and Intermural sports

14 Greek Organizations

110 Study Abroad programs

Campus Housing

Make sure that when you visit a campus, you get to see where you will be living your first year. All Butler, all freshmen live in one of two main residence halls. Sophomores, juniors and seniors have additional options including Campus Apartments, a suite style residence hall and Greek Housing. Seniors also have the added option of living off-campus.

School Spirit

School spirit is more than just supporting your athletic programs or wearing apparel with your school’s name or logo. It’s the pride you have in your institution and your enthusiasm to support your school, friends and community. At Butler, our students have Bulldog Spirit.

Career and Graduate School Preparation

Skipping ahead 4 years…It’s your college graduation day. What’s your next step? It is it a job? Pursuing a graduate degree? You don’t need to know the answers to these questions right now, but it is important to know what a school offers to help you plan for life after college. In addition to the individual academic advising you will receive from you’re a faculty member at Butler, you also have the opportunity to work with the Internship and Career Services office. Whether you are trying to gain experience by completing internships or starting to apply for jobs during your senior year, this office will be a great resource in helping prepare you for your future.

 

 

Weighing the Options – Part 1

So…Where are you going to college next year?

This is a question you will soon here from teachers, friends and family over the next year (If you haven’t already). The question you might be thinking to your self is ‘How do I pick the perfect school for me, with so many choices out there?’ A good starting point might be to make a list of the ‘factors’ that are most important to you with each school you are considering applying to or visiting in the near future. Below you will find a list of common college or university attributes that are good things to consider when looking at different schools.

School Size

Butler is considered to be a small to medium sized private institution with just over 4000 undergraduate students. The academic experience at Butler provides students with small class sizes and personal attention from faculty members. On the other side of things, the fact that Butler has over 140 student organizations, 19 NCAA Division 1 Sports and is located in Indianapolis gives the campus lends to Butler feeling like a much larger place than 4000 students.

Location

Butler is located in Indianapolis, which was “#1 Best City for College Graduates” by Career Builder. The campus is conveniently located just 5 miles north of the Downtown Indianapolis area and 2 miles west of Broad Ripple Village. The city is full of concert venues, malls, professional sports teams, museums and amazing restaurants.

Campus setting

Butler’s campus is located in a residential area, 5 miles north of the middle of the city. This gives our students all the benefits of being in a major city, without being right in the middle of downtown. To see how the campus map and location, check out this link: http://www.butler.edu/campus-map/

Major Area of Study

For some of you, this might be the top deciding factor about where you are choosing to attend college. At Butler, you can start taking classes in your Butler major from day one, or, you can start in our Exploratory Studies program to learn more about your options before committing to a program.

Average Class Size/Student to Teacher Ratio

Do you prefer a large class room setting, based typically in a lecture hall, or class size that is smaller, where discussion and participation are expected? At Butler, it is the latter with an average class size of 20 students and a student-teacher ratio of 11-1 and no teaching assistants. Additionally, every student has an academic advisor who is a faculty member from their major area of study.

Keep an eye out for our next blog, which will cover the rest of this list and hopefully aid in helping  you when making your final decision.

Apply Before It’s Too Late

If you think Butler University might be the right place for you, consider applying early. Our early action deadline on November 1 allows you to apply early and get your admission decision mailed on December 15. Early action plans are similar to early decision plans, but are not binding. If you’ve been accepted, you can choose to commit immediately, or wait until the spring. (Please note: Our Early Action program applies only to freshman applicants applying for the fall term. Students applying to the School of Art & Design and the School of Music, Theatre & Dance are exempt from the Early Action decision date, as admissions decisions are released after portfolio review or auditions are complete.)

We will begin reviewing completed applications in late September and we will begin releasing decisions in December. All applications are reviewed using the same guidelines – we will not be awarding priority in the review of an application simply because it was submitted for Early Action. While there is no advantage in the review process for completing an application before November 1st, we continue to urge students to submit application materials early for the benefit of receiving a decision quickly.
A completed application consists of:

  • Your personal statement/essay
  • A résumé of your accomplishments and activities
  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores with a writing score (Butler University codes: SAT: 1073; ACT: 1180)
  • Your official high school transcript
  • A Secondary School Report completed by your guidance counselor

SAT/ACT Tips

Our recommendation:  Take the test early and often.

Butler does not have a preference as to which test you choose to take and actually matches ACT scores with the equivalent SAT score.  While you don’t need to take both the ACT and SAT, we would recommend that you try each test at least once.  Since the tests each have a different format or structure, you might find one that is directed more to your academic strengths or test taking style.

  • The SAT (reasoning test) consists of three main sections:  Critical Reading, Math and Writing.
  • The ACT consists of 5 sections:  English, Reading, Math, Science and Writing.
    • The Writing section is required at Butler, so make sure that you opt in to taking that portion of the test when registering.

Regardless of which test you choose to take, we recommend that you take it at least twice, if not multiple times.  Some schools, including Butler University, will take the best individual subsections of each time that you take the test to form a ‘Super Score’ or ‘Best Score.’  (See examples below)

‘Super Score or Best Score’

SAT

Test Date Composite Score Critical Reading Math Writing
6/4/11 1800 620 580 600
10/1/11 1800 600 620 580
Butler University

‘Super Score’

1840 620 620 600

*You will notice that while composite score from both the June and October test are the same, the Butler University ‘Super Score’ is higher because we have taken the best subsection from each test.

ACT

Test Date Composite Score English Reading Math Science Writing
6/11/11 28 24 30 28 30 8
9/10/11 28 26 30 26 30 10
10/22/11 28 24 31 26 31 9
Butler University

‘Super Score’

29 26 31 28 31 10

*Again, you will notice that while the composite scores for each ACT remained consistent, the overall Butler University ‘Super Score’ increased based on the use of the best individual sub sections from all the tests.

If you are planning to apply to Butler University by the Early Action deadline of November 1st, all ACT and SAT tests must be taken prior to that date.  We do not need to have your scores at that time, but you need to let us know that we should be expecting those scores.  On both the Butler application and the Common Application, you will find a section that asks you list the tests that you have taken and the test that you plan to take.

Additionally, we have listed some reference links below that we hope you will find useful.

Testing Dates
SAT:  http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-reasoning/register/test-dates
ACT:  http://www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html

Test Registration
SAT:  http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-reasoning/register
ACT:  http://www.actstudent.org/regist/index.html

Free Test Prep Resources
SAT:  http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/prepare/srp/free
ACT:  http://www.act.org/aap/pdf/preparing.pdf

Free Question of the Day
SAT:  http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-question-of-the-day
ACT:  http://www.actstudent.org/qotd/

Majors: Which One to Choose?

Choosing a college can be difficult. Choosing a major can be even harder.  At Butler, we offer over 60 majors in 6 academic colleges. As a Butler student, you’ll have the chance to take classes across all six colleges no matter your major.

If you know what you want to study, you can declare that major on your application and start taking classes in that program as early as your freshmen year.  If you are unsure about what you want to study, or completely undecided, you can start your first semester in our Exploratory Studies program. The only exception to this is if you are interested in the Pre-Pharmacy or Pre-Physician Assistant program.  Since both of these programs offer an Auto-Advancement curriculum, students must start in these programs when they arrive on campus for their freshmen year.

For students who know what they want to study, or if you are just interested in seeing what is available at Butler, click on the links below to get more information about each academic college:

College of Business
College of Communication
College of Education
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Jordan College of Fine Arts

With so many programs to choose from, we are sure you will find a major that fits your needs. Have questions for the Office of Admission? Email us at admission@butler.edu.