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Asking for Letters of Recommendation

It’s the year you’ve been waiting all your life for and it’s finally here. With all the “lasts” you’re trying to squeeze in, the last football game, the last Homecoming dance, the last Halloween party and the last yearbook, it can be hard to find time to work on one of the most important items on your list; your college application. While the Early Action deadline at Butler University is still another month and half away (November 1), it is important to start working on the application process as soon as you can.

For an application to be considered complete, you must submit the following on or before November 1.

  • Academic achievement in high school (GPA, class rank, course selection, grade trends and strength of school)
  • Test scores
  • Secondary School Report completed by your high school counselor
  • Extracurricular activities and leadership experience/potential
  • Essay or personal statement

What you don’t see in the “required” pieces above is a letter (or letters) of recommendation. While they may not be required, we still strongly encourage students submit at least one or two. Why? When we receive your file and are considering you for admission, we want to know the whole you. We realize that you are more than a GPA and test score and want to make an admission decision based on more than those two criteria. That is why we suggest you submit letters of recommendation.

Here are a few tips for getting letters of recommendation:

  1. Ask early. Don’t wait until a week letter of recommendationbefore your application is due. You want to ensure that the people you ask to write a recommendation have plenty of time to submit the letter.
  2. Decide who to ask. This might sound like a no-brainer. Yet, time and time again we see students who have asked the wrong person. You want to make sure you ask someone who likes you, knows you and can give you a positive recommendation. People you can ask: teachers, coaches, mentors, counselors, managers, club sponsors, etc. People you shouldn’t ask: your family.
  3. Provide the person with adequate information. We suggest giving a copy of your resume to those individuals who are writing your letters of recommendation. For instance, you may have a coach recommending you for a particular college. That coach might only know that you do that one sport. They might not be aware that you also work part-time, work on the yearbook committee, are SGA president and volunteer at the local homeless shelter on the weekends. By providing this important information, they can get a better sense of all that you do.
  4. Make sure they know what school they should be writing it for. Enough said.

Get more tips on writing letters of recommendation:
College Admissions: Recommendation Letters
Ask the Experts: Letters of Recommendation and College Interviews
College Insider: 5 Tips for Securing Recommendation Letters

Butler University Open House

Choosing a college is about finding the right fit. You might be thinking, what does that really mean? Finding the perfect college or university is all about choosing the right academic program, the right location, the right size, the right community, and the right vibe. And, the only one who can decide if a college is right for you is YOU.

Open House

Open House

That’s why we’ve created Open House at Butler University. It’s a day for you to walk around campus, tour classrooms, speak with faculty in your area of interest, sit in on student panels and so much more. Most importantly though, imagine submerging yourself into what you’re most passionate about—imagine yourself learning, working, playing, volunteering and living at Butler University. So, come visit us in the heart of Indianapolis, take it all in, ask questions, get answers, and find out if Butler is the right fit for you.

Open House Dates:
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 22

11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, October 8

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 27

Space is limited so register for Open House today!

We’re Coming to Your High School!

Our logo is blue, team jerseys are blue, even our bulldog mascot is named Blue (well, Blue II actually) — and we’re bringing the blue to you. During the fall, our admission counselors are traveling to your area. Meeting with one of our staff will give you the chance to ask questions about everything from majors to athletics, from financial aid to career services. If we’ve already met, we’d welcome the chance to see you again, so feel free to stop by.

Visit adm.butler.edu/register to see when we’ll be in your area. Sign up, and bring a friend or a parent along to see us, too. Also, don’t forget to ask your school counselor for more information about these visits.

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already that time of year again. We’re not just talking about the time of year when you can order pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks or enjoy a Friday night football game with your “besties”, but fall is also when you can start filling out your college applications. At Butler, our Early Action 1 deadline is November 1.

I, along with most of the other admission counselors, would encourage you to get your application in sooner rather than later. We accept both our Butler University Freshman Application and the Common Application. Remember, it is free to apply online to Butler University! Getting your application done early will not only allow you to enjoy more of your senior year, but it will give you maximum consideration for all of our merit-based scholarships. Please know that we have no preference as to what application you use to apply to Butler.

The most important part of our application review is your academic preparation and performance. When reviewing your application, we look at the number of academic core courses (English, math, social science, science, and foreign language) you’ve taken through four years of high school, the level of those academic courses (AP, IB, honors, accelerated, etc.), and the grades you receive in these courses. Your senior year schedule is critical since it’s your last preparatory year before college, so make sure you have the best schedule possible. In other words, if you have three study halls or multiple office helper periods, you might want to think about substituting one of those for a math or science course. Remember, anything you can do to make yourself stand out from the application pool is a plus.

We also require a writing sample along with the application. At Butler, you can submit either an original essay based on one of the question prompts on the application, or submit a graded paper you’ve completed for a class (with your teacher’s comments and grade). In either case, you’ll want to submit a paper that allows us to hear from you in your own words. It’s the only time we get to hear from you in your own words during the application review, so make sure you are answering the “why” part of the question (you know, why this specific story is important to you), not just telling a story about “what” happened. Also, remember to proof your writing sample carefully. It can be extremely helpful to have a parent, guardian, teacher or counselor review your submission. Make sure that if you are submitting the same writing sample to more than one institution, you use “Search and Replace” to change the name of the first institution to the name of the next. And finally, remember that spell check only finds words that are truly misspelled, not misused…typing “candy stripper” as one of your volunteering accomplishments instead of “candy striper” puts a whole new spin on what you are trying to convey.

Your activities resume is important as it allows us to see how you balance what you do in the classroom with what you do in your free time. We are looking to see what’s important to you and what you might bring to the Butler campus. This activities resume can show us your leadership, your passion, your experience, or all of these. We don’t need to know every single thing you’ve done since you were 4 years old, but if you have been doing something for a long time (playing soccer since you could walk, playing piano since second grade, writing for a community blog or publication since seventh grade, etc.), let us know that.

While test scores (ACT or SAT) are only one piece of a much larger admission review, it is important that you have taken either the ACT with writing or the SAT (which includes writing automatically).  We do not have a preference for either ACT with writing or SAT, but your application will not be complete until you have submitted an ACT or SAT score.  If you have taken either test more than once, we will take the highest individual subscores on each section of the test and create a new composite/combined score. While test scores are a required part of the application process, they are typically neither the sole reason to admit nor deny a student’s application for admission.

Good luck and we look forward to reading your application!

 

 

Buying Your Books

Every year we get questions from eager incoming freshmen about how and when they should go about purchasing books for the fall term. This step-by-step guide will help you navigate the process. Before we begin, just remember that not every instructor will have their books posted yet. You might have to wait until August to find out what book(s) you will need for your class(es). And, let’s be honesty, you probably aren’t going to read them this summer even if you do get them before August.

1. Log into My.Butler.

 

2. Click on “Self Service” then “Student Center”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Click “Enroll”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Click on “My Class Schedule”. This will bring up a list of your classes with a link to “Buy my books” at the bottom.

 

5. Once you view the books that are needed for each class you can purchase them from the Butler Bookstore. You can also buy or rent discounted books from Amazon, Chegg, eCampus.com and Half.com. If you know of a good place to purchase or rent textbooks from, please leave your comment below.

5 Ways to Make Your Summer Count

Summer is a great time for rising juniors and seniors to get ahead of the game when it comes to the college search process. Make your summer count rather than sitting around an playing video games all day. Here’s a few ideas to make your summer as productive as possible:

  1. Get a job. Having a job is a great resume booster. It showcases your maturity, work ethic and dedication. Moreover, it gives you the chance to articulate what knowledge you have gained and the lessons learned on your college application.
  2. Prepare to retake the SAT and/or ACT. Register for the SAT or ACT as soon as possible. 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.
  3. Start working on your college application essay. We have posted the Butler University Application for Freshman Admission and Scholarships essay prompts on our website so you can get a head start this summer. This way you can edit and perfect your essay before you even fill out the application.
  4. Volunteer. Summer is not the time to sit around and catch up on episodes of Game of Thrones or Glee, rather it is the time to volunteer your services to help others. While you certainly deserve some downtime, don’t miss the opportunity to get involved outside of your home, explore your interests and build on your college resume.
  5. Visit colleges and universities. Summer is the perfect time for rising juniors and seniors to visit the schools that they are interested in. While the ideal time to visit a college is when classes are in session, the summer months are a convenient time for families to travel. Plus, it can be a good way to get a first look at a school and schedule a more individualized visit at a later date.

What You Need to Know About Academic Advising

We’re getting questions from many seniors regarding New Student Registration and the academic advising process. During the academic advising appointment, you will discuss your placement exam results, classes important to your major, the Core Curriculum, and potential electives. Together, you will craft a first semester class schedule that balances requirements with general courses of interest.

Upon arrival, students will receive a special version of Butler’s Fall 2012 Schedule of Classes listing all course options appropriate for first year students. This booklet will include course descriptions and meeting times for Core Curriculum and entry level classes for all majors. Please bring this booklet to your college meeting and academic advising appointment as it will be helpful when planning your schedule.

It is not necessary to have a complete course schedule prepared prior to arrival. Many variables go into the enrollment process, including course availability and placement exam results that impact the selection of courses. We do encourage you to visit the Academic Advising FAQ page for more information before attending New Student Registration.

Are You Ready for (Early) New Student Registration?

Early New Student Registration is just around the corner. Are you starting to prepare? If you’ve selected the date in which you want to attend a registration, great! If not, here is a complete list of dates:

Early New Student Registration (Early Action Admits)
Friday, March 23
Friday, March 30
Friday, April 6
Friday, April 27
Saturday, April 28

New Student Registration (Regular Decision Admits)
Friday, May 18
Friday, June 1
Friday, June 8
Friday, June 15

There are a few important items you will want to be sure to take care of before arriving on campus for New Student Registration. First, you will want to take your placement exams. Before you begin taking those exams, please visit our Placement Exam FAQ’s page. Next, you’ll want to actually take the placement exams. All of the placement exam info can be found on our New Student Registration website. This specific page will give you information on what placement exams you need to take, when you need to take them by and how to actually take each test.

After completing your placement exams, you’ll want to start preparing for your academic advising session. What is an academic advising appointment? It’s an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a faculty member in the major you have declared. During the academic advising appointment, you will discuss your placement exam results, classes important to your major, the Core Curriculum, and potential electives. Together, you will craft a first semester class schedule that balances requirements with general courses of interest. Before you arrive on campus read through the Preparing for Advising and Advising FAQ’s page.

Of course, if you have any questions before you come to New Student Registration, please don’t hesitate to contact your admission counselor. We look forward to seeing you at Butler University in the fall!

Juniors: Get a Headstart on the Admission Process

You’ve already taken many of the steps to be eligible for admission consideration to Butler University.  You’ve taken solid academic courses and scheduled your classes for senior year. It’s important to know that by graduation you must complete four years of English, three years of math, three years of science, two years of social studies and two years of the same foreign language. (*Please note that if you are interested in physician assistant or pharmacy, you must complete four years of math and four years of science.) Wondering about ACT or SAT exams? You must take either the SAT or ACT exam with writing. So what are your next steps?

March & April

  • We offer a Junior Preview Day visit for all juniors interested in applying to Butler. Be sure to register early because spots fill up soon. *Please note registration for these events will open in March on www.butler.edu/visit.
  • Most colleges look the rigor of your senior year fall semester classes and may even wait for your grades. Be sure to select of full load of solid academic classes.
  • Search the internet for college information and review the publications you have received.
  • Develop your preliminary list of top college choices.

May – July

  • Keep studying for your ACT and/or SAT.
  • Visit us on campus at our Butler 101 event. (*Registration for Butler 101 opens in April)
  • Start working on those application essays. You can get a head start by visiting www.butler.edu/apply to view the essay prompts.

August

  • You can begin applying to Butler on August 1. 
  • Retake your ACT and/or SAT if necessary.
  • Schedule an Open House visit to see if Butler University might be a good fit for you. (Registration for Open House opens in August.)

Don’t Forget About the FAFSA

It’s time! …to fill out the FAFSA that is.

If you are planning on attending college in the fall it is essential that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student (or otherwise known as the FAFSA), even if you think you will not qualify for financial aid.  At the very least, you will have completed the proper form to take out a federal student loan.  The FAFSA should be submitted each year you are enrolled in college before January 1.  Check with your college or university to see when they want you to file the FAFSA because many schools will have a certain date they want you to complete the FAFSA by in order to receive the maximum consideration in financial aid, particularly gift aid – free money.  All schools are not the same, so it is important to check the date for each school that you have applied.  Indiana residents – it is important that you complete the FAFSA no later than March 10 each year to be considered for state grants.

  • The FAFSA can be completed and submitted electronically at www.fafsa.gov.
  • Apply for a PIN now!  The PIN (personal identification number) will serve as your electronic signature and is required to submit your application online.  You and a parent, one with whom you live, will each need a PIN.  You can apply for the PIN at www.pin.ed.gov.   Keep this PIN safe, you will need this number to submit your FAFSA next year.
  • Complete the FAFSA on the Web (FOTW) Worksheet before beginning the arduous task of filling out the application.  The FOTW Worksheet will help you collect the required information you may not necessarily know off the top of your head.
  • It is best to have a completed federal income tax return (1040, 1040A or 1040EZ) for the most recent tax year (2011 for the 2012-2013 academic year) since many of the income questions on the FAFSA link directly to a specific question on the tax return.
  • Answer each question on the FAFSA as it is asked.  The FAFSA is a standardized application and does not take into consideration special situations.  If while you are completing the FAFSA you believe there is more information to be shared about your family’s ability to contribute towards your college expenses than what is asked for, make a note and contact each of the schools to which you are applying to see how you make them aware of these special circumstances.
  • Don’t forget to hit “submit” when you have completed the application.  You can save your work if you need to come back to it at another time, but a saved application will not be processed and the information will not be sent to your schools of choice.

For help in completing the FAFSA, contact the financial aid at your college or university, attend a Financial Aid Night coordinated by your high school or attend College Goal Sunday.