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Welcome to the Office of Admission. This blogs purpose is to give you helpful tips and details for your college search. We will update you with important dates you need to know, special information about the admission process and so much more. If you have questions at anytime, please feel free to contact us at admission@butler.edu.

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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!

Sleep in Style at Butler

Are you tired of going on a campus visit and seeing the same old staged room? Are all of the dorms you’ve seen starting to blend together? Want to see what life at Butler is really like? If so, check out our new Butler Housing page.

Our students are showing off their unique decorations, chicest designs and boldest beautifications. See what each of the residence hall actually look like from someone who lives in them. Get the insiders view of residence life before you make your final college decision.

Want more specifics on each of the 4 residence halls? We thought you might…

Schwitzer Hall
Occupants: All female, freshmen and sophomores
Capacity: 450
Room Style: Standard
Amenities: Schwitzer Hall has a kitchenette on every floor, two full kitchens, two laundry rooms, wireless internet, a 24-hour computer lab, a T.V. and game room, and a quiet study lounge.

Ross Hall
Occupants: Co-ed, freshmen and sophomores
Capacity: 500
Room Style: Standard
Amenities: Ross Hall has a study lounge, wireless internet, a T.V. and game room, laundry facilities, a 24-hour computer lab and a kitchen.

Residential College (ResCo)
Occupants: Co-ed, predominantly sophomores
Capacity: 470
Room Style: Suites (Two double rooms are connected by a bathroom.)
Amenities: ResCo has kitchenettes and lounges, a laundry facility, a game room, wireless internet, a T.V. room and a 24-hour computer lab.

Apartment Village
Occupants: Co-ed, juniors and seniors
Capacity: 500
Room Style: Each apartment has four single bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a living area and a kitchen.
Amenities: The Apartment Village features a community center called The Dawg House. It has a laundry facility, wireless internet, convenience store, computer lab, quiet study room and a game room.

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

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.

BU Admission Counselors are Coming to You

Every year, Butler University admission counselors travel around the U.S. to visit with prospective applicants and their families. Admission representatives visit high schools and attend college fairs where they meet with students and guidance counselors. During these sessions, they describe all that Butler University has to offer including academics, student involvement and campus life while sharing insight into the application process and financial aid.

Butler University travels to places such as Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Michigan, to name a few. If you want to meet with a Butler representative, check out the fall travel schedule on www.butler.edu/admission/visits/road.

College GO! Week

This year, College GO! Week begins on September 26, 2011. During College GO! Week, every high school in Indiana was asked to prepare their students for college and careers through a variety of events and activities. Specifically, College GO! Week aims to accomplish the following:

•Every senior will complete a college application.

  • Many Indiana colleges and university’s waive their application fee during College GO! Week.
  • Of course, you can always apply for free online at www.butler.edu/boa.

• Every junior will register for Indiana’s e-Transcript and commit to a college visit.

  • Indiana was the first state to offer a free, electronic service that provides access to colleges nationwide.
  • During this week, juniors are encouraged to schedule a visit at a college of their interest. Go to our website at www.butler.edu/visit to schedule a visit.