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Visit Butler This Summer

Summer is a great time for rising juniors and seniors to start visiting colleges. Trying to squeeze in campus visits during the school year can be difficult with everything else that is already on your plate. That is why we invite you to join us for Butler 101 in June, July, or August.

Butler 101 is a great way to learn more about all that Butler University has to offer. During this event, you will get to experience an admission and financial aid presentation, student-led campus tour, and cookout with current students and faculty. Faculty and staff from every department will be on hand to discuss all things Butler and answer your questions. We hope that you stop by Butler’s beautiful campus this summer to get a glimpse of what college life is like at BU.

Butler 101

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Friday, June 21
Friday, June 28
Friday, July 19
Friday, July 26
Friday, August 2
Friday, August 9

Register now for this unique opportunity to visit Butler. Space is limited for each date, so register early!

Butler 101

Are You Ready for College?

As a sophomore or junior, you might already be thinking about where you want to go to college. If so, we want to help you get organized. We’ve compiled a short list of activities you can start checking off your to-do list.

Sophomore Year:

  • Start thinking about careers you might want to pursue. Interactive sites such as Drive of Your Life can help you learn more about the 16 different career clusters and the areas that might interest you.
  • Check in with your counselor to make sure you have your junior and senior year coursework mapped out. View the list of Butler University admission requirements.
  • Look for summer volunteer or job options. These will look great on a resume!
  • Take the PSAT or PACT. You can even take practice tests online for free.

Junior Year:

  • Start researching colleges and universities. Sites such as Cappex.com, Zinch.com, CollegeXpress.com, and CollegeBoard.com can be extremely helpful.
  • Being gathering information about cost of tuition, scholarships, and financial aid. Do not discount a private college or university because many times they are as affordable as a public institution. View our “Opportunity Cost” blog for more information.
  • Take the ACT and/or SAT. Research which test the schools you are applying to prefer. If you are better at one test, you might want to think about retaking it because many schools “superscore” (colleges will look at the results of all attempts at the SAT and/or ACT. The school will take the highest score in each subsection, even if on different attempts, and will compile these to calculate the superscore).
  • Start visiting schools. Butler offers campus visits throughout the year and on select Saturdays. See a complete list of visit opportunities.
  • Review your senior schedule with your counselor. Remember that AP and honors courses look great on a transcript!
  • Ask for recommendation letters now. There is nothing worse than waiting until the last minute to ask for a letter of recommendation, so why not ask early?

For more information about what you should be doing next, view our Plan for Success. Have questions? Ask your admission counselor. Not sure who to ask? View the interactive map.

8 Days and Counting…

We are just 8 days away from the Early Action deadline and have already received many completed applications. If you have yet to complete your application or are not sure if we have received all of your required application materials you can:

-Login to your Student Portal account as explained in our previous post on October 18th

…or you can

-Check with your Butler University admission counselor to see if we are still missing anything for your application.

Your Butler admission counselor is also a great person to contact with any questions you might have about things other than your application. If you’re not sure what you should be asking, here are a few common questions that might help your search:

-What type of internship opportunities does Butler offer for my major?
-Can I study abroad regardless of major?  If so, what are the programs and options offered at Butler?
-If I’m not sure what I want to study, what type of programs will Butler offer to help me find the right major?
-Do I have to live on campus?  If so, what are the residential options for students?

 

A Day in the Life of an Admission Counselor

With travel season winding down and applications starting to roll in, I thought it would be fun to share what a day in the life of a Butler University admission counselor looks like. Rarely is one day similar to the next, so I’ve included a few examples of my schedule at different times of year in the Office of Admission.

September 1 – November  1:  Travel season

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – High school visit #1

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. – Trying to find the nearest Panera, Starbucks or any place with free internet to answer emails

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – High school visit #2

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch, usually at Subway or the nearest sandwich shop

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. – Starbucks or Panera trip #2 to answer more emails and get a refill on coffee

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – High school visit #3

3:15 – 5:30 p.m. – Perhaps go for a run (not likely), eat a light dinner then get ready to leave for an evening college fair

5:45 – 6:20 p.m. – Set up for a college fair. Catch up with friends who are counselors at other colleges and universities

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – College fair

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Eat dinner #2

November 1 – Mid December: Application Review

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Review admission applications

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Review admission applications

5:00 – ? – Review admission applications

January 1 May 1

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Present to visiting juniors about the admission process
-Meet with visiting seniors who have been offered admission
-Travel to various cities to host receptions for students who have been offered admission to Butler

 

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

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.

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.