Early Action…FAFSA…Regular Decision? What to submit, and when to send it…
Since we are less than a month from when the Application for Admission and Freshmen Scholarships is due, we thought this might be a good time to recap the Butler admission timeline.
November 1 - Early Action Deadline
This deadline brings with it many benefits for both admission and scholarship consideration:
- Early Notification Date. All admission decisions are sent on December 15.
- Scholarship Eligibility. While scholarships are available for both admission deadlines, the full amount of awards are only available for the November 1 deadline.
- Honors Program. To be eligible to apply to the Honors Program, a student must have a complete Early Action application by November 1.
February 1st- Regular Decision
While the Office of Admission does encourage students to apply by November 1, you can still submit a complete application if you miss the Early Action Deadline. Students who apply for regular decision will receive their admission shortly after February 15.
March 1st- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
This document is not needed for admission or scholarship consideration, but is required if you are interested in applying for Grant, Loan or Federal Work Study eligibility. If the document is sent to Butler by March 1, you will be sent a complete Financial Aid Notification by March 15.
May 1st- National Candidate Reply Deadline
You can certainly accept your admission offer early and begin to register for classes/complete housing contracts; however, Butler does not require a student to submit a final enrollment decision until May 1.
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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.
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