So you’ve applied and are now waiting for your admission decision to be sent. While some might say filling out applications is the most grueling step in the process, I’d have to disagree. Waiting has to be, by far, the hardest part.
While you’re waiting for December 15 (that’s the day we’ll be mailing your admission decisions), there are plenty of things you can do to stay busy and keep your mind off of that fat envelope:
- If you haven’t been to campus yet, now is a great time to visit. Visiting can also serve as a great way for you to meet current students and really begin narrowing down your choices.
- Start researching your financial aid options. You can begin filing the FAFSA on January 1, but there’s no reason you can’t start filling it out now.
- Begin looking for outside scholarships. Sites such as Zinch, Cappex and scholarships.com are great ways to find extra cash to finance your college education.
- Stay connected. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for important announcements and exciting updates. Feel free to leave us a comment on our fan page or tweet us using #Butler2017.
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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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School has been back in session for over a month now. For seniors, this year will be exciting, busy and full of memories that will never be forgotten. By late September, high school seniors should be narrowing down where they want to go to college and what their major will be.
It’s likely that you might be feeling overwhelmed with the entire college search process. That is why we’re giving you the Fall Checklist for High School Seniors to use as a reference and organization tool:
- Be aware of application deadlines. Butler’s Early Action I deadline is November 1. You can apply by visiting www.butler.edu/apply.
- Make sure to proofread and fully complete each application. Give yourself plenty of time to finalize your application and essay.
- Continue to take a full load of college-prep courses. The classes you take in high school and the grades you earn are important factors in the college admission decision. The minimum requirements for admission consideration at Butler are:
- English – 4 years
- Mathematics – 3 years (4 years for biology, chemistry, pharmacy and physician assistant applicants)
- Laboratory Science – 3 years (4 years for biology, chemistry, pharmacy and physician assistant applicants)
- Social Studies/History – 2 years
- Foreign Language – 2 years of the same language
- Keep your grades up. We do require an end-of-the-year transcript, so there is no room to slack.
- Visit campus. If you haven’t already, visit Butler University! It’s a great way to see if a school will be a good fit for you.
- Explore scholarship options. Butler University offers various scholarships, but don’t forget about outside scholarships. You can search for alternate scholarship opportunities on sites such as fastweb.com, cappex.com, zinch.com and scholarships.com.
- Don’t forget about recommendations. Give your college recommendation forms to the teachers that you have chosen, along with self-addressed, stamped envelopes so your teachers can send them directly to the colleges of your choice.
- Register for the ACT and SAT tests as necessary. 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. Remember to have your scores sent straight to Butler University (especially if you are taking the ACT or SAT in October). We want to have all your scores on-hand before making an admission decision.
- Connect with your admission counselor. Reach out to your Butler University admission counselor via phone, email, Facebook and Twitter (yes, a few of us are on Twitter too). View our interactive map to find your admission counselor’s contact information.
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