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Do You Really Read My Application?

At many colleges and universities, applications get submitted but are not really read thoroughly. At Butler University, this is NOT the case. The fact is, we carefully review each and every piece of your application to ensure we are making the correct admission decision. Rather than just looking at test scores and grades, we take a holistic approach to reviewing your application. So, what does the application review process look like? Here’s a brief overview for you:

  1. When we receive your finished application, the operations team ensures that we have every piece that is needed for it to be considered complete (i.e. test scores, transcript, essay, resume, etc.).
  2. The operations team then sends it into the appropriate counselor’s queue.
  3. The first thing the counselor reads is the actual application (either the Butler application or the Common Application).
  4. We review your transcript to see what types of classes you are taking, how rigorous your schedule is (ex: AP, IB, honors, etc.), if you’ve completed the necessary coursework for the program you are applying to, and any grade trends that we should be aware of.
  5. From there, we evaluate your test scores. We do not have a preference between the SAT or ACT, but we do require at least one writing score.
  6. Next, we read your essay or personal statement. This is your chance to shine! It is an open space for you to share who you are and showcase your use of the English language. Despite what you might hear, we actually read every single word in your essay or personal statement. Please know that we aren’t just asking for an essay just for the sake of asking.
  7. After reading your essay, we review your resume of activities. We are looking to see what clubs and organizations you are a part of, if you’ve been a leader in any of those areas, whether or not you volunteer or work part-time, and more. Remember, we don’t need your entire history. It is sufficient to only include what you’ve done during your high school years.
  8. Reviewing your Secondary School Report (SSR) is the next step in this timely process. A SSR is prepared by your school and gives a profile of you, the school, the student body, etc.
  9. If you have a letter or letters of recommendation, we review those next. Again, we DO read every single one of these. Letters of recommendation are a great way for us to get to know you better, so included them whenever possible.
  10. Finally, we make the admission decision. For a complete list and description of decision types, view our latest blog.

There is so much that goes into every step of the application review process and this is just a short overview. We realize that every single student is different and every circumstance is different. That is why we are so careful throughout this process. If you have more specific questions, contact your admission counselor or comment below.

Clint Reviewing Applications

Admission Counselor, Clint, reviewing applications

Check Your Student Portal

In our last post, we covered what it takes for your application to be considered complete. To recap, you need:

  1. High school transcripts
  2. Test scores (ACT or SAT with writing)
  3. Secondary School Report completed by your high school counselor
  4. Personal statement, essay (using one of the prompts on the application) or graded paper from one of your classes. Please pick one of the three, we do not have a preference of which you submit.
  5. Resume of activities, which includes extracurricular activities and leadership experience. This is not required.
  6. Letters of recommendation. These are not required.

We have a new student portal this year to assist you along the way! Not sure what you still need to turn in? The student portal will let you know. Here’s an overview of what the student portal can do for you:

  1. Log into the student portal.
  2. Student portal

    Login Page of the Student Portal

  3. You can see green check marks next to what has been completed and red “X” marks next to what still needs to be submitted.
  4. Home Screen of Student Portal

    Home Screen of Student Portal

You can submit your materials-

By mail:
Office of Admission
Butler University
Robertson Hall
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208

By fax:
(317) 940-8150

By email:
admission@butler.edu

What These Butler Freshmen Wished They Would Have Known During the Application Process

Between the college application process (which is different for every college or university you apply to) and the day you move into your dorm, people will tell you a lot of things about what college is really like. Every school is unique and is experienced differently by each individual. That’s why some of our current freshmen wanted to share a few application tips and what they wished they would have known about the application process with you:

  • Ask a teacher to read over your essays, in my experience they were more then willing to do this and extremely helpful! – Abby
  • Maintain your grades during senior year. It is not a time to slack off. I know of a few people who decided to coast during their senior year and weren’t able to get into the college of their choice. -Justin
  • Get your applications done early and keep track of important dates! This made senior year so much better because I had free time and everyone else was worrying about essays and applications. -Brandon
  • Don’t wait until April to start looking for outside scholarships. There is so much money to be had out there, and you can’t wait for it to come to you.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Parents and Teachers can be very helpful, especially when it comes essay time. -Laura
  • Visit every campus you might be interested in attending. After all, you’ll be there for four years so you want to make sure that you like it! -Katie

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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!