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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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True Blue

Find out what it’s really like to be a Butler student. Admitted students are encouraged to visit campus this spring and ‘shadow’ a current Butler University student through a typical day. The True Blue program takes place Monday through Thursday starting January 30 and ending April 12 (excluding March 12 — 15). It is a great opportunity to learn more about the academic and extra-curricular opportunities that exist for you as a prospective member of the Class of 2016. You will attend classes with your host, meet faculty, staff, and other current students, and have lunch in our award-winning dining hall. Our focus is about providing you an inside look into your major and life as a student at Butler University. By shadowing Butler students, you can gain better insight into the expectations of college, which in turn will help you to be better prepared for college life.

We encourage you to register for True Blue before spots fill up. Register now.

You Got In! Now What?

Congratulations! We’re excited to welcome you to the Class of 2016! Now that you’re in, you might be wondering, “What am I supposed to do next?” Here’s a list to get you started on what steps you should take next to become part of the Butler community:

1. Mail back your enrollment form. This will allow you to get registered for New Student Registration beginning in March. You can find more information about the event on our website.
2. Send in your enrollment deposit. Deposits made prior to May 1 are refundable with written request until that date. After May 1, deposits are non-refundable.
3. Visit Butler. You can view a complete list of admitted student events on www.butler.edu/admitted-students.
4. Join the Class of 2016 Facebook page. This page is a great way to connect with other admitted students and even find a roommate.
5. Consider your housing options. Speaking of roommates. You will be receiving your housing form inside the New Student Registration packet. It is a questionnaire you can fill out to ensure you get matched up with a roommate of your choosing or one that shares similar interests and living habits.
6. Send in your Transcripts. We do require that you send in your final transcripts upon graduation. For Indiana high school students, we also need your diploma type posted.
7. Tell everyone you know that you are a part of the Bulldog family!

Studying for Finals (Tips from Admission)

Final exams can be filled with pressure, especially while you are waiting to hear about your college admission decision. We are bringing you our Top 15 List on how to prepare for the dreaded end-of-semester finals.

1. Alternate study spots. Change your location to avoid daydreaming or dozing off.
2. Study in chunks so you can retain more information. It smart to take a 15 minute break every once in a while to refuel and recharge.
3. Prevent test anxiety. This can be done by listening to calming music, taking deep breathes or picturing yourself acing the test.
4. Manager your time. Schedule your day out in advance and stick to the plan.
5. Don’t pull an all-nighter. People say this helps them study, but it is actually not good for the body or the memory.
6. Calculate your grades in each class to determine what score you’ll need to get the grade your hoping for in that class. However, don’t stress yourself out over your desired grade.
7. If the exam is open book, still study.
8. Eat a nutritious meal and drink water before taking the exam. It will keep you alert and focused throughout the testf.
9. Don’t drink too much caffeine.
10. Meet with teachers if you have any material you need help reviewing.
11. Exercise to help keep your energy up. This can help you power through the exam.
12. Create an environment conducive to studying. Ditch the loud music, TV playing in the background and, if at all possible, constant social media breaks.
13. Make it interesting by using memory aids or mnemonic devices.
14. Study during the day when you are most alert. If you study better in the evenings, then plan to study during that time.
15. Test yourself or have someone else test you to find out which areas you need more work in.

Good luck on your upcoming finals!

 

 

You’ve Applied. Now What?

You’ve submitted all of your applications, written numerous essays on a variety of topics and collected dozens of recommendations. Now all that’s left to do is wait for an answer. Some might say completing all the paperwork and taking the tests is the hardest portion of the process. However, those of you waiting for your decision letter to arrive know that is actually the most difficult part of the entire process. So, now that all the applications are in and you are just waiting to hear something back, what comes next?

You will receive an acknowledgement email that your application has been received along with a short video, which takes a quick look at the admission decision process. Your probably wondering how we make our admission decisions. We start by taking a holistic look at you as a student and as an individual. We take into consideration your GPA, course work, test scores, resume of activities, essay and any other information you or your school counselor provide us with. From there, several admission counselors review the file and then meet with a committee to decide if you are admissible. Once we have reached your decision, it gets entered into our system. Finally, we send out all admission decision on December 15.

You’re probably wondering “Well, what I am supposed to do while I wait for my decision?” Good question.
1. Our advice is to continue working hard and keep your grades up.
2. Don’t forget about money. This is the perfect time to start looking into financial aid and scholarships.
3. Write thank-you letters to anyone who gave you a recommendation.
4. Alert your admission counselor if there are any changes to your file (ex: new grades or test scores)
5. Have fun and hang out with friends.

We know it can be difficult waiting for the admission decision. When the “did I’s” or “didn’t I’s” become overwhelming, try to stay focused on your last few months of high school.

 

Don’t Let Senioritis Get the Best of You

Senioritis, noun: A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as Graduation.

Senioritis is common among many high school seniors. You’ve worked hard for three years, are now waiting for acceptance letters from the universities you applied to and want to blow off some steam (finally). Although you may want to take a much needed mental break. Don’t!

Senior year is your opportunity to strengthen your skills while broadening your horizons. Rather than taking a lighter load, we suggest you enroll in AP courses or other classes that challenge you. A few other tips we suggest for combating senioritis include keeping a calendar of your activities and important deadlines. We also suggest you stay involved in extracurriculars, volunteer work and sports that help you stay focused. Plus, these activities look great on your college application! Just remember to not let senioritis rule you because Butler University does take both first and second semester grades into consideration (the same goes for quarters or trimesters after the date in which you applied).

Do you have any tips on how you’ve over come senioritis? Share with us!

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

Your September College Application Timeline

You’ve made it, you’re a senior! Only 8 more months (or 9 for some) until you graduate. It’s an exciting time in your life. It’s also time to get started on the college application process. Before you let senioritis get the best of you, be prepared to put some effort into applying to college.

This month, it is important that you:

  • Start filling out those applications! It’s free to apply online at Butler and we also accept the Common Application.
  • Ask for letters of recommendations. Make sure your recommendations are from current teachers, coaches and supervisors. Provide each person with a resume and let them know the reason you want to attend the universities you are applying to.
  • Begin writing your personal statement. (Butler also accepts graded essays.)
  • Make a list of colleges you want to visit and visit them!
  • Register for the ACT, SAT or SAT subject tests if necessary. Remember, Butler uses superscores so only retake those test areas in which you need the most improvement.
  • Don’t let senioritis get you down! Most colleges and universities require your mid-year and final grades.

Here are also some important dates to remind you about regarding the application process:

Admission Program      Applications Postmarked By
Early Action                         November 1st
Regular Decision                  February 1st
Rolling Admission                After February 1st

Apply Now- Butler’s Online Application is Now Active!

It’s hard to believe that the summer is almost over and today is August 1st!  If you are getting ready to start your senior year this fall, right now is a great time to start completing applications for the colleges and universities you are considering.

At Butler, you have two options to submit applications, Early Action (November 1st) and Regular Decision (February 1st). While applications are still considered for admission during the Regular Decision deadline, we would encourage students to apply by the November 1st Early Action deadline if they are interested in:

-Scholarship Consideration
-Specific Program Admission Consideration
-Priority class registration and housing selection
-The Honors Program

Freshman Application for Admission and Scholarship

The Application for Freshman Admission and Scholarships needs to be completed by November 1st, but we would encourage you to complete your application by early October to ensure that all documents have been submitted in time.   If you submit your completed application by November 1st, we will mail your admission decision on December 15th.

The Admission Process can be confusing so we’ve included below a few brief descriptions of the common deadlines or admission terms you might see below:

-Early Action vs. Early Decision

Early Action: This type of deadline has a completion date in November or early December.  Often times, this deadline brings with it the most opportunity for an academic or merit based scholarship.  In some cases, it can offer you a better chance of admission for specific or more competitive admission programs.  With an Early Action deadline, you do not have to attend a university simply because you are offered admission; rather, you have until May 1st to let the school know whether or not you will be attending.

Early Decision: If a student applies to an Early Decision school, and is offered admission, that is their commitment to that college or University and they must withdraw their application from all other schools they might be considering. Please note that Butler University does not offer early decision.

*Both of these deadlines typically have a set notification date that all admission decisions are mailed to students.

Regular Decision: If you are considering a school with a Regular Decision deadline, the completion date may vary depending on if the school has one of the above application plans.  Some schools might have a fall regular decision deadline while other that have an Early Action deadline might not offer a Regular Decision deadline until after January 1st of your senior year.

Rolling Admission:  Unlike Early Action or Early Decision, schools with a rolling admission policy will notify students of their admission decision on a continuous basis.  There typically is not a deadline for applications.

Again, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible and look forward to reading your application!

What to Do When Visiting Campus

The Observatory

Visiting colleges is something in which every high school student should do. Whether you are a junior or a senior, it is imperative to visit the schools in which you are applying to. After all, it can make all the difference in the world when you’re deciding whether or not a particular college is a good fit for you.

If you’re starting to plan a few college visits, we have some helpful tips before you head out. Always remember, it is important to schedule your visit before arriving on campus so that you can make the most out of your trip.

Things to do:

• Arrive on-campus and walk around to learn layout of campus
• Take the campus guided tour
• Attend an information session
• Have lunch in the dining hall
• Interview with admission officer
• Interview with professor or attend a class (if possible)
• Walk around campus to investigate unseen areas and to talk with students
• Drive through areas surrounding campus, check out stores and restaurants
• When visiting Butler, make sure that you get to spend sometime in Broad Ripple and downtown Indianapolis
• Meet with Financial Aid
• Talk with students

Places to see:

• Classrooms & Labs (Science)
• Your major’s department building
• Computer labs
• Large lecture halls
Residence halls (Schwitzer, Ross and ResCo)
• Dining halls
• Library
• Diversity Center
• Atherton Union
• The bookstore
• The mall (the main quad)
• HRC (Health and Recreation Complex)

What to look out for:

• Scan bulletin boards to see what day-to-day student life is like
• Go to the career center and learn what services it offers

Click here to plan your visit today!

5 Things to Do Before Welcome Week

With Welcome Week just around the corner, there are a few things you might want to consider before arriving on campus. All of these important tasks can be completed through your my.butler.edu account.

Still not sure how to use my.butler.edu? Get all the answers on our website at www.butler.edu/it.

Your checklist:

1. The “Academic Tools” section of my.butler.edu allows you to access Blackboard and library documents directly from the site. Blackboard is a site that houses all of the information you need for each class including notes, PowerPoint presentations, grades, assignments, discussion boards and so much more. You might want to familiarize yourself with Blackboard before arriving to your first class so that you can be fully prepared.

Access Blackboard from your my.butler.edu account.

2. The “Campus Services” portion of my.butler.edu houses the Butler Connection and the Butler Collegian for students. The Butler Connection gives updates about what is happening around campus on a daily basis. The Collegian is our award-winning student newspaper which provides the Butler community with coverage of newsworthy events.

Access the BUConnection for students through your my.butler.edu account

3. Thinking about getting a job at Butler University? Look no further than the “Employment” section of my.butler.edu. It lists everything from internship opportunities to job search tools to on-campus job openings.

Find a job on my.butler.edu

4. Are you bringing a car to campus? If so, you need to register your vehicle to receive your parking permit. The cost is only $60 for the entire year.

Register your vehicle through my.butler.edu

5. Finally, it is important that you review your class schedule and purchase your textbooks before arriving to class the first week of school. To print out a schedule or see which text books your professors require, click on “Self Service” then “Student Center”.

Review your schedule

Have questions? Let us know by emailing admission@butler.edu.

*Please note that your my.butler.edu account may look a little different than what is presented on this blog.