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.
- 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.
- 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.
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In our last post, we covered what it takes for your application to be considered complete. To recap, you need:
- High school transcripts
- Test scores (ACT or SAT with writing)
- Secondary School Report completed by your high school counselor
- 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.
- Resume of activities, which includes extracurricular activities and leadership experience. This is not required.
- 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:
- Log into the student portal.
Login Page of the Student Portal
- You can see green check marks next to what has been completed and red “X” marks next to what still needs to be submitted.
Home Screen of Student Portal
You can submit your materials-
Office of Admission
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208
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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:
- Ask early. Don’t wait until a week before 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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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!
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