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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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Select Your New Student Registration Date

Have you recently been admitted to Butler, but still haven’t picked out which New Student Registration (NSR) date you would like to attend? Maybe you’ve already decided to call Butler your home this fall, but aren’t sure what you need to do next. We are here to help you!

With New Student Registration dates quickly filling up, we ask that you select your top three date preferences as soon as possible.

To register:

  • Log in to the student status page.
  • Click on New Student Registration Date Selection Form under “Forms.”
  • Complete the form and click “Submit.”

We realize that many students are hesitant to select a NSR date and want to give you a few reasons why it is a good idea to do so. New Student Registration allows you to:

  1. Schedule your classes
  2. Meet other newly admitted students
  3. Get to know your professors
  4. Mingle with current students and make friends before you even move to campus
  5. Meet your academic advisor
  6. Sit in on helpful sessions to prepare you for your college journey

Still deciding between schools? That is fine too. We highly recommend that you attend NSR because it is a great way to help narrow down your choices. As long as you make your final decision by May 1, your $300 enrollment fee is completely refundable. Please do not hesitate to contact your admission counselor or email admission@butler.edu with any question you make have. We will be more than happy to assist you.

Top 5 Reasons to Follow Us

Are you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, WordPress, or Pinterest? So are we! If you haven’t followed or “Liked” us yet, now is the time to start. We are bringing you the top five reasons to follow Butler University:

  1. Meet other current, admitted, or prospective students. This helps you get to know people before you even arrive on campus.
  2. See what Butler is really like. View our posts, photos, videos, pins, and more to get an idea of what campus is all about.
  3. Learn about events and other upcoming opportunities taking place at Butler. Once you are here, we know that you’ll fall in love with the campus.
  4. Get the real scoop. To find out what others are saying about Butler, a major or a career choice, look for mentions by searching @gobutleru, #Butler2017, and #ButlerUniversity.
  5. Stay on top of important dates and deadlines. It’s a great way to keep up with application deadlines, admission requirements, and other key information.
  6. BONUS: It’s fun and we want to make your college search and final decision as easy as possible!

There you have it! Our top five, well six, reasons to follow us on social media.

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What Can I Do If I’m Not Admitted?

Transfer to ButlerUnfortunately, not everyone receives the admission decision they were hoping for when they started this process. If Butler is the school you want to attend, this initial admission decision isn’t the your last opportunity to apply. If you were not offered admission as a freshman and would like to transfer to Butler after attending another college or university, we recommend that you spend at least one year with that institution before submitting a new application for admission. By the numbers, some programs at Butler have a slightly lower freshman acceptance rate because of the limited number of spots available for incoming students, specifically pre-pharmacy and pre-physician assistant.

  • For pre-pharmacy, it is still recommended that transfer applicants complete at least one year of coursework at another institution before applying again to the program. Students can apply to the pre-pharmacy phase of the program as a transfer student if their college GPA is 3.0 or higher. Additionally, if a student has successfully completed all required pre-requisite courses and also has taken the PCAT, he/she can then apply directly to the 4-year professional phase of the pharmacy program.
  • To apply for the 3-year professional phase of the physician assistant program, a student must have completed or will complete a Bachelor’s degree prior to the fall semester he/she intends to enroll. This Bachelor’s degree must include the successful completion all of the required physician assistant pre-requisite courses.

For additional information regarding the transfer admission process, please contact:

Emily Robison
Transfer Admission Counselor
E-mail: erobison@butler.edu

Why It’s Important to Deposit Early

If you’ve recently been admitted to Butler University, we would like to extend a very special “Welcome and Congratulations” to you! Students who applied and were admitted for the Early Action deadline have the opportunity to submit their deposit by February 1 and receive some major perks. These priority items include:

  • Being among the first to register for classes early
  • Getting first choice of housing and roommate preferences
  • Joining a Living-Learning Center

If you’re still deciding between a few schools, we encourage you to submit your deposit because it can be extremely beneficial in making your final choice. Since the deposit is refundable, it allows you to “try Butler on.” Attending New Student Registration is a great way to get an insider’s look at Butler University, meet incoming and current students, schedule classes, and become acquainted with the faculty and staff; ultimately allowing you experience the social and academic aspects of campus. Visiting the University will also give you a chance to see all that downtown Indianapolis has to offer. From rock concerts to symphony hall, art galleries to museums, and every kind of restaurant, you’ll never be bored. This can help you determine if you’re meant to be in a big city or rural setting. In other words, you can see if Butler University is the right place for you.

We realize that making your final college selection is one of the biggest decisions you will ever face. Please know that your admission counselor and the entire Office of Admission staff are more than happy to answer any questions you have.

If you we are one of your top choices and you know you’re ready to deposit, follow these steps:

  1. Log on to your student status page and view your admission decision.
  2. If you haven’t done so already, click “Reply to Offer of Admission” under the “Forms” section. Complete the form and click “Submit.”
  3. This will take you back to your main status page. Click “Submit Payment for $300.00.” Complete the form and click “Submit.”
  4. Confirm your major on the main status page. If this has changed, contact the Office of Admission.
  5. Next, click “New Student Registration Date Selection” under the “Forms” section on your main status page. Complete the form and click “Submit.”
  6. The Office of Admission will email you additional information with your date confirmation.

Please note that it is necessary to submit your enrollment deposit before registering for classes.

I’m Admitted! What Next?

First of all, congratulations on your acceptance to Butler University! We are very excited to welcome you to the Class of 2017. Now that you’ve been admitted, you’re probably starting to wonder what you should be doing next. Just know that we’re here to help! We’ve come up with a short list to get you started:

  1. Attend an admitted student event. We offer a variety of events including academic days, basketball games, regional receptions, and more. Whatever you choose, we have the perfect visit for you. You can register for these events via the emails we send you or by logging onto your student status page.
  2. Submit your deposit. By submitting your deposit, you guarantee your spot in the freshmen class. Deposits are fully refundable until May 1. Visit our admitted student page for more information and directions on submitting your deposit.
  3. Visit campus. If you’ve never been to Butler before, you’re really missing out. We strongly encourage admitted students who haven’t been to campus to visit this spring. We offer individual visits and True Blue days to help you make an informed decision. Once you get to campus, you’ll fall in love!
  4. Select an Early New Student Registration date. Once you’ve submitted your deposit, you can select which Early New Student Registration date you would like to attend. Registering early allows you to meet with an academic advisor to discuss course options and schedule, meet classmates in a small group setting and get your college photo ID.
  5. Start thinking about housing options. Your housing information and contract will be sent once your enrollment deposit has been received. Residence hall choices: First-year men live in Ross Hall; first-year women may select either Ross Hall (co-ed) or Schwitzer Hall (all women). Transfer and international students have additional options. Roommate matches are made based on personal preferences students select on the housing contract (including things like, “Are you an early riser or a night owl?” “Do you study to music or in complete silence?”) Housing and roommate assignments will be mailed in July.
  6. Send in your final transcript. Arrange to have all of your final academic transcripts sent to the Office of Admission at the end of the school year with your date of graduation posted. If you are taking AP exams, have your scores sent to Butler University.

Still have questions? Feel free to contact your admission counselor. We’re excited to see you on campus this spring and permanently this fall!

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

Admission Terminology Decoded

With admission decisions coming in just a few weeks, we know that you are on the edge of your seat. You may even be checking your mailbox for that slight chance we’ve already sent it. We will send your admission decision letters out on December 15. Until then, here are a few admission terms you might want to become acquainted with:

Decision – Determination of an applicant’s admission status.

Decision Types

  • Admit – Offered a space (for a particular term) to become a student at Butler University. Student must continue to meet eligibility requirements as presented by the Office of Admission (ex: maintain gpa, etc.).
  • Defer – Deferred is neither accepted nor rejected. Rather, it means that we are missing a test score or course that is needed for admission. Once we receive the item or items needed, we can reevaluate your admission decision. Getting deferred does not hurt your chances of admission.
  • Deny – Not eligible for admission to Butler given the current applicant pool.  Students are encouraged to attend another accredited institution and re-apply for admission as a transfer student.  Contact your Admissions Counselor for more information, or visit the transfer website.
  • Red Light/Green Light (RLGL) – RLGL is for students that are not admitted to the pharmacy or physician assistant programs at Butler, but are admitted to any other program at the University. RLGL students can choose to come to Butler University and study any of our other 60+ majors in the remaining five colleges (College of Business, College of Communication, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Jordan College of the Arts).
  • Wait List – As Butler’s pharmacy and physician assistant programs become more and more competitive, every attempt is made to place as many students as possible in the fall class. While an applicant’s academic record shows promise, the highly competitive nature of the freshman applicant pool necessitates that we place a certain percentage of applicants on a waiting list. These students are still strong candidates for admission. Students who are placed on the waiting list will receive written notification when they have been admitted or denied admission into the program.

While you’re waiting for your decision, here are a few more terms you might want to know:

FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Butler’s priority consideration FAFSA Deadline is March 1.

Financial Aid – The Office of Financial Aid wants to partner with you and your family to invest in a Butler education. Our experienced staff will help you explore the options that are available. Financial aid counselors may be reached between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also visit their website at www.butler.edu/financial-aid.

Have questions? Be sure to contact your admission counselor. Good luck!

The Waiting Game

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Good luck!

So, You’ve Applied…Now What?

It’s been a busy fall semester. You’ve been scrambling around desperately trying to keep up with your senior year classes and other in-and-out-of-school activities. You’ve been awake at all hours trying to complete applications and stay ahead of deadlines. And oh yeah, you’ve been thinking (and worrying) quite a bit too about college. You’re probably worn out from looking at college brochures, visiting websites, comparing college rankings, traveling around going on college visits, talking to your high school counselor and perhaps even taking one too many of those virtual tours.

Despite all of this you’ve somehow managed to successfully submit several (or perhaps more than several) college applications. Relief sets in now that you’ve managed to complete this part of the process. Time to kick back and relax!  Not quite – the most difficult part is now upon you…WAITING. You thought the hardest part would be deciding where to apply and writing those dreaded college essays. Yet, you now find yourself waiting, almost paralyzed not knowing what your future holds and wondering what some phantom college admission officer will think of your application.

Does this sound familiar? I’m guessing so. Well take comfort in knowing that pretty much every college-bound high school senior is experiencing similar stresses. You are not alone! But now the question is – so what now?

Here on the college admission side of things, we are very busy collecting all the information that you just submitted to us and communicating with you – the applicant. Butler University admission counselors are diligently beginning the process of reviewing every single page of every single application. In a matter of about six weeks we will have read through about 6,000-7,000 applications. That’s a lot of reading! We take this process very seriously and believe it or not, get jazzed to read your application. It is our passion to help you achieve your dreams of going to college and we love reading your stories and hearing about your high school achievements.

You might be asking yourself, “What can I do during this time period, besides nervously waiting on a decision?” Well for starters, stay in contact with us! We always love hearing from you and knowing that you’re still out there. Often times it can be forgotten that we are here to help you and make the entire process easier and less stressful – so take advantage of connecting with us on a regular basis. We try and make this as easy as possible by being available on many different platforms: e-mail; all the numerous social media sites; and of course, our website. Let us know how we can help and take advantage of this down-time to also connect with current Butler students and professors as well as other potential future Butler students. Who knows? You might even find your future roommate while connecting with us on our Facebook page.

Finally, make sure that you’re sending us any new or updated information that we can add to your application file. The more we know about you, the better! Just because our admission deadline has passed doesn’t mean that the information exchange stops. We realize the rapid pace at which things change and that things happen between the time you applied and the time of our decision.

Bottom line: don’t be shy! Invest in the process, stay engaged and don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions. We think you’ll find that all that waiting was definitely worth it. Continue to visit our blog as we will be posting a “What Happens to Your Application” video in the next week or two.

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8 Days and Counting…

We are just 8 days away from the Early Action deadline and have already received many completed applications. If you have yet to complete your application or are not sure if we have received all of your required application materials you can:

-Login to your Student Portal account as explained in our previous post on October 18th

…or you can

-Check with your Butler University admission counselor to see if we are still missing anything for your application.

Your Butler admission counselor is also a great person to contact with any questions you might have about things other than your application. If you’re not sure what you should be asking, here are a few common questions that might help your search:

-What type of internship opportunities does Butler offer for my major?
-Can I study abroad regardless of major?  If so, what are the programs and options offered at Butler?
-If I’m not sure what I want to study, what type of programs will Butler offer to help me find the right major?
-Do I have to live on campus?  If so, what are the residential options for students?