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Complete Your Application by November 1

With the application deadline looming, it’s important to make sure that you are on top of submitting your supplemental materials. There are a few key facts that are important for you to know:

  • EssayThe Early Action deadline is November 1. If you haven’t applied yet, do so at www.butler.edu/apply.
  • You need to have the following completed/submitted by November 1:
    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.

If you do apply by November 1, you will be eligible for:

  • Full scholarship consideration
  • A decision mailed by December 15
  • First choice of housing and the Freshmen Living Learning Center
  • Early registration for classes

If you have any questions, please contact your admission counselor immediately! Most of us can also be found on Facebook and Twitter (you can find the information on our counselor profiles). We look forward to hearing from you!

College GO! Week

Every fall, Learn More Indiana supports College GO! Week in schools and communities across the state of Indiana. The campaign is kicking off this coming Monday, September 24 and will end on Friday, September 28 with activities continuing all fall semester. College GO! Week includes activities for elementary, middle and high school students as well as current college students and adults who are returning to school.

The goal of College GO! Week is simple: help Hoosiers of all ages PLAN for college completion and career success.

With College GO! Week, you’ll find practical tips for every age. However, we are going to focus on juniors and seniors for this particular post.

Seniors:
Butler University, along with 50+ Indiana schools, participates in College GO Week! each year. What does that mean for you? It means that you can apply for free to Butler University all next week! In fact, you can apply for free at any time using our online application. Apply online at www.butler.edu/apply. Please visit www.in.gov/collegegoweek to see which schools offer an application waiver the week of September 24 – 28.

Juniors:
As a high school junior, you might be thinking, “I have plenty of time to think about college. Why would I start now?” The reason you should start early is to be as prepared as possible before heading into your senior year. We recommend that you start scheduling campus visits as a junior to help you narrow down your selection. We’d love to see you on Butler’s campus this fall or spring. College GO! Week runs from September 24 – September 28, but you can register at any time for our events on www.butler.edu/visit.

If you’re a freshman or sophomore, view the Plan for Success to help you get a jump start on your college search.

College GO! Week

Butler University Open House

Choosing a college is about finding the right fit. You might be thinking, what does that really mean? Finding the perfect college or university is all about choosing the right academic program, the right location, the right size, the right community, and the right vibe. And, the only one who can decide if a college is right for you is YOU.

Open House

Open House

That’s why we’ve created Open House at Butler University. It’s a day for you to walk around campus, tour classrooms, speak with faculty in your area of interest, sit in on student panels and so much more. Most importantly though, imagine submerging yourself into what you’re most passionate about—imagine yourself learning, working, playing, volunteering and living at Butler University. So, come visit us in the heart of Indianapolis, take it all in, ask questions, get answers, and find out if Butler is the right fit for you.

Open House Dates:
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 22

11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, October 8

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 27

Space is limited so register for Open House today!

We’re Coming to Your High School!

Our logo is blue, team jerseys are blue, even our bulldog mascot is named Blue (well, Blue II actually) — and we’re bringing the blue to you. During the fall, our admission counselors are traveling to your area. Meeting with one of our staff will give you the chance to ask questions about everything from majors to athletics, from financial aid to career services. If we’ve already met, we’d welcome the chance to see you again, so feel free to stop by.

Visit adm.butler.edu/register to see when we’ll be in your area. Sign up, and bring a friend or a parent along to see us, too. Also, don’t forget to ask your school counselor for more information about these visits.

Visit Campus This Summer at Butler 101

This is the time of year when high school juniors (and even sophomores) need to start thinking about college visits. We encourage students to visit colleges and universities early on in their search process. By doing so, you can get a better understanding of what you are looking for in a higher education institution. Furthermore, this can help you save time. We often see that students start visiting schools after they’ve already applied. Visiting colleges and universities before you apply can help you narrow down your choices. It might even help you eliminate a few, ultimately, saving you time applying to schools you wouldn’t see yourself at.

We have Butler 101 events that rising juniors and seniors can attend this summer. Butler 101 is a great way to learn more about all that Butler University has to offer. At Butler 101, you will get to experience an admission and financial aid presentation, student-led campus tour and cookout with current students, faculty and admission counselors. Register now for this unique opportunity to visit Butler.

Butler 101 Visit Days:

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Friday, May 25
Friday, June 22
Friday, July 27
Friday, August 10

We hope to see you on campus this summer. Have questions? Contact your admission counselor or reach out to us on Facebook.

Juniors: Get a Headstart on the Admission Process

You’ve already taken many of the steps to be eligible for admission consideration to Butler University.  You’ve taken solid academic courses and scheduled your classes for senior year. It’s important to know that by graduation you must complete four years of English, three years of math, three years of science, two years of social studies and two years of the same foreign language. (*Please note that if you are interested in physician assistant or pharmacy, you must complete four years of math and four years of science.) Wondering about ACT or SAT exams? You must take either the SAT or ACT exam with writing. So what are your next steps?

March & April

  • We offer a Junior Preview Day visit for all juniors interested in applying to Butler. Be sure to register early because spots fill up soon. *Please note registration for these events will open in March on www.butler.edu/visit.
  • Most colleges look the rigor of your senior year fall semester classes and may even wait for your grades. Be sure to select of full load of solid academic classes.
  • Search the internet for college information and review the publications you have received.
  • Develop your preliminary list of top college choices.

May – July

  • Keep studying for your ACT and/or SAT.
  • Visit us on campus at our Butler 101 event. (*Registration for Butler 101 opens in April)
  • Start working on those application essays. You can get a head start by visiting www.butler.edu/apply to view the essay prompts.

August

  • You can begin applying to Butler on August 1. 
  • Retake your ACT and/or SAT if necessary.
  • Schedule an Open House visit to see if Butler University might be a good fit for you. (Registration for Open House opens in August.)

Deposit Deadline Approaching

What is the enrollment deposit?

Freshman students are required to pay a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $300 with their admission acceptance. The enrollment deposit is required in order to reserve a space in the Class of 2016.  All admission deposits must be received or postmarked by May 1.

Submitting an Enrollment Deposit after May 1

An Enrollment Deposit postmarked after May 1 will be considered late. The University reserves the right to return your Enrollment Deposit based on space availability in the freshman class. If your deposit is received after May 1, you need to call your admission counselor to let them know.

How do I accept admission and pay the enrollment deposit?

Online:

1. Go to www.butler.edu/deposit.
2. Fill in the form and verify your information.
3. Then…pay the enrollment deposit via MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or electronic check. For timely processing, we strongly suggest you submit your admission acceptance and enrollment deposit online via my.butler.edu You will receive immediate confirmation that your acceptance and deposit have been accepted.

By Mail:

Complete the Enrollment Form and attach a check, credit card information or money order for $300 payable to Butler University. If you mail in the form, please allow at least 2 weeks from the date you mailed your Enrollment Form and enrollment deposit for our system to be updated.

By submitting your deposit by February 1 makes you eligible to:

  • Be among the first to register for classes and get your ideal class schedule
  • Submit housing and roommate preferences
  • Join a Freshman Living-Learning Center

 

Plan a Visit to Indy

As many of you know, Indianapolis was awarded Super Bowl XLVI, which will be played on February 5. This will be the first Super Bowl held in Indianapolis, and the first one held in a cold-weather city since Detroit hosted Super Bowl XL. The game will be held in Lucas Oil Stadium, which seats just over 75,000 people. The Super Bowl Village will transform the heart of downtown Indianapolis into a ten-day interactive festival. From the NFL Experience at the Indiana Convention Center to awe-inspiring performances on Monument Circle, Indy promises to deliver an unforgettable experience. Visitors from across the world will experience the exhilaration of the Super Bowl while being introduced to downtown Indianapolis world-class restaurants, bars, hotels and attractions.

If you are planning to visit that weekend, or any other weekend, there is always something to do in Indianapolis. Check out a few of the Indy happenings going on now:

The Children's Museum

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.

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