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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!

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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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!

Sleep in Style at Butler

Are you tired of going on a campus visit and seeing the same old staged room? Are all of the dorms you’ve seen starting to blend together? Want to see what life at Butler is really like? If so, check out our new Butler Housing page.

Our students are showing off their unique decorations, chicest designs and boldest beautifications. See what each of the residence hall actually look like from someone who lives in them. Get the insiders view of residence life before you make your final college decision.

Want more specifics on each of the 4 residence halls? We thought you might…

Schwitzer Hall
Occupants: All female, freshmen and sophomores
Capacity: 450
Room Style: Standard
Amenities: Schwitzer Hall has a kitchenette on every floor, two full kitchens, two laundry rooms, wireless internet, a 24-hour computer lab, a T.V. and game room, and a quiet study lounge.

Ross Hall
Occupants: Co-ed, freshmen and sophomores
Capacity: 500
Room Style: Standard
Amenities: Ross Hall has a study lounge, wireless internet, a T.V. and game room, laundry facilities, a 24-hour computer lab and a kitchen.

Residential College (ResCo)
Occupants: Co-ed, predominantly sophomores
Capacity: 470
Room Style: Suites (Two double rooms are connected by a bathroom.)
Amenities: ResCo has kitchenettes and lounges, a laundry facility, a game room, wireless internet, a T.V. room and a 24-hour computer lab.

Apartment Village
Occupants: Co-ed, juniors and seniors
Capacity: 500
Room Style: Each apartment has four single bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a living area and a kitchen.
Amenities: The Apartment Village features a community center called The Dawg House. It has a laundry facility, wireless internet, convenience store, computer lab, quiet study room and a game room.

Weighing the Options – Part 2

Earlier in the week, we shared part 1 of our blog with you. It was a list of the ‘factors’ that are most important to you with each school you are considering applying to or visiting in the near future. As the months pass and you etch closer and closer to graduation, this list can help you make that final decision once and for all. Below you will find a continuation of our list of common college or university attributes that are good things to consider when looking at different schools.

Campus Life

Academics are most important, but the college experience is more than that. What do you like to do for fun? At Butler, we offer:

Over 140 clubs and organizations

Campus and Community Service Opportunities

Concerts, Productions and Speaker Series at Clowes Hall

19 NCAA Division 1 sports

Club and Intermural sports

14 Greek Organizations

110 Study Abroad programs

Campus Housing

Make sure that when you visit a campus, you get to see where you will be living your first year. All Butler, all freshmen live in one of two main residence halls. Sophomores, juniors and seniors have additional options including Campus Apartments, a suite style residence hall and Greek Housing. Seniors also have the added option of living off-campus.

School Spirit

School spirit is more than just supporting your athletic programs or wearing apparel with your school’s name or logo. It’s the pride you have in your institution and your enthusiasm to support your school, friends and community. At Butler, our students have Bulldog Spirit.

Career and Graduate School Preparation

Skipping ahead 4 years…It’s your college graduation day. What’s your next step? It is it a job? Pursuing a graduate degree? You don’t need to know the answers to these questions right now, but it is important to know what a school offers to help you plan for life after college. In addition to the individual academic advising you will receive from you’re a faculty member at Butler, you also have the opportunity to work with the Internship and Career Services office. Whether you are trying to gain experience by completing internships or starting to apply for jobs during your senior year, this office will be a great resource in helping prepare you for your future.

 

 

Meet the Bloggers

They’re back…four of our bloggers from last year have returned along with two fresh new faces. Our bloggers hail from Missouri, Indiana, Ohio and Virginia. Several times a week, our six student bloggers will be sharing their experiences so that you can get a taste of what life at Butler University is really like. They each bring a unique perspective to help provide better insight into Butler University’s academic programs, student organization, residential life experiences and more!

In addition to these six student bloggers, Butler Blue 2 will be blogging about his adventures as the official mascot of Butler University. Born 3/27/2004, this 60 lb. English Bulldog is enjoying his 8th year as mascot of the Indy-based, 4,000 student, liberal arts institution. Assistant Director of Admission, Megan O’Rourke, will also be posting her thoughts and insights on the blog. Megan received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a specialization in Public Relations and Advertising in 2006. She loved attending school at Butler so much that she decided to accept an admission counselor position and has been here ever since. Finally, we will be bringing you weekly updates, information and tips on our Admission blog. The Admission blog will feature important dates, helpful financial aid information and so much more.

Our bloggers provide first-hand accounts of their time at Butler and share their experiences, challenges and academic adventures through their words, photos and videos. Take a look and see for yourself…

Dining halls at Butler – What you need to know!

So, you’re heading off to college, leaving mom’s kitchen and about to move into the dorms. Now you’re wondering what to do in order to not go hungry. We’ve got you’re questions answered! You will need to sign up for a meal plan which can be used within the residential dining rooms, Market Place @ Atherton or the Residential College Dining Room. The Residential College Dining Room is open Monday thru Friday, breakfast and lunch. The Market Place is open Monday thru Friday, lunch and dinner, and then all three meals Saturday and Sunday. There are three meal plans to choose from: The unlimited plan, the 290 block plan or the 240 block plan.

The unlimited plan is just that, unlimited trips into our dining rooms as often as you’d like. If you enter the dining hall for some coffee and a muffin, head back to your room or a class and decide you’d like a hot breakfast…come on back in. The other meal plans do not allow you to re-enter during the same meal period (breakfast, lunch or dinner). You are guaranteed to not run out of meals at the end of the semester, however, this meal plan is strictly for you and does not allow you to give your meals to friends.

The 290 block plan is designed for those that will be eating a majority of their meals on campus but not necessarily going to the dining hall more than three times a day. To re-enter the dining hall on this meal plan, would require the use of flex dollars or “Dawg Bucks”. The 240 block plan works the same way but takes into account the occasional sleeping in, going away for a weekend or ordering out for pizza with friends. The 240 block plan is the probably the more popular among freshmen.

The preference for the 240 block plan also has to do with the increased flex dollars that come with it. The unlimited, 290 and 240 block plan come with $75.00, $100.00 and $150.00 in flex dollars respectively. Flex dollars are like having cash on your Butler I.D. card and acts as a declining balance to be used in the ARAMARK locations on campus. These include Starbucks, C-Club Food Court, Zia Juice Bar, and The Convenience Store at the Dawg House in the Apartment Village. You may also treat a friend or family member at either of the two dining halls. Flex dollars do expire at the end of a semester, however, more money may be added to a students account (I.D. card). Money added to an account is called “Dawg Bucks” and is used in the same locations as flex dollars. The difference is that Dawg Bucks do not expire until a student graduates and can be added in person or on our website http://www.butler.edu/dining . When adding money to an account, ARAMARK will add 5% to the total if $50.00 or more is added at one time.

This may seem overwhelming at first but we’re here to help and answer any questions you still might have. You may direct these questions to food@butler.edu . Also, remember, you have the first two weeks of school to make any changes to your meal plan choices. Relax, enjoy your summer and we’ll see you soon!