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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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What is New Student Registration?

As a newly admitted student to Butler University’s Class of 2017, we invite you to learn more about New Student Registration (NSR) before arriving on campus. You might be wondering what exactly happens during this event and why it’s so important. Basically, NSR is a one-day event for new students to register for classes, learn more about Butler University and their major, meet other newly admitted students, and tour campus. You might even get the opportunity to meet Blue II and Blue III (a.k.a. “Trip”). There are also helpful sessions for parents and guardians.

Below is an abbreviated schedule of the day:

9:00 a.m.—Check-in
10:00 a.m.—Official Welcome
11:00 a.m.—Students: College Meetings
11:00 a.m.—Parents: Making the Transition
12:00 p.m.—Lunch
1:00 p.m.—Students: Academic Advising Appointments
1:00 p.m.—Parents: College Meetings for Parents
1:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.—Information Sessions
1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., and 3:45 p.m.—Campus Tours
1:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.—Residence Hall Open House

If you’re not sure how to select your NSR date, please refer to our step-by-step guide. Still have questions? Get advice from those who have recently experienced this event by reaching out to them on the Class of 2017 Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you on campus in the near future.

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!

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.

Blue II Tearing Into His Decision Last Year

 

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?

 

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!

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!

 

 

SAT/ACT Tips

Our recommendation:  Take the test early and often.

Butler does not have a preference as to which test you choose to take and actually matches ACT scores with the equivalent SAT score.  While you don’t need to take both the ACT and SAT, we would recommend that you try each test at least once.  Since the tests each have a different format or structure, you might find one that is directed more to your academic strengths or test taking style.

  • The SAT (reasoning test) consists of three main sections:  Critical Reading, Math and Writing.
  • The ACT consists of 5 sections:  English, Reading, Math, Science and Writing.
    • The Writing section is required at Butler, so make sure that you opt in to taking that portion of the test when registering.

Regardless of which test you choose to take, we recommend that you take it at least twice, if not multiple times.  Some schools, including Butler University, will take the best individual subsections of each time that you take the test to form a ‘Super Score’ or ‘Best Score.’  (See examples below)

‘Super Score or Best Score’

SAT

Test Date Composite Score Critical Reading Math Writing
6/4/11 1800 620 580 600
10/1/11 1800 600 620 580
Butler University

‘Super Score’

1840 620 620 600

*You will notice that while composite score from both the June and October test are the same, the Butler University ‘Super Score’ is higher because we have taken the best subsection from each test.

ACT

Test Date Composite Score English Reading Math Science Writing
6/11/11 28 24 30 28 30 8
9/10/11 28 26 30 26 30 10
10/22/11 28 24 31 26 31 9
Butler University

‘Super Score’

29 26 31 28 31 10

*Again, you will notice that while the composite scores for each ACT remained consistent, the overall Butler University ‘Super Score’ increased based on the use of the best individual sub sections from all the tests.

If you are planning to apply to Butler University by the Early Action deadline of November 1st, all ACT and SAT tests must be taken prior to that date.  We do not need to have your scores at that time, but you need to let us know that we should be expecting those scores.  On both the Butler application and the Common Application, you will find a section that asks you list the tests that you have taken and the test that you plan to take.

Additionally, we have listed some reference links below that we hope you will find useful.

Testing Dates
SAT:  http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-reasoning/register/test-dates
ACT:  http://www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html

Test Registration
SAT:  http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-reasoning/register
ACT:  http://www.actstudent.org/regist/index.html

Free Test Prep Resources
SAT:  http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/prepare/srp/free
ACT:  http://www.act.org/aap/pdf/preparing.pdf

Free Question of the Day
SAT:  http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-question-of-the-day
ACT:  http://www.actstudent.org/qotd/

Majors: Which One to Choose?

Choosing a college can be difficult. Choosing a major can be even harder.  At Butler, we offer over 60 majors in 6 academic colleges. As a Butler student, you’ll have the chance to take classes across all six colleges no matter your major.

If you know what you want to study, you can declare that major on your application and start taking classes in that program as early as your freshmen year.  If you are unsure about what you want to study, or completely undecided, you can start your first semester in our Exploratory Studies program. The only exception to this is if you are interested in the Pre-Pharmacy or Pre-Physician Assistant program.  Since both of these programs offer an Auto-Advancement curriculum, students must start in these programs when they arrive on campus for their freshmen year.

For students who know what they want to study, or if you are just interested in seeing what is available at Butler, click on the links below to get more information about each academic college:

College of Business
College of Communication
College of Education
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Jordan College of Fine Arts

With so many programs to choose from, we are sure you will find a major that fits your needs. Have questions for the Office of Admission? Email us at admission@butler.edu.

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…