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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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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

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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Check Your Student Portal

In our last post, we covered what it takes for your application to be considered complete. To recap, you need:

  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.

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:

  1. Log into the student portal.
  2. Student portal

    Login Page of the Student Portal

  3. You can see green check marks next to what has been completed and red “X” marks next to what still needs to be submitted.
  4. Home Screen of Student Portal

    Home Screen of Student Portal

You can submit your materials-

By mail:
Office of Admission
Butler University
Robertson Hall
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208

By fax:
(317) 940-8150

By email:
admission@butler.edu

Fall Checklist for High School Seniors

Fall Checklist for High School SeniorsSchool has been back in session for over a month now. For seniors, this year will be exciting, busy and full of memories that will never be forgotten. By late September, high school seniors should be narrowing down where they want to go to college and what their major will be.

It’s likely that you might be feeling overwhelmed with the entire college search process. That is why we’re giving you the Fall Checklist for High School Seniors to use as a reference and organization tool:

  • Be aware of application deadlines. Butler’s Early Action I deadline is November 1. You can apply by visiting www.butler.edu/apply.
  • Make sure to proofread and fully complete each application. Give yourself plenty of time to finalize your application and essay.
  • Continue to take a full load of college-prep courses. The classes you take in high school and the grades you earn are important factors in the college admission decision. The minimum requirements for admission consideration at Butler are:
  • English – 4 years
  • Mathematics – 3 years (4 years for biology, chemistry, pharmacy and physician assistant applicants)
  • Laboratory Science – 3 years (4 years for biology, chemistry, pharmacy and physician assistant applicants)
  • Social Studies/History – 2 years
  • Foreign Language – 2 years of the same language
  • Keep your grades up. We do require an end-of-the-year transcript, so there is no room to slack.
  • Visit campus. If you haven’t already, visit Butler University! It’s a great way to see if a school will be a good fit for you.
  • Explore scholarship options. Butler University offers various scholarships, but don’t forget about outside scholarships. You can search for alternate scholarship opportunities on sites such as fastweb.com, cappex.com, zinch.com and scholarships.com.
  • Don’t forget about recommendations. Give your college recommendation forms to the teachers that you have chosen, along with self-addressed, stamped envelopes so your teachers can send them directly to the colleges of your choice.
  • Register for the ACT and SAT tests as necessary. At Butler, we take your highest sub score from each exam and add those together for your final score. That way we review you at your best. Remember to have your scores sent straight to Butler University (especially if you are taking the ACT or SAT in October). We want to have all your scores on-hand before making an admission decision.
  • Connect with your admission counselor. Reach out to your Butler University admission counselor via phone, email, Facebook and Twitter (yes, a few of us are on Twitter too). View our interactive map to find your admission counselor’s contact information.

Asking for Letters of Recommendation

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:

  1. Ask early. Don’t wait until a week letter of recommendationbefore 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

How to Get Good Letters of Recommendation

You might have seen from our application requirements page that a letter of recommendation is not required for admission or scholarship consideration; however, it can help give the admission committee more insight into who you are as a student both in and out of the classroom from the perspective of a teacher, counselor or community leader.

What should go into a letter of recommendation?
Answer:   There is not a set template.  Each letter is going to be different because every student who is applying for admission is going to be different.  The letter shouldn’t just be a listing of your extracurricular activities or community service—we can see all of that information in your application or ‘Extracurricular Resume’.  A good letter of recommendation will describe to the admission committee why you are a strong candidate for admission.  It should be a description of your personal character, leadership experiences and the recommender’s insight into your accomplishments.

We also have a few tips for you when asking for a letter of recommendation:
Tip 1: Choose teachers, counselors and coaches who know what you can do.
Tip 2: Give those individuals who are writing letters of recommendation the courtesy of time.
Tip 3: Talk with your recommenders about why college is important to you and the reasons you chose particular schools.
Tip 4: Share a brief resume of your activities and accomplishments with those who are writing letters for you.
Tip 5: Provide a list of application deadlines and appropriate forms.