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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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Are You Ready for College?

As a sophomore or junior, you might already be thinking about where you want to go to college. If so, we want to help you get organized. We’ve compiled a short list of activities you can start checking off your to-do list.

Sophomore Year:

  • Start thinking about careers you might want to pursue. Interactive sites such as Drive of Your Life can help you learn more about the 16 different career clusters and the areas that might interest you.
  • Check in with your counselor to make sure you have your junior and senior year coursework mapped out. View the list of Butler University admission requirements.
  • Look for summer volunteer or job options. These will look great on a resume!
  • Take the PSAT or PACT. You can even take practice tests online for free.

Junior Year:

  • Start researching colleges and universities. Sites such as Cappex.com, Zinch.com, CollegeXpress.com, and CollegeBoard.com can be extremely helpful.
  • Being gathering information about cost of tuition, scholarships, and financial aid. Do not discount a private college or university because many times they are as affordable as a public institution. View our “Opportunity Cost” blog for more information.
  • Take the ACT and/or SAT. Research which test the schools you are applying to prefer. If you are better at one test, you might want to think about retaking it because many schools “superscore” (colleges will look at the results of all attempts at the SAT and/or ACT. The school will take the highest score in each subsection, even if on different attempts, and will compile these to calculate the superscore).
  • Start visiting schools. Butler offers campus visits throughout the year and on select Saturdays. See a complete list of visit opportunities.
  • Review your senior schedule with your counselor. Remember that AP and honors courses look great on a transcript!
  • Ask for recommendation letters now. There is nothing worse than waiting until the last minute to ask for a letter of recommendation, so why not ask early?

For more information about what you should be doing next, view our Plan for Success. Have questions? Ask your admission counselor. Not sure who to ask? View the interactive map.

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.

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.)

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/