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The Junior Year Plan for Success Begins Now

As a junior, you might feel like it’s time to start thinking about the college search process. If you’re in that mindset, congratulations, you’re already a step ahead! If you’re not, we can certainly help you get there. While we have a complete Plan for Success on the parent section of our website, below is a brief list to help get you started:

  • Attend college fairs at your high school or in your community. View a complete list on www.butler.edu/visit. Don’t see your area or high school listed? Keep checking back for updates or contact your admission counselor.
  • Talk to your guidance counselor about taking the SAT or ACT. You can also take the PSAT for an opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
  • Now is a good time to take your extracurricular involvement to the next level. It’s important to have a strong résumé when applying to college.
  • Speaking of résumés, this is a great time to begin working on yours. Start putting together a list of your accomplishments and involvements and update it as needed. While Butler does not require a résumé, we strongly recommend that you have one.
  • Register with NCAA Clearinghouse if you plan to play Division I college athletics. You can find more information on their website at www.ncaa.org.
  • Plan your senior year. It’s important to discuss your course schedule with your guidance counselor to ensure you meet the graduation requirements. We also suggest that you begin to think about Butler University’s admission requirements when filling out your senior schedule.

Still have questions about Butler University, but you’re not sure who to ask? Use our interactive map to find the admission counselor for your area.

A Day in the Life of an Admission Counselor

With travel season winding down and applications starting to roll in, I thought it would be fun to share what a day in the life of a Butler University admission counselor looks like. Rarely is one day similar to the next, so I’ve included a few examples of my schedule at different times of year in the Office of Admission.

September 1 – November  1:  Travel season

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – High school visit #1

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. – Trying to find the nearest Panera, Starbucks or any place with free internet to answer emails

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – High school visit #2

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch, usually at Subway or the nearest sandwich shop

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. – Starbucks or Panera trip #2 to answer more emails and get a refill on coffee

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – High school visit #3

3:15 – 5:30 p.m. – Perhaps go for a run (not likely), eat a light dinner then get ready to leave for an evening college fair

5:45 – 6:20 p.m. – Set up for a college fair. Catch up with friends who are counselors at other colleges and universities

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – College fair

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Eat dinner #2

November 1 – Mid December: Application Review

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Review admission applications

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Review admission applications

5:00 – ? – Review admission applications

January 1 May 1

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Present to visiting juniors about the admission process
-Meet with visiting seniors who have been offered admission
-Travel to various cities to host receptions for students who have been offered admission to Butler

 

What’s Going on at Butler This Week?

Being located in the 12th largest city in the nation means that there is always something happening on and around campus. This week is Homecoming, which is one of the biggest events of the year. It’s filled with fun traditions such as:

See what else is going on around campus by visiting the Butler Connection.

There is also quite a bit happening in downtown Indianapolis (a.k.a. Indy). Here are just a few things going on this weekend in Indy:

  • Sports: The Indiana Fever is playing in the WNBA Finals on Thursday and the Colts vs. Browns game is on Sunday.
  • Shows: From theatre to comedy, there are so many shows to see.
  • Festivals: Downtown Indy hosted German Fest last week and this week is the Heartland Film Festival!
  • Music: You can find free music at Clowes Hall on Butler’s campus, at the clubs in Broad Ripple and at the White River State Park.

For a complete list of what to do this weekend in Indy, go to www.visitindy.com.

Homecoming

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.

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.

 

 

Weighing the Options – Part 1

So…Where are you going to college next year?

This is a question you will soon here from teachers, friends and family over the next year (If you haven’t already). The question you might be thinking to your self is ‘How do I pick the perfect school for me, with so many choices out there?’ A good starting point might be to make 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. Below you will find a list of common college or university attributes that are good things to consider when looking at different schools.

School Size

Butler is considered to be a small to medium sized private institution with just over 4000 undergraduate students. The academic experience at Butler provides students with small class sizes and personal attention from faculty members. On the other side of things, the fact that Butler has over 140 student organizations, 19 NCAA Division 1 Sports and is located in Indianapolis gives the campus lends to Butler feeling like a much larger place than 4000 students.

Location

Butler is located in Indianapolis, which was “#1 Best City for College Graduates” by Career Builder. The campus is conveniently located just 5 miles north of the Downtown Indianapolis area and 2 miles west of Broad Ripple Village. The city is full of concert venues, malls, professional sports teams, museums and amazing restaurants.

Campus setting

Butler’s campus is located in a residential area, 5 miles north of the middle of the city. This gives our students all the benefits of being in a major city, without being right in the middle of downtown. To see how the campus map and location, check out this link: http://www.butler.edu/campus-map/

Major Area of Study

For some of you, this might be the top deciding factor about where you are choosing to attend college. At Butler, you can start taking classes in your Butler major from day one, or, you can start in our Exploratory Studies program to learn more about your options before committing to a program.

Average Class Size/Student to Teacher Ratio

Do you prefer a large class room setting, based typically in a lecture hall, or class size that is smaller, where discussion and participation are expected? At Butler, it is the latter with an average class size of 20 students and a student-teacher ratio of 11-1 and no teaching assistants. Additionally, every student has an academic advisor who is a faculty member from their major area of study.

Keep an eye out for our next blog, which will cover the rest of this list and hopefully aid in helping  you when making your final decision.

BU Admission Counselors are Coming to You

Every year, Butler University admission counselors travel around the U.S. to visit with prospective applicants and their families. Admission representatives visit high schools and attend college fairs where they meet with students and guidance counselors. During these sessions, they describe all that Butler University has to offer including academics, student involvement and campus life while sharing insight into the application process and financial aid.

Butler University travels to places such as Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Michigan, to name a few. If you want to meet with a Butler representative, check out the fall travel schedule on www.butler.edu/admission/visits/road.