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Visit Butler This Summer

Summer is a great time for rising juniors and seniors to start visiting colleges. Trying to squeeze in campus visits during the school year can be difficult with everything else that is already on your plate. That is why we invite you to join us for Butler 101 in June, July, or August.

Butler 101 is a great way to learn more about all that Butler University has to offer. During this event, you will get to experience an admission and financial aid presentation, student-led campus tour, and cookout with current students and faculty. Faculty and staff from every department will be on hand to discuss all things Butler and answer your questions. We hope that you stop by Butler’s beautiful campus this summer to get a glimpse of what college life is like at BU.

Butler 101

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Friday, June 21
Friday, June 28
Friday, July 19
Friday, July 26
Friday, August 2
Friday, August 9

Register now for this unique opportunity to visit Butler. Space is limited for each date, so register early!

Butler 101

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.

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.

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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Complete Your Application by November 1

With the application deadline looming, it’s important to make sure that you are on top of submitting your supplemental materials. There are a few key facts that are important for you to know:

  • EssayThe Early Action deadline is November 1. If you haven’t applied yet, do so at www.butler.edu/apply.
  • You need to have the following completed/submitted by November 1:
    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.

If you do apply by November 1, you will be eligible for:

  • Full scholarship consideration
  • A decision mailed by December 15
  • First choice of housing and the Freshmen Living Learning Center
  • Early registration for classes

If you have any questions, please contact your admission counselor immediately! Most of us can also be found on Facebook and Twitter (you can find the information on our counselor profiles). We look forward to hearing from you!

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.

College GO! Week

Every fall, Learn More Indiana supports College GO! Week in schools and communities across the state of Indiana. The campaign is kicking off this coming Monday, September 24 and will end on Friday, September 28 with activities continuing all fall semester. College GO! Week includes activities for elementary, middle and high school students as well as current college students and adults who are returning to school.

The goal of College GO! Week is simple: help Hoosiers of all ages PLAN for college completion and career success.

With College GO! Week, you’ll find practical tips for every age. However, we are going to focus on juniors and seniors for this particular post.

Seniors:
Butler University, along with 50+ Indiana schools, participates in College GO Week! each year. What does that mean for you? It means that you can apply for free to Butler University all next week! In fact, you can apply for free at any time using our online application. Apply online at www.butler.edu/apply. Please visit www.in.gov/collegegoweek to see which schools offer an application waiver the week of September 24 – 28.

Juniors:
As a high school junior, you might be thinking, “I have plenty of time to think about college. Why would I start now?” The reason you should start early is to be as prepared as possible before heading into your senior year. We recommend that you start scheduling campus visits as a junior to help you narrow down your selection. We’d love to see you on Butler’s campus this fall or spring. College GO! Week runs from September 24 – September 28, but you can register at any time for our events on www.butler.edu/visit.

If you’re a freshman or sophomore, view the Plan for Success to help you get a jump start on your college search.

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already that time of year again. We’re not just talking about the time of year when you can order pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks or enjoy a Friday night football game with your “besties”, but fall is also when you can start filling out your college applications. At Butler, our Early Action 1 deadline is November 1.

I, along with most of the other admission counselors, would encourage you to get your application in sooner rather than later. We accept both our Butler University Freshman Application and the Common Application. Remember, it is free to apply online to Butler University! Getting your application done early will not only allow you to enjoy more of your senior year, but it will give you maximum consideration for all of our merit-based scholarships. Please know that we have no preference as to what application you use to apply to Butler.

The most important part of our application review is your academic preparation and performance. When reviewing your application, we look at the number of academic core courses (English, math, social science, science, and foreign language) you’ve taken through four years of high school, the level of those academic courses (AP, IB, honors, accelerated, etc.), and the grades you receive in these courses. Your senior year schedule is critical since it’s your last preparatory year before college, so make sure you have the best schedule possible. In other words, if you have three study halls or multiple office helper periods, you might want to think about substituting one of those for a math or science course. Remember, anything you can do to make yourself stand out from the application pool is a plus.

We also require a writing sample along with the application. At Butler, you can submit either an original essay based on one of the question prompts on the application, or submit a graded paper you’ve completed for a class (with your teacher’s comments and grade). In either case, you’ll want to submit a paper that allows us to hear from you in your own words. It’s the only time we get to hear from you in your own words during the application review, so make sure you are answering the “why” part of the question (you know, why this specific story is important to you), not just telling a story about “what” happened. Also, remember to proof your writing sample carefully. It can be extremely helpful to have a parent, guardian, teacher or counselor review your submission. Make sure that if you are submitting the same writing sample to more than one institution, you use “Search and Replace” to change the name of the first institution to the name of the next. And finally, remember that spell check only finds words that are truly misspelled, not misused…typing “candy stripper” as one of your volunteering accomplishments instead of “candy striper” puts a whole new spin on what you are trying to convey.

Your activities resume is important as it allows us to see how you balance what you do in the classroom with what you do in your free time. We are looking to see what’s important to you and what you might bring to the Butler campus. This activities resume can show us your leadership, your passion, your experience, or all of these. We don’t need to know every single thing you’ve done since you were 4 years old, but if you have been doing something for a long time (playing soccer since you could walk, playing piano since second grade, writing for a community blog or publication since seventh grade, etc.), let us know that.

While test scores (ACT or SAT) are only one piece of a much larger admission review, it is important that you have taken either the ACT with writing or the SAT (which includes writing automatically).  We do not have a preference for either ACT with writing or SAT, but your application will not be complete until you have submitted an ACT or SAT score.  If you have taken either test more than once, we will take the highest individual subscores on each section of the test and create a new composite/combined score. While test scores are a required part of the application process, they are typically neither the sole reason to admit nor deny a student’s application for admission.

Good luck and we look forward to reading your application!

 

 

5 Ways to Make Your Summer Count

Summer is a great time for rising juniors and seniors to get ahead of the game when it comes to the college search process. Make your summer count rather than sitting around an playing video games all day. Here’s a few ideas to make your summer as productive as possible:

  1. Get a job. Having a job is a great resume booster. It showcases your maturity, work ethic and dedication. Moreover, it gives you the chance to articulate what knowledge you have gained and the lessons learned on your college application.
  2. Prepare to retake the SAT and/or ACT. Register for the SAT or ACT as soon as possible. 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.
  3. Start working on your college application essay. We have posted the Butler University Application for Freshman Admission and Scholarships essay prompts on our website so you can get a head start this summer. This way you can edit and perfect your essay before you even fill out the application.
  4. Volunteer. Summer is not the time to sit around and catch up on episodes of Game of Thrones or Glee, rather it is the time to volunteer your services to help others. While you certainly deserve some downtime, don’t miss the opportunity to get involved outside of your home, explore your interests and build on your college resume.
  5. Visit colleges and universities. Summer is the perfect time for rising juniors and seniors to visit the schools that they are interested in. While the ideal time to visit a college is when classes are in session, the summer months are a convenient time for families to travel. Plus, it can be a good way to get a first look at a school and schedule a more individualized visit at a later date.