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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 You Need to Know About Academic Advising

We’re getting questions from many seniors regarding New Student Registration and the academic advising process. During the academic advising appointment, you will discuss your placement exam results, classes important to your major, the Core Curriculum, and potential electives. Together, you will craft a first semester class schedule that balances requirements with general courses of interest.

Upon arrival, students will receive a special version of Butler’s Fall 2012 Schedule of Classes listing all course options appropriate for first year students. This booklet will include course descriptions and meeting times for Core Curriculum and entry level classes for all majors. Please bring this booklet to your college meeting and academic advising appointment as it will be helpful when planning your schedule.

It is not necessary to have a complete course schedule prepared prior to arrival. Many variables go into the enrollment process, including course availability and placement exam results that impact the selection of courses. We do encourage you to visit the Academic Advising FAQ page for more information before attending New Student Registration.

Are You Ready for (Early) New Student Registration?

Early New Student Registration is just around the corner. Are you starting to prepare? If you’ve selected the date in which you want to attend a registration, great! If not, here is a complete list of dates:

Early New Student Registration (Early Action Admits)
Friday, March 23
Friday, March 30
Friday, April 6
Friday, April 27
Saturday, April 28

New Student Registration (Regular Decision Admits)
Friday, May 18
Friday, June 1
Friday, June 8
Friday, June 15

There are a few important items you will want to be sure to take care of before arriving on campus for New Student Registration. First, you will want to take your placement exams. Before you begin taking those exams, please visit our Placement Exam FAQ’s page. Next, you’ll want to actually take the placement exams. All of the placement exam info can be found on our New Student Registration website. This specific page will give you information on what placement exams you need to take, when you need to take them by and how to actually take each test.

After completing your placement exams, you’ll want to start preparing for your academic advising session. What is an academic advising appointment? It’s an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a faculty member in the major you have declared. During the academic advising appointment, you will discuss your placement exam results, classes important to your major, the Core Curriculum, and potential electives. Together, you will craft a first semester class schedule that balances requirements with general courses of interest. Before you arrive on campus read through the Preparing for Advising and Advising FAQ’s page.

Of course, if you have any questions before you come to New Student Registration, please don’t hesitate to contact your admission counselor. We look forward to seeing you at Butler University in the fall!

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.)

You Got In! Now What?

Congratulations! We’re excited to welcome you to the Class of 2016! Now that you’re in, you might be wondering, “What am I supposed to do next?” Here’s a list to get you started on what steps you should take next to become part of the Butler community:

1. Mail back your enrollment form. This will allow you to get registered for New Student Registration beginning in March. You can find more information about the event on our website.
2. Send in your enrollment deposit. Deposits made prior to May 1 are refundable with written request until that date. After May 1, deposits are non-refundable.
3. Visit Butler. You can view a complete list of admitted student events on www.butler.edu/admitted-students.
4. Join the Class of 2016 Facebook page. This page is a great way to connect with other admitted students and even find a roommate.
5. Consider your housing options. Speaking of roommates. You will be receiving your housing form inside the New Student Registration packet. It is a questionnaire you can fill out to ensure you get matched up with a roommate of your choosing or one that shares similar interests and living habits.
6. Send in your Transcripts. We do require that you send in your final transcripts upon graduation. For Indiana high school students, we also need your diploma type posted.
7. Tell everyone you know that you are a part of the Bulldog family!

You’ve Applied. Now What?

You’ve submitted all of your applications, written numerous essays on a variety of topics and collected dozens of recommendations. Now all that’s left to do is wait for an answer. Some might say completing all the paperwork and taking the tests is the hardest portion of the process. However, those of you waiting for your decision letter to arrive know that is actually the most difficult part of the entire process. So, now that all the applications are in and you are just waiting to hear something back, what comes next?

You will receive an acknowledgement email that your application has been received along with a short video, which takes a quick look at the admission decision process. Your probably wondering how we make our admission decisions. We start by taking a holistic look at you as a student and as an individual. We take into consideration your GPA, course work, test scores, resume of activities, essay and any other information you or your school counselor provide us with. From there, several admission counselors review the file and then meet with a committee to decide if you are admissible. Once we have reached your decision, it gets entered into our system. Finally, we send out all admission decision on December 15.

You’re probably wondering “Well, what I am supposed to do while I wait for my decision?” Good question.
1. Our advice is to continue working hard and keep your grades up.
2. Don’t forget about money. This is the perfect time to start looking into financial aid and scholarships.
3. Write thank-you letters to anyone who gave you a recommendation.
4. Alert your admission counselor if there are any changes to your file (ex: new grades or test scores)
5. Have fun and hang out with friends.

We know it can be difficult waiting for the admission decision. When the “did I’s” or “didn’t I’s” become overwhelming, try to stay focused on your last few months of high school.

 

College GO! Week

This year, College GO! Week begins on September 26, 2011. During College GO! Week, every high school in Indiana was asked to prepare their students for college and careers through a variety of events and activities. Specifically, College GO! Week aims to accomplish the following:

•Every senior will complete a college application.

  • Many Indiana colleges and university’s waive their application fee during College GO! Week.
  • Of course, you can always apply for free online at www.butler.edu/boa.

• Every junior will register for Indiana’s e-Transcript and commit to a college visit.

  • Indiana was the first state to offer a free, electronic service that provides access to colleges nationwide.
  • During this week, juniors are encouraged to schedule a visit at a college of their interest. Go to our website at www.butler.edu/visit to schedule a visit.

Your September College Application Timeline

You’ve made it, you’re a senior! Only 8 more months (or 9 for some) until you graduate. It’s an exciting time in your life. It’s also time to get started on the college application process. Before you let senioritis get the best of you, be prepared to put some effort into applying to college.

This month, it is important that you:

  • Start filling out those applications! It’s free to apply online at Butler and we also accept the Common Application.
  • Ask for letters of recommendations. Make sure your recommendations are from current teachers, coaches and supervisors. Provide each person with a resume and let them know the reason you want to attend the universities you are applying to.
  • Begin writing your personal statement. (Butler also accepts graded essays.)
  • Make a list of colleges you want to visit and visit them!
  • Register for the ACT, SAT or SAT subject tests if necessary. Remember, Butler uses superscores so only retake those test areas in which you need the most improvement.
  • Don’t let senioritis get you down! Most colleges and universities require your mid-year and final grades.

Here are also some important dates to remind you about regarding the application process:

Admission Program      Applications Postmarked By
Early Action                         November 1st
Regular Decision                  February 1st
Rolling Admission                After February 1st

What to Do When Visiting Campus

The Observatory

Visiting colleges is something in which every high school student should do. Whether you are a junior or a senior, it is imperative to visit the schools in which you are applying to. After all, it can make all the difference in the world when you’re deciding whether or not a particular college is a good fit for you.

If you’re starting to plan a few college visits, we have some helpful tips before you head out. Always remember, it is important to schedule your visit before arriving on campus so that you can make the most out of your trip.

Things to do:

• Arrive on-campus and walk around to learn layout of campus
• Take the campus guided tour
• Attend an information session
• Have lunch in the dining hall
• Interview with admission officer
• Interview with professor or attend a class (if possible)
• Walk around campus to investigate unseen areas and to talk with students
• Drive through areas surrounding campus, check out stores and restaurants
• When visiting Butler, make sure that you get to spend sometime in Broad Ripple and downtown Indianapolis
• Meet with Financial Aid
• Talk with students

Places to see:

• Classrooms & Labs (Science)
• Your major’s department building
• Computer labs
• Large lecture halls
Residence halls (Schwitzer, Ross and ResCo)
• Dining halls
• Library
• Diversity Center
• Atherton Union
• The bookstore
• The mall (the main quad)
• HRC (Health and Recreation Complex)

What to look out for:

• Scan bulletin boards to see what day-to-day student life is like
• Go to the career center and learn what services it offers

Click here to plan your visit today!