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.
- 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.
- 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.
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Unfortunately, not everyone receives the admission decision they were hoping for when they started this process. If Butler is the school you want to attend, this initial admission decision isn’t the your last opportunity to apply. If you were not offered admission as a freshman and would like to transfer to Butler after attending another college or university, we recommend that you spend at least one year with that institution before submitting a new application for admission. By the numbers, some programs at Butler have a slightly lower freshman acceptance rate because of the limited number of spots available for incoming students, specifically pre-pharmacy and pre-physician assistant.
- For pre-pharmacy, it is still recommended that transfer applicants complete at least one year of coursework at another institution before applying again to the program. Students can apply to the pre-pharmacy phase of the program as a transfer student if their college GPA is 3.0 or higher. Additionally, if a student has successfully completed all required pre-requisite courses and also has taken the PCAT, he/she can then apply directly to the 4-year professional phase of the pharmacy program.
- To apply for the 3-year professional phase of the physician assistant program, a student must have completed or will complete a Bachelor’s degree prior to the fall semester he/she intends to enroll. This Bachelor’s degree must include the successful completion all of the required physician assistant pre-requisite courses.
For additional information regarding the transfer admission process, please contact:
Transfer Admission Counselor
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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.
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.
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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