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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Butler University

An integral part of deciding which college you want to attend is to see if it is a good fit. Going on a college visit can help you determine if a school is the right place for you. We understand that visiting colleges may not be possible for everyone, but it can be extremely helpful when making your final selection. With Explore Butler visits happening every Monday through Saturday and Junior Preview Days just around the corner, we’ve complied a list of the “Top 10 Reasons to Visit Butler University”:

  1. You get to actually see our beautiful campus firsthand. Pictures and videos are cool, but there’s nothing quite like experiencing it for yourself.
  2. Butler is home to historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. The fieldhouse has reigned as one of the nation’s great sports arenas for more than six decades. This classic facility was constructed in 1928 and was the nation’s largest basketball arena at that time. The legendary building has stood the test of time, maintaining the splendor, character, and atmosphere that made it one of the nation’s most famous basketball arenas nearly a century ago. Hinkle Fieldhouse is also home to the Milan Miracle, the memorable 1954 victory of tiny Milan High School over the much larger Muncie Central. The film Hoosiers, loosely based on that event, used Hinkle Fieldhouse when filming the climactic game of the popular movie.
  3. Indianapolis is just minutes from downtown Indianapolis, the 12th largest city in the nation. The Colts and Pacers play just a few miles from campus. Downtown Indy also boasts rock concerts, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Broadway shows, art galleries, shopping, museums, and every kind of restaurant imaginable!
  4. Current students will guide you around campus. Chances are you will get to know your tour guide pretty well, which gives you the opportunity to build a network of friends almost instantly!
  5. Butler is home to one of the largest public observatories in the world. Holcomb Observatory houses a 38-inch Cassegrain reflectors, which makes it the largest observatory in Indiana.
  6. Butler University houses a Starbucks in the student union. Need we say more?
  7. You can experience Broad Ripple Village. This popular, eclectic section of the city is located just five minutes from campus and features boutiques, cafés, galleries, dozens of restaurants, and an exciting nightlife.
  8. We have the cutest mascots ever. Butler University has a long tradition of live mascots. Blue II and Blue III, often referred to as “Trip”, currently reign over the school. Visit the Doggie Bag to learn more about these adorable pooches.
  9. The Butler men’s basketball team is currently ranked No. 1 in the Atlantic 10 and No. 11 in the AP Poll. While there is more to Butler University than basketball (for example: 60+ majors, 140+ student clubs and activities, etc.), it’s still exciting to be a part of such a successful season.
  10. The Health and Recreation Complex has a lazy river. While you may not be able to try it out during your visit, you can enjoy all the perks of this amazing facility when you become a Butler student.

There you have it; our list of reasons you should visit Butler University. What are you waiting for? Schedule a visit today!

 

Why It’s Important to Deposit Early

If you’ve recently been admitted to Butler University, we would like to extend a very special “Welcome and Congratulations” to you! Students who applied and were admitted for the Early Action deadline have the opportunity to submit their deposit by February 1 and receive some major perks. These priority items include:

  • Being among the first to register for classes early
  • Getting first choice of housing and roommate preferences
  • Joining a Living-Learning Center

If you’re still deciding between a few schools, we encourage you to submit your deposit because it can be extremely beneficial in making your final choice. Since the deposit is refundable, it allows you to “try Butler on.” Attending New Student Registration is a great way to get an insider’s look at Butler University, meet incoming and current students, schedule classes, and become acquainted with the faculty and staff; ultimately allowing you experience the social and academic aspects of campus. Visiting the University will also give you a chance to see all that downtown Indianapolis has to offer. From rock concerts to symphony hall, art galleries to museums, and every kind of restaurant, you’ll never be bored. This can help you determine if you’re meant to be in a big city or rural setting. In other words, you can see if Butler University is the right place for you.

We realize that making your final college selection is one of the biggest decisions you will ever face. Please know that your admission counselor and the entire Office of Admission staff are more than happy to answer any questions you have.

If you we are one of your top choices and you know you’re ready to deposit, follow these steps:

  1. Log on to your student status page and view your admission decision.
  2. If you haven’t done so already, click “Reply to Offer of Admission” under the “Forms” section. Complete the form and click “Submit.”
  3. This will take you back to your main status page. Click “Submit Payment for $300.00.” Complete the form and click “Submit.”
  4. Confirm your major on the main status page. If this has changed, contact the Office of Admission.
  5. Next, click “New Student Registration Date Selection” under the “Forms” section on your main status page. Complete the form and click “Submit.”
  6. The Office of Admission will email you additional information with your date confirmation.

Please note that it is necessary to submit your enrollment deposit before registering for classes.

Meet Other Newly Admitted Students!

Did you recently get accepted to Butler University? Are you excited to meet other newly admitted students? There is no better way than to join in on the conversation.

Find us on:

For those of you who prefer Facebook, feel free to add a comment or photo on our timeline. If you have a specific question, you can also send us a message. If tweeting or Instagraming is more your cup of tea, make sure that you use #Butler2017 when sharing. We will post important status updates and tweets for you throughout the spring and summer. Current students will also be posting about their Butler experiences and helping you to navigate the decision process. We look forward to seeing your updates soon and congratulations on your admission to Butler!

P.S. Just 226 days left until move-in day!

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!

Start Thinking About Financial Aid

We realize that it isn’t December 15 yet and you have not received your admission decision. However, it’s never too early to start thinking about financial aid. We’ve created a helpful checklist for you to get a head start on financial aid:

  1. Did you know that you are eligible for academic scholarships just for applying to Butler University? Award amounts range from $6,000 to $16,000 and vary each academic year based on the quality of the applicant pool. You will receive your scholarship amount approximately two weeks following your admission decision.
  2. File your Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1. (Estimate the required tax information if your tax forms are still incomplete.) You must complete the FAFSA by March 1. Keep a photocopy for your records.
  3. If you haven’t already, start researching outside scholarship opportunities. Search for outside scholarships on Zinch.com, Cappex.com, scholarships.com, fastweb.com and more!
  4. On March 15, we send out the Financial Aid Notification package. This includes the types and amounts of financial aid for which you qualify, the cost of attendance and your expected family contribution.
  5. If your family’s financial circumstances have changed significantly since you submitted the FAFSA, contact financial aid immediately.
  6. If your financial aid application is selected for verification, the school will require you to submit additional documentation, such as signed copies of your W-2 statement, tax returns and 1099 forms. The federal government selects 30% of the FAFSAs for verification.
  7. Finally, decide which school you want to attend and accept the offer (hopefully ours). We’ll show you how to do this when the time comes!

Be sure to check your email for updates from financial aid! If you have questions anytime throughout this process, please feel free to contact our Office of Financial Aid at (877) 940-8200 or finaid@butler.edu. You can also reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter if that is easier for you!

Butler University Financial Aid

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.

Blue II Tearing Into His Decision Last Year

 

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

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!

What These Butler Freshmen Wished They Would Have Known During the Application Process

Between the college application process (which is different for every college or university you apply to) and the day you move into your dorm, people will tell you a lot of things about what college is really like. Every school is unique and is experienced differently by each individual. That’s why some of our current freshmen wanted to share a few application tips and what they wished they would have known about the application process with you:

  • Ask a teacher to read over your essays, in my experience they were more then willing to do this and extremely helpful! – Abby
  • Maintain your grades during senior year. It is not a time to slack off. I know of a few people who decided to coast during their senior year and weren’t able to get into the college of their choice. -Justin
  • Get your applications done early and keep track of important dates! This made senior year so much better because I had free time and everyone else was worrying about essays and applications. -Brandon
  • Don’t wait until April to start looking for outside scholarships. There is so much money to be had out there, and you can’t wait for it to come to you.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Parents and Teachers can be very helpful, especially when it comes essay time. -Laura
  • Visit every campus you might be interested in attending. After all, you’ll be there for four years so you want to make sure that you like it! -Katie