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Do You Really Read My Application?

At many colleges and universities, applications get submitted but are not really read thoroughly. At Butler University, this is NOT the case. The fact is, we carefully review each and every piece of your application to ensure we are making the correct admission decision. Rather than just looking at test scores and grades, we take a holistic approach to reviewing your application. So, what does the application review process look like? Here’s a brief overview for you:

  1. When we receive your finished application, the operations team ensures that we have every piece that is needed for it to be considered complete (i.e. test scores, transcript, essay, resume, etc.).
  2. The operations team then sends it into the appropriate counselor’s queue.
  3. The first thing the counselor reads is the actual application (either the Butler application or the Common Application).
  4. We review your transcript to see what types of classes you are taking, how rigorous your schedule is (ex: AP, IB, honors, etc.), if you’ve completed the necessary coursework for the program you are applying to, and any grade trends that we should be aware of.
  5. From there, we evaluate your test scores. We do not have a preference between the SAT or ACT, but we do require at least one writing score.
  6. Next, we read your essay or personal statement. This is your chance to shine! It is an open space for you to share who you are and showcase your use of the English language. Despite what you might hear, we actually read every single word in your essay or personal statement. Please know that we aren’t just asking for an essay just for the sake of asking.
  7. After reading your essay, we review your resume of activities. We are looking to see what clubs and organizations you are a part of, if you’ve been a leader in any of those areas, whether or not you volunteer or work part-time, and more. Remember, we don’t need your entire history. It is sufficient to only include what you’ve done during your high school years.
  8. Reviewing your Secondary School Report (SSR) is the next step in this timely process. A SSR is prepared by your school and gives a profile of you, the school, the student body, etc.
  9. If you have a letter or letters of recommendation, we review those next. Again, we DO read every single one of these. Letters of recommendation are a great way for us to get to know you better, so included them whenever possible.
  10. Finally, we make the admission decision. For a complete list and description of decision types, view our latest blog.

There is so much that goes into every step of the application review process and this is just a short overview. We realize that every single student is different and every circumstance is different. That is why we are so careful throughout this process. If you have more specific questions, contact your admission counselor or comment below.

Clint Reviewing Applications

Admission Counselor, Clint, reviewing applications

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.

Don’t Let Senioritis Get the Best of You

Senioritis, noun: A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as Graduation.

Senioritis is common among many high school seniors. You’ve worked hard for three years, are now waiting for acceptance letters from the universities you applied to and want to blow off some steam (finally). Although you may want to take a much needed mental break. Don’t!

Senior year is your opportunity to strengthen your skills while broadening your horizons. Rather than taking a lighter load, we suggest you enroll in AP courses or other classes that challenge you. A few other tips we suggest for combating senioritis include keeping a calendar of your activities and important deadlines. We also suggest you stay involved in extracurriculars, volunteer work and sports that help you stay focused. Plus, these activities look great on your college application! Just remember to not let senioritis rule you because Butler University does take both first and second semester grades into consideration (the same goes for quarters or trimesters after the date in which you applied).

Do you have any tips on how you’ve over come senioritis? Share with us!

SAT/ACT Tips

Our recommendation:  Take the test early and often.

Butler does not have a preference as to which test you choose to take and actually matches ACT scores with the equivalent SAT score.  While you don’t need to take both the ACT and SAT, we would recommend that you try each test at least once.  Since the tests each have a different format or structure, you might find one that is directed more to your academic strengths or test taking style.

  • The SAT (reasoning test) consists of three main sections:  Critical Reading, Math and Writing.
  • The ACT consists of 5 sections:  English, Reading, Math, Science and Writing.
    • The Writing section is required at Butler, so make sure that you opt in to taking that portion of the test when registering.

Regardless of which test you choose to take, we recommend that you take it at least twice, if not multiple times.  Some schools, including Butler University, will take the best individual subsections of each time that you take the test to form a ‘Super Score’ or ‘Best Score.’  (See examples below)

‘Super Score or Best Score’

SAT

Test Date Composite Score Critical Reading Math Writing
6/4/11 1800 620 580 600
10/1/11 1800 600 620 580
Butler University

‘Super Score’

1840 620 620 600

*You will notice that while composite score from both the June and October test are the same, the Butler University ‘Super Score’ is higher because we have taken the best subsection from each test.

ACT

Test Date Composite Score English Reading Math Science Writing
6/11/11 28 24 30 28 30 8
9/10/11 28 26 30 26 30 10
10/22/11 28 24 31 26 31 9
Butler University

‘Super Score’

29 26 31 28 31 10

*Again, you will notice that while the composite scores for each ACT remained consistent, the overall Butler University ‘Super Score’ increased based on the use of the best individual sub sections from all the tests.

If you are planning to apply to Butler University by the Early Action deadline of November 1st, all ACT and SAT tests must be taken prior to that date.  We do not need to have your scores at that time, but you need to let us know that we should be expecting those scores.  On both the Butler application and the Common Application, you will find a section that asks you list the tests that you have taken and the test that you plan to take.

Additionally, we have listed some reference links below that we hope you will find useful.

Testing Dates
SAT:  http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-reasoning/register/test-dates
ACT:  http://www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html

Test Registration
SAT:  http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-reasoning/register
ACT:  http://www.actstudent.org/regist/index.html

Free Test Prep Resources
SAT:  http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/prepare/srp/free
ACT:  http://www.act.org/aap/pdf/preparing.pdf

Free Question of the Day
SAT:  http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-question-of-the-day
ACT:  http://www.actstudent.org/qotd/