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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

Important Dates & Deadlines

Early Action…FAFSA…Regular Decision? What to submit, and when to send it…

Since we are less than a month from when the Application for Admission and Freshmen Scholarships is due, we thought this might be a good time to recap the Butler admission timeline.

important datesNovember 1 - Early Action Deadline
This deadline brings with it many benefits for both admission and scholarship consideration:

  • Early Notification Date. All admission decisions are sent on December 15.
  • Scholarship Eligibility. While scholarships are available for both admission deadlines, the full amount of awards are only available for the November 1 deadline.
  • Honors Program. To be eligible to apply to the Honors Program, a student must have a complete Early Action application by November 1.

February 1st- Regular Decision

While the Office of Admission does encourage students to apply by November 1, you can still submit a complete application if you miss the Early Action Deadline.  Students who apply for regular decision will receive their admission shortly after February 15.

March 1st- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

This document is not needed for admission or scholarship consideration, but is required if you are interested in applying for Grant, Loan or Federal Work Study eligibility.  If the document is sent to Butler by March 1, you will be sent a complete Financial Aid Notification by March 15.

May 1st- National Candidate Reply Deadline

You can certainly accept your admission offer early and begin to register for classes/complete housing contracts; however, Butler does not require a student to submit a final enrollment decision until May 1.

 

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.

College GO! Week

Asking for Letters of Recommendation

It’s the year you’ve been waiting all your life for and it’s finally here. With all the “lasts” you’re trying to squeeze in, the last football game, the last Homecoming dance, the last Halloween party and the last yearbook, it can be hard to find time to work on one of the most important items on your list; your college application. While the Early Action deadline at Butler University is still another month and half away (November 1), it is important to start working on the application process as soon as you can.

For an application to be considered complete, you must submit the following on or before November 1.

  • Academic achievement in high school (GPA, class rank, course selection, grade trends and strength of school)
  • Test scores
  • Secondary School Report completed by your high school counselor
  • Extracurricular activities and leadership experience/potential
  • Essay or personal statement

What you don’t see in the “required” pieces above is a letter (or letters) of recommendation. While they may not be required, we still strongly encourage students submit at least one or two. Why? When we receive your file and are considering you for admission, we want to know the whole you. We realize that you are more than a GPA and test score and want to make an admission decision based on more than those two criteria. That is why we suggest you submit letters of recommendation.

Here are a few tips for getting letters of recommendation:

  1. Ask early. Don’t wait until a week letter of recommendationbefore your application is due. You want to ensure that the people you ask to write a recommendation have plenty of time to submit the letter.
  2. Decide who to ask. This might sound like a no-brainer. Yet, time and time again we see students who have asked the wrong person. You want to make sure you ask someone who likes you, knows you and can give you a positive recommendation. People you can ask: teachers, coaches, mentors, counselors, managers, club sponsors, etc. People you shouldn’t ask: your family.
  3. Provide the person with adequate information. We suggest giving a copy of your resume to those individuals who are writing your letters of recommendation. For instance, you may have a coach recommending you for a particular college. That coach might only know that you do that one sport. They might not be aware that you also work part-time, work on the yearbook committee, are SGA president and volunteer at the local homeless shelter on the weekends. By providing this important information, they can get a better sense of all that you do.
  4. Make sure they know what school they should be writing it for. Enough said.

Get more tips on writing letters of recommendation:
College Admissions: Recommendation Letters
Ask the Experts: Letters of Recommendation and College Interviews
College Insider: 5 Tips for Securing Recommendation Letters

Butler University Open House

Choosing a college is about finding the right fit. You might be thinking, what does that really mean? Finding the perfect college or university is all about choosing the right academic program, the right location, the right size, the right community, and the right vibe. And, the only one who can decide if a college is right for you is YOU.

Open House

Open House

That’s why we’ve created Open House at Butler University. It’s a day for you to walk around campus, tour classrooms, speak with faculty in your area of interest, sit in on student panels and so much more. Most importantly though, imagine submerging yourself into what you’re most passionate about—imagine yourself learning, working, playing, volunteering and living at Butler University. So, come visit us in the heart of Indianapolis, take it all in, ask questions, get answers, and find out if Butler is the right fit for you.

Open House Dates:
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 22

11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, October 8

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 27

Space is limited so register for Open House today!

We’re Coming to Your High School!

Our logo is blue, team jerseys are blue, even our bulldog mascot is named Blue (well, Blue II actually) — and we’re bringing the blue to you. During the fall, our admission counselors are traveling to your area. Meeting with one of our staff will give you the chance to ask questions about everything from majors to athletics, from financial aid to career services. If we’ve already met, we’d welcome the chance to see you again, so feel free to stop by.

Visit adm.butler.edu/register to see when we’ll be in your area. Sign up, and bring a friend or a parent along to see us, too. Also, don’t forget to ask your school counselor for more information about these visits.

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

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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!