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Applying to Butler
Applying to Butler

How To Apply

We encourage all prospective first-year students to apply before our Early Action deadline of November 1 for maximum admission and scholarship consideration. The Regular Decision application deadline is February 1. Your application and supporting materials must be submitted or postmarked on or before the respective deadline. We accept both the Butler Application and the Common Application, and give equal consideration to both types of applicants. 

Your application for admission will be used when considering you for scholarships, as Butler University does not have a separate scholarship application. Please see the full list of our scholarships here. Make sure all of your accomplishments and extracurricular activities are highlighted somewhere in your application, especially those which may put you in the running for one of our scholarships.

To submit an application, you must not have attended any other college or university (with the exception of those students who are taking college-level courses while currently enrolled in high school).


First Year Application Requirements

  • Butler Application or Common Application
  • Writing sample or graded essay
  • Official SAT (code 1073) or ACT (code 1180) scores
  • Official high school transcript showing coursework completed through the junior year
  • A Secondary School Report completed by your guidance office
  • (Optional): Résumé outlining activities and honors
  • (Optional): 1-2 Letters of Recommendation

Essay Prompts

If you are applying through the Butler Application, please explore one of the topics below within a one- to two-page essay, typed and double spaced. You can also submit a graded essay or composition, which should include the teacher's notes and grade received. If you are applying through the Common App, please respond to one of the prompts provided in that application. You only need to submit one application essay. 

  • Evaluate a risk you have taken, what resulted from it, and what you learned from the experience.
  • Explore a moral dilemma you faced and how you dealt with it.
  • Describe a specific accomplishment or experience and its influence on you.
  • Discuss an event or situation that reinforced the importance of diversity to you.

Jordan College of the Arts (JCA) Applicants 

Students wishing to major in the arts must complete a secondary Art + Design, Arts Administration, Dance, Music, or Theatre application in addition to the Butler or Common Application. An audition and/or interview is required of all majors in the Jordan College of the Arts, with the exception of Art+Design. Both applications must be submitted before an audition can be scheduled. Once you have submitted your Butler or Common Application, you will be asked to complete an application for your selected JCA major and then select an audition or interview date. Click here for more information about the JCA application and audition process. 

International Students

International applicant instructions and requirements can be found here.


Special admission information for veterans can be found here.

Non-Degree Undergraduate Applicants

A high school student who wishes to take courses for credit while not pursuing a degree may apply as a non-degree student through our Gifted and Talented Program. Students who qualify for this program are eligible for a reduced tuition rate of $520 per credit hour. 

Clery Act

As provided by the Clery Act, prospective students are entitled to request and receive a copy of the Butler Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

This report includes statistics from the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies and procedures concerning campus security, sexual assault, missing persons, drugs and alcohol, emergency response and notification, fire safety, and other matters.

This report can be accessed online; additionally, the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report booklet can be requested by calling 317-940-8418.