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Welcome to the Office of Admission. This blogs purpose is to give you helpful tips and details for your college search. We will update you with important dates you need to know, special information about the admission process and so much more. If you have questions at anytime, please feel free to contact us at admission@butler.edu.

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Academic Advising: What You Need to Know

Before you arrive on Butler University’s campus for New Student Registration, we want to pass along a few help tips to get you started. Each student gets the opportunity to meet with their academic advisor while on campus. Your academic advisor will help you do more than just schedule your classes. Academic advisors at Butler University are personal, professional, and prepared to give you the advice you need and the resources you will use to successfully map a journey that leads to your graduation and beyond.

Helpful Tips

  • Explore the academic opportunities at Butler University. Familiarize yourself with the curriculum sheets by visiting your college website and clicking on your major:
  • View the 2013 Freshman Course Recommendation Guide for more information.
  • Learn more about Butler University’s Core Curriculum. In your first semester, you will take a First Year Seminar and will likely take one or two other Core classes alongside one or two courses from your major. Select several topics that interest you in each category.
  • Review the course catalog that has been specially prepared for New Student Registration. It highlights courses most appropriate for first-year student enrollment, including course descriptions of Core Curriculum classes.
  • Consider potential second majors and minors when choosing classes. Your advising appointment will be with the advisor of your primary major; if you intend to pursue multiple programs of study, alert your advisor to this at the beginning of your appointment.
  • As you look for courses, be flexible with regard to topic, class section, and time of day.
  • You will need to enroll in at least 12 credit hours to be considered a full-time student.
    • The average first year student will enroll in 15-16 credit hours.
    • Most courses are 3-credit hours each, but some are 2 credits and others, particularly natural science courses with labs, are 5-credit hours.
  • Get all of your advising questions answered on our New Student Registration website.

Still have questions? Be sure to contact your admission counselor before arriving on campus.

Visit Butler This Summer

Summer is a great time for rising juniors and seniors to start visiting colleges. Trying to squeeze in campus visits during the school year can be difficult with everything else that is already on your plate. That is why we invite you to join us for Butler 101 in June, July, or August.

Butler 101 is a great way to learn more about all that Butler University has to offer. During this event, you will get to experience an admission and financial aid presentation, student-led campus tour, and cookout with current students and faculty. Faculty and staff from every department will be on hand to discuss all things Butler and answer your questions. We hope that you stop by Butler’s beautiful campus this summer to get a glimpse of what college life is like at BU.

Butler 101

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Friday, June 21
Friday, June 28
Friday, July 19
Friday, July 26
Friday, August 2
Friday, August 9

Register now for this unique opportunity to visit Butler. Space is limited for each date, so register early!

Butler 101

What is New Student Registration?

As a newly admitted student to Butler University’s Class of 2017, we invite you to learn more about New Student Registration (NSR) before arriving on campus. You might be wondering what exactly happens during this event and why it’s so important. Basically, NSR is a one-day event for new students to register for classes, learn more about Butler University and their major, meet other newly admitted students, and tour campus. You might even get the opportunity to meet Blue II and Blue III (a.k.a. “Trip”). There are also helpful sessions for parents and guardians.

Below is an abbreviated schedule of the day:

9:00 a.m.—Check-in
10:00 a.m.—Official Welcome
11:00 a.m.—Students: College Meetings
11:00 a.m.—Parents: Making the Transition
12:00 p.m.—Lunch
1:00 p.m.—Students: Academic Advising Appointments
1:00 p.m.—Parents: College Meetings for Parents
1:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.—Information Sessions
1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., and 3:45 p.m.—Campus Tours
1:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.—Residence Hall Open House

If you’re not sure how to select your NSR date, please refer to our step-by-step guide. Still have questions? Get advice from those who have recently experienced this event by reaching out to them on the Class of 2017 Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you on campus in the near future.

Are You Ready for College?

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.

Sophomore Year:

  • 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.

Junior Year:

  • 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.

Select Your New Student Registration Date

Have you recently been admitted to Butler, but still haven’t picked out which New Student Registration (NSR) date you would like to attend? Maybe you’ve already decided to call Butler your home this fall, but aren’t sure what you need to do next. We are here to help you!

With New Student Registration dates quickly filling up, we ask that you select your top three date preferences as soon as possible.

To register:

  • Log in to the student status page.
  • Click on New Student Registration Date Selection Form under “Forms.”
  • Complete the form and click “Submit.”

We realize that many students are hesitant to select a NSR date and want to give you a few reasons why it is a good idea to do so. New Student Registration allows you to:

  1. Schedule your classes
  2. Meet other newly admitted students
  3. Get to know your professors
  4. Mingle with current students and make friends before you even move to campus
  5. Meet your academic advisor
  6. Sit in on helpful sessions to prepare you for your college journey

Still deciding between schools? That is fine too. We highly recommend that you attend NSR because it is a great way to help narrow down your choices. As long as you make your final decision by May 1, your $300 enrollment fee is completely refundable. Please do not hesitate to contact your admission counselor or email admission@butler.edu with any question you make have. We will be more than happy to assist you.

Top 5 Reasons to Follow Us

Are you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, WordPress, or Pinterest? So are we! If you haven’t followed or “Liked” us yet, now is the time to start. We are bringing you the top five reasons to follow Butler University:

  1. Meet other current, admitted, or prospective students. This helps you get to know people before you even arrive on campus.
  2. See what Butler is really like. View our posts, photos, videos, pins, and more to get an idea of what campus is all about.
  3. Learn about events and other upcoming opportunities taking place at Butler. Once you are here, we know that you’ll fall in love with the campus.
  4. Get the real scoop. To find out what others are saying about Butler, a major or a career choice, look for mentions by searching @gobutleru, #Butler2017, and #ButlerUniversity.
  5. Stay on top of important dates and deadlines. It’s a great way to keep up with application deadlines, admission requirements, and other key information.
  6. BONUS: It’s fun and we want to make your college search and final decision as easy as possible!

There you have it! Our top five, well six, reasons to follow us on social media.

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What’s Next?

Maybe you were recently admitted to Butler and are wondering what to do now or maybe you received your admission letter back in December and are still unsure of what your next steps should be. If either ring true, this blog is for you! First, we want to extend a heartfelt “Congratulations” to you! Second, we ask that you complete the following action items to ensure you’re on the right track.

  1. If you haven’t done so already, make sure you submit your deposit. A refundable $300 enrollment deposit must be submitted on or before May 1 to guarantee your place at Butler University. To deposit:
    • Log on to your student status page and view your admission decision.
    • If you haven’t done so already, click “Reply to Offer of Admission” under the “Forms” section. Complete the form and click “Submit.”
    • This will take you back to your main status page. Click “Submit Payment for $300.00.” Complete the form and click “Submit.”
  2. Select your New Student Registration Date. Even if you haven’t made your final college selection, we encourage you to attend New Student Registration. New Student Registration is a day for admitted students to come on campus to schedule classes, meet their professors, hear from current students, and more. It’s also is a great way to help you discover if Butler is the right fit for you. To select your date:
    • Log on to your student status page.
    • Click “New Student Registration Date Selection” under the “Forms” section on your main status page. Complete the form and click “Submit.”
    • The Office of Admission will email you additional information with your date confirmation.
  3. Select your housing. While you have until June to select housing, we strongly recommend you do it as soon as possible to ensure you get your top choice. Even if you haven’t found a roommate yet, please complete the forms now and go back to add your roommate in at a later date. To complete your housing forms:
    • Log on to My.Butler
    • Select “Self-Service”
    • Select “Student Center”
    • Scroll to the bottom to find “Personal Information”
    • Click on “Apply for Housing”
    • Select “Getting Started”

Please take some time to complete these three very important steps. If you have questions, contact your admission counselor or email admission@butler.edu and we will be more than happy to assist you.

IRS Data Retrieval Process

With the financial aid process in full swing, it is helpful to know how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool system. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows applicants who have already filed their federal income tax returns to prefill the answers to some questions on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by transferring the data from their federal income tax returns. This can save you time when completing the FAFSA. It may also reduce the likelihood that your FAFSA will be selected for verification.

Follow this step-by-step process when using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool:

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For more information, please visit the Financial Aid website at www.butler.edu/financial-aid.

Video compliments of UCSB.

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!

 

The Junior Year Plan for Success Begins Now

As a junior, you might feel like it’s time to start thinking about the college search process. If you’re in that mindset, congratulations, you’re already a step ahead! If you’re not, we can certainly help you get there. While we have a complete Plan for Success on the parent section of our website, below is a brief list to help get you started:

  • Attend college fairs at your high school or in your community. View a complete list on www.butler.edu/visit. Don’t see your area or high school listed? Keep checking back for updates or contact your admission counselor.
  • Talk to your guidance counselor about taking the SAT or ACT. You can also take the PSAT for an opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
  • Now is a good time to take your extracurricular involvement to the next level. It’s important to have a strong résumé when applying to college.
  • Speaking of résumés, this is a great time to begin working on yours. Start putting together a list of your accomplishments and involvements and update it as needed. While Butler does not require a résumé, we strongly recommend that you have one.
  • Register with NCAA Clearinghouse if you plan to play Division I college athletics. You can find more information on their website at www.ncaa.org.
  • Plan your senior year. It’s important to discuss your course schedule with your guidance counselor to ensure you meet the graduation requirements. We also suggest that you begin to think about Butler University’s admission requirements when filling out your senior schedule.

Still have questions about Butler University, but you’re not sure who to ask? Use our interactive map to find the admission counselor for your area.