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Test-Optional Admission

Standardized Test Scores No Longer Required for Admission

*Update as of 9/15/2020: In order to give applicants as much flexibility as possible, you may now change your method of application to or from test-optional one time, prior to receiving an admission decision. You can do this by visiting your student status page, which is made available to you after applying. Additionally, if admitted, you will have the opportunity to provide new test scores through January 15, 2021.

*Update as of 7/21/2020: Majors within the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Pre-Pharmacy, Health Sciences, and Healthcare and Business) will not require test scores in 2021. While not required, these programs have historically been more selective in admission, and therefore applying with test scores may be advisable.

 

Beginning with first-year and transfer applicants for fall 2021, and extending to all incoming classes thereafter, students can apply with or without standardized test scores such as the SAT and the ACT. 

This change reflects Butler’s commitment to a holistic admission review process and provides students the opportunity to determine if their standardized test scores best reflect their academic potential. 

If students submit test scores, the scores will be considered alongside the other materials within our holistic review process. Students who submit scores have the option to submit self-reported scores on the application for admission or on the student status page, which is available after applying. More information can be found in the frequently asked questions section below.

If students decide to apply without scores, the Office of Admission will review their application based on academic performance, curriculum, engagement in and outside of the classroom, and the essay. In addition, students may submit a résumé and letters of recommendation.

Test scores are still recommended for some student populations, although not required, for certain degree programs. More information regarding these requirements and recommendations can be found in the frequently asked question section below. If there are additional questions, reach out to your admission counselor

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who must submit scores?

  • Home-schooled students
  • Students who attend secondary schools that do not provide grades
  • Transfer or first-year applicants for spring 2021 who have earned fewer than 20 college credits since high school graduation

Students may submit self-reported scores on the application for admission or the student status page, submit directly from testing services, or include on an official high school transcript. If self-reported, students are required to have official scores sent from the testing service or from the high school on an official transcript by July 1 prior to summer or fall admission or December 1 prior to spring admission. 

Students who apply with test scores will be required to submit official test scores upon enrollment and students who apply without test scores are encouraged to submit official test scores upon enrollment so that they may receive appropriate academic advisement and course placement. The scores will also be used in the assessment of Butler’s test-optional program.

If you have questions about this policy, please reach out to your admission counselor

When do I decide if I want my scores considered for admission?

You can decide at the time of application or you can change your mind one time prior to receiving an admission decision. If you decide at the time of application, both the Butler Application and the Common App will ask if you want your scores considered during our review process. If you do want your scores to be considered for admission, you can submit them in three different ways: submit self-reported scores on the application for admission or your student status page, submit directly from testing services, or your high school may include them on your transcript. 

If, after applying, you change your mind about either applying with test scores or applying test-optional, you can change your standardized test score method one time prior to receiving an admission decision. You can do this by visiting the student status page, which is made available to you after applying. Additionally, if admitted, you will have the opportunity to provide new test scores through January 15, 2021.

How do I decide if I should submit test scores?

If your scores truly reflect your academic preparation then consider submitting your scores. If not, consider being reviewed holistically without them. For reference, the fall 2020 class profile was the following: 

  • ACT (middle 50%): 24–30
  • SAT (middle 50%): 1150–1300
    (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 580–660)
    (Math: 560–660)
  • GPA (middle 50%): 3.67–4.18

How can I submit my test scores?

If you want your scores to be considered for admission, you can submit them in three different ways: 

  1. Submit self-reported scores prior to receiving an admission decision on either the application for admission or on your student status page, which you'll gain access to after you submit your application.
  2. Submit official scores directly from testing services.
  3. Ask your high school to send an official transcript if your high school includes test scores on its transcripts.

If you self-report your scores, you are required to have official scores sent from the testing service or provided on an official transcript from your high school by July 1 prior to summer or fall admission or December 1 prior to spring admission. Students who apply with test scores will be required to submit official test scores upon enrollment and students who apply without test scores are encouraged to submit official test scores upon enrollment so that they may receive appropriate academic advisement and course placement. The scores will also be used in the assessment of Butler’s test-optional program.

Can I change my mind about submitting test scores after I apply for admission?

Yes, you can change to or from test-optional admission one time, prior to receiving an admission decision. You may request that change on your student status page, which is available after you apply. Additionally, if admitted, you will have the opportunity to provide new test scores through January 15, 2021. 

Are there other programs where it may be advantageous to apply with standardized test scores?

While not required, the programs below have historically been more selective in admission, and therefore applying with test scores may be advisable:

Admitted students interested in applying to the Honors Program may want to consider submitting test scores. To be invited to apply to the Honors Program, students must apply Early Action and have at least one of the following criteria:

  • A high school GPA of 3.95 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Combined SAT score of 1360 or higher or an ACT composite score of 30 or higher
  • Top 5% of their high school graduating class (minimum class size of 100 for class rank to be considered)

What if you already received my scores from the testing service or from my official transcript?

If you indicate on your application that you are applying test-optional, scores will not be used (even if submitted) for admission or scholarship review.

If I decide to apply without test scores, will I ever need to submit official scores?

Students who apply without test scores, but took standardized tests are encouraged to submit official test scores upon enrollment so that they may receive appropriate academic advisement and course placement. The scores will also be used in the assessment of Butler’s test-optional program.

Can I still participate in the Honors Program if I don’t submit official scores?

Yes. Students who have been accepted to Butler University with an application date prior to November 1 who fit any of the following criteria will be invited to apply to the Honors Program. You must have applied with Early Action by November 1 to be considered as an entering Honors student.

  • A high school GPA of 3.95 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Combined SAT score of 1360 or higher or an ACT composite score of 30 or higher
  • Top 5% of their high school graduating class (minimum class size of 100 for class rank to be considered)

Do transfer students need to submit scores?

If you are applying as a transfer student for spring 2021 and have earned fewer than 20 credit hours since high school graduation, you will need to submit test scores. Otherwise, transfer students do not need to submit scores. If you have questions about this policy, please contact your admission counselor

Do international students need to submit test scores to show English proficiency?

International students are still required to submit proof of English proficiency, which can be demonstrated in multiple ways, including test scores. 

How are academic scholarships calculated depending on my application method?

As always, academic scholarships are determined based on the entirety of your academic profile. Butler’s admission review process is holistic.  If you choose to submit scores, this is only one piece of information and will be viewed in context with your full academic record. We account for any combination of factors, and will only evaluate you on the information we have. If you apply without test scores, you will be fully considered for all academic scholarship awards.

Can my academic scholarships be reconsidered if I receive new test scores after being admitted?

 If you are admitted—with or without test scores—and take a new test and want the score considered for scholarships, you may submit new test scores through January 15, 2021. These scores may be self-reported. New test score information will not change an admission decision. Applicants may not remove credentials from their admission file, meaning students may not ask to be reviewed test-optional after initially providing scores.

 

Who do I talk to if I have more questions about test-optional admission?

Your admission counselor is available to answer any questions you may have about anything Butler-related, including test-optional admission.