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Test-Optional Admission

Standardized Test Scores No Longer Required for Admission

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. 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.

Some degree programs and student populations may require standardized test scores. More information regarding these requirements 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?

Students may submit self-reported scores on the application for admission, 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. 

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

At the time of application. Regardless of whether you apply with the Butler Application or the Common App, you will be asked 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, 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. 

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 2019 class profile was the following: 

  • ACT (middle 50%): 24–30
  • SAT (middle 50%): 1160–1320
    (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 580–660)
    (Math: 570–670)
  • GPA (middle 50%): 3.58–4.14

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: submit self-reported scores on the application for admission, submit official scores directly from testing services, or 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 serviceor 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.

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:

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

If you indicate on your application that you don’t want us to consider your scores, then we will not use them within our holistic review process.

If I decide not to submit scores, can I still be considered for scholarships?

Yes, you will be considered for merit scholarships whether or not you choose to apply with scores.

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

Yes, if you have them, we request that you submit your scores no later than July 1 prior to summer or fall admission or December 1 prior to spring admission.

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 20201 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. 

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. 

Why are test scores required for COPHS majors?

COPHS programs are among the most competitive and demanding programs at Butler. We want to utilize every meausre of evaluation to ensure our students will be successful.  

Can I change my mind if I select test optional?

Yes. If you select one method of application review and wish to change before your admission decision has been made, please contact your admission counselor

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.