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Here you'll find all the information you'll need to prepare for your first year on campus.
If you didn't already do so, be sure to view your online decision letter on your student status page. Completing this step will open up your access to other status page activities, like registering for admitted student visits and events.
To do this, log in to your student status page and navigate to the "Status Update" section. Click "View Update".
We encourage all families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov. The federal formula takes into account several factors, and many families mistakenly self-select themselves out of the financial aid process and miss the opportunity to explore all aid programs available. List our school code on your FAFSA: 001788.
Early admits that file before December 1—Butler's Recommended FAFSA Filing Date—may have the opportunity to receive a financial aid notification beginning in early February.
March 1 is our Priority FAFSA Deadline.
More information about completing the FAFSA is available on the Office of Financial Aid website.
Looking to shadow a current Butler student for a day? Consider it done. Hoping to sit in on a class or speak with a professor? Get your pencil ready. Just wanting to learn more about Butler and why it may be the right choice for you? We can help with that, too.
We offer a number of exclusive events and visit options designed specifically for our #ButlerBound students and their families. Learn more and register here.
You’ll use your Butler network account throughout your time as a student. More immediately, this account will grant you access to your financial aid notification, online bill status, and housing information. Your personal login information and instructions to set up your account will be emailed to you a few weeks after you’re admitted.
Once you've set up your account, you'll be able to access your official Butler email and calendar at outlook.com/butler.edu.
For more information about these steps, preparing your technology for move-in, smartphone email set-up instructions, and more, check out Information Technology's Quick Start for Admitted Students resource.
To officially reserve your place at Butler University, submit your $500 enrollment deposit. This deposit is refundable with written request submitted prior to May 1.
- Log on to your student status page and navigate to Status Update. Select View Update.
- Select Reply to Offer of Admission under the Forms section. Complete and submit the form.
- From your status page, select Submit Payment for $500. Complete and submit the form.
- Confirm your information, mailing address, and major on the main status page. If anything is listed incorrectly, please contact the Office of Admission.
Information on the housing process will be sent after your enrollment deposit is received. The online housing application opens on February 15, 2019 at 4:00 PM EST. All incoming first-year students are guaranteed a room on campus if an enrollment deposit is submitted by May 1, National Candidate’s Reply Date. Enrollment deposits are fully refundable through this date.
Housing assignments are made based upon the date the online intention is first finalized, and the Residence Life staff does attempt to make placements by student preference. Depending on the size of the incoming class, first year students may be placed in one of three different residence halls: Irvington House, Residential College, and Ross Hall. For more information, visit the Residence Life website.
Application changes, including roommate requests, can be made until May 15. Housing assignments and roommate assignments are emailed in July from Residence Life.
Roommate matches are made based on personal preferences selected on the housing contract. These preferences include questions such as, "Are you an early riser or night owl?" and "Do you study to music or in complete silence?". Mutual roommate requests made prior to May 15 will receive priority consideration during the room assignment process.
During your New Student Registration day, you’ll learn about curricular requirements and opportunities beyond the classroom, meet faculty, staff and students from across campus, and meet individually with an academic advisor to register for classes. Spring 2019 dates are available here.
The New Student Registration date selection process will open on February 15, 2019. Students who have submitted an enrollment deposit will be notified via email with further instructions on how to complete the process. All students have until May 1, 2019 to submit an enrollment deposit and select New Student Registration date preferences
Parents are encouraged to attend, too, as information sessions specifically for them will be offered throughout the day.
Completing required placement exams is a required task for New Student Registration. Results are for placement purposes only, and your academic advisor will share them with you during your academic advising appointment when discussing appropriate courses to fit your academic plan.
Once your New Student Registration date is confirmed, reference your "To Do List" on My.Butler, where any required placement exams will be listed. Exams are completed using Moodle. Refer to specific deadlines as they apply to your participation in New Student Registration programs.
We’re a social university, and now that you’re a part of the Bulldog family, we encourage you to connect!
Carefully review your offer of financial aid and accept or decline the awards online using your username and password provided by the Office of Admission to log in.
- Navigate to My.Butler > Self Service Student Homepage > Student Center > Finances > Financial Aid > Review/Accept/Decline Financial Aid
- Accept or decline each award offered.
- Check and Accept Financial Aid Terms/Conditions.
- Click Submit.
- Click Yes to continue.
Review/Accept/Decline Your Financial Aid by May 1.
Federal Direct Loans are awarded based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year. Borrowing for educational expenses allows the student to take some responsibility for his or her education by deferring payment until after leaving school. Eligible borrowers must electronically sign a Loan Agreement(MPN) and complete online Entrance Counseling before July 1 in order for the funds to disburse to the student account.
Complete Loan Agreement for a Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan (MPN):
- Navigate to studentloans.gov.
- Log in with student's FSA ID from the FAFSA.
- Click on Complete Loan Agreement for a Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan (MPN).
Complete Entrance Counseling:
- Navigate to studentloans.gov.
- Log in with student's FSA ID from the FAFSA.
- Click on Complete Entrance Counseling.
Complete the Federal Direct Loan MPN and Entrance Counseling by July 1.
There are three health requirements you'll want to take care of well before Welcome Week:
1. Provide an updated copy of your immunization records to Health Services before August 1. This record can be from a family doctor or state health agency. Immunization requirements are similar to those required in K-12.
2. A current physical exam (within 12 months of enrollment) is also required. Healthcare providers may complete and sign a general physical form or you may use the Health Services form located under the “Forms” section of the Health Services website.
3. Annually, all undergraduates are requested to either provide proof of their existing health insurance information or enroll in the University sponsored program. If you don't take action by the late July billing date, you'll be automatically enrolled in and billed for the University sponsored plan. More information is available here.
Copies of these documents can be faxed to Health Services at 317-940-6403, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to: Health Services Room 110, 530 West 49th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208.
Please arrange to have your final academic transcript sent to the Office of Admission at the end of the school year with your date of graduation listed. If you're an Indiana high school student, also include your diploma type.
Office of Admission
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208
If you are taking AP exams, please also have those scores sent to Butler University.
Why wait until Welcome Week to meet your fellow incoming students? If you're eager to get to campus, we recommend you register for one of our Pre-Welcome Week Programs. From serving the community to developing your leadership skills to partaking in a wilderness adventure, our programs offer something for everyone. Learn more here and start connecting with other Butler students.
*Registration will open on June 1
The Office of Student Accounts publishes the electronic billing statements in July for the fall semester and December for the spring semester. Click here for information about the billing process, payment plans, and additional Student Account Services.
Your out-of-pocket cost has been calculated in your Financial Aid Notification. If you need additional assistance to cover educational expenses, Butler offers financing options to invest in your education. The payment plan, Federal Direct PLUS Loan, and Private Education Loans are available regardless of financial aid eligibility.
Refer to your Financial Aid Notification or click here for more information on financing options.
Evaluate your options to pay the bill by July 1.
According to federal regulations, scholarships received from any organization are considered a resource available to meet your financial aid eligibility. As a financial aid recipient, a student must report all outside scholarships from sources other than the federal, state, and University programs.
Outside Scholarship Information
- Outside scholarship funds will be used to pay for your family responsibility (out-of-pocket expenses).
- Adjustments in aid may occur if all need-based assistance exceeds financial aid eligibility, the total of all tuition-specific awards exceeds the cost of tuition, or the value of all awards exceeds the total cost of attendance.
- Students are responsible for following through with the scholarship donor to make sure the funds are sent directly to the Office of Financial Aid in a timely manner.
- Checks must be properly endorsed to ensure the appropriate credit to the student’s account.
- Scholarships in the amount of $500 or more will be split evenly between the fall and spring semesters.
Report outside scholarships
- Navigate to my.butler.edu > Self Service Student Homepage > Student Center > Finances > Financial Aid > Report Other Financial Aid.
- List any outside scholarship.
- Read and accept the Financial Aid Terms and Conditions.
- Click Submit.
- Click Yes to continue.
Outside scholarships may also be reported by sending a copy of the scholarship letter to the Office of Financial Aid. Report any outside scholarships as received.
Order or rent your books– you can either pick them up when you arrive on campus or have them shipped to you at home ahead of time. You can also purchase your books by logging into your My.Butler portal and following the instructions provided on your To Do list.
Students need to provide all personal items, bed linens and towels. Additional items that students might bring include: alarm clock, bedspread, television, computer, Ethernet cord, laundry supplies, shower bucket, plants, fan, simple eating and cooking utensils, desk lamp, stereo/radio with headphones, stationery and stamps, storage crates.
Butler's recommended packing list can be found here.
“Think About It” is an online program that invites all new Bulldogs to join Butler's conversation on consent, healthy relationships, substance use, sexual violence, stalking and mental health. Completion of this course is a requirement. The course is engaging, and it speaks to a broad range of experiences. By taking Think About It, you will have the opportunity to practice responding to concerning situations and learn about Butler's policies and resources.
All new students will receive login instructions via an email to your Butler account on August 1 and must complete the course by August 20.
For more information, please visit butler.edu/think-about-it.