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Applying for First-Year Student Admission

Application Methods

Students may apply for first-year admission at www.butler.edu/apply or submit the Common Application at http://www.commonapp.org. Butler gives equal consideration to both the Butler and Common applications.

Arts Applicants

All prospective students must submit a Jordan College of the Arts program application in addition to the Butler University Application for First Year Admission. They must also complete an audition, interview or portfolio review depending on the area of study. Both applications must be on file one week prior to the audition, interview or portfolio review. An on-campus or regional audition is required for all dance and music applicants. An on-campus or regional audition or portfolio presentation is required for theatre applicants. An interview is required for all arts administration general applicants. A portfolio review is required for Art + Design applicants.

High School Students

Students may apply for first-year student admission upon completion of the sixth semester of high school. Students attending high school in the United States or similar institutions overseas should submit the following:

  1. Application for First-Year Admission.
  2. Official high school transcript showing course work completed through at least the sixth semester of the junior year and, if the student is currently in high school, a list of courses for the entire senior year.
  3. Secondary School Report from the high school guidance office; all admitted students must submit an official final transcript indicating the date of graduation from a secondary school approved by a state or regional accrediting agency.
  4. Official score reports of the SAT and/or ACT. Score reports should be sent directly to Butler University (codes: SAT 1073; ACT 1180) or included on the official high school transcript.
  5. Writing sample, personal statement, or essay.
  6. List of activities/résumé (optional).

International Students

Students who are not U. S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents should submit the following application items:

  1. Application for International Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships; no application fee is required.
  2. Original or official certified/attested true copies of transcripts from each secondary school (high school), college, or university attended. All transcripts must be sent directly from each school to the Office of Admission in separate sealed envelopes and must be accompanied by certified English translations, if needed.
  3. Test scores. International students must submit at least one of the following tests:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test).
    • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score of 500. (Note: International students are required to submit SAT scores if they wish to compete in varsity athletics; all others are strongly encouraged to submit their scores.)
    • American College Test (ACT) English score of 19.
    • International English Language Training System (IELTS) score of 6.0.
    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) score of 80.
    • London or Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE)/General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) English Language Exam grade of A or B.
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level English exam score of 5–7 or grade of A or B.
  4. Essay: Your personal statement/essay should include information concerning your life, education, practical experience, special interest, and specific purpose for applying to Butler University.
  5. Secondary School Report and/or letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor or teacher.

Completing the Application for Form I-20

International applicants to Butler University must also complete Butler University’s Application for Form I-20.* This application will provide biographical information, an affidavit of support, and financial sponsor information Butler needs to issue the Form I-20 in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services SEVIS information system. For the 2019-20 academic year, the estimated total cost used on Form I-20 for undergraduates is $59,450 for tuition, room, board, fees, books, health insurance, and incidentals. Once you receive an I-20 from Butler University, you must pay the SEVIS fee and then schedule an appointment to meet with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to apply for a visa.

* Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status—For Academic and Language Students

Home-Schooled Students

Butler welcomes candidates who have received a home-study-based education. As is the case with all Butler applicants, home-study candidates will be considered on an individual basis to determine an appropriate admission decision. A candidate may be evaluated for admission on the basis of six semesters of high school course work. Home-schooled students are expected to present the following documents to the Office of Admission:

  1. Application for First-Year Student Admission.
  2. Official copy of the academic record indicating the GPA; a summary of all courses taught by the home school (curriculum list, bibliography); the title of each course completed by the student, the grade received, and the name of the instructor (if that person is different from the registered home schooler); and official transcripts received through a correspondence school or a regional organization that provides this service for home schools (these should list courses completed, grades, and the accreditation status of the school or organization).
  3. Registration number and name of the home educator, if registered with your state department of education. If you have not registered, provide a statement of the home school’s mission and structure.
  4. Official score reports of the SAT and/or ACT. Score reports should be sent directly to Butler University (codes: SAT 1073; ACT 1180).
  5. Secondary School Report Form.
  6. Writing sample as indicated in the application.
  7. Two letters of recommendation.
  8. List of activities/résumé as indicated in the application (optional).
  9. All admitted students must submit an official final transcript from an accredited home-school institution or agency indicating the date of graduation. Official satisfactory General Education Degree (GED) scores will be required in the absence of an official final transcript from an accredited home-school agency.

The following items may be requested:

  • Official results of SAT subject tests in each of the following areas: mathematics, natural science, and social science.

  • General Educational Development Test Certificate. Students who did not complete high school but successfully completed the General Education Development (GED) test are expected to follow the same procedure as indicated for first-time students and submit official satisfactory GED results. Additional information may be requested depending on the student’s academic record.

First-Year Student Application Dates

Butler offers two nonbinding admission programs for first-year students, each following an established timeline. Students applying for early action should present a strong record of academic achievement and plan to take the SAT or ACT no later than September/October of the senior year.

Early Action

  • Complete application submitted on or before November 1.
  • Decisions will be released by mid-to-late December.
  • Consideration for the First-Year Student Academic Scholarship program, Morton-Finney Leadership Award, and Center for Faith and Vocation Scholarship.
  • Consideration for the University Honors Program.
  • Replies to the offer of admission and enrollment deposits must be returned by May 1 for fall term. Deposits are refundable through May 1.

After replying to the offer of admission and submitting the enrollment deposit, students are eligible for housing and New Student Registration, which become available in February.

Regular Decision

  • Complete applications must be submitted on or before February 1.
  • Decisions will be released by mid-March
  • Consideration for the First-Year Student Academic Scholarship program.
  • Replies to the offer of admission and enrollment deposits must be returned by May 1 for fall term. Deposits are refundable through May 1.

After replying to the offer of admission and submitting the enrollment deposit, students are eligible for housing and new student registration, which become available in February.

Rolling Admission

  • Complete applications submitted beginning February 2.
  • Decisions will be released on an ongoing basis.
  • Replies to the offer of admission and enrollment deposits must be returned by May 1 for fall term. Deposits are refundable through May 1.

After replying to the offer of admission and submitting the enrollment deposit, students are eligible for housing and new student registration, which become available in February.

Enrolling in the University as a First-Year Student

All newly admitted full-time students will be asked to make an enrollment deposit, which holds a place in the class and is applied toward first-semester costs. The deposit is refundable until May 1 prior to the fall term and December 1 prior to the spring term. Deposits paid after May 1 for fall enrollment or December 1 for spring enrollment are nonrefundable.

Admitted students also must submit an official final transcript indicating the date of graduation from a secondary school approved by a state or regional accrediting agency.

Explanation of Benefits

Course Registration (New Student Registration)

Special registration days for early-action students begin in March of the student’s senior year in high school. Registration session placement is based on the date the enrollment deposit is received.

First-Year Student Academic Scholarship Program

For details and application criteria, visit www.butler.edu/financial-aid.

Themed Living Communities

At Butler, our first-year students belong to Themed Living Communities (TLCs). In a TLC, students have the opportunity to make friends and engage with others. They will explore common interests, often in the context of the larger campus and/or Indianapolis community. By living in a TLC, students are able to make connections with others, embrace a sense of common community, broaden horizons, and start building relationships that will continue throughout their time at Butler and beyond.