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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 App at http://www.commonapp.org. Butler gives equal consideration to both the Butler and Common apps.

Arts Applicants

  • All Jordan College of the Arts applicants must submit supplemental information in addition to the application for first-year admission.
  • Jordan College of the Arts applicants must also complete an audition or interview depending on the area of study.
  • Students who complete an audition or interview may be considered for Jordan College of the Arts awards.

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 counseling 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

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 (unless the decision was received within two weeks of May 1 or after May 1—students have two weeks to reply to the offer of admission) 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)

Registration days begin in April of the student’s senior year in high school. Students who have submitted an enrollment deposit will have access to the registration form starting in February.

First-Year Student Academic Scholarship Program

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