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Honors Program

Honors Program Application Process

Entering First-Year Students

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)

Eligible students will be emailed directly by the Admissions Office and invited to submit an essay due by late January to be considered for program admission. Update: invitations to join the program have been emailed. Be sure to check your email and spam filter. Additionally, waitlist notifications have been sent. Please do not despair if you were not initially selected to join the program. We had a remarkably competitive field of applications this year. Anyone can petition to join the program as early as the conclusion of their first semester on campus. See "current students" below for more information.

Current Students

Students who do not enter the University Honors Program upon admission to Butler University may still join the program via petition. Students who join after matriculating complete the program at the same (or higher) rate as students who entered as incoming students.

  • Students may also petition for admission to the program. With the support of a faculty member (download recommendation form) and a GPA of 3.60 or higher, a student who has a true desire to be in the program may apply by writing a letter describing educational background, goals and how participation in the Honors Program will contribute to their education at Butler University.

Transfer Students

Transfer students may petition to join the program if they have earned a GPA of 3.60 or higher at their previous institution with at least 16 graded credit hours. A student must complete at least 60 hours at Butler in order to receive any Butler honors at commencement.