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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 with a combined SAT score of 1380 or higher OR an ACT composite score of 30 or higher OR who are in the top 5% of their high school graduating class (minimum class size of 100 for class rank to be considered) will be invited to apply to the Honors Program. Eligible students will be emailed directly by the Admissions Office and invited to submit a personal statement essay by January 26, 2018 to be considered for program admission. 

New (February 24): We expect that the 2018 University Honors Program invitations will be emailed by March 5. If you are not accepted in the first round, it is possible that you will be on the waitlist.

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.