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Commencement
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 (December 11): The 2018 University Honors Program invitations were emailed on Monday, December 11. Please be sure to check your spam folder if you think you qualified but did not see an invitation. If you did not receive an invitation in the first round, it is still possible you will be invited to apply from the waitlist. We welcome inquiries from students who would be interested in being part of the University Honors Program. We hope to have decisions made by late February.

Current Students

Students who do not enter the University Honors Program upon admission to Butler University may still join the program.

  • Invitations are extended by the University Honors Program to Butler students, through the end of the sophomore year. Students who are invited to join the program must still obtain a faculty endorsement.
  • 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.