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Spring New Student Checklist
Your online decision letter is available on your student status page. Completing this step will give you access to other important status page activities like replying to your offer of admission—which must be done before you pay your enrollment deposit—and registering for admitted student visits (both virtual and in-person!).
To do this, log in to your student status page and navigate to the "Status Update" section. Click View Update.
We encourage all families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov. The federal formula takes several factors into account, and many families mistakenly self-select themselves out of the financial aid process, missing the opportunity to explore all aid programs available, including Butler University aid. Use school code: 001788.
More information about completing the FAFSA is available on this website.
Admission visits are an important step in the college search, particularly as you near the end of your decision-making process. We offer a number of exclusive visit options—including both on-campus and virtual options—designed specifically for our #ButlerBound students and their families. Schedule your campus visit here.
You’ll use your Butler network account throughout your time as a student. As an incoming student, this account will grant you access to your financial aid notification, online bill status, and housing information. Your personal login information and instructions to set up your account will be emailed to you about a week after you're admitted.
Once you've set up your account, you'll be able to access your official Butler email and calendar at outlook.com/butler.
For more information about these steps, preparing your technology for move-in, smartphone email set-up instructions, and more, check out Information Technology's New to Butler? resource.
To officially reserve your place at Butler University, submit your $500 enrollment deposit online. To avoid bank processing delays, we recommend paying with a credit card instead of a debit card or check.
To pay your deposti:
- Log in to your student status page and navigate to Status Update. Select View Update.
- Select Reply to Offer of Admission under the Forms section. Complete and submit the form.
- From your status page, select Submit Payment for $500. Complete and submit the form.
- Verify your addresses on the main status page. If anything is listed incorrectly, you can correct it by selecting Edit Addresses.
If your plans change and you decide not to attend Butler, your deposit is refundable with written request submitted prior to January 1.
Completing placement exams is a required task for Virtual Registration and for enrollment. Results are for placement purposes only, and your academic advisor will share them with you during your academic advising appointment when discussing appropriate courses to fit your academic plan.
We recommend completing all required placement exams by December 1, 2021 for students who are admitted prior to that date. Students who are admitted after December 1 should try to complete required placement exams as soon as possible so they can move into the advising and course registration process quickly. Once all required placement exams are completed, your advising materials will be transitioned to the college of your primary major and a representative will reach out to you via your Butler email account to schedule a time for an academic advising conversation.
First-year students: Once you have paid your enrollment deposit and received confirmation of this step, reference your To Do List on My.Butler, where any required placement exams will be listed.
Transfer students: Once you have paid your enrollment deposit, a representative from the Office of Registration and Records will contact you to assist in preparing you for academic advising and enrollment at Butler University. It's possible this may include the completion of one or more placement exam(s) and submission of additional course information.
After paying the $500 enrollment deposit, complete your housing application as soon as possible online using My.Butler. Butler's priority housing applicaiton deadline for spring is October 26, 2021. Students who deposit after this date should aim to complete the housing application as soon as possible.
The $500 enrollment deposit must be submitted and processed in order to access the housing application. The housing application typically becomes available within 72 hours of paying your enrollment deposit , if the deposit is paid with a credit card. Debit card and check transactions may result in a delay of up to ten days.
Housing assignments and preferences are not based on when you pay the enrollment deposit and/or complete the housing application. For more information, visit the Residence Life website.
Virtual Registration is an important milestone in the new student journey. During Virtual Registration, you’ll have an appointment with your academic advisor, schedule your first semester of classes, and learn more about your academic college. Your advising appointment will be held with the College of your primary major. In addition to the advising appointment, you will be asked to complete an online Virtual Registration course in Canvas.
Students who submit the $500 enrollment deposit and have completed all required placement exams will have access to the Virtual Registration process beginning November 1, 2021. Students must complete all required placement exams before an appointment can be scheduled.
More information will be provided via email as you reach this stage in the enrollment process.
Admitted students will be able to view all financial aid items in our Student Financial Planning tool.
Students can access the Student Financial Planning tool from My.Butler under Academic Tools. Please be sure to review all Pending items in red on the HOME page, and check out any red numbered notification badges in the navigation header. Check back regularly to be sure that you don’t have anything pending, and watch for your financial aid notification to become available to view.
Students can grant their parents access to Student Financial Planning, too! Additional instructions on how to navigate your Student Financial Planning tool or grant your parent or guardian access are available here.
Butler University policy requires all incoming transfer students to complete the Acceptance of Financial Responsibility (AFR) process prior to enrollment. The AFR statement outlines your commitment to pay all expenses incurred at Butler University. This requirement must be completed prior to class registration.
To complete the process, please follow the steps below:
- Log into your my.butler.edu account and select Self Service Student Homepage.
- Click on the tile marked Tasks then click on Butler Accept Financial Responsibility.
- Review the text thoroughly before clicking Next (at the upper right of the screen).
- Read the agreement and check the box next to Accept Terms and Conditions, then Save. Click Next (at the upper right of the screen).
- Click Finish to complete the process. The indicator will be removed from your account to allow registration.
If you have any problems logging in or have technology related questions, please call the Butler University IT Help Desk at 317-940-HELP (4357) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a transfer student who is currently enrolled in and completing classes at another institution, we need a list of the classes you are currently completing. This information is needed prior to enrollment in classes at Butler and will determine which, if any, placement exams will be required. If this applies to you, please submit your list of classes.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:
Butler University will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty, and staff. You can upload proof of your vaccination status to the Health Portal following these instructions. Students who would like to request an exemption from the vaccination requirement should complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Request Form and send the form to email@example.com with the subject “COVID-19 Exemption Request.” To learn more about the requirement, visit the COVID-19 vaccine requirement website.
There are three additional health requirements you'll want to take care of as well:
- Provide an updated copy of your immunization records to Health Services before January 1. This record can be from a family doctor or state health agency. Immunization requirements are similar to those required in K-12.
- A current physical exam (within 12 months of enrollment) is also required. Healthcare providers may complete and sign a general physical form or you may use the Health Services form located under the "Forms" section of the Health Services website.
- Annually, all undergraduates are requested to either provide proof of their existing health insurance information or enroll in the University sponsored student health insurance program. If you don't take action by January 15, you'll be automatically enrolled in and billed for the University sponsored plan. More information is available here.
Copies of these documents can be faxed to Health Services at 317-940-6403, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to: Health Services Room 110, 530 West 49th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208.
All first-year and transfer students are required to have their final official high school transcript with posted date of graduation sent to the Office of Admission. If you were admitted with college coursework in progress, you’ll need to request that your official transcript with final grades posted be sent to the Office of Admission as soon as it’s available.
Official transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution. They may be sent electronically to email@example.com or mailed to:
Butler University Office of Admission
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208.
Students who applied with self-reported test scores are required to submit verified scores by January 1, prior to enrollment.
The test scores requiring verification are listed on your student status page. Your test scores must be sent directly to the Office of Admission from ACT or the College Board, or from your high school counselor. If your high school lists ACT/SAT scores on your final high school transcript, we can also use those for verification purposes.
The testing agencies can submit your test scores electronically or mail them to the Office of Admission. Your high school counselor can email materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Student Accounts publishes the electronic billing statements in December for the spring semester. Click here for information about the billing process, payment plans, and additional Student Account Services.
Your out-of-pocket cost has been calculated in your Financial Aid Notification. If you need additional assistance to cover educational expenses, Butler offers financing options to invest in your education. The payment plan, Federal Direct PLUS Loan, and Private Education Loans are available regardless of financial aid eligibility.
Refer to your Financial Aid Notification or click here for more information about financing options.
Butler collects emergency information from all students twice a year. To verify your contact information, read these instructions. There will be a hold placed on your account that blocks registration until you complete this process. Verify your contact information soon to remove the hold.
Order or rent your books. You can either pick them up when you arrive on campus or have them shipped to your home ahead of time. You can also purchase your books by logging into your My.Butler portal and following the instructions provided on your To Do list.
Students need to provide all personal items, bed linens, and towels. Additional items that students might bring include: alarm clock, bedspread, television, computer, Ethernet cord, laundry supplies, shower bucket, plants, fan, simple eating and cooking utensils, desk lamp, stereo/radio with headphones, stationery and stamps, storage crates.
Butler's recommended packing list can be found here and more information on the move-in process will be emailed to you.
All new students, including first-year, transfer, and commuter students are required to take part in Orientation. Orientation for incoming students beginning classes in January will consist of an online New Student Orientation Canvas Course and virtual synchronous opportunities.
Spring New Student Orientation Canvas Course
Prior to a student’s orientation period, all new students must complete a series of online Orientation modules. These modules include academic resources; campus life resources; diversity, equity, and inclusion training modules; AlcoholEdu; and information about COVID-19 safety procedures on campus. Students will receive a separate email invitation in early January to complete the “U Got This!” course, as part of our comprehensive approach to sexual and relationship misconduct response and prevention.
This Canvas Course is asynchronous and students can complete it at their own pace. The deadline to complete the modules is January 24, 2022. An invitation to participate in this course will be sent to students via their Butler email address and via Canvas.
All first-year, transfer, and commuter students will check in on campus, in person, for required COVID entry testing and to receive their Orientation shirt and student health and safety kit. These kits include a Butler-branded mask, a digital thermometer, hand sanitizer, a lanyard to wear with your mask during meals, and a number of other Butler items to welcome you to campus. Additional information about the check-in process for on-campus Orientation and move-in will be shared in future communications. Please note, this check-in process does not apply to students who have chosen to pursue their spring semester remotely. Fully remote students, your Orientation and health and safety kits will be mailed to your preferred address. Please email Orientation@butler.edu with your address and contact information if you are fully remote.
Your student ID is your ticket to accessing all that campus has to offer. Use it for dining, the Health and Recreation Complex, to enter your housing unit, and more. It also means you’re an official Bulldog! Information about how and when to pick up your student ID will be posted here and communicated to students prior to arriving on campus.
If you plan on bringing a vehicle to campus you'll need to purchase a parking permit. Find out more on the Parking Services website.