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Butler Timeline

First Year at Butler:

1. Even though you just recently made the decision to attend Butler, there are more decisions to be made! Now is the time to begin gathering information to help you with these decisions. There are several resources available including the Peterson's Guide to College and links to Kansas four-year universities.

2. If you plan to obtain a degree from Butler prior to transferring, it is best to obtain an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree as these degrees are designed with the intention of transferring in mind. Some private colleges will accept courses taken as part of an Associate of Applied Science degree, but make sure you check with the four-year college to which you plan to transfer before deciding to pursue this degree.

3. As you select courses to take at Butler, keep in mind that most four-year universities have more general education requirements than we do. Therefore, when choosing electives for your Associate degree, do not simply take any course that you wish. Instead, it is better to take the "extra" general education courses that the four-year university requires to fulfill the electives for the Associate degree.

4. Many majors at four-year universities have a minimum GPA requirement in order to be accepted into the major, so study hard while at Butler!

Be sure to contact an advisor (advising@butlercc.edu) at any time to help you with your transfer decisions!

One year before transferring:
1. Make a list of and prioritize the characteristics of a four-year university that are important to you. Consider factors such as majors offered, cost, location, size of student body, co-curricular activities, services for commuter students, distance education opportunities, job placement services, and any other features that are important to you in making a transfer decision. Do not hesitate to check out many universities. Just because someone else tells you it is a good college, does not mean that you will have the same perception. Therefore, make sure that the university offers the features that are important to you!

2. Based on the information you have gathered, narrow down your potential transfer universities to your top three choices. Contact the admissions offices at those universities to arrange a campus visit within the next couple of months. When you visit a campus, make sure that you arrange an appointment with an advisor for your major.

3. Submit an application for admission to the universities you are considering. Be sure to pay attention to deadlines, application fees and other required documentation, such as transcripts. Make a copy of the completed applications for your records. Many universities require students to be admitted before scholarship applications will be processed, so it is important to apply for admission EARLY!

4. Begin compiling documentation that may be required when applying for scholarships. Contact instructors and others who can write letters of recommendation on your behalf. Be sure to send them a thank you note. Also begin working on any essays that may be required.

One semester before transferring:
1. Contact the four-year universities to confirm that your applications for admissions were received.

2. Finalize any scholarship essays and mail with scholarship applications and recommendation letters. The scholarship deadline for many universities is February 1st.

3. Apply for federal financial aid and contact the four-year universities to confirm that your scholarship applications were received.

4. Once you know where you have been accepted and what scholarships you have been granted, you are ready to make a final choice on which university to attend!

5. Many universities have transfer enrollment days in April and June, so make plans to attend the transfer day at the university of your choice. Take an unofficial copy of your transcript with you and arrange to have an official, final copy of your Butler transcript sent after your final grades have been posted.

6. Begin checking into on- and off-campus housing options, if applicable.

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