Some Advice and Reminders from Your Butler Director of Studies
Dear Butler Class of 2018!
As your director of studies at Butler, I would like to extend to you a second welcome to Princeton and to Butler! As you saw in the e-mail Master Shelton sent to you on July 16, I am the person who oversees freshman and sophomore academic advising at the college, and I would be happy to answer any academic question that you may have, big or small.
There are a few academic matters for you to attend to at this point, so here are several reminders as well as some information and advice that I hope you will find helpful:
AB/BSE Program forms. If you have not yet filled out the AB or BSE program forms, please try to do that by the beginning of next week, August 11, if possible. The final deadline is August 15, but it would help to have them earlier. Please DO fill them out completely. The introduction you provide helps us advise you better and assign you the best faculty adviser for your interests. Please DO NOT worry about being locked into anything you put down! The forms are an occasion to look more closely at Course Offerings and start thinking about what you might want to study. You will get LOTS of advising on Monday and Tuesday of orientation week before you choose your classes, and you will then get two weeks to look at classes before your selection becomes final. We fully expect the info you provide on this form to evolve between now and September.
Language Placement Test. The language placement exams are available online on Blackboard until August 21 at 2:00pm. (The only exceptions are the tests for Hebrew, Latin, and Russian which, as noted on the orientation calendar, you must take in person on Sunday, September 7.) You MUST take the language placement test if you are an AB or BSE student planning to take a 100-level language class in a language you have already studied in high school. I would also RECOMMEND that you take the language test if one of the following circumstances apply:
- You are an AB student who could place out of a language or receive advanced placement credit and you have not done so through AP, IB, or A-level tests. (See AP table for required scores. Any languages not listed on the AP table cannot be placed out of through outside tests. Please contact me if you nonetheless have proficiency in other languages and would like to fulfill the language requirement through them.)
- You are a BSE student who would like to receive advanced placement credit for a language and have not done so through AP, IB, or A-level tests OR it’s conceivable that you might switch to the AB program and would like to demonstrate that you can place out of the AB language requirement or know your placement if you do have to proceed with a language at Princeton.
AP/IB/A-Level Scores. If you have any scores not reported officially to Admissions, please be sure to have them sent to us as soon as possible! These scores help us to advise you properly and make appropriate (non-binding) placement recommendations. They can also be used to fulfill the AB language requirement, some BSE requirements, and various departmental requirements. They are also used to calculate eligibility for advanced standing, though this is their least important function for most people. Information on how to send AP and IB scores is available here. A-level scores must be submitted to me in hard copy.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! As I said, I would be the best person to contact about academic questions (and Dean Stirk is always there to help as well). Alexis Andres, the director of student life would be the best person to contact with specific non-academic questions. You will also be hearing in a week or so from your peer academic advisers, and you can ask them or your RCA questions for student advice or go to the Path to Princeton forums.
Enjoy the rest of your summers and we’ll see you soon!
Matthew Lazen, Ph.D.
Director of Studies