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William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications

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Admission to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications

There are 3 admission categories:

1. Journalism school scholars may declare a journalism major directly out of high school. These students must have composite ACT scores of 30 or better (or equivalent SAT scores) and must have cumulative grade-point averages of 3.7 or higher. 15 to 20 students are selected as journalism school scholars. They are eligible to receive scholarships from the school during the first year.

2. Students may declare a journalism major directly out of high school and be admitted to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications if they

  • Have a composite ACT score of 24 or higher (or equivalent SAT score) and
  • Graduate from high school with a 3.0 grade-point average or higher.

Admission is competitive. If the school must set an admissions quota, students with the highest ACT scores and grade-point averages will be accepted.

3. Students who do not declare journalism as their major during the first semester of the first year may apply for admission if they have

  • Earned 24 or more credit hours (either at KU or another institution) with a 2.5 or higher grade-point average,
  • Completed or are enrolled in JOUR 101 the semester of application,
  • Earned a C or higher in JOUR 101 (if applying while enrolled in JOUR 101, admission is rescinded if a C or higher is not earned), and
  • Applied to the school by the following deadlines:
    –Fall or summer: February 1
    –Spring: September 1

Admission is competitive. The number of students admitted each semester depends on the number graduating in the preceding semester and the school’s overall capacity. Candidate selection is based on grade-point average. 90 percent of available spaces are filled by the candidates with the highest KU cumulative grade-point averages. The remaining 10 percent are selected from among those who petition before the deadline, provided that the student has a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5. In reviewing petitions, the school considers elements such as ACT scores, socioeconomic factors, academic progress, and commitment to the profession. For admission, all grades in courses taken and retaken at KU are used in calculating the grade-point average. The school uses a student’s transfer cumulative grade-point average if he or she does not have a KU cumulative grade-point average. The school does not combine transfer and KU cumulative grade-point averages.

Students admitted to the school must do the following in order to remain in the school and in good standing:

  • Complete JOUR 101 Media and Society with a grade of 2.0 or higher and
  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average and a 2.5 journalism grade-point average.
  • Complete ENGL 101 (or exemption) and ENGL 102 or ENGL 105 (or exemption or advanced placement) and one of the following courses—ENGL 203, ENGL 205, ENGL 209, ENGL 210, or ENGL 211—with a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher.* (Students can complete these courses after they are admitted.)
  • Complete the first- and second-year requirements by the beginning of junior year (fifth semester, not including summer sessions).

Students failing to meet the conditions above are placed on probation for one semester. If a student does not raise his or her cumulative and journalism grade-point averages to 2.5, she or he is dropped from the school.

*All students take the grammar test when admitted to the school. If they do not earn a score of 75 or higher, they must take JOUR 002 Grammar and Usage and complete it with a C (2.0) or higher while enrolled in JOUR 301. Students who do not have a 2.5 English grade-point average must pass the grammar test with a score of 75 or above a second time after completion of JOUR 301 in order to remain in the school.

Visit the Office of Admissions for information about admission to KU. Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.

First- and Second-Year Requirements

*All students take the grammar test when admitted to the school. If they do not earn a score of 75 or higher, they must take JOUR 002 Grammar and Usage and complete it with a C (2.0) or higher while enrolled in JOUR 301. Students who do not have a 2.5 English grade-point average must pass the grammar test with a score of 75 or above a second time after completion of JOUR 301 in order to remain in the school.

  • One of the following: MATH 105, MATH 106, MATH 111, MATH 115, MATH 121, MATH 141, MATH 365, or BIOL 570. If a student takes MATH 002, those 3 credit hours do not count toward the 124 hours needed for graduation.
  • COMS 130 or COMS 230 or exemption for 1 year of high school work with a grade of 3.0 or higher.
  • One 4- or 5-credit-hour natural science course with a laboratory.
  • A principal course in humanities designated H by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • A principal course in a social science designated S by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • A basic economics course (ECON 104 or ECON 142 or ECON 144 or equivalent).
  • Completion of a foreign language through the second course. Completion of a foreign language through the fourth course is required for graduation. Students should complete the foreign language requirement during the first two years.

Admission requirements are subject to change. A student’s first semester of college is the first semester in which he or she enrolls after high school graduation.

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