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Undergraduate – News and Information

THREE ADMISSION CATEGORIES, OR PATHS:

PATH #1:
Journalism School Scholars may declare a journalism major directly out of high school and must:

  • Have a composite ACT score of 30 or better (or equivalent SAT score), AND
  • Have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.7 or higher, AND
  • Apply to the J-School by December 1.

Each year 15 to 20 students are selected as Journalism School Scholars. They are eligible to receive scholarships from the J-School during their first year.

PATH #2:
Students will be considered for admission directly out of high school and be admitted to the School of Journalism 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, AND
  • Apply to the J-School by the following deadlines:
– Fall or Summer: February 1
– Spring: September 1

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

PATH #3:
This pathway is for transfer students and current KU students who do not declare journalism as their major during the first semester of their first year. They may apply for admission if they:

  • Earn 24 or more credit hours (either at KU or another institution) with a 2.5 or higher grade-point average, AND
  • Complete or are enrolled in JOUR 101 Media and Society the semester of application, AND
  • Earn a C or higher in J101 (if applying while enrolled in J101, admission is rescinded if a C or higher is not earned), AND
  • Apply to the J-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 J-School’s overall capacity. Candidate selection is based on grade-point average. Ninety 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 J-School considers elements such as ACT scores, socioeconomic factors, academic progress, and commitment to the profession. The J-School uses a student’s transfer cumulative grade-point average if he or she does not have a KU cumulative grade-point average. The J-School does not consider transfer+KU cumulative grade point averages for admission.


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The Journalism Career Center helps J-School students explore their career options and find internships and jobs. Patty Noland, the J-School's Career Development Coordinator, is ready to help you at any stage in your college career—whether you're just beginning to explore the possibilities or you're ready to enter the job market. 

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Best ad staff in the nation: 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012. —College Newspaper Business & Advertising Managers
85 percent of classes have fewer than 50 students
2nd place: Hearst Foundation “College Pulitzers” national writing contest, 2011
Top-ranked teachers, including National Journalism Teacher of the Year Doug Ward
71 percent of classes have 30 or fewer students
Students prepare marketing projects for Sprint, Coca-Cola, NASA, and other corporations
81 percent of 2011 journalism graduates were employed full time six months after graduating
—University of Georgia study