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Student Services Office, 117 Stauffer-Flint Hall

The Student Services Office advises both pre-journalism and admitted journalism students concerning admission and graduation requirements. The office assists students in preparing a semester-by-semester graduation plan at the time of admittance and provides graduation checks after that, by appointment. Students are ultimately responsible for meeting admission and graduation requirements. You should consult with Kelli NicholsKevin Lee and Dan McCarthy in the Student Services Office for class selection and long-range academic planning.

  1. Make an admissions appointment after being admitted to the J-School. Do this by signing up online for an advising appointment. To make an appointment, see the instructions below.
  2. Complete a graduation check in the semester prior to graduation by making an appointment with the Journalism Advising and Records Office.
  3. Open a KU e-mail account and check it regularly throughout the semester.
  4. Check this site regularly for advising updates and helpful information.

For more information, please contact the Student Services Office at 785-864-4080, email or visit us in the Student Services Office in 117 Stauffer-Flint Hall.

Appointment Instructions:

If you are admitted to the School of Journalism, you can schedule an appointment with a  journalism advisor online through Blackboard. Follow these steps:

1.       Login to Blackboard

2.       Select MySuccess from the menu on the left

3.       You will see your personal MySuccess Network on your home page.

4.       You can select any of the journalism advisors: Robert “Kevin” Lee, Dan McCarthy, or Kelli Nichols.

5.       Select “See available appointments” to browse the selected advisor’s calendar.

6.       Available times are noted with a green plus sign and the text “Sign up”.

7.       Click on the “Sign up” text and complete the appointment form to request an appointment.

For additional details, see http://mysuccess.ku.edu/scheduling-appointments and http://mysuccess.ku.edu/FAQs under Students.

As a pre-journalism student or a journalism minor, you are welcome to meet with a journalism advisor by requesting an appointment through Outlook (Instructions).

**KU’s journalism school is one of about 120 j-schools in the nation that is accredited. This means we have met standards for excellence. Recently, the national accrediting council for journalism schools adopted a change we think our students will find beneficial. These changes primarily impact the area distribution requirement. Specifically, any minor awarded by the university may now fulfill the area distribution requirement. This means the business and music minors will satisfy your area distribution requirement. Additionally, the nine-hour concentrations that were formerly required along with minors are no longer necessary. If you are pursuing the 3x3 and not a minor, your 3x3 requirements remain unchanged.

These changes may impact your graduation plans. While these requirements have changed, students still need a minimum number of hours to graduate (determined by admit term) and at least 45 hours at the junior-senior level. Please make an appointment soon to see Kelli Nichols or Kevin Lee to discuss how these changes may impact you.**

More advising questions? 

Graduate Advising:

Graduate Advising and Student Records - 115 Stauffer-Flint Hall

Jammie Johnson, Advisor | 785-864-7649 

Upon entering the School of Journalism, each student is assigned to a faculty mentor, based on the area of interest the student plans to study.

Faculty members focus on such career advising issues as choosing electives, planning study abroad, internships, etc. Students are required to open a KU e-mail account and check it regularly throughout the semester. This is how faculty and administration will communicate with students.

Your faculty mentor will be in contact with you through an e-mail list serve of his/her mentees. You should expect an e-mail from your faculty mentor early each semester announcing in-office appointment times within the first six weeks of each semester. Your mentor will provide directions on how to make an appointment -- if you want one.

By meeting with mentors early in the semester, you may confirm your plans before building the next semester's schedule. The e-mail list serve will also facilitate e-mail mentoring, allowing your mentor to answer more precise or limited questions for students who prefer an e-mail answer to an office appointment.

Mentors will also send out information about elective opportunities, campus speakers or any other opportunity the mentor finds to be of interest to students.  

Contact the Journalism Advising and Records Office with questions about who your mentor is, or if you wish to request a change of assigned mentors (changes will be made as staffing allows).
As we state in advising documents and in the KU catalog, "The primary responsibility for meeting graduation requirements rests with the student."

Online enrollment makes that student responsibility unavoidable. The advising/mentoring system will provide you with an excellent planning and checking mechanism in the Advising and Records Office, as well as wide-ranging mentoring opportunities with faculty members.

In our student-centered environment, serving students well is our primary concern.  Online enrollment is designed to give you, the student, the greatest personal convenience and choice. The system also demands that you assume responsibility for knowing the requirements and for finding help early in the process when you need help.

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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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For more information, please contact the advising office at: jadvising@ku.edu, 785-864-4080 or come by Stauffer-Flint Hall - room 117.