Undergraduate Admission to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications
There are 3 categories or paths for admission to the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications (the J-School):
Path 1: Automatic Admission
Students will be automatically admitted to the School of Journalism directly if they
- Have composite ACT scores of 30 or higher (1330 SAT-I scores) and
- Have cumulative grade-point averages of 3.7 or higher and
- Apply for admission and scholarships to KU, indicating a journalism major.
Path 2: Considered Admission
Students will be considered for admission to the School of Journalism directly out of high school if they
- Have composite ACT scores of 24 or higher (1090 SAT-I scores) and
- Graduate from high school with grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher
The conditions above are minimum requirements. Admission is competitive. If the school must set an admissions quota, students with the highest ACT (or SAT-I) scores and grade-point averages will be accepted.
Path 3: Change of School Admission
Transfer students and current KU students who do not declare journalism as their major during the first semester of the first year may apply for admission if they
- Complete or are enrolled in 24 or more credit hours (either at KU or another institution) with grade-point averages of 2.5 or higher and
- Complete or are enrolled in JOUR 101 Media and Society the semester of application and
- Earn a C or higher in JOUR 101 (if applying while enrolled in JOUR 101, admission is rescinded if a C or higher is not earned) and
- Apply to the J-School by the following deadlines:
– Fall or summer: February 1
– Spring: September 1
Students applying with more than 60 hours of college credit (at KU, another institution, or a combination of both) must meet with a journalism advisor to determine their admission eligibility.
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 J-School considers elements such as ACT scores, socioeconomic factors, academic progress, and commitment to the profession. 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.
Requirements for Good Standing
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.
- Maintain a 2.5 KU cumulative grade-point average and a 2.5 journalism grade-point average. If either GPA drops below 2.5, students will be placed on probation for 1 semester. At the end of the probation semester, the advising office will re-evaluate the student's cumulative GPA. If the student has not raised his or her GPA to 2.5 or higher, the student's admission will be rescinded. The student may reapply once his or her GPA is above 2.5. In extreme circumstances, the probation period may be extended to a second semester, if the student provides documentation of circumstances beyond the student’s control. This decision is made at the discretion of the associate dean, in consultation with the advising office.
- Students must also pass JOUR 304 with a grade of C (2.0) or better. If the student does not pass JOUR 304 the second time, admission will be rescinded.
Visit the Office of Admissions for information about admission to KU. Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admission.
General Degree Requirements
Students may use up to 18 hours of journalism coursework to satisfy requirements for the KU Core.
Included or in addition to the KU Core requirements are the following general degree requirements:
- A course in oral communication or an exemption.
- An approved business and leadership course (approved courses are available in the Journalism Student Services Office or on the school’s website.)
- Completion of a foreign language through 4th level proficiency. Or, a student may complete 3rd level proficiency and complete one course in another foreign language to fulfill the requirement.
- An approved course in quantitative literacy (approved courses are available in the Journalism Student Services Office or on the school’s website.)
- An approved course in history (approved courses are available in the Journalism Student Services Office or on the school’s website.)
- A required grammar course within the School of Journalism. Students who earn a qualifying score on the School of Journalism’s grammar test may be exempt.
- A course in arts or humanities.
- A course in the social sciences.
- A natural science with a lab.
The journalism diversity requirement may be satisfied by completing an approved journalism course (approved courses are available in the Journalism Student Services Office or on the school’s website.)
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.