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Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Find Yourself at the J-School!

Whether your interest is multimedia journalism, digital marketing communication or media arts and production, your passion for journalism and media will thrive here. You'll develop and hone skills in writing, research, critical thinking and communication to succeed at KU and beyond.

Path 1: Direct Admission from High School

Students will be considered for admission directly out of high school if they:
• Admitted to KU by assured admission and
• 3.25 or higher high school GPA on a 4.0 scale (no test scores required/regardless of test score submitted) or
• 3.00 or higher high school GPA and 21 ACT/1060 SAT (or higher)


Path 2: Transfer Students

Students must first meet admission requirements for the University of Kansas

Considered for admission if:

• Complete/enroll in 24 or more credit hours (at KU or elsewhere) and
• 2.5 transferrable GPA or higher and
• Complete/enroll in JMC 101 (or equivalent) by application period and earn C or higher

(Students who have completed journalism courses beyond JMC 101 with less than a 2.5 journalism GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis)


Current KU Students

Considered for admission if:
•  Complete/enroll in 24 or more credit hours (at KU or elsewhere) and
•  2.5 GPA or higher and
•  Complete/enroll in JMC 101 by application period and earn C or higher and
•  Apply to J-School by Feb. 15, July 15 or Sept. 15*

(Students who have completed journalism courses beyond JMC 101 with less than a 2.5 journalism GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

**Note: Applications are only accepted during the following times:
• The first day of the Fall semester to Sept. 15
• The first day of the Spring semester to Feb. 15
• July 1-15


International Students

Apply through the Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions

Admission is competitive. If the school must set an admissions quota, students with the highest ACT (or SAT) scores and grade point average will be accepted.

*Application is available at the beginning of each fall and spring semester and by July 1 in the summer.


Admission to the Journalism Minor

Considered for Admission if:
•  Complete/enroll in 24 or more credit hours (at KU or elsewhere) with 2.5 KU GPA or higher and
•  Complete/enroll in JMC 101 by application period and earn C or higher and
•  Apply to the minor by Feb. 15, July 15 or Sept. 15*

(Students who have completed journalism courses beyond JMC 101 with less than a 2.5 journalism GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

**Note: Applications are only accepted during the following times:

• The first day of the Fall semester to Sept. 15
• The first day of the Spring semester to Feb. 15
• July 1-15


Staying in the J-School

All students admitted to the J-School must do the following in order to remain in the J-School and in good standing:

  1. Complete JMC 101 with a grade of 2.0 or higher, AND
  2. Maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average and a 2.5 journalism grade-point average.

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 J-School.

Additionally, students must also pass JMC 300, JMC 302, and JMC 304 with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

Visit us on Campus

We'd love to show you how you'd be a perfect fit here at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications! Schedule a visit so we can show you around. Email jmrecruitment@ku.edu.

Financial Aid

If you want to learn more about the cost of attending KU, please visit the KU Financial Aid & Scholarships website. There you can calculate your costs, apply for financial aid or connect with a financial aid advisor.

Questions?

Our advisers are consistently ranked among the top at KU and can assist you with any questions you might have. Email jadvising@ku.edu.

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More than $650,000 in J-School Scholarships

Many of our students even receive multiple scholarships. Ask our advisors about financial aid and how and when you can apply.

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