The Application

Before you apply

Read the Application FAQs before completing the online application. A complete undergraduate application includes all of the following:

  • If you are a transfer student, a transcript from any college you’ve attended.
  • A professional resume highlighting internships and communications experience as well as unrelated volunteer, student organization or work experience.
  • A one-page personal statement. It must have at least one-inch margins and 12-point type, and it may be single-spaced.
  • Two pieces of supporting materials: letters of recommendation or writing samples. Together these two items may add up to no more than 10 pages. Letters of recommendation may come from anyone except Journalism 201 TAs.

The online program will not allow incomplete applications to be submitted. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication requests that you submit all documents in PDF format. The school does not take responsibility for those files that are cannot be reviewed due to improper formatting. The school does not have computing resources for you to fill out your application in-house. Campus librarians are equipped to teach you how to save and scan documents in PDF format. You may also use campus library computer labs to submit your application.

Read “Prepare to Apply”


Link to the application

Deadline to apply

The deadline for fall 2021 admissions is Friday, May 14 at 12 p.m. CDT.


These Zoom webinars provide interested applicants with an overview of the J-School and the admissions process, with time for questions and answers.  Drop in on the one that best fits your schedule, no registration necessary. If you have questions or would like more information, contact J-School advisor Robert Schwoch at