The Application

The deadline for submitting the spring 2017 application for admission is Friday, December 2 at noon.

To apply, please follow this link: SJMC Application for Spring 2017 Admission

Please read the FAQs below prior to completing the online application. A complete undergraduate application includes all of the following:

  • A UW–Madison transcript (NOT a DARS report). We accept the unofficial transcript accessible in your student center. (Student Center > Academics > My Academics > Request My Student Record) Questions regarding how to obtain an unofficial copy of your transcript should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.
  • If you are a transfer student, a transcript(s) from your previous college(s).
  • A professional resume highlighting any internships and communications experience as well as unrelated volunteer, student organization or work experience.
  • A one-page personal statement. Must have at least one-inch margins and 12-point type, 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 requests that you submit all documents in PDF format. The school does not take responsibility for those files that are unreviewable 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. You cannot save and continue your application at a later date.



Four workshops will be held in the Nafziger Conference Room (5055 Vilas Hall) prior to the spring 2017 application deadline:

  • Thursday, September 29 – 5:00 to 6:00
  • Tuesday, October 18 – 6:00 to 7:00
  • Tuesday, November 1 – 5:00 to 6:00
  • Wednesday, November 16 – 4:30 to 5:30


Application FAQs

Q: What if I have questions about the application? 

A: Attend an SJMC Admissions Information Workshop with undergraduate academic advisor, Robert Schwoch. See dates and times listed above.


Q: I am enrolled in J201 now. Can I apply during this semester?

A: Yes, J201 can be in progress at the time you apply.


Q: I made a mistake! Can I resubmit my online application?

A: In life, you don’t always get a second chance. Part of evaluating your readiness for the program is looking at your ability to complete tasks accurately in a timely manner. You should wait to submit your application until you are absolutely sure your materials are in order.

We will only accept updated applications under the following circumstance:

  • Resumes updated with new, relevant jobs and leadership positions attained after you submitted your application.

Changes under this circumstance can only be made before the application deadline. New information after the deadline passes will not be accepted. You must work with the main Journalism office by phone at 608-263-4898 if you need to make a change. If you do not contact our office, only the first application in your name will be evaluated.


Q: When will I be notified of my acceptance or rejection?

A: All official communication related to the admissions process will be sent to your email address. You will be notified of your acceptance or rejection approximately six weeks after the deadline has passed.


Q: I was accepted. What happens next?

A: To accept your admission, you will be required to do two things:

  1. Enroll in J202: Mass Communication Practices. Journalism majors are required to take J202 in their first term. You cannot defer admission to the school. Enrollment for J202 opens at the same time for everyone, and details will be included in your acceptance letter.
  2. Attend the J-School Undergraduate Welcome and Orientation, typically held on Wednesday evening the first week of school.


Q: If I am admitted, which journalism classes can I take next semester?

A: You must enroll in J202. If you have junior standing, you also can enroll in theories and topics courses such as J559: Law of Mass Communication or J560: History of Mass Communication.


Q: If I am not accepted, can I apply again?

A: Yes, you may reapply as many times as you wish.


ASSEMBLING THE ONLINE PORTFOLIO These are the questions that will be asked, in order, on the online application. Please review these questions before filling out the online application.