Directly Admitted Students and Pre-J A&S Students

Directly Admitted Students and Pre-J A&S Students

Directly admitted students have several advantages over students admitted as pre-journalism students in the College of Arts and Science. Directly admitted students:

  • Advance automatically to upper-class status in journalism if they maintain a cumulative MU GPA of 3.0 or higher upon completion of 60 credit hours and fulfill all other requirements.
  • Are guaranteed admission to the upper-class emphasis area of their choice provided they maintain a cumulative MU GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Have access to a far larger portion of the School of Journalism’s freshman scholarship pool. The School of Journalism annually awards about $200,000 in scholarships to incoming freshmen in addition to scholarships awarded by the MU Admissions Office and others. To apply for all scholarships, including those offered by the School of Journalism, apply through the Office of Financial Aid. Priority consideration is given to those who apply by Dec. 1.

To continue to enjoy these benefits, directly admitted students are expected to maintain an MU cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Those without GPAs of at least 3.0 after completion of 60 credit hours lose these benefits and will be placed in a pool with pre-journalism students and considered individually for upper-class status through a process outlined below.

Unlike directly admitted students, pre-journalism A&S students:

  • Are not guaranteed to advance to upper-class status in journalism even if they maintain a cumulative MU GPA of 3.0 or higher upon completion of 60 credit hours and after fulfilling all other requirements. Students in this category instead are accepted on a space-available basis. However, to date no one who has earned a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher has been rejected, and space has been available. The school merely reserves the right to reject students should overcrowding occur in the future.
  • Are not guaranteed an interest area of choice even with an MU cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Admission to the interest area of choice is dependent upon space availability.
  • Have access to fewer scholarships from the School of Journalism. The school has only four scholarships available to pre-journalism Arts and Science students. That’s because most scholarships are designated for “journalism students,” and pre-journalism A&S students have not yet been accepted to the School of Journalism. To apply for all scholarships, including those offered by the School of Journalism, apply through the Office of Financial Aid.

The School of Journalism is eager to accept hard-working pre-journalism students who earn their way into upper-class status. Many do just that.