Honors Eligibility Upon Admission

Honors Eligibility Upon Admission

The School of Journalism attracts some of the best students at MU. The School encourages high-ability students to enroll in the MU Honors College and take honors courses whenever possible. Such courses are taught by some of MU’s best professors.

Most directly admitted students, and a few pre-Journalism students in the College of Arts and Science, qualify for admission to the Honors College. Upon admission as freshmen, directly admitted students are designated Journalism Scholars if they earn a composite ACT score of 29 or higher (1290 or higher on the SAT) and rank in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes. Students who meet those criteria qualify for automatic admission to the Honors College but must request honors eligibility by filling out a simple application at the Honors College website. Those who score a 29 on the ACT but do not rank in the top 10 percent of their high school classes may petition for honors eligibility by completing the form and writing a brief essay. Decisions to award honors eligibility are made by the Honors College and not the School of Journalism.

Journalism Scholars with ACT composite scores of 33 or higher (1440 or higher on the SAT) and who rank near the top of their high school classes are designated Walter Williams Scholars. More about both scholars programs may be found on this website.

Designation as a Journalism Scholar or Walter Williams Scholar is noted in the program when a student participates in Commencement exercises.