By Chantel O’Neal
Columbia, Mo. (Sept. 7, 2012) — Approximately 950 freshmen declared journalism or pre-journalism on the first day of classes at the University of Missouri this fall.
Journalism students directly admitted to the School have an average ACT score of 29.15; pre-journalism, 24.42. The national average is 21.1.
A total of 202 journalism freshmen, or 21 percent, are enrolled in the MU Honors College. There are 387 students enrolled in 23 journalism Freshmen Interest Groups, a program to help first-time college students adapt to the university setting.
This year’s freshmen class includes 49 Walter Williams Scholars from 14 states. One of the scholars earned a perfect 36 on the ACT.
“Our real-media, hands-on training allows students to experience the exciting future they will have in journalism,” said Lynda Kraxberger, associate dean for undergraduate studies and administration. “Our students are motivated to learn and want to be challenged. The faculty looks forward to helping them achieve their goals.”
The graduate program welcomed 67 new students in the master’s program, 13 of whom are enrolled in the BJ/MA program. In addition, eight new doctoral students began their studies.
A record number of Fulbright students from Ukraine, Lithuania, Russia, Syria, Romania and Kashmir started their two-year master’s programs in journalism. The School has one of the highest concentrations of Fulbright students of any department on campus.