Undergraduate Admissions Policy

In order to be admitted to any of the five undergraduate majors (Communication, Information Communication Technology, Integrated Strategic Communication, Journalism, and Media Arts and Studies) offered by the College of Communication and Information, an applicant must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Enrollment in the University of Kentucky. Students are considered for acceptance by the college only after acceptance by the University;
  • Completion of 45 semester hours of course work;
  • Minimum of 2.0 cumulative grade-point average;
  • Completion of premajor requirements of the program to which application is made. 
  • Completion of UK Core areas I, II, III, IV , V, VI, VII and VIII;
  • Submission of an application form.

*For the journalism premajor requirements, the student’s grade in JOU 204 counts double in figuring the premajor grade-point average.

No student will be allowed to test out of any Journalism, Integrated Strategic Communication, or Media Arts and Studies course. A student taking a similar course from another institution would still be allowed credit should the course meet criteria similar to the University of Kentucky course.

Students meeting these requirements will be designated as majors or as students with upper-division standing in the program to which admission is granted. Any student not meeting one or more of these requirements may be granted premajor status.

In the admission considerations, when personal, academic, professional, or intellectual circumstances tend to discount lower academic scores, admission may be granted if there is other persuasive evidence of both the capability and motivation to undertake successfully a program in the College of Communication and Information.

Annually, the College of Communication and Information faculty will review the minimum standards required for admission to the college. Any change in requirements will be implemented at the beginning of the academic year (fall semester) and will be in effect for the entire academic year. If the standards are to be changed, the Dean of the College of Communication and Information will submit the proposed change by February 1 to the University Senate Council for approval, with prior circulation to the University deans and directors.

Admissions Process

Applications from students outside the University of Kentucky seeking admission to the College of Communication and Information, whether for lower-division or upper- division status, must be received by the University of Kentucky Admissions Office no later than
April 1 (for summer sessions),
August 1 (for fall semester) and
December 1 (for spring semester).

Students enrolled in other UK colleges on campus may apply for admission during the first week of fall and spring semesters, or prior to the priority registration period. The appropriate deadlines are listed in the University calendar as approved times to change majors.

Each applicant bears the responsibility to see that the application contains all the requested materials.

Automatic acceptance: Assuming all else is in order, applicants with a 2.6 or above undergraduate grade-point average will be accepted. Once accepted, each student will be assigned a major advisor by the appropriate department office.

Admission based upon departmental review: Students who do not meet one or more of the requirements for admission, but who feel that this is due to extenuating personal, academic, professional, or intellectual circumstances, must describe these circumstances in detail in a separate letter of appeal. These circumstances will be considered by the Admissions Committee of the appropriate program. The applicant will be informed in writing of the committee’s decision, which also will be forwarded to the College’s Office of Undergraduate Studies.


Enrollment in Upper Division Courses

Enrollment in College of Communication and Information courses numbered 300-599 will be limited in order of priority to:

  1. Majors and minors in College of Communication and Information degree programs;
  2. Non-College of Communication and Information students who are registered for specific programs requiring College of Communication and Information courses;
  3. Other students or categories of students with the express permission of the department offering the course (departments may choose to declare certain courses as open enrollment courses).