Welcome to the School of Communication.

Apply to the School of Communication

Thank you for your interest in declaring a major or minor in the School of Communication at Illinois State University. This web page is a guide for current ISU students who wish to change or declare their major or minor. Please follow the steps below to complete the application process.

Step 1: Attend a Mandatory Information Session

Meetings are held periodically to help students learn more about the School of Communication offerings and application process. Attendance at one Information Session during the application period in which you apply is required for consideration of becoming a major or minor in the School of Communication. All information sessions will last approximately 50 minutes and are held in Fell Hall, room 446.

Spring 2017 Information Session dates include:

  • Tuesday, February 14th at 11am
  • Friday, February 17th at 3pm
  • Wednesday, February 22nd at 1pm
  • Thursday, February 23rd at 2pm
  • Monday, February 27th at 10am
  • Tuesday, February 28th at 3:30pm

Step 2: Write Goals Essay

The details for this essay will be explained in an information session.

Step 3: Submit Application

Choose your desired program/sequence and complete all sections of the online application form. Follow these steps to apply online:


1. Log into My Illinois State.
2. Select the "Academics" tab.
3. Find the section titled "Apply to My Program" and select the appropriate option.
4. Follow the directions to apply.

Students who are currently a declared major in the School of Communication looking to switch their major to another SoC major need to complete our Request for an Internal Major Transfer document and bring it to Fell Hall 450. Internal Major Transfer requests are reviewed on a monthly basis.


Upcoming Deadlines

Spring Application Period: September 1 - October 1

Fall Application Period: February 1 - March 1

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed by a committee of Communication faculty members in each area. The Faculty Selection Committee base their decisions upon the following criteria:

  • GPA & grade trends: Typical successful candidate is academically above average
  • Quality and accuracy of Goals Essay
  • Career goals are consistent with the major

Selection decisions will be made approximately three weeks after the deadline. Please do not expect a response prior to this three week period. A response will be sent to each student through his/her ISU email account.

If admitted, you should schedule an appointment with your designated advisor here.

What to do if Denied Admittance

Applying to the School of Communication is a highly competitive process. It is important to note that simply meeting the minimum requirements and going through the application steps does not guarantee you will be admitted to the School.

As a result, it is important to have a back-up plan in mind. Students should meet with their current advisor prior to applying to the School of Communication and have an alternate plan ready.

Students who are denied admittance to the School should contact their previous advisor or an advisor in University College to discuss their options.

Please Note: Faculty decisions are final and cannot be reversed. Once the selection responses are sent, the School has filled all of its seats and cannot accept any more students.