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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 is a guide for currently enrolled ISU students who wish to change or declare their major or minor in Communication.

Students must be in good academic standing to apply for a major or minor in the School of Communication. Students in good academic standing have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and above. (While a 2.0 GPA is the minimum to apply, please note that this GPA may not be competitive depending on the pool of applicants.)

Students who are currently a declared major in the School of Communication and are looking to switch their major to another COM major need to complete our Internal Major Transfer Request Form. Contact your academic advisor for a copy of this form and to discuss the process in detail. Internal Major Transfer requests are reviewed on a monthly basis.

Please follow the steps below to complete the application process.

Step 1: Attend a Mandatory Information Session

Attendance is required at one Information Session during the application period in which you apply for consideration of becoming a major or minor in the School of Communication. At each Information Session, we will discuss the major/minor options available, provide tips and resources for the application essay, and explain expectations during the application and admission period. We recommend attending an Information Session before you submit your major/minor application. All information sessions will last approximately 50 minutes and are held in Fell Hall, room 446.

Note: If you were previously denied admission to a Communication major and are applying again, you do not need to attend an Information Session.

Fall 2017 Information Session dates include:

  • Monday, September 11 at 10:00 - 10:50am
  • Thursday, September 14 at 1:00 - 1:50pm
  • Tuesday, September 19 at 2:00 - 2:50pm
  • Wednesday, September 20 at 9:00 - 9:50am
  • Monday, September 25 at 11:00 - 11:50am
  • Thursday, September 28 at 3:30 - 4:20pm

Step 2: Write Goals Essay

Essay Prompt: Provide a vision for your future career and explain how this major is best equipped to help you get there. More details for the essay and resources will be provided during the Information Sessions. We recommend attending an Information Session before you submit your major/minor application.

Step 3: Submit Application

Choose your desired program/sequence and complete all sections of the online application form. Students can only apply for one major/sequence during each application period. 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.

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.