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Currently enrolled undergraduate ISU students: Apply to 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 undergraduate 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 weekly basis.

Virtual Drop in Hours for Prospective Students

If you wish to speak to a School of Communication advisor about the application process, you may attend virtual drop-in hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 – 10:00AM from August 18 – October 1, 2020.

Drop-in hours will be facilitated virtually via Zoom. Students will meet with an advisor on a first come, first served basis. Upon joining the Zoom meeting, students will enter the Waiting Room and will be admitted when the advisor is available. You must remain in the Waiting Room to keep your spot. Please be attentive and remain by your device. The Zoom meeting will end at the posted time. If you were unable to meet with a Communication advisor during their designated drop-in hours, you are encouraged to participate in their next available drop-in session for prospective students.

If you are unsure if your question is appropriate for drop-in hours, click here.

Step 1: Watch this Informative Video

This informational video discusses the major/minor options available, provides tips and resources for the application essay, and explains expectations during the application and admission period.

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 are included in the video above.

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:

Log into My Illinois State.

  1. Select the "Academics" tab.
  2. Find the section titled "Apply to My Program" and select the appropriate option.
  3. 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 seats available.