The Department of Communication offers the following programs of study for undergraduates:

Application Information

The Department of Communication accepts applications during Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters. Applications are always due by 5pm exactly two weeks (14 calendar days) after the first day of the quarter. The application is in a Catalyst survey – you must be logged into your UW account to access the application. Admission decisions are sent out the fifth week of the application quarter.

  1. Basic Information. This includes name, address, email, student number, COM courses taken, and grades. Please note: all applications must be submitted using UW emails. Applications will not be considered if the email used in the application is a personal email address.
  2. Transcripts. Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended, including the UW are required to be uploaded via DropBox as part of the application.
  3. Program Interests. If you are interested in the Departmental Honors Program, student organizations, minors, and/or additional majors, please indicate so when applying so that we can help you plan out your time at the UW.
  4. Personal Statement. All personal statements must be 2,500 characters long and written about why students want to study Communication: Journalism and what they would like to learn that would affect their personal, professional, or community life.
  5. Writing Sample. Journalism applicants are to provide any previously published work, creative writing, or previous essays that they believe exemplify their writing capabilities.
  6. Additional Comments. If you would like to further explain any parts of your application, please use this section.


Applications to the Communication major are online and available the first two weeks of autumn, winter, and spring quarters (Spring 2020 application is due Monday, April 13th at 5:00 pm).

Please Note: the link above is to the Communication: Journalism major application only. Click here for admission requirements and application to the Communication major.

Prerequisites for the Communication: Journalism Major

To be eligible to apply to the Communication: Journalism major, students must meet the following prerequisite criteria, including minimum grades and the successful completion of prerequisite coursework. All criteria met guarantees eligibility, NOT admission.

  1. Minimum COM and major GPA of 2.5.
  2. Minimum grade of 2.5 in the prerequisite course.
  3. All applicants must be current students at the University of Washington. For more information about admission to the UW as a first-year student or transfer student, click here.
  4. Credits completed prior to application: at least 10 UW graded, in-residence credits; no ESL credits count.
  5. COM 200* must be completed prior to applying. Course cannot be in-progress during the quarter of application.

*COM 201, COM 202 are allowed substitutes for COM 200 if taken prior to SPR 2018 at UW, and/or taken at UW during SUM quarters (through 2018).

The Communication Admissions Committee considers the following criteria when making admissions decisions:

The UW Department of Communication Admissions Committee and the quarterly undergraduate instructors assess applications to its major holistically. We’re looking for students who contribute to the department in important ways and for students who would benefit from the opportunities we have available. We encourage you to use the application to share how communication is important to you. The department bases its considerations on the full application, but the following two categories are the primary means through which we evaluate your potential:

  1. Cumulative GPA as well as prerequisite and course-specific grades, with emphasis on grade received in COM 200.
  2. A personal essay response to the following prompt: “What would you like to learn as a major that would affect your personal, professional, or community life? Please cite specific examples from the communication courses you’ve already taken. Let the committee know if there are any circumstances that have affected your application or grades, and if you have previously applied to the Communication major, what has improved since your last application.” This essay has a 2,500-character limit and is assessed on three criteria on a scale of 1-5, with one being the lowest and 5 being the highest: 1) Relevance: Does the student answer the prompt by citing ways in which the major would affect their life and vice versa? 2) Originality: Is the response thoughtful? 3) Depth: Does the student support the position with information, details, reasons, or examples?
  3. A strong writing sample that shows the student’s writing capabilities.