The UNC School of Media and Journalism made the decision to alter its application process this semester in hopes of creating more opportunity for students left out by the previous standards. Throughout March, the MJ-School released its first round of acceptances with the new admission process.
The process for the incoming admitted students to the MJ-school included the traditional automatic acceptance for current or transfer students with at least a 3.1 GPA and 45 credit hours. One of the changes is now any student has the opportunity to apply, regardless of their GPA.
Charlie Tuggle, the senior associate dean for undergraduate studies at the School of Media and Journalism, said the addition of allowing students with below a 3.1 GPA to apply did not have a significant effect of the number of admitted students.
“Between our two orientation sessions we have 220 people coming, when you add in the 40 assured admissions students who will come in the fall and the 40 or so transfer students, that will put us around 300 and that is pretty standard, about 300 new students every fall semester coming to the MEJO School, so we are right on pace with previous years,” Tuggle said.
Tuggle said the plan next year is to continue admitting students straight from high school, but everyone else will apply through the traditional process.