FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements for admission to the WVU Reed College of Media?
Students interested in majoring in one of the programs offered by the College of
Media must first apply to West Virginia University and be accepted. To be eligible
for direct admission into the College of Media, West Virginia residents must have
at least a 2.5 high school GPA and either a 20 Composite ACT score or a 940 Combined
Critical Reading and Math SAT score. Non-West Virginia residents must have at least
a 2.5 unweighted high school GPA and either a 21 Composite ACT score or a 990 Combined
Critical Reading and Math SAT score. Students with a 3.0 high school GPA and a
20 English ACT score or 500 verbal SAT score are also eligible for direct admission.
Students who have completed at least one full-time semester of college work (either
at WVU or elsewhere) with a cumulative GPA or 2.5 or higher may also qualify for
direct admission into the College of Media regardless of standardized test scores.
Students who do not meet these criteria will automatically be enrolled in and advised
by WVU's University College.
What courses should I take in high school to prepare me for the College of Media?
Students who wish to pursue major in the College of Media should complete a well-rounded
high school curriculum. The College curriculum requires a strong background in
English and writing. Some students choose to take Advanced Placement English in
high school, which not only prepares them for college but also may help reduce
their required course load upon entering WVU. Students also should consider taking
a foreign language in high school, as College of Media students are required to
have two semesters of foreign language. Students are encouraged to get involved
in high school media, such as the school newspaper, radio, TV broadcast or yearbook,
and speech and debate. Admission information is available on the College of Media
Admissions page. Students can find additional undergraduate admission information
on the WVU admissions page. Questions about undergraduate admission should be directed
to the Office of Student Services Recruitment Liaison at (304) 293-8702 or email@example.com.
I took AP courses in high school. How do those credits transfer to WVU?
Students who received a 3 or higher on Advanced Placement exams should request that
The College Board release those scores to the WVU Office of Admissions. Students
should consult the
advanced credit equivalency website
for additional information.
What is Academic Common Market and how do I know if I am eligible?
Academic Common Market is a program administered by the Southern Regional Education
Board that enables students to pursue out-of-state college degrees at discounted
tuition rates through agreements among the states and colleges and universities.
Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program
and pay the institution's in-state tuition rates. The Advertising major (for students
who entered a major in the College of Media prior to fall 2013) and the Advertising
area of emphasis within the Advertising/Public Relations major are eligible degree
programs. Students must be residents of Delaware to qualify and must be direct
admit students. Students transferring from other majors at WVU or from other institutions
may be eligible once they have completed JRL 215 with C or better and declare the
Is the College of Media accredited?
The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC)
fully accredits the College of Media and its undergraduate programs: advertising,
journalism, public relations, and strategic communications. Only approximately
125 colleges and universities with journalism or communications programs have earned
ACEJMC approval. The College is also a member of the Association of Schools of
Journalism and Mass Communications.
Who is my College of Media advisor and how do I make an appointment to see him/her?
In the WVU Reed College of Media, all student advising is handled by the College’s
in-house Advising Center. Professional staff who are trained on program requirements,
curriculum changes and graduation standards are available to guide students throughout
their academic experience. Students can confirm their advisor in DegreeWorks, which
can be accessed through their MIX account. New students are notified via MIX email
regarding their assigned advisor and registration time frames. During pre-registration
advising time each semester, students must sign up for an advising appointment
by using the online scheduler. During all other times students should contact their
advisor to schedule an appointment.
What do I do if a class is full?
Students who experience difficulty registering for a College of Media course should
complete and submit the Course Registration Permit Request. If a class is full
and it is a non-College of Media class, students will need to see the advising
center in that department. If a College of Media course is full, students will
need to contact their College of Media advisor. WVU’s Office of the Registrar will
no longer accept signed STAR forms for these classes.
How many credits can I take each term?
The maximum number of credit hours allowed is 19 during the fall/spring term and
14 during the summer term. Students who wish to exceed these credit limits must
see their advisor to request a course overload petition. Typically, course overloads
are only permitted in exceptional cases and should be justified. Students may have
a lower credit maximum based on a variety of other factors and attributes (e.g.
first-time freshman, probationary student).
How do I keep track of my degree requirements?
DegreeWorks is the online advising and degree auditing tool at WVU. All undergraduate
students should have a completed audit for graduation. Students can access DegreeWorks
through their MIX account. Please refer to this system regularly. More information
is available at http://registrar.wvu.edu/dw. While DegreeWorks is the University’s
official degree auditing tool, it is not the final determinant for degree clearance.
All degree requirements must be verified by the student's college or school prior
to graduation. Students are responsible for complying with all academic policies
published in the University catalog. If students have any questions about the information
presented in this audit, they are encouraged to contact their advisor.
What majors does the College of Media offer?
The College of Media offers three majors: Journalism, Advertising/Public Relations
and Multidisciplinary Studies. Students in the Journalism major choose one of three
areas of emphasis: print journalism, television journalism, or visual journalism.
Students in the Advertising/Public Relations major choose one of two areas of emphasis:
Advertising or Public Relations. (Students who entered a major prior to Fall 2013
may be enrolled in the Advertising or Public Relations majors rather than the Advertising/Public
How do I change my major and/or minor?
Students should regularly consult DegreeWorks, the official, online advising and
degree auditing tool at WVU. If the student’s declared major or minor listed in
DegreeWorks is incorrect, students should complete the Major/Minor Update Form.
Can I major in one College of Media program and minor in another?
Students must choose a minor outside of the College. The College of Media offers
two joint programs with other WVU colleges that are open to College of Media students:
the Interactive Media Design minor (offered jointly with the College of Creative
Arts) and the Sport Communication minor (offered jointly with the College of Physical
Activity and Sport Science). Other popular minors include Business Administration,
Political Science and Foreign Languages.
Can I “double major” in two College of Media programs?
Students may only choose one major within the College. The College offers a Bachelor
of Science in Journalism for both the Journalism and Advertising/Public Relations
majors, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies for MDS majors.
Students who wish to pursue a secondary degree must choose one of the majors offered
by another WVU college.
Can I “double major” with one program from the College of Media and a major from
Yes. However, students are not merely “double majoring.” Rather, students are working
toward a dual degree - essentially two college degrees. Therefore, students must
meet requirements for two separate colleges. Students must complete a minimum of
158 credit hours (150 if catalog year 2014-15 or later) and fulfill all degree
requirements for both colleges. Many students find it challenging to complete such
a rigorous program in four years. To learn more about dual degree opportunities,
students should contact their advisor.
What is the minimum GPA to remain a College of Media major?
Undergraduate students must maintain a 2.0 overall GPA and earn at least a “C” grade
in all major courses. Students who do not meet the minimum 2.0 GPA requirement
will be placed on academic probation. The GPA requirement for minors vary by the
specific minor program and are specified on the department’s website. Students
should consult DegreeWorks or their advisor with questions. To help ensure timely
progression toward a WVU degree, if a student earns D/F/W grades for two consecutive
semesters in at least one major or major pre-requisite course, even if the student's
overall GPA is 2.0 or greater, he or she must meet with the Assistant and/or Associate
Dean to assess progress toward graduation and the likelihood of success within
his or her current major. If, after consultation with the student, it is deemed
that the major is not the right academic program, the student will be referred
to University College to explore other possible majors. If the student wants to
continue within the College of Media against the respective Dean's recommendations,
a contract of academic progress will be developed to outline the parameters necessary
for the student to continue College of Media studies. These parameters might include
attending tutoring sessions as well as earning adequate grades the following semester
to continue his or her academic progress. If the stipulations set forth in the
contract are not satisfied, the student will be referred to University College
to pursue an alternative major.
What are the requirements for enrolling in JRL 215?
Journalism 215 is restricted to direct admit media students. Non-direct admit students
with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA may enroll in JRL 215 if space permits after
direct admit students have received their registration priority. Major courses
are restricted to College of Media majors, with priority given to those students
pursuing that specific area of study.
What is the average class size at the College of Media?
The interaction between faculty and students is of the utmost importance to the College,
so classes are deliberately kept small and intimate. All College of Media skills-based
courses have no more than 20 students, and most College upper-division major courses
have no more than 30-40 students.
I have undergraduate transfer credits from another college or university. How can
I apply those courses toward my College of Media degree?
Current College of Media students who wish to take courses at another institution
should visit the
Transfer Equivalency System website
to obtain the transient application form
and review the Transient Approval process. Once students have completed the Transient
Application Form they should contact their academic advisor. The advisor will review
the completed transient application to ensure the courses are transferable toward
the degree. The form is then submitted to the Admissions Office for final approval.
Transcripts for coursework taken at other institutions should be mailed directly
to the WVU Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 6009, Morgantown, WV 26505. If students
have questions about how previous coursework has transferred to WVU, they should
contact their advisor.
What is the D/F repeat policy?
WVU has a D/F repeat policy for undergraduate students who have not received their
initial baccalaureate degree. If a student earns a D or F in a course at WVU or
at any school in the WV State System and the course is taken no later than the
semester or summer term in which the student completes the sixtieth hour (including
any class in which the student earns a grade and transfer classes), the student
may “D/F repeat” that course. Hours from the Intensive English Program do count
towards the sixty hours. The course can be repeated only at WVU Morgantown or at
one of WVU’s regional campuses. Students have only one opportunity to improve their
original grades under the D/F repeat policy. The new grade becomes the grade that
counts toward the student’s cumulative GPA and credit hours for graduation, even
if the repeated course grade is lower than the original grade in the course. The
D/F repeat policy will be enacted any time an eligible course is repeated. If you
received a D the first time but an F the second time, the F counts.
When a course is D/F repeated, the following procedure occurs:
1. The original grade is disregarded for the purpose of determining the overall
GPA; it is marked as excluded (E) in the semester that the student originally took
2. The original grade is not deleted from the student’s permanent record.
3. The second grade is entered on the student’s transcript and marked as included
(I) in the semester that the course was repeated.
4. Grades of Unforgivable F (UF) are not eligible for D/F repeat. Such a failure
is indicated on the student’s permanent record by an UF and is calculated in the
Can my parents speak to my advisor or professors about my grades or other student
Students at West Virginia University benefit from the Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act of 1974. This Act, with which West Virginia University intends to comply
fully, was designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the
right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide
guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal
and formal hearings. University officials, including advisors and professors, do
not disclose confidential academic information without written consent from students.
In the event students would like to allow University officials to discuss this
information with a third party, students must complete the one-time FERPA release.
A more detailed explanation of rights afforded to students by FERPA can be found
How do I order a transcript?
Students can order official transcripts through their MIX account at any time or
go to http://registrar.wvu.edu/transcripts. Before ordering a transcript, students
should log on to their MIX account to ensure that all grades and degree(s) have
been posted. Transcript requests are processed immediately. They are not held for
posting of final grades and/or degrees. All financial obligations to West Virginia
University must be cleared before transcripts can be released. Transcripts may
not be picked up by another party unless the student has given written authorization
with the request. The designated person will be expected to show a picture I.D.
before obtaining the transcript. A West Virginia University transcript is a complete
record of a student’s enrollment at WVU.
How do I apply for graduation?
Beginning in Summer 2013, all graduation applications must be submitted via an online
application. Paper graduation applications will no longer be accepted. Undergraduate
applications should be completed during the term in which the student expects to
graduate. Early applications for future academic terms will not be accepted. Application
deadlines will be communicated to students via the College of Media website, WVU
Reed College of Media eNews and email throughout each semester.
To apply for graduation, complete the following steps:
1. Log into your MIX account (http://mix.wvu.edu)
2. Click on the STAR tab
3. Click on “Click here to log into DegreeWorks”
4. Verify major(s), minor(s), and area of emphasis (if applicable) are correct
5. Contact Emily Roush at
6. Go back to STAR homepage in MIX
7. Click on “Click here to enter STAR”
8. Click on “Student Services and Housing”
9. Click on “Student Records”
10. Click on “Apply to Graduate for Doctoral, Professional, Masters Students,
and Selected Undergraduates” and complete the application
Applications not completed by the deadline each semester could delay a student's
How do I get information about internships?
Students should contact the College’s Director of Student Careers and Opportunities
at firstname.lastname@example.org or (304) 293-6117 to learn more about specific internship
programs, on-campus interviews, resume/interviewing workshops and career planning.
In addition, WVU Reed College of Media eNews lists numerous internship opportunities
on a regular basis.
Am I eligible to receive credit for my internship?
For every credit hour earned, students must complete at least 35 work hours during the supervised internship experience. Students cannot receive credit retroactively.
Your options for earning credit are:
- JRL 441 (Internship) An experience for 3 credits. Requires 105 hours worked (and
documented by your supervisor). Pass/Fail.
- JRL 442 (Practicum) An experience for 1 or 2 credits. The 1 credit option requires
35 hours worked (and documented by your supervisor). The 2 credit option requires
70 hours worked (and documented by your supervisor). Pass/Fail.
How do I enroll for internship/practicum credit?
Students who elect to do an internship for credit must contact the Director of Student
Careers and Opportunities at email@example.com or (304) 293-6117 to complete
an Internship/Practicum Contract and receive registration permission for JRL 441/442.
Students should provide any relevant materials describing the proposed internship.
If the Director deems the internship eligible for course credit, he will provide
registration approval for JRL 441 or 442. Internships are graded on a pass/fail
What is required for internship/practicum credit?
Students should contact the Director of Student Careers and Opportunities at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (304) 293-6117 for the course syllabus and internship/practicum contract. Students
must complete an internship/practicum contract, which is an agreement between the
College of Media, the site supervisor, and the student. The contract outlines the
parameters of the intern’s work experience. After completion of the contract, students
will receive additional correspondence with all course requirements and deadlines.
Students must submit weekly time sheets and reflective journals, a final reflection
paper, and student and employer evaluations. The Director of Student Careers and
Opportunities can provide additional details on the course requirements.
Do I have to pay tuition for internship credit?
The internship/practicum courses work like any other course offered by WVU and therefore
incur tuition charges. The hours earned for internship credit are degree applicable
and appear on the WVU transcript, so students must pay for these credit hours.
During the summer, tuition and fees are billed on a per credit hour basis. Students
who are wondering if it would be advantageous to register for the internship/practicum
course should consult their advisor.
Where have College of Media graduates gone on to work?
College of Media graduates are top executives at national advertising and public
relations firms and editors and reporters at the nation’s leading newspapers and
broadcast stations. Journalism graduates work at the Philadelphia Inquirer, New
York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN and regional
and local affiliates/media entities throughout the country. Advertising and public
relations graduates work at regional and national firms, including DDB, GolinHarris
and Ketchum, or own their own successful firms.
Will I be able to get a job after I graduate?
The College of Media prides itself on its hands-on curriculum, emphasis on internships
and dedicated alumni, all of which contribute to a 94 percent job/graduate school
placement rate. This means of the students who leave the College of Media and respond
to the alumni survey, 94 percent of them have a full-time job or are in a graduate
program within one year after graduation.
How do I apply for College of Media scholarships?
In addition to financial aid from West Virginia University, the College of Media
offers a number of scholarships each year to eligible students. Students with a
3.0 or better cumulative GPA may apply during the spring selection period. All
students applying for scholarships must file a FAFSA form by March 1, even if they
are not eligible for need-based aid. Awards are generally based on academic performance
and/or financial need and are restricted to College of Media students. Each spring,
current students are notified via WVU Reed College of Media eNews about the application
process and deadlines. To learn more about the scholarship process and other available
scholarships, students should contact their advisor.
I want to participate in College of Media clubs and organizations. What types of
activities are available during my first year?
There are a variety of College organizations available to students, including Society
of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Martin-Hall Agency, Public Relations Student
Society of America (PRSSA), Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA),
WVU Association of Black Journalists, Ad Club and Ed on Campus: All Things Magazine.
Meeting times are announced in WVU Reed College of Media eNews. See the
area of the website for more information about student organizations.
Do I need a computer and which kind is recommended?
The College of Media requires its entering freshmen and transfer students (Journalism
or Advertising/Public Relations majors) to have their own laptops for use in classes
and on projects. This ensures students can meet the growing need for digital skills
in the communication professions and for our students’ need for continuous access
to software for individual and collaborative work. The College is a Mac-based environment,
but students may also use PC (Windows) laptops, as long as they have the minimum
specifications, which are noted on the
page for both operating systems.
What software will I need?
The newest version of Microsoft Office (recommended) can be purchased online for
substantial savings. The WVU Technology Support Center (located at the WVU Book
Store) will provide information about this option at Orientation. Other software
may be recommended as students progress through their major area of study.