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walter cronkite school of journalism/mass communications

jasminetea23jasminetea23 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
edited January 2013 in Arizona State University
im thinking about applying to asu for this..but is it competitive?
i have a 3.5 uw gpa, and 1820 sat score. i live in new jersey btw. could i get into this school
also if you go here can you tell me a little about it?
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Replies to: walter cronkite school of journalism/mass communications

  • XorGateXorGate Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I'm a freshman at the Cronkite school and I'll be happy to answer any questions you have.

    No, the entrance requirements are not competitive. I'm positive that you would be admitted to the school.

    However, what is competitive are the internships. Although graduates are only required to have done one internship, you are expected to have participated in at least three by the time you leave the school. Most internships are only available to sophomores and up. Freshman are expected to gain experience that will ease their internship applications by participating in the university newspaper and student-run media publications.

    You would take very few journalism classes your first year, but after the general-eds you are able to specialize in one of six areas: Print, Broadcast, Online, PR, Business and Spanish-Language. Your specialization will consume a lot of your classes and will influence what internships you apply for. However, you are still expected to have a working knowledge of the fundamentals of every other specialization. Because of this, everyone takes classes like News Reporting and Writing or Studio Production, even if they aren't specializing in that area.

    The facilities are top notch and very modern. There are computers absolutely everywhere. The main room in the Cronkite school houses a massive TV that is constantly cycling between CNN, CBS and PBS. Because the school is on the Downtown Campus, all the buildings except one are within two blocks of each other.

    There are some downsides to the school and the campus. The Downtown campus is separated from a lot of the campus activities that are present in Tempe. This isn't a big deal to me but it is to some. There is also only one dorm on the campus and all freshmen are required to live there for a year. The cafeteria in this dorm is extremely small and lacks variety.

    The general-eds and basic journalism classes that I've taken so far have not been very demanding, but I've talked to a lot of upperclassmen and they've informed me that the difficulty ramps up significantly in the third semester. I can't vouch for this personally, but I know these people and I see how busy they are.

    That's a general overview. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any other questions!
  • jasminetea23jasminetea23 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    ok thank you, but do you ever go to the main campus for classes?
  • jasminetea23jasminetea23 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    also would be allowed to live in the main campus dorms if you apply early?
  • XorGateXorGate Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I don't personally go to the main campus for classes, but I know many people who do. It's about a 20-30 minute ride on the lightrail.

    As for the second question, I honestly have no idea. I never considered it so I never felt the need to look into it. Sorry that I can't be more helpful.
  • Rolando4Rolando4 Registered User Posts: 413 Member
    I also applied to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism! I'm still waiting on a decision, but it seems like a great school.
  • MaterMiaMaterMia Registered User Posts: 1,160 Senior Member
    I think it's really important to note XorGate says - the entire journalism program is downtown - in Phoenix - about 30 minutes from Tempe - and that is via lightrail. Car would take longer. Traffic is horrible.

    So if you think you want to be in a sorority or frat - this would be difficult. YOu are not in the vibe of the main campus etc. This is how ASU is growing - they are landlocked - so they are creating these separate campus' for different programs and moving them away from the main campus.

    Just realize this ...
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