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Previewing our freshman class

Welcome, Freshmen!

Welcome to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) at Kent State University. We're looking forward to your arrival this fall.
In fact, we're spending the summer preparing for you. Our advisors -- Amy, Bob and Aimee -- have been working to get you started off right … from day one. Your advisor will be with you throughout your entire JMC experience.
We've launched a brand new website, fully compatible with any screen size you choose. to help you prepare for day one.
We're also making some great changes on campus, including the new extension of the University Esplanade, a walking and biking path that will take you directly from Franklin Hall to downtown Kent.
JMC is an active place. It's also a terrific community, where students, faculty and staff learn, work and create together. You'll be part of that community … from day one. I encourage you to get involved with our great student organizations and Student Media — our TV station, radio station, newspaper, magazines and mobile apps … from day one.
So enjoy the rest of the summer. I'm spending part of my summer watching previews for the horror film our students are writing, filming and producing — one of the many cool things happening at JMC. Here's a sneak preview.
See you soon,

Thor Wasbotten
Director and Professor
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Respected. Relevant. Real.

Freshman Preview

Our fall freshman class is taking shape. Although our numbers will change as more student confirm enrollment, we’re off to a promising start, with 197 confirmed freshmen, compared to 183 last year. Our increased enrollment counters the national trend of decreased enrollments: a 2011 national study showed a 3.2% drop in freshman enrollments in journalism and mass communication. * An early profile of these students shows that:

  • Nearly 62 percent are female, consistent with a clear national trend: women have been the majority of college journalism majors since 1977 (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications).
  • 80 percent come from Ohio, and the second greatest concentration comes from Pennsylvania. In all, 14 states are represented, and one freshman has been serving with the Armed Forces in Europe.
  • Nearly 23 percent are students of diversity.
  • The average GPA is 3.23, average SAT score is 1050 and average ACT composite is 22.81.
  • 20 students have been admitted to the Honors College.
  • Nearly 42 percent report earning college credits in high school through programs like advanced placement.
  • The highest concentration of majors – 75 percent, or 114 students – plan to major in journalism. The second highest concentration –19 percent, or 38 students -- are electronic media majors. 

* From the 2011 Annual Survey of Journalism Mass Communication Enrollments: Enrollments Decline, Reversing the Increase of a Year Earlier, and Suggesting Slow Growth for Future, Lee B. Becker, Tutor Vlad and Konrad Kalpen.