» Broadcast Journalism and Documentary Undergraduate Application

This will take you through the application process for an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism and Documentary and make sure you know how it works from start to finish.

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All applicants to Dodge College are required to submit the Common Application, as well as a Creative Supplement. You only need to submit materials for your 1st choice major; any other materials submitted will not be reviewed.

Both the Common Application and Creative Supplement must be submitted by the deadline, along with all other required materials. You will gain access to the Creative Supplement only after your Common App has been submitted, so please plan accordingly.

You can see the Creative Supplement requirements for your program below.

Creative Supplement Requirements

Please note that you may only submit the Creative Supplement for your 1st Choice Major selected on Common App. No other materials will be reviewed as part of the application process. You must submit the Common Application in order to gain access to the Creative Supplement.

The requirements below are for students applying for Spring 2020 or Fall 2020.

Dodge College Personal Statement

In 500 words or less, tell us what about your distinct experiences/background/values makes you a unique candidate for the program for which you are applying. Please focus on what makes you unique as a person beyond any direct experience you may have in your intended field of study. Use this prompt to talk about aspects of yourself that are not already covered in other parts of your application.

Major Requirement Essay

Prompt: In no more than two (2) pages, talk about an issue in the news that’s important to you and why. Why is it important to the public at large? Are there aspects of the story that are getting too little attention in the media coverage?

Formatting: Essays should be typed, single-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins on all sides. Remember to title your essay.

Creative Resume

Provide a one-page (max.) resume highlighting 5-7 pieces of what you consider to be your best creative work. These projects should demonstrate your ability to convey a story or message through creative, artistic or technical talents. As we are only asking for a limited number of projects, include more recent items and projects in which you were the driving force or had a leadership role. These can include class assignments, projects from jobs or internships, or your personal hobbies and freelance work. Please note you are NOT to submit any actual materials from this resume at this time. Please use the following format when structuring your resume:

Title: title of the project (length of project if applicable)

Source and Date of Creation: You may write “freelance” if it was something you did on your own.

Description of item: An in-depth description of the piece, the inspiration or objective, and your specific role in its creation. Also list any awards or special recognition you may have received for the piece.


Articles for the School Newspaper

Journalism I class, 2008

I wrote several feature articles on various topics from the constant flooding of the men’s bathroom to vandalism on campus. I also did a film review for every issue. I helped with the layout of the paper as well as selecting the final photographs.

Departmental Letter of Recommendation:

This letter of recommendation should be completed by a person who can discuss your creative strengths. Examples of appropriate people to write this letter on your behalf are art, drama, film/TV, or journalism teachers or a boss or supervisor from a job, internship, or volunteer project where your duties included something of a creative nature.

This recommendation does NOT go through Common App. You will request this recommendation directly through your checklist portal under "Request Departmental Letter of Recommendation". This link will not appear until your Common App is submitted, so please plan accordingly.

This letter is due by the same deadline as your application materials, so give your recommender plenty of time to complete the letter.


All documents must be submitted by the given deadlines. Late applications are only reviewed on a space available basis. Undergraduate deadlines (including international students) are as follows:


  • Spring Regular Admission: October 15

FOR FALL 2020:

  • Freshman Early Action (non-binding): November 1
  • Freshman Early Decision (binding): November 1
  • Freshman Regular Admission: January 15
  • Transfer Regular Admission: February 15


Spring Applicants: Mid-November through December

Early Action/Early Decision Applicants: End of December

Regular Admission Applicants: Middle of March

Fall Transfers: Mid-April through May