For High School Students

Most undergraduate courses in Communication are open for enrollment to students throughout the University. However, obtaining the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Communication requires formal application and acceptance. The degree is granted by the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, although the major curriculum is designed, administered, and instructed by the Annenberg School for Communication. All decisions concerning admission to the major are made by The Annenberg School.

Students may apply for admission to the major during either the second semester of their sophomore year or the first semester of their junior year. Applications are not accepted in any other semesters. Exceptions are permitted only for students transferring from other universities with junior class standing, whose applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students must meet the following requirements prior to application

  1. Completion of Communication 125, Communication 130, or Communication 123;
  2. Completion or enrollment in a total of at least three communication courses, including those completed under 1 above;
  3. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher in all University of Pennsylvania courses.

Alison Berstecher, Director of Student Services and Registrar, provides academic and procedural advising for prospective Communication majors. Prospective students are invited to meet with Ms. Berstecher to learn more about the major in the Undergraduate Office (Room 204 in The Annenberg School). Appointments may be made by contacting Ms. Berstecher at either 215-898-8892 or aberstecher@asc.upenn.edu. Ms. Berstecher will do her best to accommodate meeting requests. The Undergraduate Office is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Meetings are not available on weekends or during University holidays.