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Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

Welcome to Medill! To help you prepare for your Medill experience, read below to learn about all you'll engage in over the summer during the Purple Prep component of orientation.

Medill Academic Interest and Career Development Form

The Academic Interest and Career Development Form, accessible from your Purple Prep checklist, is due July 31. Please wait to complete the form until you know your AP/IB exam scores. 

Placement Exams and Assessments

Requirements for the bachelor’s degree in journalism include either three units of foreign-language coursework, credit in a foreign language through AP/IB exam, or proficiency in a foreign language as demonstrated on an AP/IB exam or a placement exam. Please refer to the BSJ 26 Canvas site to find out more about this requirement. For exam information and instructions, see the placement exams webpage. Online exams have July 31 completion deadlines.

Additional Placement Exams guidance for your school can be found in Purple Prep's mid-May email.

Summer Advising

Medill Student Affairs and Academic Advising staff members Daniel MacKenzie, Anika Patel, and Jasmyne Dias serve as academic advisers for all new Medill students. They are a dependable source of information and guidance as you navigate new experiences both inside and outside the classroom. 

Your Medill advising team will offer group advising in late July that covers the Medill curriculum and academic options. In August, advisers will have academic planning meetings with each student individually. To accompany information from your academic advisers, you have the opportunity to access and explore Medill's BSJ 26 Canvas site to view Medill curriculum and degree requirements. 

Equipment Purchases

Go to the Medill Digital Depot at for tips and recommendations for purchasing computer hardware and software, video/audio kits, external hard drives, and other technical gear this summer. The Digital Depot also offers information about options for renting equipment.

Wildcat Welcome & Fall Quarter Course Registration

As part of Wildcat Welcome, you'll connect with the Medill community. This time period also includes continued academic advising and fall quarter course registration. 

Your academic adviser assists you in understanding degree requirements and guides you in determining which classes to take in your first quarter. During Wildcat Welcome, your Peer Adviser also provides you with advice from a student lens.