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About the School

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. 

Our Mission

The mission of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications is to improve and strengthen the societal roles of the professions of journalism and mass communications through teaching, research and service. See our complete mission statement.



The School of Journalism and Mass Communications seeks to have a balance of faculty experience, bringing to the students a variety of scholarship and perspectives from focused researchers, work experiences,  and scholarly work from creative specialists. The faculty includes nationally renowned scholars, photojournalists, creative directors, media planners, broadcast managers, reporters, editors, and graphic designers. In Fall 2015, students had access to 37 full-time faculty, 12 adjunct faculty, and 2 graduate teaching assistants.


We have an interesting and diverse group of students from all over the United States and abroad.  In Fall 2015, we have 1,480 undergraduate students and 58 graduate students.

Undergraduate Enrollment By Major
Advertising - 205
Broadcast Journalism - 315
Public Relations - 619
Journalism - 127
Mass Communications - 25
Visual Communications - 189

Retention and Graduation Rates

Our faculty and student services staff do an excellent job helping students to reach their goals and succeed in our program. The percentage of freshman students returning to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications as sophomores is among the highest at the university.  These numbers demonstrate the personal attention and commitment extended to every student.

Undergraduate Students

Typically, half of the 1,500 students at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications graduated in four years with the same major that they declared as incoming freshmen.   Of those who do not, some take five or six years, some transfer out of the school to another major in the university, and some leave the university.

Three-quarters of our students return to the school as a sophomore.  Of the 25% that we lose, over half transfer to another department within the university.  We view this as good advising and helping 18-year-olds understand proper educational paths.

Students' Cohort Year Who Came Back for Sophomore Year with Original Major? Who Graduated? Who Graduated in Four Years with Original Major?
2007 75.47% May, 2011 49.43%
2008 78.46% May, 2012 52.85%
2009 71.68% May, 2013 32.8%
2010 65.4% May, 2014 33.8%


Master of Mass Communication Students

Our Master of Mass Communication program has an outstanding record of student retention and graduation rates.

MMC Cohort Year How Many Students Began the MMC Program? Who Came Back for Second Year? Who Graduated within Two Years?
2007 14 93% (13 of 14) 85% (11 of 13)
2008 19 89% (17 of 19) 88% (15 of 17)
2009 20 90% (18 of 20) 83% (15 of 18) 
2010 18 89% 78%
2011 11 91% 82%
2012 9 100% 89%
2013 16 94% (15 of 16) 82%
2014 11 100% 100% on schedule to graduate in 2 years
2015 11 100% 100% on schedule to graduate in 2 years