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Enrollment

The School of Communication and Journalism has 981 majors and pre-majors in our four programs.

Communication Total: 300

  • Communication Majors: 134
  • Pre-Communication Majors: 166

Journalism Total: 205

  • Journalism Majors: 73
  • Pre-Journalism Majors: 132

Media Studies Total: 176

  • Media Studies Majors: 93 (MDIA 66/MDIV: 27)
  • Pre-Media Studies Majors: 83 (PMDA: 46/PMDV: 37)

Public Relations Total: 300

  • Public Relations Majors: 141
  • Pre-Public Relations Majors: 159

Accreditation

The School of Communication and Journalism is one of 111 programs approved by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. ACEJMC is the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities. 

The Journalism, Public Relations and Media Studies programs are accredited by ACEJMC.

ACEJMC requires its accredited programs to provide retention and graduation data on their websites. Data will be updated every year by Aug. 15.

Retention Rates

The percentages below indicate the first-year retention rates of students who declare the Journalism, Public Relations or Media Studies major as incoming freshmen.

Fall Term Freshmen Returned 2nd Year Overall AU Return
Retention Rates for Entering First-Year Students
2006 126 68.3% 84.1%
2007 112 69.6% 86.6%
2008 120 74.2% 90%
2009 146 62.3% 86.3%
2010 140 62.9% 89.3%
2011 121 70.2% 89.3%
2012 110 70.0% 90.0%
2013 99 64.6% 90.0%
2014 140 60.0% 88%

Graduation Rates

The graduation rates below indicate the percentage of students who declared the Journalism, Public Relations or Media Studies major as incoming freshmen and graduated with that same major in four years.

 

Freshmen
who declare
MDIA, JRNL
or PR as a major

Graduated
from
MDIA,
JRNL or PR
in four years
Graduated
from any AU
program in
four years
Graduation Rates
2006 126 24.6% 57.9%
2007 112 25.9% 54.5%
2008 120 20.8% 53.3%
2009 146 27.4% 58.2%
2010 140 30.7% 58.6%
2011 121 36.4% 62.8%
2012 110 N/A N/A
2013 99 N/A N/A
2014 140 N/A N/A

Last Updated: August 15, 2016