School of Communication & Journalism

Public Accountability

Enrollment

The School of Communication and Journalism has 1,017 majors and pre-majors in our four programs.

Communication Total: 350

  • Communication Majors: 167
  • Pre-Communication Majors: 183

Journalism Total: 190

  • Journalism Majors: 72
  • Pre-Journalism Majors: 118

Media Studies Total: 175

  • Media Studies Majors: 89 (MDIA 56/MDIV: 33)
  • Pre-Media Studies Majors: 86 (PMDA: 43/PMDV: 43)

Public Relations Total: 302

  • Public Relations Majors: 132
  • Pre-Public Relations Majors: 170

Accreditation

The School of Communication and Journalism is one of 113 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 and Public Relations 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 or Public Relations major as incoming freshmen.

Fall Term Freshmen Returned 2nd Year Overall AU Return
Retention Rates for Entering First-Year Students
2006 89 64% 83.1%
2007 74 64.9% 86.5%
2008 86 72.1% 90.7%
2009 98 56.1% 85.7%
2010 81 59.3% 93.8%
2011 69 68.1% 88.4%
2012 66 62.1% 90.9%
2013 66 60.6% 93.9%
2014 97 56.7% 87.6%
2015 96 65.9% 95.8%
2016 87 74.7% 97.8%

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
JRNL or
PR as a major

Graduated
from

JRNL or PR
in four years
Graduated
from any AU
program in
four years
Graduation Rates
2006 89 27% 55%
2007 74 18.9% 45.9%
2008 86 23.3% 50%
2009 98 17.3% 56.2%
2010 81 25% 61.7%
2011 69 39.1% 65.2%
2012 66 43.9% 70%
2013 66 27.3% 59.1%
2014 97 N/A N/A
2015 96 N/A N/A
2016 87 N/A N/A

 

Last Updated: December 14, 2017