50 Best Journalism Schools and Programs at U.S. Colleges & Universities

U.S. Journalism Schools & Programs: State-by-State Listing

[Updated for 2015]

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Below is a listing of the 50 undergraduate journalism programs I consider to be the best in the country at this moment AKA places I would strongly consider enrolling if I woke up tomorrow back in high school.  It is updated and expanded from my previous list.

The list is not meant to be all-inclusive or objective.  As someone who monitors and covers college media and journalism education daily, it is based on nothing more than my personal knowledge of various schools’ and departments’ reputations, faculty, affiliated student media, classes, internship and study abroad connections and feedback I’ve received in spurts from students and (mostly younger) alums.

It is strongly biased in favor of programs exciting me in the digital journalism realm and in some way aligned with quality campus media and professional publishing opportunities.  It is biased against programs I simply do not know enough about — although in some respects the fact that they have not crossed my daily college media blogging radar is a sign.

The baseline stipulations: In almost all cases, the programs must have received ACEJMC accreditation — an imperfect but valuable metric for ensuring quality — or they must be housed within an accredited school or college.  (Stony Brook’s j-school is one exception, as a program on the rise.)  The programs must also feature at least a journalism major.  (Sorry Georgetown, only a journalism minor or a concentration within a major won’t do here — although I’m willing to be politely persuaded.)  And this list is focused solely on undergraduate journalism programs (the reason biggies such as Columbia University, CUNY, UC Berkeley and Stanford are not included).

In alphabetical order, here are what I consider to be the best undergraduate journalism programs at U.S. colleges and universities.

American University

School of Communication, Journalism Program


Arizona State University

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication


Auburn University

Department of Communication & Journalism


Ball State University

Department of Journalism


Boston University

College of Communication, Journalism Program


Bowling Green State University

Department of Journalism and Public Relations


Columbia College Chicago

Journalism Department


Drake University

School of Journalism and Mass Communication


Emerson College

Department of Journalism


George Washington University

School of Media and Public Affairs


Indiana University

School of Journalism


Iowa State University

Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication


Ithaca College

Roy H. Park School of Communication, Department of Journalism


Kansas State University

A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications


Kent State University

School of Journalism and Mass Communication


Michigan State University

School of Journalism


Middle Tennessee State University

School of Journalism


New York University

Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute


Northwestern University

Medill School of Journalism


Ohio University

E.W. Scripps School of Journalism


Oklahoma State University

School of Media and Strategic Communications, Multimedia Journalism Major


Penn State University

Department of Journalism


San Jose State University

School of Journalism & Mass Communications


Stony Brook University

School of Journalism


Syracuse University

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications


Temple University

Department of Journalism


University of Alabama

Department of Journalism


University of Alaska Anchorage

Department of Journalism and Public Communications


University of Arizona

School of Journalism


University of Florida

College of Journalism and Communications


University of Georgia

Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication


University of Kansas

William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications


University of Kentucky

School of Journalism and Telecommunications


University of Idaho

School of Journalism and Mass Media


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Journalism


University of Iowa

School of Journalism & Mass Communication


University of Maryland

Philip Merrill College of Journalism


University of Minnesota

School of Journalism & Mass Communication


University of Mississippi

Meek School of Journalism and New Media


University of Missouri

School of Journalism


University of Montana

School of Journalism


University of Nebraska-Lincoln

College of Journalism and Mass Communications


University of Nevada, Reno

Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School of Journalism and Mass Communication


University of Oklahoma

Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication


University of Oregon

School of Journalism & Communication


University of Southern California

Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism


University of Texas at Austin

School of Journalism


University of Wisconsin-Madison

School of Journalism and Mass Communication


Washington State University

Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Journalism & Media Production Major


Western Kentucky University

School of Journalism & Broadcasting


Please let me know, politely: What other schools should be on the list??? Depending on their merits, I will add them immediately.  (To be clear again upfront, I did not include colleges and universities without a journalism major or undergraduate program — so schools such as Columbia, CUNY, Georgetown and Stanford don’t make the cut.)

144 Responses to “50 Best Journalism Schools and Programs at U.S. Colleges & Universities”
  1. Jonathan says:

    The University of Arkansas should definitely be considered.

    • Dan says:

      Jonathan- My thanks. Noted. Looking into UArk program now.

    • I am quite surprised, yet pleased, to see that you included the University of Alaska Anchorage’s journalism program on your list. The biggest reason that the program works so well up here is that the staff and faculty who are a part of it, though few they may be, are dedicated and passionate about journalism. Is is through them that we are able to feel accomplished despite being in a small school.

    • steve purchase says:

      seems like a bogus list to me….where is u-md, college park….where is unc-ch, and where were the 200+ schools that all the emailers are talking about…..i’ll stick with us news & world report….i think last year their top 3 graduate j-schools were 1. columbia 2. u-md college park 3. uc-berkeley….steve in baltimore

      • Dan Reimold says:

        Hi Steve in Baltimore! Just FYI, UMD and UNC are both on the list, so please look again! They’re pretty easy to spot, I swear. :) Also, this list is the top 50, as the headline mentions, so that’s why 200 don’t show up here. And as I mention at start, this is for undergrad programs, not grad, so again, that’s why Columbia and UC Berkeley don’t appear. Thanks for commenting. Dan

    • trinity says:

      I agree!!!

  2. admin says:

    Check out Quinnipiac University and its newspaper The Quinnipiac Chronicle

  3. Beth says:

    California State University at Northridge – the program is definitely accredited and continues to produce great journalists.

  4. Pnkrockdl says:

    I believe Southern Illinois University Carbondale should be considered. It has a great journalism program and a great daily newspaper.

    • Dan says:

      I definitely know the paper! My thanks for suggestion. More to come.

    • qwerty guy says:

      I agree about SIU. Look around the world of Chicago journalism–from broadcast to print to online–and there are Salukis everywhere. The school has produced many frontline, street-level reporters who grind it out every day with distinction in Chitown.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    The University of Connecticut. It is the only ACEJMC-accredited university in the northeast.

    • Dan says:

      Elizabeth- Thanks so much. OK, I’m intrigued, will look into it. Flown under my radar honestly.

      • Karen Ali says:

        Hi, I was surprised the University of Connecticut is not on this list – I went there and got a journalism degree and then went on a few years later to Columbia and got a graduate journalism degree there. I always say this to people and have been for years and it’s nothing against Columbia, but the University of Connecticut programs were akin to the graduate classes at Columbia. And that was then. From what it sounds like, the UConn program and student newspaper has improved even more since I attended.

    • Lauri says:

      What about Shippensburg—that is accredited in PA.

  6. Eric R. says:

    Suffolk University in Boston. State of the art TV studio and programs. Two newspaper organizations, radio station, and a top notch Comm. and Journalism Dept.

  7. stevejfox says:


  8. bmanzullo says:

    Central Michigan University — my alma mater — should definitely be considered. It’s accredited and I can name plenty of prestigious journalists who came from there that I look up to. A great place to learn journalism.

  9. matttullis says:

    Ashland University has Ohio’s only fully-converged journalism major, where future journalists learn how to report news across platforms. The problem with so many of the schools in this list is they let students specialize in one platform. Of course, this list is also mostly just huge schools that everyone has heard of.

    • Dan says:

      My thanks. The converged major is interesting. I’d dispute every college/university being *huge* but yes there are definitely more large, public, research-one types. Not purposeful, but not a coincidence. There are simply more of these schools supporting quality JOU programs. But as you remind us, not exclusively. More to come.

    • singabob says:

      huge faculty turnover too…

  10. Tim Lewis says:

    I’m biased but Lyndon State College’s Electronic Journalism Arts program – community based service learning for over 30 years covering 14 rural Vermont towns in the upper Connecticut River valley – initially TV, now online with an e-magazine – five days a week – 2004 national Emmy for best student newscast – over 30 folks at ESPN – only 125 students in the program – works with the LSC meteorology program that produced Jim Cantore and bunch of Weather Channel originals – those who know about the training seem to think we produce professionals for the business (and other opportunities.)

  11. JJ says:

    The University of North Texas. Award-winning student publications and many faculty members have won Pulitzers and Emmys.

  12. I suggest adding Hofstra University. They had students covering both presidential debates (2008 and 2012) and have started their own online publication, LIReport (which was recognized by Mashable for its outstanding use of social media in reporting, besting the traditional outlets covering the presidential debate)


    • Dan says:

      Angelo- Thank you! Admit the program not on my radar. LIReport is fascinating. More to come.

    • Second to Hofstra, coming out of that undergrad almost all my friends had very prestigious internships and are placed in great jobs now (ABC, NBC, FoxNews, one is now a broadcaster for the Nets, social media like Tumblr and Buzzfeed). Way more than my peers at NYU. Two of my interviewers even admitted they preferred Hofstra candidates over NYU!

  13. Matt says:

    The University of Texas at Arlington has one of the best student newspapers in the country. The journalism program wasn’t great when I attended, ’98-’02, but the Shorthorn student newspaper continues to win major accolades and produce great young journalists every year. The school definitely should be considered.

  14. Zuri says:

    Of course I’m biased. I went to Chico State (California State University, Chico), where we string up awards year in and year out and supply all the small newspapers in Northern California with young journalists. But hey, what do I know.

    • I second that emotion. The Chico State newspaper is in the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame and has won more than a dozen Pacemakers, print and online, in recent years. Definitely worth your consideration.

    • Throwing in my comment behind Chico State (also biased, admittedly). The Orion is highly regarded among university weeklies. I believe Chico tends to get overlooked because their emphasis is on writing (no broadcasting journalism option, even though a few grads have still gone into broadcasting), the paper isn’t a daily and most graduates go to work at smaller, less prestigious papers, primarily in northern California, and opt to stay there instead of moving to bigger publications (with a few exceptions of people who have gone on to the Sac Bee, Boston Globe, etc.)

  15. leaciskowski says:

    LSU does offer an undergraduate program in both print and broadcast journalism. It should definitely be considered.

    • Dan says:

      You are absolutely right. Absolutely. That darn ‘cocentration’ tag always throws me. First human error. They will be added ASAP.

  16. matttullis says:

    I think the great thing I see in these comments, as well as the schools listed in the report, is the fact that there is a lot of great journalism training going on across the country, no matter the size of the school.

  17. University of Miami (Florida) has produced several fine journalists including Dan LeBatard, Suzy Kolber, Jill Arrington, etc. Strong program,

  18. Ashley says:

    LSUUUUUU. Awesome awesome school.

  19. Joshua Peck says:

    So interesting–very few U. of MIchigan grads would have put our alma mater on the list, academically. But The Michigan Daily , where we worked for no credit and pennies per hour in wages, is perhaps the finest training ground in the country for journalists, and the nation’s best newsrooms are full of Dailyites.

    • mrbplus says:

      The Michigan Daily is the University of Michigan’s sort of unofficial journalism program. I couldn’t have asked for better training. (And FWIW, 17 years out of college, I still read its football coverage.) Sorry for the plug!

  20. Melissa Adan says:

    Reblogged this on Mel Takes Boston and commented:
    Proud to see BU on the list. Representing COM. http://www.bu.edu/com

  21. Erin says:

    I agree with a lot of them, but Eastern Illinois University is heads and tails better than U of I for journalism grads. (And many other big named schools on this list). Most have jobs before they leave college. No I did not graduate from there, just a suggestion for next list!

  22. Any consideration for HBCU programs such as FAMU and Howard, which produce a high number of quality journalists.

  23. Sandy Taft says:

    St. Bonaventure University, NY. One of the best JMC programs in the country.

  24. I understand why prestigious universities like Columbia, Stanford and UC Berkeley don’t have undergrad journalism programs. They want you to have a useful specialty (poly sci, science, language) for your B.A. so you’ll increase your chances of standing above the crowd of journo undergrads.
    I got one of the last undergrad B.A.s in journalism at UCB (in 1976) — they eliminated it the following year. Hasn’t really impacted my career, although it limits my ability to secure teaching positions, where MAs are often required.

  25. bpopeizdope says:

    All great programs. Proud to see Ball State on this list. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to cover the 2012 Olympics as an undergrad. True innovators in multimedia journalism education and the best sports media program in the country, Ball State Sports Link.

  26. Greg Linch says:

    Echoing Kevin, I’ll add another vote for the University of Miami in Florida. There are many others — including more recent grads — at news organizations large and small!

  27. Boyace Pope says:

    Jacksonville State University (in the same state as Alabama and Auburn) we get overlooked a lot.

  28. Matt says:

    Washington and Lee? Only top-twenty liberal arts college with a journalism major. And a fine program, too boot.

  29. Natalie says:

    Howard University should be considered.

  30. Joe Reaves says:

    I too might be a bit biased, but Stephen F. Austin State University has a very good journalism school and mass communication school (radio and tv). It’s university newspaper The Pine Log is an award winning publication. Their on-air radio station boast an elcetic format so that students can become aware of the different genres and formats that are currently aired on broadcast radio. For a school of it’s size (relatively small compared to some of the ones on the list), it’s student/teacher ratio can’t be beat.

  31. Where’s Eastern Kentucky U.? The Eastern Progress consistently wins national newspaper awards and has done so for 30 years. Western Kentucky has always had a strong photojournalism department, but for writing go with EKU.

  32. Tobias says:

    Interested as to what you think of the Marquette University journalism program and the Diederich College of Communication. In what ways did it fall short?

  33. Doug Mitchell says:

    Thanks for including my alma mater (Oklahoma State).; I will say that a quick scan shows it’s the only school on your list that has dropped the word “journalism” from it’s title. It’s landing page has the word journalism, but only in celebration of those who are practicing it….in high school.

  34. Terry Bloom says:

    University of Miami (FL) recently VOLUNTARILY gave up their ACEJMC accreditation BECAUSE of the pinch it was putting on developing curriculum. And, they produce quality journalists working in English AND Spanish language news.

  35. Sara Hamilton says:

    I am a recent graduate from the School of Journalism and Mass Media from the University of Idaho, and the courses and professors for all of the degrees (Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations, and Radio/TV/Digital Media Production [my area of study]) are fantastic. Thank you for recognizing our program!


  36. Soren Velice says:

    Western Washington University. Small regional school, but it’s always punched well above its weight. Its student newspaper, The Western Front, and two magazines, Klipsun and The Planet consistently bring home SPJ awards in addition to regularly embarassing the local daily. I’ve worked with fresh grads from many schools, and WWU sends them into the world as ready as anyone I’ve worked with from Oregon, Montana and Idaho. I’ve also worked with reporters holding masters from Northwestern and Texas, and myself and other WWU grads didn’t have to hang their heads. To me it was a great example of the advantages of a small department (<200 when I attended). In my time I wished for more digital media coursework, but they've addressed it since.

  37. avdezine says:

    Really no love for West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism?? Disappointing!! http://journalism.wvu.edu/

  38. Re Hofstra: It is also an AEJMC accredited school. There are four in NY State.
    Peter W. Goodman
    (conflict: assistant prof at Hofstra)

  39. Samantha Stevenson says:

    University of Nebraska-Omaha should be considered. We are one of the few schools in the nation to give LIVE statewide election coverage (The Omaha News).

  40. lmichellemedia says:

    I definitely would like to see Florida A & M University’s School of Journalism and Graphic Communications added! We have some awesome grads working in some very influential places within the Media Industry:)

  41. Janice Paskey says:

    How about ranking the schools according to cost?

  42. jrn314 says:

    Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, is a growing program with 180 journalism majors, an online student News Bureau, an award-winning independent newspaper, and the college radio station of the year in Michigan.


  43. Brent Levi says:

    Knowing someone that went to Kent State University I have to disagree with that one. She felt unchallenged. She was able to get 3.7 with minimal effort and poor attendance. KSU is definitely not a strong school for journalism.

  44. DH says:

    Can’t argue with the list… a lot of incredible and high quality programs. But I think BYU needs to be on your list.

    2010- The Hearst foundation recently recognized the BYU broadcast journalism as the sixth best journalism program in the nation out of 112 accredited programs at the Heart Journalism Awards hedl in New York last week.

    2011 – BYU has become the first school ever to sweep the top student broadcast journalism awards at the Annual Hearst National Journalism Championships. The Hearst Awards are the journalism discipline’s most respected student competition.

    2011 – Six BYU Broadcast Journalism students will be honored alongside Joan Lunden and Meredith Vieira this weekend as they receive awards at the 36th annual Gracie Awards Ceremony at the historic Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on May 25.

    The six BYU honorees include:
    ■Kylee Knoles of Mesa, AZ, who will receive awards for best feature news story and best hard news story in the Outstanding Reporter/Correspondent category.
    ■Natalie Tripp of Grantsville, UT, who will receive an award for Outstanding Anchor – News or News Magazine.
    ■Anna Staker of Lehi, UT; Kathryn Hopkins of Logan, UT; and Becca Maughan of York, NE, who will receive a group award for their work on the documentary film “Eye of the Beholder.”
    ■Lakia Holmes of New York, NY will receive an award for Outstanding Host-Sports Program.

    Each year, the Alliance for Women in the Media receives hundreds of entries which are evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of industry influencers

    2012 – Hearst Journalism Awards: Broadcast News medallions are awarded to: University of Missouri, Fourth Place; Brigham Young University, Fifth Place; Syracuse University, Sixth Place; University of Montana, Seventh Place; Pennsylvania State University, eighth place; University of Florida, Ninth Place; University of Maryland, Tenth Place.

    2005 – The Brigham Young University Department of Communications’ journalism program placed second in the intercollegiate broadcast news competition for the Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

    2012 – Arizona State University has won first place in the Intercollegiate Broadcast Competition with the highest accumulated student points from the Radio and Television competitions. It is followed by University of Southern California (tie); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (tie); University of Missouri; Brigham Young University; Syracuse University; University of Montana; Pennsylvania State University; University of Florida; University of Maryland.

  45. Jay Black says:

    Seriously? How about some love for those who are trying to change the world?


  46. Butler University – Pulliam School of Journalism within the College of Communications. School has award-winning student newspaper and online media, award-winning advertising program, concentrations in pretty much any area of journalism you can think of from print to digital (including ability to create your own program of study). Ability to complete multiple internships within the larger Indianapolis community. http://www.butler.edu/journalism/

  47. km says:

    I’ll second BYU, mainly because they have GREAT hookups with national media outlets for internships, and a good, forward-looking curriculum. Now that I’ve been in the industry for a few years, surrounded mainly by people with graduate degrees, I’ve realized what a rare program BYU has.

  48. Christine says:

    without a doubt, LSU’s manship school of mass communication, as well as Loyola university in New Orleans. Loyola has won several pacemaker awards for its newspaper, the maroon.

  49. AL says:

    The University of Delaware has long had a strong program. The twice-weekly newspaper is entirely student-run, preparing students for virtually any internship or job. Graduates regularly get hired by top newspapers and magazines. Worth a look for next year – thanks!

  50. West Virginia University’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. Absolutely. Great curriculum and hands-on experience that prepares grads to land jobs and start making a living.

  51. Candace Rotolo says:

    I strongly encourage you to take a second look at Elon University in North Carolina! (http://www.elon.edu/e-web/academics/communications/) I’m biased as a graduate who has had a successful career in news. Elon is accredited by ACEJMC which called the school’s program growth “nothing short of spectacular” and a “positive educational environment.” Elon has a national advisory board for its communications school which includes NBC’s Brian Williams (who will speak at graduation in May 2013, and has a child who attends Elon). Elon is a gem in the South and deserves attention. Thanks for considering and for your article!

    • I was surprised not to see Elon on your list – and surprised to see its first mention so far down in the comments. No connection, but I was impressed by what I saw when its founding dean got an award at AEJMC a few years ago. Thanks for recognizing our program here at Stony Brook!

  52. Risa James says:

    Check out San Diego State University (Cal State San Diego)’s School of Journalism & Media Studies; accredited with AEJMC and only five years old; it has award winning students and faculty.

    • I second SDSU’s School of Journalism and Media Studies. Its grads get work in the field which is the ultimate test in many ways of a university program. A journalism degree isn’t so useful if you’re working as a bank teller. (No disrepect to bank tellers).

      • Jeff Fleming says:

        San Diego State has a very comprehensive journalism curricula and offers a broad spectrum of related fields such as advertising, public relations, film/video production, news anchoring, etc.

  53. Carla Jean says:

    My alma mater is already on the list (roll tide!), but I would encourage you to consider including Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. I’ve hired many interns from Samford, and I am consistently impressed with the quality of their work.

  54. Courtney Sisk says:

    When students from Marshall University compete with their peers around the country, they routinely win the top awards across all media platforms–web, print, and broadcast. Not only that, but they are well-prepared to enter the workforce. Clearly Marshall is doing something right. I’d love to know the reasoning for not including the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications in the top 50.

  55. darryldupont says:

    Surprised to see that the University of South Florida was not included, Their college of Mass Communications has one of the largest placements of graduates in top 20 and network television markets and with major print/internet outlets in the country.

  56. andybechtel says:

    Miami, LSU, South Carolina.

  57. andybechtel says:

    Sorry for the repeat comments. Perils of doing this by phone.

  58. Taylor says:

    Pepperdine University!

  59. As a student and someone who has spoken with many alumni, I believe Marquette University in Milwaukee should be considered. Milwaukee is a terrific area for internships with access to other Midwest markets. We consistently produce influential alumni that offer an abundance of help to students. The opportunities offered from the moment you step on campus as a freshman are what distinguish Marquette from other programs that prefer to keep certain opportunities away from its students until they are upperclassmen. This gives us a leg up on colleagues attending other universities.

  60. Check out the Journalism Department at San Francisco State University. Our department-sponsored Golden Gate Xpress has won numerous newspaper and online Pacemakers. Several of our photographers and one of our writers have won Hearst Awards in recent years. Ken Kobre, head of the photojournalism sequence, has written the most popular textbook on photojournalism and a new, very highly regarded text on videojournalism. Many of our alumni have gone on to successful careers; at least two have won Pulitzer Prizes and others are working for The New York Times, the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired magazine, you name it.

    • Taylor E. says:

      Agreed! I will be applying to San Francisco State this year to major in journalism. Looking forward to hearing from admissions!

  61. jerry says:

    While I can’t disagree with many of the programs you included in your list, I don’t see a lot of programs in Texas. The journalism program at Texas Tech University and the College of Media and Communication should be on your list.

  62. David says:

    Wow! Glaring omission on Missouri State University. They have a guy down there named Swift who started a TV News show three or four years ago and they’ve won something like 25 awards just in that time, including SPJ’s Best Overall Newscast for that region. The campus newspaper has won national awards too. Strong work.

    • Cmurphy says:

      I graduated from Missouri State in the late 80’s and have been a news/talk show producer and writer for NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and WFLA. Not a Pulitzer but not bad. Ha.

  63. Willi says:

    I’m extraordinarily surprised University of South Carolina is not on this list. Hardest four years of my life. Extremely rigorous program and one of the best in the Southeast.

  64. Sarah says:

    University of Central Florida – We’re the little program that could.

  65. casper125 says:

    The communication department at North Dakota State University should be on the list. Check their website:http://www.ndsu.edu/communication/majors_and_minors/

  66. DailyJack says:

    The New England School of Communications in Bangor, Maine should be included… such a hands on school!

  67. Mariella says:

    Pepperdine University. The student newspaper, The Graphic, is in the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame, and they’ve recently converged into a media brand (PGM).

  68. Rebecca Odell says:

    I’m excited to see Kent State University on this list. I graduated with a public relations degree in 2010, and Kent State’s School of Journalism & Mass Communication provided me with the skills needed to succeed in an ever-changing digital world. I couldn’t be more proud of my alma mater.

  69. Roy says:

    UW Madison? They are not one of the three accredited programs in the state, and they don’t offer a wide range of journalism classes. Madison is getting in because of the education at the student newspaper and the grad program research, not because of its undergraduate education.

  70. NT says:

    I agree with DH and KM, the experience you get in the BYU broadcast journalism program is rare. The students put on a live newscast that reaches the entire state of Utah and parts of idaho every weekday. Each year the program racks up awards from the SPJ, BEA, Hearst Foundation, AWM, and more.

  71. Ann Jenkins says:

    Marshall University is supposedly top notch.
    I am curious ifit is true.

  72. Lisa says:

    My daughter is a High school Junior who is interested in Broadcast journalism, I didn’t see any Florida schools mentioned and wondered if her thoughts of either UCF or FSU are good. Your thoughts on these 2 schools?

    • Ann says:

      I currently attend the University of Florida and it has a great Telecommunication program. During her senior year you and her should consider visiting UF and speak with different faculty and see students working on projects, from radio, producing and TV on-air talent. I am a public relations major but have friends and peers who have taken their skills to CNN and ESPN as interns this summer and some will eventually return as professionals. Please do take a look at UF not only because of the talent and resources available but also in a financial aspect. Gators are very loyal to their school and due to that they return to donate to various scholarship and research programs which has helped in making the school reasonably priced compared to other public universities and the retention rate is very high.
      She needs to continue developing her writing and grammar skills. I wish you and her well.

      • Sue says:

        University of Florida was mentioned in this list. In fact, it is considered one of the top 10 journalism schools in the country.

  73. john says:

    Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism

    Our coursework emphasizes learning in multiple different disciplines, to give students the most possible training for the future.

    The Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism is among the elite journalism programs that have earned national accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Only about one-fourth of all journalism and mass communications programs in the United States are accredited by this organization.

    What about this scool.??????????

  74. Cassie says:

    Thank you for the very valuable information. One question, are private schools not an option for a respected journalism degree? Thanks

  75. Purdue university? If you had to, how would you rank the schools?

  76. Dan:

    Hi. Michael Scully here from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. We’ve been teaching journalism for decades BUT we just created a new Journalism major in FY 2011-2012. Our emphasis is on Digital Journalism with a polite respect for traditional media practices. In the last few weeks, we’ve won several SPJ awards (both regionally and nationally) for “universities with less than 5,000 students”.

    In fact, because of our size, I call our program a “boutique major” with class sizes that don’t swell beyond 20 students. Basically, we’re light, we’re young, and we’re fast. The Communication Department tends to be in front of the latest trends and our course work is growing and shaping into a refined digital news experience.

    Finally, I was recently selected as “New England Journalism Educator of the Year” by the New England Newspaper & Press Association.

    Thanks for your interest.

  77. Anthony says:


  78. Ronnie says:

    There are several excellent schools listed, however I would like to shine the light on my alma mater Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. The Mass Comm program has developed a host of broadcasting professionals. When you walk away from this program with a degree, you’ve worked on one of the best student run PBS stations, and radio stations in the country!

  79. Johnathan Gomez says:

    This is a good list however, you’re forgetting Marshall University in Huntington, West Virgnina. I am very surprised I have to point it out to you myself. The campus radio station WMUL-FM 88.1 The Cutting Edge, wins more national awards than almost any other college radio station in the country. WMUL has even beat out some professional radio stations for awards. Check out Marshall University’s Journalism program and see for yourself, and you will agree it should be on this list.

  80. James Carson says:

    P.I. Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University should be taken into consideration. They have an outstanding journalism program!

  81. Emma says:

    I believe Georgetown does have a major in journalism? http://scs.georgetown.edu/departments/11/journalism?gclid=CMjV5MmLrbcCFYyZ4AodlEoAAQ
    I am highly considering Georgetown and would also like a career in Journalism (broadcast journalism to be specific) and want to know what would be best for me. Would Georgetown be a good fit? I also like NYU, Northwestern, American, BU, Emerson, George Washington, and UNC. I also want to know what you think of Boston College’s program? Help!

  82. Claudia says:

    TCU and SMU for sure!!

  83. Michael W. Douglas says:

    As a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin & Medill School of Journalism, I am intrigued that you didn’t include some of the schools that are Hispanic-serving (i.e., Florida International University) and HBCU (Florida A&M University (AEJMC certified) and Howard University. And some schools–like University of Miami and UCLA–are opting to forgo AEJMC for its stringency, but are still very good programs. This is a very good list.

  84. Samuel says:

    You should give the University of Cincinnati’s program a look as well.

  85. kds12 says:

    I am currently going through Colorado State University’s journalism major. Our university has several student media outlets open to those outside of the journalism degree as well. Notably, we have KCSU (radio) and The Collegian (newspaper).

  86. David says:

    Where’s Marist College? They have an excellent journalism program. Many schools such as Ball State, Kent State, Ithaca, and Middle Tenn. are quite frankly joke schools where anyone and I mean anyone could get in as long as they’ve passed their high school classes and actually applied.

    • Joel says:

      David, all 4 of those schools are highly regarded as quality institutions and have moderate acceptance rates. Please do your research before you open up your pie-hole, as you just sound foolish. I’m sorry your alma mater (which I assume is Marist College) didn’t make the list.

  87. Madeline Rochelle says:

    Hofstra and Marist!! Great journalism and internship programs! Strong alumni relations at Marist too!

  88. Ashley Sweeney says:

    UMass Amhearst.

  89. Rose says:

    James Madison University

  90. Kaya-Renee says:

    Suffolk University has an extensive Communications & Journalism program with many opportunities for internships in the city of Boston.

  91. J Nelson says:

    University of North Texas—how many Pulitzer Prize winners does a school have to have to make your list

  92. Geoff Kuenning says:

    Dan, All of the fifty appear to be large to immense schools. Is there no hope for a student who wants to go to a small, intimate school? I’m curious whether you omitted smaller schools because of unfamiliarity or because they’re a bad choice for an aspiring journalist. Washingon and Lee University was mentioned in a comment; is it really the only one?

  93. Thamar says:

    What about Northeastern?

  94. Boshi says:

    How you would have Columbia College and not Eastern Illinois University is very confusing to me.

  95. Lauri says:

    What about Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. It is an accredited program. Asking because my daughter is considering there or Temple.

  96. Frank and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas.

  97. Patricia Finaldi says:

    Elon University has an excellent program.

  98. Albert David says:

    Hi Dan,

    Thanks for a detailed list. Any chance of putting out one which lists Top 50 Grad Schools for Journalism? Thanks

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