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Top Schools for Public Relations and Advertising

Find out which top schools can help you prepare for a career in public relations and advertising. Read about the undergraduate majors offered at three universities, and use the handy table at the end of the resource to see what other colleges and universities around the country have programs in public relations and advertising.

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Below are brief descriptions of three schools that offer undergraduate programs in public relations and advertising. These include two regional universities and one Catholic liberal arts college; both universities have designated colleges or departments devoted to the study of communications or marketing.

Top U.S. Schools with Public Relations and Advertising Programs

1. Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois

Bradley University, a private educational institution, ranked sixth among regional universities in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2011. The university's Slade College of Communications and Fine Arts offers several media-related majors, including public relations and advertising. Both majors teach students how to design and promote consumer-friendly messages. They also learn how to attract favorable public attention for businesses and organizations.

2. Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts

Emerson College is a private university that U.S. News & World Report ranked 14th among regional universities in the North for 2011. In the same year, the Princeton Review also identified Emerson as one of the best Northeastern colleges in the country. The college's Department of Marketing Communications offers a bachelor's degree program in advertising and public relations that can help students prepare for work at profit and non-profit organizations. Communications courses also include topics in entertainment marketing.

3. Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa

Clarke University is a Catholic college that ranked 162nd among national liberal arts colleges in 2011 by U.S. News & World Report. Public relations and advertising concentrations can be found under the umbrella of communications. Both areas of study are taught alongside courses in journalism and broadcasting. Students acquire the mass media skills necessary to excel in their respective areas of communications, as well as learn how to develop marketing and advertising campaigns.

List of Ten Good Schools for Public Relations and Advertising

School Name Distinction Location
Bradley University Offers degree programs in both public relations and advertising Peoria, IL
Clarke College Computer-oriented communication options Dubuque, IA
Emerson College Internationally recognized communication majors Boston, MA
Bemidji State University Bachelor's degree programs available Bemidji, MN
University of Wisconsin-River Falls Post-master's certificate available River Falls, WI
Oxnard College Associate's degree program offered Oxnard, CA
Golden West College Remedial service given to students Huntington Beach, CA
Fullerton College Dual credits accepted Fullerton, CA
Castleton State College Teacher certification available Castleton, VT
Long Beach City College Placement services provided for graduates Long Beach, CA
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