Journalism College Rankings

Read about high-ranking journalism colleges, through which students study mass communication theories and gain real-world experience in writing and reporting. Learn about the degree options at three leading universities, and find a list of other noteworthy journalism schools in the U.S.

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The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) accredits more than 100 programs in the United States, some of which allow students to focus on print, broadcast and other multimedia forms of journalism. The three universities featured below all offer ACEJMC-accredited programs and include Pennsylvania State University in University Park, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Texas at Austin.

Top-Ranked Journalism Colleges in the U.S.

1. Pennsylvania State University in University Park

U.S. News & World Report ranked Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) among the top 50 national universities, as well as 13th among public schools, for 2012. Penn State has been offering journalism classes since 1914; the university's journalism program has been accredited by the ACEJMC since 1974. Through the Department of Journalism, undergraduates can pursue a track in broadcast journalism, print journalism or visual communication. Penn State also offers a focused specialty for students interested in sports journalism.

2. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) also ranked among the top 50 national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2012. In 2010, The Wall Street Journal surveyed the nation's top recruiters about which schools had the best graduates entering the workforce, and UIUC ranked third on that list. Students in the school's Department of Journalism can choose from among three majors: broadcast journalism, news-editorial journalism or general journalism. The school also offers a master's degree in journalism that takes 12-16 months to complete.

3. University of Texas at Austin

In 2012, U.S. News &World Report ranked the University of Texas (UT) at Austin as one of the top 50 national universities in the country. UT's School of Journalism, founded in 1914, offers four undergraduate areas of concentration: print journalism, broadcast journalism, multimedia journalism and photojournalism. The school also offers an extension of classes that make up a sports journalism track, as well as master's and doctoral degrees for graduate students. Alumni of UT's College of Communication, which houses the School of Journalism, have received 20 Pulitzer Prize awards.

List of 10 Good Journalism Schools in the U.S.

School Name Distinction Location
Brigham Young University - Provo Broadcast journalism students produce a live television news program at KBYU-TV Provo, UT
Indiana University - Bloomington Speaker Series welcomes well-known media professionals to meet with journalism students Bloomington, IN
Michigan State University Knight Center for Environmental Journalism offers environmental journalism classes and workshops East Lansing, MI
Ohio State University Journalism students complete minors specific to their areas of interest, such as criminology, political science or business Columbus, OH
Pennsylvania State University Special lecture series in journalism ethics University Park, PA
University of Arizona International journalism program Tucson, AZ
University of Florida Nation's second-largest undergraduate journalism program Gainesville, FL
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Journalism faculty have won three Pulitzer Prizes Champaign, IL
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Interdisciplinary graduate program allows for specializations in strategic communications or journalism research Minneapolis, MN
University of Texas at Austin Harry Ransom Center Journalism Treasures, which holds millions of artifacts useful to journalists Austin, TX
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