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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 four leading universities, and find a list of other noteworthy journalism schools in the U.S.

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Students can pursue undergraduate- and/or graduate-level degree programs in journalism at top institutions across the United States. Each school has distinguishing characteristics, which we explore for a few of the top schools.

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  • Broadcast Journalism
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School Information

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 four universities featured below all offer ACEJMC-accredited programs and include Pennsylvania State University in University Park, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Texas at Austin and Brigham Young University in Provo.

Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA

School Highlight: Students have landed internships or jobs at places like ABC News, CBS News, ESPN, and the Los Angeles Times.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) among the top 50 national universities, as well as tied for 14th among public schools, for 2017. 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. Students have been known to gain jobs and internships with many prominent journalism outlets.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, IL

School Highlight: Journalism faculty have won three Pulitzer Prizes.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) also ranked among the top 50 national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2017. 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 4+1 option where undergraduates can earn their master's degree in one year after applying and meeting requirements during their junior year.

University of Texas in Austin, TX

School Highlight: Texas is home to the Harry Ransom Center Journalism Treasures, which holds millions of artifacts useful to journalists.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Texas (UT) at Austin as the 56th best national university in the country. UT's School of Journalism 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.

Brigham Young University in Provo, UT

School Highlight: Broadcast journalism students produce a live television news program at ElevenNews Broadcast News Lab.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Brigham Young University in Provo #68 in the best national universities for 2017. The journalism program is now listed as the news media program and students can focus on broadcast, print or online journalism. The school offers a bachelor's in news media or a master's in mass communications with an emphasis in media.

Top Journalism Schools

Here we discuss a few more top schools that offer journalism degree programs.

  • Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, offers the Speaker Series, which welcomes well-known media professionals to meet with journalism students.
  • Michigan State University, located in East Lansing, is home to the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism that offers environmental journalism classes and workshops.
  • The Ohio State University in Columbus specializes in Public Affairs Journalism.
  • The University of Arizona, found in Tucson, offers an international journalism program.
  • The University of Florida in Gainesville consistently ranks in the top 10 journalism programs in the nation.
  • The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, located in Minneapolis, offers an interdisciplinary graduate program that allows for specializations in strategic communications or journalism research.

Some of the top schools in the nation, including Penn State University and the University of Illinois, offer accredited journalism programs for interested students. Students can pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees at several of the top schools that each offer unique programs and training.

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