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.

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 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.

1. Pennsylvania State University in University Park

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 2015. 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.

2. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign

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 2015. 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

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

In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Texas (UT) at Austin as the 53rd 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.

Top Journalism Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Brigham Young University - Provo Broadcast journalism students produce a live television news program at ElevenNews Broadcast News Lab 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 School specializes in Public Affairs Journalism Columbus, OH
University of Arizona International journalism program Tucson, AZ
University of Florida Over 2,300 journalism undergrad students Gainesville, FL
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Interdisciplinary graduate program allows for specializations in strategic communications or journalism research Minneapolis, MN

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