School and Ranking Information
There are four schools with radio and television broadcasting degree programs in Lexington and the surrounding area. Based on diversity of program offerings and real-world experience, the top colleges are:
- Winner: Asbury University offers the most practical training opportunities. It also has the highest overall graduation rate.
- Runner Up #1: Eastern Kentucky University offers multiple specialization options and is ranked 61st among universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report.
- Runner #2: University of Kentucky is ranked 125th among national universities.
All of these schools have professional radio and television equipment and provide hands-on broadcasting experience. Asbury University and Eastern Kentucky University have broader media programs that offer multiple specialization options, so they're ranked above the University of Kentucky.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Asbury University||Eastern Kentucky University||University of Kentucky|
|Ranking||4th among regional colleges - South*||61st among regional universities - South*||125th among national universities*|
|Location||Wilmore, KY (15.2 miles from Lexington)||Richmond, KY (22.3 miles from Lexington)||Lexington, KY|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, public||4-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$25,311**||$7,320 (in-state) $16,464 (out-of-state)**||$9,676 (in-state) $19,864 (out-of-state)**|
|Radio and Television Degrees Offered||Bachelor's degrees||Bachelor's degrees||Bachelor's degrees|
|Radio and Television Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in (2011-2012)||26**||30**||30**|
|2005 Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time)||71%**||37%**||59%**|
|Noteworthy||Has professional 40 ft. production trailer including HDX-900 cameras, a 20 ft. camera jib and a Yamaha surround mixer||Students may participate in a summer film project run by faculty and industry professionals||Has a partnership with ZAMCOM, a media school that offers journalism training in Lusaka, Zambia|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report (2013 data), **NCES College Navigator.
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Winner: Asbury University
- Ranked 8th place among best value schools, according to U.S. News and World Report in 2013
- Media communication graduates have one of the best hire rates in the country, according to Asbury
- Has the most camera and editing suites per student out of media schools, according to Asbury
Asbury University is 4-year multi-denominational religious institution. Its bachelor's degree program in media communication is available in the following concentrations: management, production, audio production, film studies, performance and multimedia. The emphasis in management prepares students for leadership roles in various facets of the media industry that include Internet, cable, TV and radio. The production emphasis is another applicable route that immerses students in writing, audio, editing and video operations; it offers several classes with practical training, like the remote production and sitcom production classes.
Additionally, hands-on experience opportunities are plentiful. Students can participate in Newswatch, Asbury's cable news show, as well as WACW, its student radio station. Past students have taken advantage of freelancing opportunities at major media networks that include ESPN, NBC and ABC. Additionally, students can work on recording a major summer music festival, travel to foreign countries to produce media about mission work and even work in broadcasting positions during the Olympics.
Runner-Up #1: Eastern Kentucky University
- Ranked in 27th place among top public colleges in the Southern regional universities category, according to U.S. News and World Report in 2013
- All students complete an internship, which may turn into regular employment upon graduation
- The Communication Department has an audio lab, a digital video lab and a TV production studio
- Broadcasting and Electronic Media scholarships are available
EKU's Bachelor of Arts program in broadcasting and electronic media has three concentration options. The general option deals with editing and producing video and audio feeds. The broadcast news concentration focuses on writing and compiling news material. The last emphasis, film techniques and technology, explores cinematic film writing and editing. Minors in these three areas are also available. Additionally, students may join a variety of organizations, including EKU's Communication Studies Student Association and the Public Media Student Journalists Association.
Runner-Up #2: The University of Kentucky
- Ranked 60th out of public colleges among national universities, by U.S. News and World Report in 2013
- The School of Journalism and Telecommunications operates its own newsroom
- The Media Center for the Future, a research and production facility, contains an audio studio and video editing equipment
The media arts and studies bachelor's degree program takes a two-pronged approach to the discipline. While it teaches students how to produce and transmit various media forms, it also discusses the social effect media has on society. The program includes courses in communications technologies, telecommunications policy, mass communications, video production, audio production, social media studies and global media. It also requires an internship. Students have the option of joining a variety of major related organizations that include the Media Arts and Studies Society and the Grehan Recording Group.