College of Media at Illinois

University of IllinoisCollege of Media

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Applying to the College of Media

First-time Applicants
If you're a student who will be entering the University of Illinois for the first time, you should apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (high school students, off-campus transfer students) or the Graduate College (graduate students only).

On-Campus Transfer Students
If you're an on-campus student wishing to transfer into the College or are a current College of Media student wishing to change your major, see more information at applying.

College of Media Graduation and Retention Data

The College of Media’s Journalism and Advertising majors are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). The ACEJMC requires the College to publish graduation and retention rates and we are pleased to do so. Visit here to read the data available.

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Degree programs

The College of Media includes undergraduate degree programs in: Advertising, Agricultural Communications, Journalism, and Media and Cinema Studies. Students can also get an undergraduate minor in Cinema Studies.

There are also graduate degree programs in: master's degrees in Advertising and Journalism, a Ph.D. in Communications, and a graduate minor in Cinema Studies.

In recent years journalism students in the College have won two national Hearst Foundation writing awards, the grand prize in the college division of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards and a National Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, as well as numerous other local, regional and national honors, internships and recognition.

Career Services

The College opened Media Career Services in March 2013 to advise and aid students in their career and professional development and to assist in leveraging academic education, experiential learning, and extracurricular involvement to best prepare students for life beyond college.

Our 2012-13 Graduate Destination Report - the inaugural report from the College - allows you to see a snapshot of the graduates and their professional pursuits.

Distinguished faculty

Many of the College's faculty have worked at real newspapers and advertising agencies, and their students benefit from that real-world knowledge. Pulitzer Prizes and Emmy, Clio and Sundance Film Festival awards are among the many honors and reocognition the faculty have earned.

Accomplished alumni

To be a College of Media student is to walk in the footsteps of thousands of accomplished alumni. Our graduates achieve important and satisfying careers as reporters, editors and producers at newspapers, television and radio stations and networks. They work at leading advertising agencies, magazines, public service organizations, institutions of higher education and media companies. Some have gone on to successful careers as screenwriters, producers, directors and film critics.

Among the companies in which College of Media alumni hold or have held high-ranking positions are The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, CBS, ABC, CNN, Wunderman, Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saatchi, BBDO, McDonald's, Anheuser Busch and Sports Illustrated, and several have won Pulitzer Prizes and other prestigious awards.

Graduates of the College of Media have won Pulitzer Prizes; Emmy, Peabody and Clio awards; and a host of other professional and academic awards and risen to positions of prominence and influence in virtually every media-related field. They offer proof of our philosophy that we strive to prepare our students not just for their first jobs but for their last.


The College of Media offers a number of scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled in the College, funds that are applied toward tuition and fees and made available through the generous support of alumni and friends of the College. A Collegewide committee determines scholarship recipients.