How does your School of Communications rank in comparison with other
A: Elon is highly ranked by U.S. News, the National Survey
of Student Engagement and other measures. Communications schools
are not separately ranked. Media professionals and visiting deans
call us one of the premier undergraduate programs in America. But
don't take their word. We encourage you to visit our campus, sit
in on classes if you wish, and talk with students.
Q: Is your School nationally accredited?
A: Yes. Elon is one of 17 private colleges and universities in the nation with an accredited communications program. Others include Syracuse, Columbia, Northwestern, Baylor, Miami and the University of Southern California. Overall, 110 communication programs worldwide are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). In October 2005, an accreditation team chaired by a University of Florida dean found Elon's School of Communications in compliance on all standards and praised the School’s faculty and leadership for building a program with excellent teaching, quality student-faculty interactions, meaningful faculty scholarship, useful contributions to the public good, outstanding facilities and technology, and a strong sense of community.
Q: What are other characteristics of a quality program?
A: We want our students to create content at such a high level that it becomes nationally recognized. For example, our Phoenix14 student newscast finished first in the nation, first in the nation and third in the nation in 2005, 2006 and 2007 in the Broadcast Education Association competition. Our students produce a weekly sports show that airs regionally on ESPN2, and that show won first-place accolades in “Best Sports Feature” in the 2007 student production awards sponsored by MTV. Our student team in the Bateman public relations case study competition finished third in the nation in 2007. Two of our broadcast students finished in the Top 10 nationally in the 2006-07 Hearst broadcast news and feature categories. Two other students finished in the Top 5 nationally in the 2007 Chevy Super Bowl advertising competition. Our entertainment show "etc." won a 2007 Telly Award. Our students also secure excellent internships, which poise them for launching creative and meaningful careers.
Q: Do you have a graduate program?
A: Not at this time. With the university's encouragement, the School of Communications is exploring offering a master's degree related to interactive media.
Q: What kind of career can I have with a Communications degree?
A: About two-thirds of our graduates enter careers in journalism, broadcast and new media, corporate communications, cinema and other communication-related fields. The other third do not, choosing instead of go to law school or graduate school, go to work in business, join service organizations, or enter some other endeavor that is not media-related. We find that a Communications degree is ideal for a wide range of interests, since everyone benefits from becoming a better writer, speaker, thinker and strategist.