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Student success

The School of Communications is a place of engaged learning for 1,200 students majoring in Journalism, Strategic Communications, Cinema & Television Arts, Communication Design, Media Analytics, and Sport & Event Management.


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Highest benchmark

The School of Communications is nationally accredited, along with only 17 other communications programs at private universities across the United States. ACEJMC accreditation is the highest benchmark of program quality in journalism and communications.

Terrific faculty

Terrific Faculty

Our 60 faculty members have vast professional experience, including a Pulitzer Prize recipient. Class sizes are kept small so that students and teachers get to know each other quickly and work together closely.


Student media

Student media

Elon students produce outstanding work—winner of the collegiate Emmy for best student television newscast, national winner for best multimedia news, first place in national film competitions, national public relations case study champion.


Student research

Student Research

Our students analyze the important roles of media and communications in society. We publish the nation’s only undergraduate journal in the discipline – the Elon Journal of Undergraduate Research in Communications.

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National leaders

Brian Williams of MSNBC serves on our National Advisory Board, which provides professional expertise to the faculty, internship and career networking to students, and program support to the school.


Quality Internships

All students complete a professional internship before graduation. Our internship director guides Communications students into the workplace, and the school has a career services professional to help students in their transition to life after Elon.

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Outstanding facilities

Students spend a lot of time in the communications school, and they appreciate our excellent facilities and technology. Take a video tour here, and we hope to see you on campus for a personal tour.

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Live Oak Communications wins nine graphic design and advertising awards

The student-run agency’s multiplatform awards span eight contest categories, highlighting work created for five real-world clients during the 2018-19 school year.

Rochelle Ford honored for contributions to diversity education

AEJMC, the nation’s oldest collegiate journalism education association, recognized the School of Communications dean with its top honor in diversity education on Aug. 9.

William Moner awarded Design for America/YMCA grant

The grant will support a partnership between the Design For America Studio at Elon and the YMCA of the Triangle to implement new ways to recruit and retain quality lifeguard staff. 

Cara McFadden publishes article in Journal of Applied Measurement

The article examines the Sense of Competence Scale-Revised, which measures the sense of competence of college students.

Cara McFadden publishes book chapter about academic and student affairs collaboration

The chapter highlights the need for effective academic and student life partnerships in creating meaningful educational opportunities.

Rolling Stone article on conspiracy-driven domestic terrorism includes insights from Stansberry

Kathleen Stansberry, assistant professor of strategic communications, offered analysis about the danger that comes with the spread of conspiracy theories, particularly on social media. 

School of Communications student journalists provide exclusive coverage of U.S. telecommunications policy event

A team of 20 School of Communications students prepared and led by four faculty and staff is providing the only full-day journalistic coverage of the multi-event Internet Governance Forum-USA at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

In My Words: On July 20, 1969, the earth orbited the moon

In this column distributed by the Elon University Writers Syndicate, Associate Professor of Communications Tom Nelson recalls his experience watching the moon landing 50 years. ago. The column was published in The Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Va.

Alumna Erin Barnett’s new film 'The Great Hack' to premiere on Netflix, select theaters on July 24

Erin Barnett '09 edited and co-wrote the film "The Great Hack," which explores data exploitation through personal stories surrounding the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal that influenced the 2016 U.S. presidential election. 

Anton Delgado ’20 earns two Green Eyeshade Awards

The managing editor of The Pendulum, Elon News Network’s student newspaper, was named both the Best News Reporter in the South and the Best Feature Writer in the South.