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The School of Journalism and Mass Communications is one of 117 programs accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The council reviews schools every six years. KU's programs received reaccreditation after the council's last review in 2017.

The information below shows the school's enrollment, retention rates and job placement rates.


KU School of Journalism Enrollment

Year Strategic Communication News & Information Total enrollment
Fall 2016 560 269 826
Fall 2015 584 304 888
Fall 2014 537 328 865
Fall 2013 510 344 853
Fall 2012 446 318 764
Fall 2011 501 342 843
Fall 2010 499 364 863
 
       
Year Male Female Domestic Minority
Fall 2016 29.43% 70.57% 17.31%
Fall 2015 29.39% 70.61% 18.36%
Fall 2014 30.4% 69.6% 16.18%
Fall 2013 28.37% 71.63% 12.78%
Fall 2012 28.67% 71.33% 12.27%
Fall 2011 30.13% 69.87% 11.39%
Fall 2010 29.43% 70.57% 10.43%

 

KU School of Journalism Retention Rates 

  after 1 semester after 1 year after 2 years after 3 years
Fall 2010 freshmen admits retained in journalism 93.33% 74.67% 69.33% 63.89%
retained at KU 98.67% 96.00% 85.33% 84.72%
graduated (in journalism)       4.00%
Fall 2011 freshmen admits retained in journalism 92.68% 74.39% 63.41% 58.54%
retained at KU
93.90%

82.93%

79.27%
75.61%
graduated (in journalism)       2.44%
Fall 2012 freshmen admits retained in journalism 94.39% 81.31% 71.03% 62.62%
retained at KU 97.20% 88.79% 85.98% 78.50%
graduated (in journalism)       3.74%
Fall 2013 freshmen admits retained in journalism 94.84% 79.35% 66.45% 62.58%
retained at KU 96.13% 90.97% 89.68% 86.45%
graduated (in journalism)       3.23%
Fall 2014 freshmen admits retained in journalism 97.22% 85.19% 75.93%  
retained at KU 100% 95.37% 94.44%  
graduated (in journalism)       4.63%
Fall 2015 freshmen admits retained in journalism 94.84% 86.26%    
retained at KU 97.71% 91.60%    
graduated (in journalism)        
Fall 2016 freshmen admits retained in journalism 92.71%      
retained at KU 95.83%      
graduated (in journalism)        
KU Overall retention rates 2010 93.50% 79.90% 72.50% 68.10%
  2011 92.30% 79.20% 72.10% 67.60%
  2012 92.40% 79.90% 72.90% 68.30%
  2013 93.00% 80.40% 73.30% 68.90%
  2014 92.00% 80.00% 71.40%  
  2015 93.40% 80.90%    
  2016 93.60%      

Retention rates are based on freshman cohorts that are directly admitted to journalism. Students who are retained at KU but not in journalism have changed majors to something outside journalism. Information on KU retention rates can be found at KU Institutional Research and Planning

 

KU School of Journalism Graduation Rates*

 

2.5
years

3 years

3.5 years
​years
4.5 years 5
years
5.5 years 6 years 6+ years
2010    0.00%  2.33%  63.42%  12.84%  12.45%  2.72%  0.39%  5.45% 
2011   1.20% 1.99% 70.12% 11.16% 22.71% 1.20% 0.80% 1.99%
2012   0.78% 2.33% 73.93% 8.17% 7.78% 0.39% 1.56% 5.06%
2013   1.93% 1.45% 64.73% 17.39% 7.73% 0.48% 0.48% 5.80%

2014
0.53% 0.53% 9.63% 72.73% 4.28% 8.02% 0.53% 0.53% 3.21%
2015 0.00% 2.51% 7.54% 69.35% 9.05% 8.54% 1.01% 1.51% 0.50%
2016 0.00% 3.24% 8.33% 68.98% 9.72% 6.48% 2.31% 0.93% 0.00%

* Indicates percentage of students from each graduating class in journalism that graduated in the noted time frame. Only students whose initial college term was at KU are included. The School of Journalism did not have substantial freshman admit cohorts until fall 2010. Graduation rates are traditionally based on freshman cohorts.

 

KU School of Journalism Graduate Employment Data

Graduate self-reports 6 months after graduation 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Employed full-time* 79.8% 81.2% 81.8% 82.4% 69.7%
Employed part-time 9.2% 9.4% 10.5% 7.5% 14.4%
Internship 9.2% 4.7% 3.2% 2.7% 5.6%
Graduate School .9% 2.4% 4.2% 4.8% 7.5%
Unemployed -- 2.4% 6.3% 8.8% 10.6%
Employed in news/info or strategic communication career 73% 72.9% 88.8% -- 71.6%
   
Number of internships completed while at KU 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Four or more 6.4% 8.2% 9.1% 11.6% 9.7%
Three 18.3% 15.3% 22.7% 17.5% 11.8%
Two 38.5% 31.8% 22.7% 28.2% 22.8%
One 29.4% 31.8% 27.3% 28.2% 20%
None 7.3% 12.9% 18.2% 14.5% 35.9%

*Full-time employment reflects only those seeking full-time employment immediately following graduation.