6 Most Popular Colleges for Journalism Majors

The top schools, and their costs, for aspiring writers and newshounds.

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If you’ve dreamed of writing for the New York Times or scooping stories for the Sacramento Bee, journalism is the major for you. But with so many excellent j-schools throughout the country, it can be hard to find the perfect school.

We’ve compiled a list of the top six most popular journalism programs and how much their programs will cost you. So whether you’re interested in state-of-the-art technology or award-winning faculty, you’ll be sure to earn a wow-worthy degree from the following schools.

Majoring in journalism isn’t all about writing for a newspaper. There are many different concentrations and areas to explore, so make sure you ask each school what they specialize in.

6. University of Iowa: $8,057 (residents), $26,279 (non-residents)

The University of Iowa might seem a bit secluded for a journalism school but thanks to its large and relatively new campus, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication is one of the best colleges for honing your reporting skills. Uniquely, journalism is the only department at the university that specializes in teaching students professional skills and strategies throughout their coursework.

The journalism department isn’t limited to news reporting, however. Students can concentrate in print, radio, and broadcast or specialize in documentary and videography. More recently, the school has added an online and social media focus.

5. New York University: $40,878

NYU is home to a host of renowned creative departments and majors. The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute fosters students’ creativity in a variety of different areas. The school offers degrees in journalism, media criticism, and critical journalism, all of which immerse students in their intended career field.

The Journalism Institute gets students working in the “real world” as early as sophomore year. With a combined lecture and immersion experience, journalism hopefuls have the chance to speak with industry greats such as Garrison Keillor and Tavis Smiley – and NYU helps place them in an internship, too. But don’t count on taking journalism-only classes. Journalism majors are also required to minor in another discipline.

4. Ohio University: $10,216 (out of state residents add $8,000)

If you’re interested in learning about the future of journalism, Ohio University is the place to be. The school recognizes that physical newspapers are a thing of the past, and instead prepares students for the new world of online news media.

Hands-on learning is an important aspect of Ohio University’s curriculum. Students have countless opportunities to gain experience, whether they choose to write for the campus newspaper or broadcast on the college radio station. Student-run groups are also an important part of the program. The groups teach students writing and broadcasting skills applicable to all aspects of journalism.

3. Iowa State University: $3,324 (residents), $9,380 (non-residents)

The Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State offers future journalists the chance to get experience in some unique areas. Traditional majors such as journalism and photography are offered alongside specialized programs like science communication and newspaper design.

The Iowa State Daily, the student-run newspaper, is one of the top 10 daily publications in the country. Additionally, journalism students are required to complete an internship before their college career is up. But perhaps best of all, Iowa State graduates can gain journalism experience in everything from magazines, photojournalism, and online news.

2. University of Southern California: $43,722

USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism is one of the most technologically advanced journalism departments in the country. It’s home to the top student-run newspapers – so it’s no surprise that the Annenberg School is perhaps the most respected journalism school in the U.S.

With faculty members who’ve won Emmys and Golden Mike Awards, USC’s 352 journalism students are guaranteed to learn from the best of the best. It’s not just the faculty that receives accolades, though. Students often see their work published by companies such as the Los Angeles Times or broadcast on television channels like Telemundo and KCET.


1. Arizona State University: $9,208 (residents), $22,461 (non-residents)

Arizona State University is the site of one of the most prestigious and selective journalism schools in the country. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is world-renowned – and also much more selective than any other department at ASU.

Journalism students at ASU have access to a digital media entrepreneurship program, a special department for business journalism, and the Cronkite News Service Bureau. With 14 digital newsrooms, two television studios, and hundreds of student workstations, there’s no limit to what you can create or discover.

Quick Facts

  • Majoring in journalism isn’t all about writing for a newspaper. There are many different concentrations and areas to explore, so make sure you ask each school what they specialize in.
  • Think studying journalism means you’ll get to skip classes like economics and philosophy? Chances are you’ll still have to take them. Journalism majors often need a few ethics classes as well.
  • Colleges with separate journalism schools often have different admissions requirements, so check with the journalism school so you know exactly what they’re looking for.

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