Every year, several Nigerian students travel abroad for further studies. They do so to get quality education in specific areas of their choice which might not even be the discipline they had their first degree. Journalism and mass communication students are also part of this search for schools abroad to acquire higher education. It is always good to know the best places you can get quality education abroad before making the move to travel.
Here is a research rating published in USA Today on the top 10 colleges across the USA where you can get a bachelor’s degree in journalism. So if you have plans to travel to the US to study journalism in any of the colleges, you might have to checkout this list.
The top 10 schools for journalism in the U.S.
If you’re committed to a pursuing career in journalism, a top-notch degree can be key, especially considering a 2014 study named newspaper reporter as the second worst occupation in the country. Ouch…
College Factual, a group of self-proclaimed “data geeks,” analyzed colleges across the country and found that these are the 10 best colleges and universities in the U.S. from which to receive your bachelor’s in journalism.
Editor’s Note: College Factual bases their data on a unique selection of characteristics, including the quality of the overall school, Focus Coefficient and the starting and mid-career salaries of graduates within the major, among other factors. This article has been updated from its original version to reflect the most recent data.
Is this list different than what you might have thought? Note that this list only comprises the top bachelor’s degrees in journalism — not master’s degrees.
1. Emerson College
The journalism program at Emerson teaches students a dynamic approach to storytelling that includes education on using words, audio, video and web to produce rich final products. Students who graduate with a degree in journalism have higher than average beginning and mid-career salaries. The optimum location in Boston contributes to the opportunities students may receive on campus and after they graduate. Other popular majors at this college include film, marketing and digital communication.
2. The University of Texas-Austin
UTexas is a well-known and affordable public university. Journalism is a popular major, and the school also offers strong supporting majors such as Communication and Media Studies, and Digital Communication. The Department of Journalism includes a faculty of experience professionals and has graduated 18 Pulitzer Prize winners.
3. Northwestern University
Journalism is one of the most popular majors at Northwestern — and we have a pretty good idea why. The journalism program offers a hands-on residency program, in which students are matched with media outlets across the country and even abroad for a quarter to gain real-world experience in the industry.
4. New York University
NYU is ranked #13 nationwide, so the university will provide you with a solid education regardless of major. Journalism students are required to major in one additional field of study, so if you only want to focus on reporting, this may not be the place for you. But if you’re looking for a solid education in a big city, then NYU should be added to your list of potential college options.
5. University of Southern California
The Los Angeles based university is known not only for its perfect weather and beautiful students, but also for its Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. In 2014, the school unveiled Wallis Annenberg Hall, a state-of-the-art building featuring a 20,000-square-foot digital newsroom. USC also graduates some of the highest paid professionals in the field, according to College Factual.
6. University of Maryland
The University of Maryland boasts a popular media and journalism department where students can specialize in broadcast or multiplatform journalism as well as focus in on sports journalism. A public college, UMD is an affordable option, ranked in the top 100 in the nation for overall quality.
7. Boston University
BU allows students to specialize within the journalism major, offering focus areas in broadcast journalism, magazine journalism, online journalism and straight journalism. The University also boasts the #11 spot for best colleges in Massachusetts, meaning it will provide you with a wonderful experience outside of your major.
8. University of Missouri-Columbia
Mizzou is a large public university that offers great value to students. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism and puts a strong emphasis on innovation on a multidisciplinary approach.
9. Syracuse University
Newhouse of Syracuse University offers eight different undergraduate programs in communications. Students interested in journalism can choose between a major in broadcast and digital journalism or newspaper and online journalism. This large and diverse private university is considered a fair value and one of best colleges in New York state.
10. George Washington University
Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., GW gives journalism students front row seats to the breaking stories in our nation’s capital. The Journalism and Mass Communication program at GW prepares students for future careers in the field and helps them understand the media’s impact on our everyday lives.