College of Media at Illinois

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College of Media Public Accountability

The College of Media’s Journalism and Advertising majors are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). The ACEJMC requires the College to publish graduation and retention rates and we are pleased to do so. Please note that prior to the Fall 2008 the College of Media only admitted students as upperclassmen.

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Entering freshman class of 2009; the graduating class of 2013

  • First year retention rate: 83.8%
  • Four year graduation rate: 81.1%
  • Five year graduation rate: 86.5%
  • Six year graduation rate: 89.2%

Entering freshman class of 2010; the graduating class of 2014

  • First year retention rate: 97.5%
  • Four year graduation rate: 88.1%
  • Five year graduation rate: 92.9%

Entering freshman class of 2011; the graduating class of 2015

  • First year retention rate: 95.1%
  • Four year graduation rate: 70.5%*

Entering freshman class of 2012

  • First year retention rate: 97.8%

Entering freshman class of 2013

  • First year retention rate: 100%

Entering freshman class of 2014

  • First year retention rate: 97.9%

JOURNALISM

Entering freshman class of 2014~

  • First year retention rate: 96.2%

~Broadcast Journalism and News-Editorial Journalism are no longer distinct majors.

News Editorial

Entering freshman class of 2009; the graduating class of 2013

  • First year retention rate: 81.8%
  • Four year graduation rate: 88%
  • Five year graduation rate: 93.9%

Entering freshman class of 2010; the graduating class of 2014

  • First year retention rate: 93.5%
  • Four year graduation rate: 77.4%
  • Five year graduation rate: 83.9%

Entering freshman class of 2011; graduating class of 2015

  • First year retention rate: 91.1%
  • Four year graduation rate: 71.1%*

Entering freshman class of 2012

  • First year retention rate: 93.2%

Entering freshman class of 2013

  • First year retention rate: 95.5%

Broadcast

Entering freshman class of 2009; the graduating class of 2013

  • First year retention rate: 77.8%
  • Four year graduation rate: 70%
  • Five year graduation rate: 75%
  • Six year graduation rate: 78.6%

Entering freshman class of 2010; the graduating class of 2014

  • First year retention rate: 96.0%
  • Four year graduation rate: 76.0%
  • Five year graduation rate: 88.0%

Entering freshman class of 2011; graduating class of 2015

  • First year retention rate: 97.1%
  • Four year graduation rate: 68.4%*

Entering freshman class of 2012

  • First year retention rate: 92.3%

Entering freshman class of 2013

  • First year retention rate: 93.6%

*graduation data incomplete at the time of posting

University of Illinois data

University Freshman average retention rates

  • 2008 cohort: 93.7%
  • 2009 cohort: 93.0%
  • 2010 cohort: 93.7%
  • 2011 cohort: 92.7%
  • 2012 cohort: 93.8%

Latest University average graduation rate

  • Four year: 68.2.0%
  • Five year: 82.1%
  • Six: 83.7%