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 admitted students as upperclassmen. The data below presents a 4- and 5-year graduation rate for our first freshman class of 2008 and incomplete 4-year graduation rate data for the freshman class of 2009.

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Entering freshman class of 2008 the graduating class of 2012

  • First year retention rate: 92.9%
  • Four year graduation rate: 75%
  • Five year graduation rate: 82%
  • Students still enrolled: 4%

Entering freshman class of 2009 the graduating class of 2013*

  • First year retention rate: 83.8%
  • Four year graduation rate: 81%
  • Five year graduation rate: NA
  • Students still enrolled: 3%

Entering freshman class of 2010

  • First year retention rate: 95.0%

Entering freshman class of 2011

  • First year retention rate: 82.8%

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Entering freshman class of 2008 the graduating class of 2012

  • First year retention rate: 79.5%
  • Four year graduation rate: 82%
  • Five year graduation rate: 87%
  • Students still enrolled: 3%

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: NA
  • Students still enrolled: 6%

Entering freshman class of 2010

  • First year retention rate: 71.0%

Entering freshman class of 2011

  • First year retention rate: 73.3%

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Entering freshman class of 2008 the graduating class of 2012

  • First year retention rate: 94.6%
  • Four year graduation rate: 89%
  • Five year graduation rate: 95%
  • Students still enrolled: 0%

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: NA
  • Students still enrolled: 7%

Entering freshman class of 2010

  • First year retention rate: 72.0%

Entering freshman class of 2011

  • First year retention rate: 85.7%

*Data encompasses students who graduated as of May 2013 and does not include students who have graduated in August 2013.

University of Illinois data

Generally, the University of Illinois reports a six year graduation rate. The most recent six year cycle graduation rate is: 83.9%

University Freshman retention rates

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