Why Media at Illinois?

We're excited that you're interested in the College of Media at Illinois! Request more information about admission to the College of Media. 

    Admitted students: Please sign up here to connect with us at one of our College or Departmental sessions held throughout the spring. You will have options to take part in panels with current students and faculty. See below for details on available sessions.

    We will also participate in University Illini Days on March 6 and April 10.

    Advertising and CS+Advertising virtual events for admitted students 

    Register here to attend these sessions and more:

    March 10 – The Future of Advertising

    Hear from Advertising faculty about the future of the advertising industry and how you’ll be prepared as an Advertising or CS+Advertising student in the College of Media at Illinois. (Watch the recording.)

    NEW SESSION: March 15 – Learn about the CS+Advertising Degree
    Specifically designed for our admitted CS+Advertising freshmen, hear directly from Advertising faculty and students about this exciting new degree! (Watch the recording.)

    April 19 – Advertising Office Hours
    Meet with Advertising faculty to learn more about the department, getting hands-on experience, and more. Please bring any questions you have about Advertising or CS+Advertising!

    Journalism virtual events for admitted students

    Register here to attend these sessions and more:

    March 10 – Journalism Office Hours
    Meet with Journalism faculty to learn more about the department, getting involved in broadcast, sports journalism, and more.

    April 12 – Doing Journalism on Campus
    There are many ways to get journalism experience on campus. The Department of Journalism will go over some of them and answer questions about how to get involved as soon as your first semester on campus.

    April 20 – Journalism Office Hours
    Meet with Journalism faculty to learn more opportunities to get involved with investigative reporting, virtual reality, and multimedia at Illinois.

    Media & Cinema Studies virtual events for admitted students

    Register here to attend these sessions and more:

    March 10 – Freshman Year in MACS
    What will your first year look like as a MACS major? Hear from MACS faculty about classes and what to expect as a freshman in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies.

    April 7 – Documentaries and Social Justice
    Learn from one of our award-winning faculty members about the field of documentary and how it’s used for social justice initiatives.

    April 20 – Cinema and Inclusion
    Learn from Media & Cinema Studies faculty about how the film industry continues to strive for inclusivity, and how you can be part of that as a MACS major.

    April 28 – Explore the Critical Film Production Minor
    Learn more about this minor where students learn various aspects of filmmaking.

    College of Media virtual events for admitted students

    Register here to attend these sessions and more:

    March 15 – Current Student Panel
    Current students will answer your questions about classes, getting involved, and their experiences at Illinois.

    April 7 – Current Student Panel about Public Relations
    Learn from current students about their experiences with public relations through the minor, student organizations, and internships.

    April 14 – Current Student Panel about Media Related Student Organizations
    Current students share their experiences being involved in various Registered Student Organizations (clubs).

    April 21 – Current Student Panel about Sports
    Hear from current students about their experiences getting involved with sports media at Illinois.

    April 27  – Current Student Panel on Media Minors and Internships
    Current students will discuss the benefits of pursuing a College of Media minor and working at an internship.

    Prospective students: You are invited to learn more about the College of Media at an online Q/A session! Sign up here to attend one of our virtual sessions this spring. We are currently offering:

    • 3 p.m. one-on-one meetings with an academic advisor on Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • College informational sessions during University Orange and Blue Days on March 29, April 2, April 5, and April 8

    Only at Illinois

      The College of Media offers cutting-edge, transformative experiences in advertising, computer science + advertising, journalism, and media & cinema studies. You'll be inspired by our faculty and your fellow students. You’ll be inspired by our classes, many of which are small and set in media labs or seminars. You’ll gain valuable professional and life experience outside of the classroom by getting involved in clubs and societies, and finding internships that are linked to your major and career goals. And you'll have plenty of assistance in reaching your goals. You will get to know the faculty well. Many will bring their deep and rich professional experience as well as their academic research interests into the classroom.

      Your academic advisor will assist you in navigating the college landscape, ensuring your progress, and help you maximize your undergraduate experience. Your career director will aid your polished preparations for your internships, career, or graduate school search. See our Graduate Destination Report.

      We believe media can change the world. If you do too, join us!


      Application Information


      Media viewbook

      Download our viewbook as a PDF.


      College of Media Graduation and Retention Data

      The College of Media’s Journalism major is 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. Visit here to read the data available.

      Contact Information

      For questions and more information about scheduling a visit, feel free to email or call:

      Student Services Center
      College of Media at Illinois