Join the University of Illinois College of Media

If you are a prospective student just starting to explore your interest in the College of Media, click here to learn more.


First: Accept your offer!

We are excited to welcome you into the College of Media and begin working with you this fall. Now that you have accepted your offer of admission, your next step is to prepare for your New Student Registration meeting. You will be able to start signing up for New Student Registration dates in mid-March. On your registration date, you will meet with your new academic advisor and begin scheduling your Fall 2024 courses. Meetings are available in-person and virtually. 

Once you have chosen a date, review our New Student Registration page to prepare for your meeting.

College of Media Stats

  • 25% of our undergraduate students are members of underrepresented populations
  • 12% of our students are from out of state (representing 26 states) and 6% are international (representing 10 countries)
  • Our average student to faculty ratio is 18:1
  • Students can choose from 150+ courses offered by the College of Media, with interdisciplinary access to hundreds more

If you are a prospective first-year student just starting to explore your interest in the College of Media, learn more about visiting campus and the application process. If you are a prospective off-campus transfer, learn more here. You can also request more information about admission into the College of Media.


Our faculty are scholars and researchers exploring the impact of media and messaging. Get inspired by our award-winning faculty who bring their deep and rich professional experience as well as their academic research interests into the classroom. Many of our media courses are small labs or seminars, which allows you get to know the faculty well and learn from their vast experiences.

We encourage our students to gain valuable professional hands-on and life experiences inside and outside of the classroom. As a result, the College of Media offers several centers, labs, and initiatives to assist students in reaching their goals. Students are offered a variety of experiential learning opportunities throughout the semester offered by the following centers and offices:

All of these services offer opportunities for students to connect with seasoned professionals, alumni, and experts within the industry, ultimately preparing students for the next stage in their career path.

Media students are also encouraged to get involved in clubs and societies. Within the college, students can join different professional affiliated organizations including American Advertising Federation, Asian American Journalists Association, National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Public Relations Student Society of America, Society of Professional Journalists, and Her Campus at Illinois.


Our alumni have had much success in different capacities, from obtaining positions within multiple industries to continuing their education and attending graduate programs. To learn more about our recent alumni, please visit our Illini Success Report. For the full report, visit Illini Success.

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


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. 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