Journalism Academic Statistics


The Indiana University Journalism program has been accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication since 1948.


ACEJMC is an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education.

Accredited programs adhere to a set of educational requirements and standards, and voluntarily undergo a self-study and review process every six years. Our most recent self-study was during the 2014-2015 academic year, and we were reaccredited in May 2015. For more information on ACEJMC and the vision, mission, standards and process involved in national accreditation, see this website.

Below, we provide data regarding our number of majors, the retention rate of those majors and the graduation rate. The tables also show how the program’s retention and graduation rates compare to IU’s at large.

Journalism Undergraduate Enrollment

Fall 2013Fall 2014Fall 2015 Fall 2016 Fall 2017
  • Enrollment equals number of majors
  • Official university enrollments do not include second majors
  • *Fall 2017 enrollment is an estimate as of July 18, 2017. Official enrollment numbers available in September.

Student Retention Rates (Journalism Majors)  

 After second yearAfter third yearAfter fourth yearAfter fifth yearAfter sixth year
  • Retention rates shown above for IUB reflect the rate of students who persist beyond the second year.  This methodology allows for a more direct comparison with the journalism retention rates.
  • Percentages include all journalism majors, including directly admitted and sophomore admissions.
  • Journalism loses about 1.5 percent of students to early graduation after the third year (average computed over six years, from 2007 to 2012). Indiana University Bloomington loses about 1 percent over the same period.
  • Retention rates for journalism show the percentage of majors who, after being retained for one year, continue to be majors.

Student Graduation Rates

 After third yearAfter fourth yearAfter fifth yearAfter sixth year
  • Graduation rates are calculated by dividing the number of graduating students by the number of students in a cohort.
  • Graduated journalism excludes degrees awarded prior to Sept. 1 of the cohort year (e.g., for fall 2007 cohort, excludes degrees awarded prior to Sept. 1, 2007). Excludes degrees earned from regional campuses. Includes BS and BA degrees in journalism earned from Bloomington campus from tracking start term through Aug. 31 of the tracking year (e.g., for the fall 2007 cohort, from Sept. 1, 2007, through Aug. 31, 2009, for “after second year”; from Sept. 1, 2007, through Aug. 31, 2010, for “after third year,” etc.).

Contact Journalism Chair Radhika Parameswaran and Director of Undergraduate Studies James Kelly.

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