Three students smiling and eating ice cream while looking at something on a mobile phone

College Overview

The Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State provides the opportunities and resources of a large university with the personalized feel and support of a small school. As one of the largest accredited programs of its kind in the nation, students can find a place where they can fit and succeed.

Dean Marie Hardin, a woman with shoulder-length blonde hair wearing a blue pant suit, stands in a building lobby with an impressive wooden doorway in the background.

Marie Hardin, Dean of the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

Our programs and people provide a powerful combination to support students.

Our four departments — Advertising/Public Relations; Film Production and Media Studies; Journalism; and Telecommunications — offer five undergraduate majors. Graduate students may pursue a master’s degree in media studies or a Ph.D. program in mass communications, with several distinct areas of emphasis.

Faculty members blend strong academic and professional backgrounds and possess a commitment to excellence in teaching, research and service. Along with our research centers and special programs in the Bellisario College, students benefit from on-campus visits from academics and professionals at the top of their fields for endowed lectures and special programs.

In addition, a team of advisers in the Bellisario College provides information and insights for students who have questions ranging from scheduling to selecting a major.

Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

A transformational gift from alumnus and Hollywood legend Donald P. Bellisario provides the support necessary to make an outstanding communications program even greater.

At a Glance

  • $30 million

    Endowment from alumnus, Donald P. Bellisario and his wife Vivienne, to support communications students and faculty and to establish the state-of-the-art Donald P. Bellisario Media Center.

  • #1

    Best Alumni Network (Princeton Review, 2019)

  • “ ”

    “extremely productive and student oriented” faculty who provide “exceptional learning experiences ” for students ACEJMC Accreditation Team (2018)

  • #1

    Best Average Finish in Big Ten and Northeast, Hearst Journalism Awards Program, 2007-2019 (Three consecutive national championships, 2012-2014.)

  • A-List

    Education A-List (PRNEWS, 2022)

  • Top Five

    Outstanding Education Program (PRWeek, 2019)

  • Top Ten

    Top Journalism Schools - #8 (, 2019)

  • 350

    for-credit internships completed each year

  • “ ”

    “this self-proclaimed ‘student-centered’ College lives up to this promise.” (ACEJMC Accreditation Team, 2013)

  • 201

    internship and scholarship funds to support Bellisario College students

  • #21

    entrepreneurial education programs (Princeton Review, 2021)

Diversity Statement

Bellisario College of Communications Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence"
(July 2016)

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
-- Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Delcartion of Human Rights

The Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications recognizes that humanity includes people with diverse identieis as they relate to gender, race, ethnicity, condition of ability and sexual orientation, and that each individual is unique. We believe that equitable access to media and communications technologies is essential. Everyone has the right to acquire information and be heard.

Communication professionals should understand and reflect the diversity and complexity of people, perspectives and beliefs in a global society. We are committed to equity and inclusion within our programs and among our faculty, staff, and students. We strive to reinforce inclusive excellence in media and in communiction technologies through our teaching, research, and service.

  • We will maintain an environment of respect and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, and members of the communities we serve;
  • We will foster an environment that supports the expression of diverse points of view;
  • We will provide curricula, programs and environments to students, faculty and staff that reflect the diversity of our communities, promote multicultural awareness, and challenge opression;
  • We will ensure equitable access to our facilities, programs, resources, and services, and that our policies and practices reinforce our values;
  • We will design our hiring and promotion practices and review procedures to attract, retain, and develop diverse talented faculty and staff; and
  • We will address and remedy unfair disparities in areas such as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.