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By The Numbers

Three years of data for the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications regarding enrollment, graduation rates, student retention rates, scholarships and for-credit internships.

Enrollment

Major Fall 2020 Fall 2019 Fall 2018
AD/PR 547 616 646
Film-Video 120 122 147
Journalism 374 434 530
Media Studies 122 141 169
Telecommunications 355 356 351
Comm (Pre-majors) 892 900 791
Digital Journ/Media (WC) 72 55 30
Strat Comm (WC) 40 25 6
Total 2,522 2,649 2,670

*WC: Digital Journalism/Media and Strategic Communications degrees are offered only online via the World Campus.

Graduation Rates

Compared to Overall Penn State University Park Rates
  Four Year Five Year Six Year
Entering Class PSU Comm PSU Comm PSU Comm
2016 69.9% 82.5%        
2015 69.4% 77.1% 83.4% 83.6%    
2014 69.8% 77.8% 84.4% 85.9% 86.3% 86.54%
2013 67.6% 80.9% 83.7% 86.1% 85.8% 87.9%
2012 66.4% 85.0% 82.8% 88.6% 85.0% 89.7%

Student Retention Rates

Compared to Overall Penn State University Park Rates
  First Year Second Year Third Year
Entering Class PSU Comm PSU Comm PSU Comm
2019 92.2% 91.5%        
2018 93.6% 95.1% 88.6% 90.4%    
2017 93.0% 95.2% 88.2% 91.6% 84.9% 87.3%
2016 93.1% 93.2% 88.0% 86.4% 85.5% 86.4%
2015 93.2% 91.4% 88.6% 86.0% 86.2% 83.0%