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2018-2019 Annual Report

This Annual Report provides a snapshot of the Bellisario College of Communications. In this brief recap, you get a sense of our global reach, world-class faculty, alumni engagement and abundance of student resources. We are an unquestioned educational destination for mass communications students.

Student marhsalls pose with lion shrine awards
Associate teaching professor John Beale teaching a group of Keystone Multimedia students
Two graduates in cap and gown smile for the camera.
Six journalism students gather on the hill above Howard J. Lamade Stadium while
	covering the Little League World Series
A group of students posing on set at FOX Sports
Students pose in front of a plane after landing in Poland for an international reporting course.

Classroom Instruction

Top-notch classroom instruction represents the core of our mission. In traditional and non-traditional settings, on campus or online, our award-winning faculty strive to serve students in ways that resonate most with them and lead to their success.

34 States and Territories Represented in the Class of 2019

23 Countries Represented in the Class of 2019

2,665 Enrollment in 2018-19

259 Students Completed an International Experience

915 Undergraduate Students Earned Degrees in 2018-19

  • of students from underrepresented groups

35 Countries Where Students Studied Abroad

Illustrated world map highlighting thrity five countries where Penn State students
	have studied abroad.

915 Undergraduate Students Earned Degrees in 2018-19

A student with headphones and a camera prepares to film a lecture.

Campus Media Opportunities

More than three dozen communications-related clubs and organizations offer students the chance to complement class work through networking or practical experience. From the Ad/PR Club and Student Film Organization to CommAgency, CommRadio and Valley Magazine, students in every major have opportunities to hone vital-career related skills outside the classroom.

1 Best All-Around News Magazine, 2018 National SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards

11 Consecutive Years that CommRadio has Broadcast from the NFL Draft on Location

39 Episodes produced of COMMversations, the College Podcast

96 countries reached by annual THON webcast driven by Bellisario College students

A student chats with a recruiter and an on-campus job fair.

Career Preparation

From the moment students step on campus, our internships and career services staff strives to help prepare them for a career. With a database of more than 3,800 internship sites, 35 years of combined experience, three communications-specific job fairs and numerous skill-specific sessions every year, their support of students is unrivaled.

395 For-credit Internships Completed

74 Companies Attending 9th Annual JobExpo.Comm on Campus Job Fair

32 Companies Attending Comm Careers in the Capital, Washington, D.C.

77 Companies Attending Success in the City, New York City

Headshot of Assistant Dean for Internships and Career Services, Bob Martin
“It’s not just how we set it up. It’s the students. It’s the caliber of students we’re putting in front of them. Plus, when you think about the cities that we are in striking distance of, it’s quite remarkable. You can drive to Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, D.C., Baltimore, New York, Philly — there’s seven right there within three hours, four hours max. Who else can say that? We want to continue providing as many internships and full-time, entry-level positions to our students in these cities where they are interested in starting their careers.” – Bob Martin, Assistant Dean for Internships and Career Services
A professor lectures in the classroom

Faculty Expertise

Bellisario College faculty members are award-winning teachers and internationally respected researchers and thought leaders. They thrive in the classroom, in labs, in “embedded courses” and as experts sought out by the media and potential collaborators.

10 Book Chapters

19 Creative Works Published

51 Journal Articles Produced

130 Professional Presentations

Alumni Ben Feller, former AP Chief White House Correspondent, during an on-campus lecture
Alumni gather at a networking event.

Alumni Support

The power of the Penn State network cannot be overlooked, and the commitment of Bellisario College alumni to supporting each other and students provides an example of that support on a daily basis. Our alumni enjoy interacting with each other and facilitating the success of fellow Penn Staters.

6 City-based Events

17 On-campus Events

1473 Alumni Attended Events

A group of graduate students posing at the Nittany Lion Shrine.

$2.86 Million in Support

Donors at every level make the success of Bellisario College students and faculty possible. In addition, many opportunities exist to ensure the continued success of our people and programs.

558 Gifts

280 Students Received Scholarship Support

“It’s one thing to write a check and share your time, but the most gratifying thing is what it leads to for the students. Being able to help in some way makes me proud.” – Marty Aronoff, who previously endowed a scholarship fund and in 2019 created funds for a broadcast news studio and a separate TV studio.
Alumni Marty Aronoff posing on campus
Old Main photographed on a spring day with blue skies and flowering trees.

Social Media Growth

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Dean Marie Hardin shows Donald and Vivienne Bellisario plans and blueprints for the new Donald
	P. Bellisario Media Center center construction.

Bellisario Media Center Update

Construction noise in the heart of the University Park campus this year was “the sound of progress,” according to the on-campus project manager for Donald P. Bellisario Media Center. The facility, which will revitalize the oldest part of Willard Building while attracting students and encouraging collaboration across disciplines, was announced in 2017 and has moved toward reality every day since.

Architectural rendering of the new Donald
	P. Bellisario Media Center