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SOC by the Numbers

Welcome to the School of Communication's public accountability page. Here you will find information on retention and graduation rates of students in our degree programs. In the School of Communication, you will be both supported and challenged. A careful balance of challenge and support equals success for our students - and our numbers prove it.

Undergraduate Retention Rates
Undergraduate Graduation Rates
ACEJMC Accredited Undergraduate Program Rates
Graduate Retention Rates
Graduate Graduation Rates

Undergraduate Retention Rates

Rates are based on the academic program of students at the point they began their career at AU. Many students change their academic program/major during their time at AU.

Fall 2011 Entering Full-Time Freshmen Cohort

 

Entering
Fall 2011
1-Year
Retention
2-Year
Retention*
 Communication Studies
2
100%
100%
 Film and Media Arts
26
100%
89%
 Foreign Language & Communication Media
7
86%
86%
 Journalism
59
90%
85%
 Public Communication
32
84%
84%
 Undeclared in SOC
61
93%
89%
 Total
187
91%
87%
 *As of 9/3/2013 and subject to change until Fall 2013 Census Date.
Fall 2010 Entering Full-Time Freshmen Cohort
 
Entering
Fall 2010
1-Year
Retention Rate
2-Year
Retention Rate
3-Year
Retention + Grad Rate*
 Communication Studies
8
75%
75%
75%
 Film and Media Arts
34
85%
79%
79%
 Foreign Language & Communication Media
3
67%
67%
67%
 Journalism
69
88%
81%
77%
 Public Communication
10
90%
80%
80%
 Undeclared in SOC
44
91%
84%
86%
 Total
168
88%
81%
80%
 *As of 9/3/2013 and subject to change until Fall 2013 Census Date.
Fall 2009 Entering Full-Time Freshmen Cohort
 
Entering
Fall 2009
1-Year
Retention Rate
2-Year
Retention Rate
3-Year
Retention Rate+ Grad Rate
4-Year
Retention Rate + Grad Rate*
 Communication Studies
4
100%
75%
75%
75%
 Film and Media Arts
25
88%
88%
88%
80%
 Foreign Language & Communication Media
6
83%
83%
67%
67%
 Journalism
73
93%
86%
86%
82%
 Public Communication
9
100%
100%
100%
100%
 Undeclared in SOC
53
94%
91%
89%
83%
 Total
170
93%
88%
87%
82%
 *As of 9/3/2013 and subject to change until Fall 2013 Census Date.

Undergraduate Graduation Rates

Rates are based on the academic program of students at the point they began their career at AU. Many students change their academic program/major during their time at AU.

Fall 2009 Entering Full-Time Freshmen Cohort
 
Number Entering
3-Year Graduation Rate
4-Year Graduation Rate
5-Year Graduation Rate
6-Year Graduation Rate
 Communication Studies
4
0%
75%
?
?
 Film and Media Arts
25
0%
72%
?
?
 Foreign Language & Communication Media
6
0%
67%
?
?
 Journalism
73
0%
81%
?
?
 Public Communication
9
0%
89%
?
?
 Undecided in SOC
53
2%
77%
?
?
 Total
170
1%
78%
?
?
Fall 2008 Entering Full-Time Freshmen Cohort
 
Number Entering
3-Year
Graduation Rate
4-Year
Graduation Rate
5-Year
Graduation Rate
6-Year
Graduation Rate
 Communication Studies
5
0%
100%
100%
?
 Film and Media Arts
14
0%
50%
64%
?
 Foreign Language & Communication Media
9
0%
78%
89%
?
 Journalism
60
5%
77%
78%
?
 Public Communication
22
5%
77%
82%
?
 Undecided in SOC
46
2%
80%
87%
?
 Total
156
3%
76%
81%
?
Fall 2007 Entering Full-Time Freshmen Cohort
 
Number Entering
3-Year
Graduation Rate
4-Year
Graduation Rate
5-Year
Graduation Rate
6-Year
Graduation Rate
 Communication Studies
9
0%
78%
78%
78%
 Film and Media Arts
13
8%
69%
77%
77%
 Foreign Language & Communication Media
10
10%
60%
70%
70%
 Journalism
44
2%
77%
80%
82%
 Public Communication
12
25%
92%
100%
100%
 Undecided in SOC
37
0%
87%
87%
87%
 Total
125
5%
79%
82%
83%

ACEJMC Accredited Undergraduate Programs: Additional Data

The charts below include additional information about journalism and public communication, the undergraduate SOC programs accredited by ACEJMC (Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication). The AU School of Communication is required by ACEJMC to make this specific information available to the public. 

The two charts below only track students who were declared as a journalism or public communication major at the point they originally enrolled in classes at AU, displaying the number of those original students who then continued and/or graduated as the same major they declared when originally enrolled. Students who changed their major are not counted in the retention or graduation numbers after they switched. Students who switched to journalism and public communication after first enrolling in classes are not included below. 

The numbers represented in the charts below are small because a large number of AU students change or declare their major after first enrolling in classes. Additionally, many students start as an undecided major or undecided within the School of Communication. We encourage and assist students as they explore interests, abilities, and values. We guide students as they learn healthy goal setting and decision making techniques, which often lead to declaring or changing the academic major to better align with interests, abilities, values, and goals.

Journalism (Undergraduate)

Full-Time Freshmen
Entering Semester
Number of Students Entering as Journalism Majors
Number of Original Journalism Majors Retained to their Second Year as a Journalism Major
Number of Original Journalism Majors Graduating in Four Years as a Journalism Major
 Fall 2011
59
32
N/A
 Fall 2010
69
45
N/A
 Fall 2009
73
48
29
 Fall 2008
60
39
18
 Fall 2007
44
28
19
Public Communication (Undergraduate)

Full-Time Freshmen
Entering Semester
Number of Students Entering as Public Communication Majors
Number of Original Public Communication Majors Retained to their Second Year as a Public Communication Major
Number of Original Public Communication Majors Graduating in Four Years as a Public Communication Major
 Fall 2011
32
19
N/A
 Fall 2010
10
6
N/A
 Fall 2009
9
6
4
 Fall 2008
22
17
13
 Fall 2007
12
7
4

Graduate Retention Rates

Rates are based on the academic program of students at the point they began their career at AU.


 Fall 2012 Entering Graduate Students
 
Entering Fall 2012
1-Year Retention + Grad Rate
 Film and Electronic Media (MFA, three years)
20
85%
 Film and Video (two years)
25
84%
 International Media (two years)
9
89%
 Broadcast Journalism (11 months)
11
100%
 Interactive Journalism (weekend, 20 months)
15
87%
 Print Journalism (11 months)
9
78%
 Media Entrepreneurship
9
78%
 Political Communication (two years)
9
100%
 Public Communication (11 months)
46
91%
 Public Communication (Weekend Program)
21
100%
 Producing for Film and Video (weekend, 20 months)
17
94%
 Total
191
91%
Fall 2011 Entering Graduate Students
 
Entering Fall 2011
1-Year Retention + Grad Rate
2-Year Retention + Grad Rate
 Film and Electronic Media (MFA, three years)
17
100%
88%
 Film and Video (two years)
22
95%
95%
 International Media (two years)
11
91%
73%
 Broadcast Journalism (11 months)
11
91%
91%
 Interactive Journalism (weekend, 20 months)
17
82%
82%
 Print Journalism (11 months)
11
100%
100%
 Political Communication (two years)
9
89%
89%
 Public Communication (11 months)
53
96%
96%
 Public Communication (weekend, 20 months)
18
100%
100%
 Producing for Film and Video (weekend, 20 months)
18
83%
72%
 Total
187
94%
91%
*As of 7/31/2013 and subject to change until Fall 2013 Census Date.
Fall 2010 Entering Graduate Students
 
Entering Fall 2010
1-Year Retention + Grad Rate
2-Year Retention+ Grad Rate
3-Year Retention + Grad Rate*
 Film and Electronic Media (MFA, three years)
21
95%
86%
86%
 Film and Video (two years)
22
82%
82%
68%
 International Media (two years)
11
82%
82%
73%
 Broadcast Journalism (11 months)
19
89%
89%
89%
 Interactive Journalism (weekend, 20 months)
22
86%
86%
86%
 Print Journalism (11 months)
18
94%
94%
94%
 Political Communication (two years)
5
80%
80%
80%
 Public Communication (11 months)
52
96%
94%
94%
 Public Communication (weekend, 20 months)
20
95%
95%
95%
 Producing for Film and Video (weekend, 20 months)
20
85%
95%
90%
 Total
210
90%
90%
89%
*As of 7/31/2013 and subject to change until Fall 2013 Census Date.
Fall 2009 Entering Graduate Students
 
Entering Fall 2009
1-Year Retention Rate + Grad Rate
2-Year Retention Rate + Grad Rate
3-Year Retention Rate+ Grad Rate
4-Year Retention Rate + Grad Rate*
 Film and Electronic Media (MFA, three years)
18
100%
94%
100%
100%
 Film and Video (two years)
25
85%
78%
81%
63%
 International Media (two years)
6
83%
67%
83%
67%
 Broadcast Journalism (11 months)
19
100%
100%
100%
100%
 Interactive Journalism (weekend, 20 months)
21
86%
81%
81%
81%
 Print Journalism (11 months)
16
100%
100%
100%
100%
 Public Communication (11 months)
60
97%
97%
97%
97%
 Public Communication (weekend, 20 months)
19
100%
89%
89%
89%
 Producing for Film and Video (weekend, 20 months)
20
85%
85%
70%
70%
 Total
204
95%
92%
92%
90%
*As of 7/31/2013 and subject to change until Fall 2013 Census Date.

Graduate Graduation Rates

Rates are cumulative.


 Fall 2011 Entering Full-Time Graduate Students
 
Number Entering
1-Year Graduation Rate
2-Year Graduation Rate*
3-Year Graduation Rate
4-Year Graduation Rate
 Film and Electronic Media (MFA, three years)
17
6%
6%
-
-
 Film and Video (two years)
22
14%
23%
-
-
 International Media (two years)
11
0%
55%
-
-
 Broadcast Journalism (11 months)
11
81%
91%
-
-
 Interactive Journalism (weekend, 20 months)
17
0%
76%
-
-
 Print Journalism (11 months)
11
100%
100%
-
-
 Political Communication (two years)
9
0%
89%
-
-
 Public Communication (11 months)
53
83%
96%
-
-
 Public Communication (weekend, 20 months)
18
0%
100%
-
-
 Producing for Film and Video (weekend, 20 months)
18
0%
22%
-
-
 Total 
187
36%
68%
-
-
*Spring 2013 Clearance is ongoing. Grad Rates usually include summer clearance therefore this data is subject to change at end of summer 2013.
Fall 2010 Entering Full-Time Graduate Students
 
Number Entering
1-Year Graduation Rate
2-Year Graduation Rate*
3-Year Graduation Rate
4-Year Graduation Rate
 Film and Electronic Media (MFA, three years)
21
24%
29%
38%
-
 Film and Video (two years)
22
5%
36%
50%
-
 International Media (two years)
11
0%
55%
82%
-
 Broadcast Journalism (11 months)
19
89%
89%
89%
-
 Interactive Journalism (weekend, 20 months)
22
0%
86%
86%
-
 Print Journalism (11 months)
18
94%
94%
94%
-
 Political Communication (two years)
5
20%
60%
80%
-
 Public Communication (11 months)
52
81%
94%
94%
-
 Public Communication (weekend, 20 months)
20
0%
95%
95%
-
 Producing for Film and Video (weekend, 20 months)
20
0%
85%
90%
-
 Total 
210
40%
77%
81%
-
*Spring 2013 Clearance is ongoing. Grad Rates usually include summer clearance therefore this data is subject to change at end of summer 2013.
Fall 2009 Entering Full-Time Graduate Students
 
Number Entering
1-Year Graduation Rate
2-Year Graduation Rate*
3-Year Graduation Rate
4-Year Graduation Rate
 Film and Electronic Media (MFA, three years)
18
6%
39%
78%
94%
 Film and Video (two years)
25
8%
28%
56%
56%
 International Media (two years)
6
0%
50%
67%
67%
 Broadcast Journalism (11 months)
19
100%
100%
100%
100%
 Interactive Journalism (weekend, 20 months)
21
0%
86%
86%
86%
 Print Journalism (11 months)
16
100%
100%
100%
100%
 Public Communication (11 months)
60
82%
97%
97%
97%
 Public Communication (weekend, 20 months)
19
0%
84%
89%
89%
 Producing for Film and Video (weekend, 20 months)
20
10%
65%
70%
70%
 Total 
204
44%
76%
85%
86%
*Spring 2013 Clearance is ongoing. Grad Rates usually include summer clearance therefore this data is subject to change at end of summer 2013.
Fall 2008 Entering Full-Time Graduate Students
 
Number Entering
1-Year Graduation Rate
2-Year Graduation Rate
3-Year Graduation Rate
4-Year Graduation Rate*
 Film and Electronic Media (MFA, three years)
16
0%
0%
75%
81%
 Film and Video (two years)
22
0%
32%
55%
59%
 International Media (two years)
3
0%
100%
100%
100%
 Broadcast Journalism (11 months)
10
70%
70%
70%
70%
 Interactive Journalism (weekend, 20 months)
18
0%
83%
83%
83%
 Print Journalism (11 months)
17
71%
82%
82%
82%
 News Media Studies
4
0%
100%
100%
100%
 Public Communication (11 months)
52
81%
88%
88%
88%
 Public Communication (weekend, 20 months)
19
0%
89%
89%
89%
 Producing for Film and Video (weekend, 20 months)
22
0%
77%
77%
77%
 Total 
183
33%
71%
80%
82%
*Spring 2013 Clearance is ongoing. Grad Rates usually include summer clearance therefore this data is subject to change at end of summer 2013.