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 the largest accredited program of its kind in the nation, students can find a place where they can fit and succeed.

Marie Hardin, Interim Dean of the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, standing inside the Carnegie Building.

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-Video 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.

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

  • #1

    Three Consecutive National Championships, Hearst Journalism Awards Program, 2012-13-14


    Top Journalism Schools - #8 CollegeMagazine.com, 2019

  • 450

    450 For-Credit Internships Completed Each Year

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

  • 360

    360 Study-Abroad Options in 50 Countries

  • 110

    110 Endowed Scholarship Funds for Students

  • Top Ten

    Top Ten School for Fashion Journalism, PR, Marketing & More Fashionista, 2012