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

  • #1

    Graduates rated by recruiters The Top 25 Recruiter Picks, Wall Street Journal, Sept. 12, 2010

  • #8

    Best Colleges Rankings (public universities) U.S. News & World Report, 2014

  • “. . . outstanding faculty and students. . . ” ACEJMC Accreditation Team (2013)

  • #1

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

  • #2

    Top Journalism Schools, CollegeMagazine.com, 2014

  • 600

    For-Credit Internships Completed Each Year

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

  • #2

    Colleges with Best Career Services CollegeMagazine.com, 2014

  • 300

    Study-Abroad Options in 50 Countries

  • 110

    Endowed Scholarship Funds for Students

  • Top Ten

    School for Fashion Journalism, PR, Marketing & More Combined Writing/Broadcast, 2007-08

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    "Broad majors, strong curriculum." Recruiter Comment Cream of the Crop, Wall Street Journal, Sept. 12, 2010

  • #8

    Library in North America Association of Research Libraries

  • #49

    University in the World Ranking Thomson Reuters World University Rankings for 2013-14

  • #5

    Fittest Colleges The Active Times, 2014

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    Best Values in Public Colleges Kiplinger's Personal Finance, 2013-14