Location: University Park, PA
Average Tuition: $16,000 (but this varies widely depending on major and residency)
•Various programs (including advertising/PR programs, journalism, media studies and integrated programs) at the College of Communications and College of Arts & Architecture.
•Seasonal career fairs.
•There’s a large online “Career Network.”
•The College of Communications has hosted a large career event for the past nine years in NYC called “Success in the City” which dozens of recruiters (like Hearst and multiple PR companies) attend.
•Advertising students finish highly placed in region-wide competitions (in 2011 they did a campaign for JC Penney to try to reposition the brand for the 25- to 34-year-old audience.)
•There’s a student run life and style magazine called Valley Magazine.
•It’s close enough to NYC that the school can help facilitate internships with magazines and companies there.
•The WSJ listed it as the number one school chosen by recruiters for its “bright, well-rounded students…with the core competencies we desire.”
Companies That Have Hired Grads:
•Elle (2% of 275 employees)
•BPCM Public Relations (6% of 60 employees)
•Macy’s (1% of 21,300 employees)
•Plus jobs/internships at: Glamour, Hearst, Armani Exchange, boutique PR firms
Notable Alum/Former Students:
•Jayne Jamison (VP and publisher of Seventeen)
•Margaret Carlson, Time magazine’s first female columnist
•Various clothing company CEO’s