JMC Facts

The A. Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications is now in its second century of training media and strategic communications professionals. Our alumni are everywhere, and our programs continue to grow and expand as we continue to meet the demands of a dynamic media industry.

Here are some “quick facts” about our program:

  • The Miller School is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.
  • K-State’s first journalism curriculum in 1910 was called “industrial journalism” and featured classes in reporting, editing and writing to support existing programs in agriculture, home economics and business.
  • K-State students work in award-winning student media operations, including the Collegian, the Royal Purple yearbook, KSDB-FM 91.9, KKSU-TV Channel 8 News, and the Take Flight Advertising and Public Relations agency.
  • Students can choose to major in Advertising, Journalism/Digital Media and Public Relations.
  • The Miller School’s Master of Science in Mass Communications includes specialization in community media, strategic communications and risk, crisis and health communication.
  • Advertising Club, Public Relations Student Society of America, Diverse Mass Communicators and the Society of Professional Journalists are organizations for JMC students at K-State.
  • Miller School faculty members provide hands-on experience and incorporate their research into the classes they teach.
  • The Miller School houses the national Journalism Education Association and the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media.
  • Famous Miller School alumni include White House Photographer Pete Souza, former Presidential Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater, WKRP in Cincinnati star Gordon Jump and 1950s rock and roll record producer Jerry Wexler, who coined the phrase “rhythm and blues.”
  • A new international seminar in Costa Rica focuses on the country's unique public-private tourism partnership, which works to preserve Costa Rica's unique ecosystem of beaches and rain forests.
  • Another international seminar in the United Kingdom studies international public relations practice in a variety of settings, including public affairs, tourism, and corporate communication in northwest England, including Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, and Chester.

Miller School Retention Rates

Miller School faculty members value their relationships with students.  Of course, not every student who enters our program will remain a JMC major.  But our goal is to provide a friendly, supportive atmosphere, excellent instruction and quality student advising. Over the past five years, we have invested heavily in our efforts to improve our student retention, as evidenced in our retention statistics:

 First YearSecond YearThird Year
Entering classKSUJMCKSUJMCKSUJMC
Fall 200777.8%79.5%70.6%74.0%66.4%67.7%
Fall 200879.2%79.2%71.5%70.1%67.2%63.3%
Fall 200981.0%83.0%74.1%74.5%68.7%70.2%
Fall 201081.8%78.5%74.4%69.9%  
Fall 201180.3%85.4%    
  • Retention rates show the percentage of freshmen who continue to enroll at Kansas State University or within the School of Journalism and Mass Communications in subsequent fall semesters after they begin coursework.
  • Percentages include all Miller School majors and pre-majors.

Miller School Graduation Rates

The goal, of course, is to ensure that our students advance through our program in a timely manner towards graduation.  Students who join our program as freshmen and who take their courses as prescribed can easily graduate in four years.  But we do find that many students take longer than four years to complete their degrees, as evidenced by recent graduation data.

 Third YearFourth YearFifth Year
Entering ClassKSUJMCKSUJMCKSUJMC
Fall 20071.0%3.2%26.7%38.6%53.2%62.2%
Fall 20081.0%2.5%27.7%39.2%  
Fall 20091.3%2.1%    
  • Graduation rates show the percentage of freshmen who enroll within the School of Journalism and Mass Communications or Kansas State University and eventually graduate. JMC numbers do not reflect graduation rates of students who transfer into the major from another institution or from another department at Kansas State University.
  • Percentages include all JMC majors.

Miller School Undergraduate Enrollment

Our student media operations and professional organizations, coupled with the reputation of our faculty and the overall atmosphere of our School, have resulted in a growth in the number of majors, as evidenced by our three-year enrollment figures:

 Fall 2010Fall 2011Fall 2012
Pre-major253300316
Advertising676488
Journalism/Print373018
Journalism/Electronic614538
Public Relations107113146 
Total525552606

Miller School Diversity

Miller School students come from varied backgrounds, and while most of our students are Kansans, we find that students from across the United States and around the world are increasingly coming to Manhattan to study with us.  Here is a breakdown of the ethnic origins of our student body:

 201020112012
Black293520
Hispanic201022
Asian and Pacific Islander15516
American Indian/Alaskan-American562
White332448354
More than one race10717
Other51416
Unspecified10927159
International000

Miller School Scholarships

The Miller School is blessed with a large and loyal alumni base. Many of our graduates have made generous contributions to JMC Scholarship Fund, as evidenced by our scholarship awards over the past three years:

Undergraduate Scholarships2011-20122012-2013
Total Amount Awarded$101,600$97,450
Number of Scholarships Awarded13574
  • Some students receive two or three scholarships from the Miller School in a single academic year.

Miller School Internships

One of the hallmarks of our curriculum is our long-established internship program. Miller School interns have worked in and developed contacts in media and strategic communications firms in markets large and small across the country and in several countries around the world.  

 SpringSummerFallTotal
201014451978
201119342073
2012 22292273

Miller School Placement

Our media operations, internships, international education opportunities and career advising are all designed to help our students get the jobs in this field when they graduate. Most of our graduates find employment, and most of them are employed in media-related professions:

 Percentage EmployedStarting Salary of EmployedPercentage Continuing Education
2010 Graduates72%$30,27611%
2011 Graduates75%$30,71612%
2012 Graduates81%$32,7819%