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2023 Advertising Popularity

There are about 8,967 students enrolled in Advertising in the USA.

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Advertising is the 85th most popular degree in America, with 4,801 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #86 Geography and Cartography, and narrowly lost to #84 Cinematography.

The degree is offered at a total of 100 colleges across the nation, and is the 165th most widely offered degree. It is only offered at 5% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America.

It is also worth noting that 53% of colleges offering advertising are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The great lakes produces the most advertising graduates, largely led by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, while it’s the Big Ten Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, Michigan ranks highest, with particular help from Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University.

All that being said, no individual school produces more advertising graduates than American River College, which graduated 496 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study advertising). More students studied advertising as a percentage of total students at Fashion Institute of Technology than any other college.

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