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2023 Journalism Popularity

There are about 33,711 students enrolled in Journalism in the USA.

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Journalism is the 37th most popular degree in America, with 12,988 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #38 Early Childhood Education and Teaching, and narrowly lost to #36 General Studies.

The degree is offered at a total of 392 colleges across the nation, and is the 58th most widely offered degree. It is only offered at 18% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America.

It is also worth noting that narrowly under 5/8 of colleges offering journalism are public making it a quite accessible field.

The southeast produces the most journalism graduates, largely led by Georgia State University, while it’s the Big Ten Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from California State University-Long Beach and California State University-Northridge.

All that being said, no individual school produces more journalism graduates than Cochise County Community College District, which graduated 533 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 journalism). More students studied journalism as a percentage of total students at Rust College than any other college.

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