2022 Best Colleges for Photojournalism

118

Graduates Per Year

$48K

Average Salary

#370

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Very Unpopular

118

98% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

23

88% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

369

Drama and Dance Teacher Education

122

370

Photojournalism

118

371

Russian Studies

108

Cost

Somewhat Affordable

$26,553

17% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

259

Clinical Nutrition Services

$26,709

260

Photojournalism

$26,553

261

Physical Education

$26,549

Salary

Average Salary

$34,772

10% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

197

Health and Wellness

$34,844

198

Photojournalism

$34,772

199

Journalism

$34,772

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TOP

50

Professors

Very Good

4.5/5

12.5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

33

Applied Physics

34

Photojournalism

35

Conservation Biology

Students

Not Very Diverse

3.4/5

6.4% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

271

Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations

272

Photojournalism

273

Physical Education

SUMMARY

A degree in Photojournalism is a valuable choice and frequently a mandatory first step for students endeavoring to pursue a career as a photojournalist, an investigative reporter, or a content producer. In fact, photojournalism is an uncommon degree coming in at the 370th most popular major. Last academic year alone, there were 118 photojournalism diplomas received. In-state tuition for photojournalism at private colleges is, on average, 3.9 times more expensive than their public rivals.

With just 23 institutions having programs for photojournalism you might have a more finite list of the institutions that will have an option for you. If you're hoping to surround yourself with other photojournalism undergraduates, look at institutions in Ohio which have more undergraduates admitted to photojournalism than any other state. Zooming out, the best region to pursue photojournalism is in the Great Lakes region with Columbia College Chicago, Central Michigan University, and Ohio University-Main Campus best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the top conference to major in photojournalism is the Mid-American Conference with Central Michigan University, Kent State University at Kent, and Ohio University-Main Campus representing the conference. That being said, our selection for the best school for photojournalism is Syracuse University, and here you can find our comprehensive list for the best colleges.

The overall 'best' school does not have to be the 'best' school for every student. There can be tons more factors to weigh when selecting school. Features like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might definitely refashion your choice on where to go to college. Here at Authority, we have evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you want to know which photojournalism university boasts the top college campus, the winner is Syracuse University. If you are very interested in which university boasts the best campus, we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, government databases, student reviews, and more in order to compare each major in an unbiased and informative way. You can find our well researched list for the schools with the best student life here and our choice of the college with the best student life for photojournalism is Syracuse University. Are you curious why? Keep scrolling to find out more about our top selections. Some of our conclusions just might surprise you.

If expense is a primary deciding factor in your decisions, you might consider avoiding Syracuse University. Syracuse University is our most expensive college for photojournalism, at least regarding out of state students. We do have an entire list of the most expensive colleges that could put the expense at Syracuse University into perspective. For more context, you might want to know that photojournalism is the 260th most expensive major in the US, with an average cost of $26,600. To zoom out a little, the most expensive state for photojournalism on our list is New York with costs at the main two schools St John's University-New York and Syracuse University of $41,378 and $50,616 respectively. Even more broadly, the most expensive region for photojournalism is the Mid East region which is best demonstrated with St John's University-New York with a cost of $41,378, Syracuse University with a cost of $50,616, and Widener University with a cost of $46,378.

Our cheapest region for photojournalism is the Southwest region which is represented by University of Central Oklahoma with a cost of $17,573. More optimistically, the most affordable college for photojournalism is University of Central Oklahoma. Authority's entire list of the most affordable universities can be found here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying around $11,000 for a degree in photojournalism. The price inflates substantially to a median of $22,900 for an out-of-state public-school undergrad. On that note, our selection for the college representing the best value for photojournalism: Syracuse University. On this page you will find our comprehensive list on the universities we see as being the best value in general. Do know, this section is predicated on out-of-state tuition costs. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition costs are considered, but we do not know in which states any one student has residency.

Earnings for photojournalism majors vary a lot, but two years after graduation students will typically make around $48,200. While there can be much variation in earnings; highest paid earners can experience pay up to $89,700. Right out of college, the minimum earning positions within the photojournalism field make $26,100, which could be worse. The highest earning graduates for photojournalism have come from Syracuse University and if you want to find the schools with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The prevailing diversity of photojournalism is subpar, falling within the 31st percentile of majors nationally. The college with the most composite diversity for photojournalism is St John's University-New York and here you can find our comprehensive list of the universities which have the most diversity. The financial diversity of Photojournalism ranks only in the 10th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, ranking in the 28th percentile. White students make up the largest share, 71%, of students majoring in photojournalism. Additionally, 69% of students seeking a photojournalism major are women.

The median score of photojournalism's professors is 4.5 stars, a rating which is 13% better than the average score for all majors; which is a pretty good ranking. If you are looking for the most popular photojournalism instructor in the country, look no further than Jeanette Male at City College of San Francisco. It might come as a shock, but the top ranked professors for photojournalism according to students are at City College of San Francisco. If we including data other than simply rankings it becomes clear that the school possessing the best instructors for photojournalism is St John's University-New York. One can find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, as well as some of the finest professors in the U.S.

Finally, the hardest school to get into for photojournalism is Syracuse University. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we do have a comprehensive list of the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we hope you understand that considering academics from examples primarily formed from superlatives can create issues. We at Authority encourage you to look at some of our other pages on different colleges and peruse some of Authority's helpful background articles on useful things to look for as you continue your school search.

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Widener University

#1 Best Colleges for Photojournalism

Widener University is a mid-sized private university located in Chester, PA ranked 40th in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 3,546 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 71.9% of applicants. Widener University offers 162 different majors and is best known for its Photojournalism, Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, and Business Statistics programs (nationally ranked 1st, 5th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $46,378 per year, Widener University is exceptionally expensive. 54.52% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to make close to $53,400 per year, which is 29% above the national median.

Chester, PA

www.widener.edu

B

Rating

72%

Acceptance

7,471

Students

#540

Ranking

$46,378

Tuition

Syracuse University

#2 Best Colleges for Photojournalism

Syracuse University is a very large private university located in Syracuse, NY ranked 109th in the US. It has a total of 28,546 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 44.38% of applicants. Syracuse University offers 368 different majors and is best known for its Broadcast Journalism, Public Administration, and Photojournalism programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,210 per year, Syracuse University is very expensive. 77.41% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn close to $62,100 per year, which is 50% greater than the national median.

Syracuse, NY

https://www.syracuse.edu

A

Rating

44%

Acceptance

38,110

Students

#109

Ranking

$52,210

Tuition

St John's University-New York

#3 Best Colleges for Photojournalism

St John's University-New York is a very large private university located in Queens, NY ranked 47th in New York. It has a total of 18,300 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 72.34% of applicants. St John's University-New York offers 181 different majors and is best known for its Photojournalism, Physician Assistant Studies, and Mathematics Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $41,900 per year, St John's University-New York is rather pricey. 53.91% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn near $55,200 per year, which is 33% over the national median.

Queens, NY

www.stjohns.edu

B+

Rating

72%

Acceptance

23,679

Students

#351

Ranking

$41,900

Tuition

Ohio University-Main Campus

#4 Best Colleges for Photojournalism

Ohio University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Athens, OH ranked 47th in Ohio. It has a total of 26,046 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 82.07% acceptance rate. Ohio University-Main Campus offers 350 different majors and is best known for its Customer Service Management, Photojournalism, and European Studies programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,612 for students from Ohio and $22,406 for those from out-of-state, Ohio University-Main Campus is somewhat moderately costly. 47.53% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make around $40,500 per year, which is 2% under the national median.

Athens, OH

https://www.ohio.edu

C+

Rating

82%

Acceptance

33,920

Students

#1042

Ranking

$22,406

Tuition

University of Central Oklahoma

#5 Best Colleges for Photojournalism

University of Central Oklahoma is a large public institution located in Edmond, OK ranked 15th in Oklahoma. It has a total of 16,093 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 84.1% acceptance rate. University of Central Oklahoma offers 183 different majors and is best known for its Photojournalism, Drama and Dance Teacher Education, and Selling Skills and Sales Operations programs (nationally ranked 5th, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,686 for students from Oklahoma and $17,573 for those from out-of-state, University of Central Oklahoma is reasonably priced. 40.67% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to generate close to $38,800 per year, which is 7% less than the national median.

Edmond, OK

https://www.uco.edu

C

Rating

84%

Acceptance

17,985

Students

#1461

Ranking

$17,573

Tuition

Central Michigan University

#6 Best Colleges for Photojournalism

Central Michigan University is a large public university located in Mount Pleasant, MI ranked 19th in Michigan. It has a total of 17,975 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 69.51% acceptance rate. Central Michigan University offers 235 different majors and is best known for its Photojournalism, Family Systems, and Recreational Therapy programs (nationally ranked 6th, 10th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,510 for in-state students and $23,670 for those from out-of-state, Central Michigan University is reasonably costly. 56.42% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, entering the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to generate around $41,900 per year, which is 1% above the national median.

Mount Pleasant, MI

https://www.cmich.edu

C+

Rating

70%

Acceptance

24,917

Students

#879

Ranking

$23,670

Tuition

Western Kentucky University

#7 Best Colleges for Photojournalism

Western Kentucky University is a large public college located in Bowling Green, KY ranked 26th in Kentucky. It has a total of 20,024 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 97.26% of applicants. Western Kentucky University offers 251 different majors and is best known for its Home Economics Teacher Education, Photojournalism, and Critical Theory and Analysis programs (nationally ranked 5th, 7th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,802 for students from Kentucky and $26,496 for those from out-of-state, Western Kentucky University is reasonably costly. 39.83% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate more or less $34,700 per year, which is 16% under the national median.

Bowling Green, KY

www.wku.edu

C-

Rating

97%

Acceptance

23,228

Students

#2071

Ranking

$26,496

Tuition

Columbia College Chicago

#8 Best Colleges for Photojournalism

Columbia College Chicago is a mid-sized private institution located in Chicago, IL ranked 63rd in Illinois. It has a total of 7,195 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 90.22% of applicants. Columbia College Chicago offers 74 different majors and is best known for its Theatre Management, Photojournalism, and Recording Arts Technology programs (nationally ranked 8th, 8th, and 12th respectively). With an annual tuition of $26,610 per year, Columbia College Chicago is somewhat moderately expensive. 46.92% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate around $34,400 per year, which is 17% below the national median.

Chicago, IL

www.colum.edu

C

Rating

90%

Acceptance

7,505

Students

#1585

Ranking

$26,610

Tuition