What is Communications?
Professionals in the fields of advertising/public relations, film-video, journalism, media studies and telecommunications share stories and shape perceptions. They help people learn about the world, make informed decisions and impact others.
Chase a Dream
A career in communications starts with an idea, followed by a plan and abundant hard work. We have the people and resources to support the growth of students as they chase their dreams and become communications professionals.
Make an Impact
Our graduates work at advertising agencies or as members of the news media. They're employed by Fortune 500 companies, impactful non-profit agencies, family businesses or as self employed consultants.
Wherever they are, creative and talented Penn State communications graduates make an impact.
"[Penn State's College of Communications produces] well-rounded students that have the core competencies we desire."
Recognizing that the best learning environments are not limited to classrooms, the College uses an interwoven three-pronged approach to prepare students to enter the professions or graduate school.
Envision the future you want with our demanding, hands-on curriculum, led by experienced faculty members.
Experience and create top-notch work through co-curricular opportunities right here on campus.
Excel and make important steps toward a career with internships and off-campus opportunities.
Twenty state-of-the-art labs in six buildings across campus. You'll learn on the same equipment and software used by professionals in the real world.
ComMedia Production Facility
24/7, state-of-the-art newsroom and multimedia production facility.
Labs & Studios
Dedicated spaces for film, photo, audio, and writing.
Sports Journalism Facilities
On-location space at the University's baseball stadium for reporting and broadcast experience.
We take student support seriously. Advising and career services are here to assist you with majors, courses, careers, study abroad and much more. Our Office of Multicultural Affairs also provides important services to students.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Are there scholarships available for incoming first-year students?
A limited number of scholarships exist for first-year students. However, the application deadline falls in mid-April before the academic year begins, so incoming students must apply early, be accepted and submit their scholarship application by that time.
Are there scholarships available for international students?
No scholarships are specifically earmarked for international students. At the same time, none are limited to U.S. residents. However, because all scholarships require completion of FAFSA (Free Application for Federal and State Aid), many international students are ineligible.
Classes & Scheduling
How do I schedule my classes?
Students may schedule classes online once they have been accepted and have received and activated their Penn State account.
Will someone help me with my schedule?
Ample assistance — in the form of recommended academic plans, online suggestions and knowledgable advisers always willing to work with students in person — exists to help students schedule their classes. Those guidelines and that expertise help students know how many and what variety of classes to take.