Elon University, School of Communications

Elon University is a nationally recognized leader in engaged, experiential learning that prepares graduates to be creative, resilient, ambitious and ethical citizens of our global culture. At Elon, more than 7,000 students learn through hands-on experiences and close working relationships with faculty and staff who embrace a scholarly model built upon mentoring, collaboration and innovation. Central to this model are the five signature programs that comprise the Elon Experiences – study abroad, internships, undergraduate research, service and leadership.

Established in 2000, the Elon School of Communications inspires graduates to be thought leaders committed to the public good in this diverse, rapidly evolving landscape of digital communications. Teacher-scholars with decades of collective professional experience educate students studying cinema & television arts, communication design, journalism, media analytics, sport management and strategic communications.

The school’s quad serves as a 105,000-square-foot learning laboratory and brings together approximately 1,400 students and more than 80 faculty and staff. Facilities feature state-of-the-art television studios, video editing suites, classrooms and faculty offices, a movie theater, and a virtual studio with a green hard-wall cyclorama. The school has been touted by the Broadcast Education Association, PRNEWS, and Society for American Baseball Research for preparing industry-ready professionals who grasp the changing nature of communication, entertainment, news and sport. Alumni work worldwide at organizations such as Amazon, CNN, ESPN, Golin, NASCAR, Nike, The New York Times, Univision, and numerous other employers.
Since 2007, the school has housed the Sunshine Center, which serves as the educational arm of the NC Open Government Coalition, facilitating outreach efforts promoting the importance of government transparency. Additionally, in 2020, the school established the NC Local News Workshop, a statewide initiative that provides programming, resources and support for news organizations and journalists serving North Carolina communities.

The School of Communications is among 18 private colleges and universities accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Its Department of Sport Management earned accreditation in 2023 from the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation.

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