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The school is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Fewer than 25 percent of the nation’s approximately 420 undergraduate journalism and mass communication programs have achieved this status.

Information about ACEJMC accreditation can be found at the ACEJMC website.

ACEJMC invites all students and other persons to report incidents in which they can present evidence that a unit has violated accreditation standards. Such reports should be addressed to: ACEJMC, School of Journalism, Stauffer-Flint Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 66045.


ACEJMC requires its accredited programs to report to the public retention and graduation rates, as well as other relevant information about student achievement. This information must be updated by Aug. 15 each year. Following is the most recent student achievement information available for the Drake SJMC.


Retention rates of entering first-year students

Entering classDrake overallSJMC
2015-16 88.4% 85.7%


Four-year completion rates

Entering classDrake overallSJMC
2010 67.95% 69.84%


Fall semester SJMC enrollment

(only students declaring first majors in SJMC)

Undergraduate Full-time 288
  Part-time 13
  Total 301
Graduate Full-time 0
  Part-time 19
  Total 19


In addition, about half of SJMC students also receive another major or degree in a second academic unit, such as Arts and Sciences or the College of Business and Public Administration.