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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, 201 Bishop Hall, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848.


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
2016-17 86.7% 84.4%


Four-year completion rates 

Entering classDrake overallSJMC
2011 73% 74.1%

Fall semester 2017 SJMC enrollment

LevelStatusStudents with primary degree in SJMCAll SJMC majors and minors*
  Full-time 263  384 
  Part-time 13 
  Total 272  397 
Graduate Full-time     
  Part-time   17 **

* Typically about half or more of SJMC undergraduate students pursue a second or even third major or degree in another academic unit, such as the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Business and Public Administration. This table shows the number of students whose first major is in SJMC, and also students whose second or third major is in SJMC or who have an SJMC minor (that is, all the students that SJMC serves). 

** The SJMC phased out its on-campus Master of Communication Leadership program in fall 2017 and began an online Master of Arts in Communication in January 2018. There are currently about 44 students in the online program.