Timothy Peck 12 min read Applying to College, College Lists

The List of All U.S. Colleges With a Marketing/Advertising Major

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If your high schooler is the type of applicant who wonders what makes one institution more appealing to college-bound students than another and looks past grades, expected student outcomes, and location, focusing instead on the school’s branding—like its logo, website, and social media posts—then a marketing degree might be for them.

 

High school students with aspirations of studying marketing or advertising in college who are beginning to build their school lists are in luck. We’ve taken the first step for them by pulling together a comprehensive list of all the U.S. colleges that offer a marketing/advertising major. Keep reading to see all the U.S. Colleges that offer a degree in marketing/advertising, along with reasons why a student should pursue a marketing/advertising degree and a few tips for making your college pitch a winner.

 

Why Should You Study Marketing/Advertising in College?

 

One of the most appealing aspects of studying marketing is that it requires knowledge and understanding in a variety of fields. Good marketers are creatives who possess strong speaking skills, the ability to write clearly, communicate effectively, analyze statistics, and work within a team. Additionally, marketers have an understanding of people and society, and a grasp of what makes them react—either positively or negatively.

 

Another interesting facet of studying marketing is how rapidly the field is evolving. Students will learn the fundamentals of marketing and advertising in classic media outlets such as print and television, while also learning about its application in new media like websites, social media, and streaming services.

 

In fact, the explosion of new media is creating incredible opportunities for exciting careers and the chance to earn high wages for graduates of a marketing/advertising program. A study by the American Marketing Association showed that from 2016 to 2017, marketing salaries rose by 19%, far surpassing the 3% baseline. The salaries pushing the average up? Content strategists witnessed a 40% increase in that time, while social media manager wages grew by 20%.

 

For many students graduating with a marketing degree, there is a clear career path—marketing specialist to marketing coordinator to marketing manager. This career path has lower level positions managing parts of a campaign to more senior roles overseeing multiple campaigns and clients.

 

Marketing students who climb the corporate ladder can expect a bright future; according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage in 2018 for advertising and promotions managers was $117,130. Marketing managers earned even more on average, with a median wage of $134,290. The BLS doesn’t see these jobs disappearing anytime soon and projects above-average growth between 2016 and 2026.

 

How Can You Increase Your Chances of Acceptance?

 

The best thing a high school student can do to increase their odds of acceptance into their first-choice school is to maintain a strong GPA. Students can also bolster their college applications by taking challenging and relevant coursework like AP calculus, microeconomics, and macroeconomics. Taking any offered business classes also demonstrates a student’s desire to increase their knowledge in an area of interest.

 

Extracurricular activities are an important factor in a student’s branding, as they broaden the image college admissions officials have of a student, allowing them to see past GPA and standardized test scores. For students hoping to study marketing in college, participating in a club like DECA or The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a great way for high-school students to demonstrate an interest in business and begin building a peer-network with similar goals and aspirations.

 

Another extracurricular activity for students with an interest in new media is to start a blog or YouTube page. By doing this, a student will have real content to send to admissions officers, along with gaining the first-hand experience building an audience, working with SEO, and managing content. Get started by reading our article Starting Your Own Blog in High School.

 

If your student is interested in studying marketing at college and you want to make sure they get into the school of their choice, it’s never too early to begin. Our Early Advising Program is designed to help 9th and 10th graders build a strong college profile and make themselves more marketable to colleges by making sure they maintain the right GPA, take the right classes, and participate in extracurricular activities that admissions officers will notice.

 

If the marketing/advertising bug has bitten your high schooler in their junior year, you still have time to create a campaign that will wow an admissions office. Our College Strategy Program was created just for juniors, helping them use their remaining time in high school to create a application that pops by ensuring they’re engaged in the right extracurricular activities, acquiring meaningful and impactful letters of recommendation, and creating an impressive application.   

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Which Colleges Have a Marketing/Advertising Major?

 

Abilene Christian University | ACU
Adams State University
Adelphi University
Adrian College
Alabama A&M | AAMU
Alabama A&M University | AAMU
Alabama State University | ASU
Albany State University
Albertus Magnus College
Alderson Broaddus University | AB
Alfred State College
Alvernia University
American International College | AIC
Anderson University (Indiana)
Anderson University (South Carolina)
Andrews University
Anna Maria College | AMC
Antioch University
Appalachian State University
Arizona State University | ASU
Arkansas State University | A–State
Arkansas Tech University | ATU
ArtCenter College of Design | ArtCenter
Ashland University
Auburn University
Boise State University | BSU
Auburn University at Montgomery | AUM
Augsburg University
Augusta University
Austin Peay State University | APSU
Avila University
Azusa Pacific University | APU
Boston College | BC
Bacone College
Baker College
Baldwin Wallace University | BW
Ball State University | BSU
Barry University
Baruch College | CUNY Baruch
Bay Path University
Buena Vista University | BVU
Bellevue University
Belmont University
Bemidji State University | BSU
Benedictine College
Benedictine University
Bentley University
Berry College
Bethany College (West Virginia)
Bethel College (Indiana)
Blackburn College
Bluffton University
California State University, East Bay | CSU East Bay
Calvin College
Bowling Green State University | BGSU
Bradley University
Brandman University
Brazosport College
Brenau University
Brigham Young University | BYU
Broward College
Bryan College
Bryant University
Chapman University
Butler University
Cabrini University
Cairn University
Caldwell University
California Baptist University | CBU
College of Charleston
California Lutheran University | CLU
California State University Channel Islands | CSU Channel Islands
California State University San Marcos | CSUSM
California State University, Bakersfield | CSU Bakersfield
California State University, Dominguez Hills | CSUDH
California State University, Fresno | CSU Fresno
California State University, Long Beach | Long Beach State
California State University, Los Angeles | Cal State LA
California State University, Northridge | CSUN
California State University, Sacramento | Sacramento State
Cambridge College
Campbell University
Canisius College
Capital University
Cardinal Stritch University
Concordia College (Minnesota)
Daemen College
Carroll University
Carthage College
Catawba College
Catholic University of America | CUA
Central Baptist College | CBC
Central Christian College of Kansas
Central Connecticut State University | CCSU
Central Michigan University | CMU
Central Washington University | CWU
Delaware State University | Del State
DePaul University
Charleston Southern University | CSU
Chestnut Hill College | CHC
Christopher Newport University | CNU
City College of New York | CCNY
Eastern Michigan University | EMU
Claflin University
Clarion University
Eastern Washington University | EWU
Clayton State University
Clemson University
Cleveland State University | CSU
Coastal Carolina University | Coastal
Coker College
Elizabethtown College | E-town
College of Saint Rose
College of St. Scholastica | CSS
College of William & Mary | William & Mary
Columbia College (Missouri)
Columbia College Chicago
George Mason University
Lipscomb University
Concordia University (Oregon)
Concordia University Ann Arbor
Concordia University Chicago
Concordia University Irvine
Concordia University Nebraska
Concordia University Wisconsin | CUW
Concordia University, St. Paul
Converse College
Coppin State University
Corban University
Creighton University
Crowley’s Ridge College
Culver–Stockton College
Cumberland University
Curry College
Dakota State University | DSU
Dallas Baptist University | DBU
Dalton State College | DSC
Davenport University
Dean College
Maryville University
Mercyhurst University
DeSales University
Dickinson State University | DSU
Dixie State University | DSU
Dominican University (Illinois)
Metropolitan State University
Drury University
Duquesne University
East Carolina University | ECU
East Central University | ECU
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania | ESU
Eastern Florida State College | EFSC
Eastern Illinois University | EIU
Eastern Mennonite University | EMU
Eastern Nazarene College | ENC
Eastern New Mexico University | ENMU
Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute
North Dakota State University | NDSU
Elms College
Elon University
Emerson College
Emmanuel College (Massachusetts)
Emporia State University
Evangel University
Fairleigh Dickinson University | FDU
Fashion Institute of Technology | FIT
Fayetteville State University | FSU
Fisher College
Northeastern University
Fitchburg State University
Flagler College
Florida A&M University | FAMU
Florida Atlantic University | FAU
Florida International University | FIU
Fontbonne University
Fort Valley State University | FVSU
Framingham State University
Francis Marion University
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Franklin Pierce University
Freed–Hardeman University | FHU
Friends University
Frostburg State University
Gannon University
Gardner–Webb University
Geneva College
Northern Arizona University | NAU
Georgetown University
Georgia Gwinnett College | GGC
Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southwestern State University | GSW
Georgia State University
Georgian Court University | GCU
Glenville State College | GSC
Northwest Missouri State University
Goshen College
Grace College & Seminary
Grand Canyon University | GCU
Greenville University
Gulf Coast State College | GCSC
Gwynedd Mercy University | GMercyU
Hamline University
Hampton University
Hardin–Simmons University | HSU
Harris–Stowe State University
Hastings College
Henderson State University | HSU
Herzing University
High Point University
Hillsdale College
Hofstra University
Holy Family University
Hope International University | HIU
Houston Baptist University | HBU
Howard Payne University | HPU
Howard University
Huntington University
Olivet Nazarene University | ONU
Huston–Tillotson University | HTU
Illinois State University | ISU
Illinois Wesleyan University
Pennsylvania State University | PSU
Indiana State University | ISU
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis | IUPUI
Indiana University East | IU East
Indiana University of Pennsylvania | IUP
Indiana University South Bend | IU South Bend
Iona College
Ithaca College
Jackson State University | JSU
James Madison University | JMU
John Brown University | JBU
Rutgers University–Newark
Johnson & Wales University | JWU
Juniata College
Kansas Wesleyan University | KWU
Keiser University
Kennesaw State University | KSU
Kent State University
Kentucky State University | KSU
Keuka College
King’s College
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania | KU
La Roche College
La Salle University
La Sierra University | LSU
Lake Erie College
Lakeland University
Lamar University
Lander University
Lasell College | LC
Le Moyne College
Lehigh University
LeTourneau University | LETU
Lewis University
Limestone College
Lincoln Memorial University | LMU
Lincoln University (Missouri)
Lindenwood University
Saint Louis University | SLU
Loras College
Louisiana State University | LSU
Louisiana Tech University | La. Tech
Lourdes University
Loyola Marymount University | LMU
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University New Orleans
San Jose State University | SJSU
Lynn University
Malone University
Manchester University
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Maranatha Baptist University
Marian University
Marietta College
Simmons College
Marshall University
Marymount Manhattan College
St. Catherine University
Marywood University
McMurry University
McNeese State University
McPherson College
Mercy College
Stephen F. Austin State University | SFA
Merrimack College
Messiah College
Temple University
Metropolitan State University of Denver | MSU Denver
Miami University
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University | Michigan Tech
MidAmerica Nazarene University | MNU
Middle Tennessee State University | MTSU
Midland University
Midway University
Midwestern State University
Millersville University of Pennsylvania | MU
Milligan College
Tennessee Technological University | Tennessee Tech
Texas Woman’s University | TWU
Minnesota State University Moorhead | MSUM
Minnesota State University, Mankato | MNSU
Minot State University | MSU
Mississippi State University | MSU
Missouri Baptist University
Missouri Valley College
Molloy College
Monmouth University
Morehead State University | MSU
Morgan State University
Mount St. Joseph University
Mount Vernon Nazarene University | MVNU
Murray State University | MSU
Muskingum University
National American University | NAU
New Mexico Highlands University | NMHU
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology | New Mexico Tech
New York Institute of Technology | NYIT
New York University | NYU
Newberry College
Norfolk State University | NSU
North Carolina A&T State University | N.C. A&T
North Carolina State University | NC State
University of Cincinnati
North Greenville University
Northcentral University
Northeastern Illinois University | NEIU
Northeastern State University | NSU
University of Evansville
University of Georgia
Northern Illinois University | NIU
University of Kansas
Northern Michigan University | NMU
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth | UMass Dartmouth
Northwestern College
Norwich University
Notre Dame College of Ohio | NDC
Notre Dame of Maryland University | NDMU
Nova Southeastern University | NSU
Oakland City University | OCU
Oakwood University
Oberlin College
Oklahoma Baptist University | OBU
Oklahoma Christian University | OC
Oklahoma City University | OCU
Oklahoma Panhandle State University | OPSU
Oklahoma Wesleyan University | OKWU
Old Dominion University | ODU
University of North Dakota | UND
Oregon Institute of Technology | Oregon Tech
Otterbein University
Pace University
Palm Beach Atlantic University | PBA
University of Rhode Island | URI
Pepperdine University
Peru State College
Pittsburg State University | PSU
Plymouth State University | PSU
Point Loma Nazarene University | PLNU
Point Park University
Point University
Portland State University | PSU
Prairie View A&M University | PVAMU
Providence College
University of San Francisco | USF
Purdue University Fort Wayne | PFW
Purdue University Northwest | PNW
Queens University of Charlotte
Quincy University
Quinnipiac University
Radford University
Ramapo College of New Jersey | RCNJ
Regis University
Reinhardt University
Rhode Island College | RIC
Rider University
Rivier University
University of Wisconsin–River Falls | UW–River Falls
Robert Morris University Illinois
Rochester College
Rochester Institute of Technology | RIT
Roger Williams University | RWU
Rogers State University
Washington State University | WSU
Rosemont College
Rowan University
Rutgers University–Camden
Rutgers University–New Brunswick | Rutgers
Saginaw Valley State University | SVSU
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
Saint Leo University
Winona State University | WSU
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College | SMWC
Saint Mary’s College of California | St. Mary’s
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota | SMU
Salve Regina University
Sam Houston State University | SHSU
Samford University
San Diego State University | SDSU
San Francisco State University | SF State
Savannah College of Art and Design | SCAD
Seattle Pacific University | SPU
Seattle University
Seminole State College of Florida
Seton Hall University
Seton Hill University
Shenandoah University
Siena Heights University | SHU
Sierra Nevada College | SNC
Assumption College
South Carolina State University | SCSU
South Dakota State University
South Seattle College | SSC
Southeast Missouri State University | SEMO
Southeastern Louisiana University
Southeastern University
Southern Arkansas University | SAU
Southern Illinois University Carbondale | SIU
Southern Methodist University | SMU
Southern Nazarene University | SNU
Southern New Hampshire University | SNHU
Southern University and A&M College | SUBR
Southern Utah University | SUU
Southwest Minnesota State University | SMSU
Spring Arbor University | SAU
Springfield College
St. Bonaventure University
Babson College
St. Cloud State University | SCSU
St. Edward’s University
St. John Fisher College
St. John’s University
St. Joseph’s College (New York) | SJC
St. Joseph’s University | SJU
St. Mary’s University, Texas
Bellevue College
St. Thomas Aquinas College | STAC
State University of New York at Fredonia | SUNY Fredonia
State University of New York at New Paltz | SUNY New Paltz
State University of New York at Old Westbury | SUNY Old Westbury
State University of New York at Oswego | SUNY Oswego
State University of New York at Plattsburgh | SUNY Plattsburgh
Brigham Young University–Idaho | BYU–Idaho
Stephens College
Sterling College
Stetson University
Stonehill College
Strayer University
Sullivan University
Syracuse University
Taylor University
Tennessee State University | TSU
Tennessee Wesleyan University | TWU
Texas A&M International University | TAMIU
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University–Commerce
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
Texas A&M University–Kingsville
Texas A&M University–Texarkana
Texas State University
Texas Tech University | TTU
Texas Wesleyan University
Champlain College
The College at Brockport, State University of New York | SUNY Brockport
The College of New Jersey | TCNJ
Chatham University
The State University of New York at Binghamton | SUNY Binghamton
The State University of New York at Buffalo | SUNY Buffalo
Thomas College
Thomas Jefferson University
Thomas University
Tiffin University
Touro College
Trevecca Nazarene University
Trine University
Truett McConnell University
Tulane University
Tuskegee University
Union College (Kentucky)
University of Alabama
University of Alaska Anchorage | UAA
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas–Fort Smith | UAFS
University of Bridgeport
Drexel University
Eastern University
Golden Gate University | GGU
University of Central Arkansas | UCA
University of Central Florida | UCF
University of Central Missouri | UCM
University of Central Oklahoma | UCO
University of Colorado Denver | CU Denver
University of Connecticut | UConn
University of Dayton
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Dubuque
Iowa State University
University of Florida
John Carroll University | JCU
University of Hawaii at Hilo | UH Hilo
University of Hawaii at Manoa | UH Manoa
University of Hawaii–West Oahu | UHWO
University of Houston
University of Houston–Clear Lake | UHCL
Marquette University
University of Idaho
University of Illinois at Chicago | UIC
McKendree University | McK
University of Kentucky
University of Louisiana at Lafayette | UL Lafayette
University of Louisville
University of Mary | UMary
University of Mary Hardin–Baylor | UMHB
University of Maryland University College | UMUC
University of Maryland, College Park | Maryland
University of Massachusetts Amherst | UMass Amherst
Neumann University
University of Massachusetts Lowell | UMass Lowell
University of Memphis
University of Miami
Ohio Christian University | OCU
University of Michigan–Flint | UofM-Flint
University of Minnesota Crookston | UMC
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities | Minnesota
University of Mississippi | Ole Miss
University of Mobile
University of Montana
University of Mount Union
University of Nebraska at Kearney | UNK
University of Nebraska–Lincoln | UNL
University of Nevada, Las Vegas | UNLV
Purdue University
Regent University
University of New Orleans | UNO
University of North Carolina at Charlotte | UNC Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro | UNC Greensboro
University of North Carolina at Wilmington | UNC Wilmington
Robert Morris University | RMU (Pennsylvania)
University of North Florida | UNF
University of North Georgia | UNG
University of Northern Iowa | UNI
University of Northwestern – St. Paul
University of Northwestern Ohio | UNOH
University of Notre Dame
University of Oregon
University of Pittsburgh | Pitt
University of Portland
Roosevelt University
University of Rio Grande
Suffolk University
University of Saint Francis | USF
The State University of New York at Albany | SUNY Albany
University of San Diego | USD
University of South Alabama | South
University of South Carolina | USC
University of South Carolina Aiken | USC Aiken
University of South Dakota | USD
University of Baltimore
University of South Florida St. Petersburg | USFSP
University of Southern Maine | USM
University of Southern Mississippi | Southern Miss
University of Houston–Downtown | UHD
University of St. Thomas (Texas)
University of Texas at Arlington | UT Arlington
University of Texas at Austin | UT Austin
University of Texas at Dallas | UT Dallas
University of Texas at El Paso | UTEP
University of Texas at San Antonio | UTSA
University of Texas at Tyler | UT Tyler
University of Texas of the Permian Basin | UT Permian Basin
University of Iowa
University of Toledo
University of Tulsa
University of Utah
University of Vermont | UVM
University of Virginia | UVA
University of West Georgia | UWG
University of Wisconsin-Madison | Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin–La Crosse | UW–La Crosse
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee | UWM
University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh | UW Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point | UW–Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin–Stout | UW–Stout
University of Wisconsin–Whitewater | UW–Whitewater
Utah State University
Utah Valley University | UVU
Valdosta State University | VSU
Vanguard University
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University | VCU
Viterbo University
Wade College
Walla Walla University
Walsh University
Washburn University
Washington University in St. Louis | WashU
Wayne State University | WSU
Webber International University | WIU
Weber State University
West Liberty University
West Texas A&M University | WTAMU
West Virginia University | WVU
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Western Governors University | WGU
Western Illinois University | WIU
Western New England University | WNE
Western State Colorado University
Westfield State University
Westminster College (Pennsylvania)
Westminster College (Utah)
University of New Hampshire | UNH
Whitworth University
Wichita State University | WSU
Widener University
Wilberforce University
Wilkes University
William Paterson University | WPUNJ
Wilmington University
Wingate University
Winston-Salem State University | WSSU
Woodbury University
Wright State University
Xavier University
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
Yeshiva University
York College of Pennsylvania
York College, City University of New York | CUNY York
Youngstown State University

 

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A graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in English, Tim Peck currently lives in Concord, New Hampshire, where he balances a freelance writing career with the needs of his two Australian Shepherds to play outside.