Anna Ravenelle 6 min read Applying to College, College Lists

The List of All US Colleges with a Public Relations Major

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Are you someone who can’t help but tell all your friends about your new favorite things? Maybe it’s a book you just read or a TV show you just finished, but as soon as you can, you’re looking for ways to tell more people so they can enjoy them too. Or maybe you love strategy and developing your campaign to run for student council was the highlight of your high school experience. Or maybe when something goes wrong at the nth hour, you’re the one everyone turns to for a solution—and you thrive on that adrenaline. If you can see yourself in any of those scenarios, Public Relations might be the major for you.

 

Why Should You Study Public Relations in College?

 

Public Relations is a unique major that’s closely related to marketing, though they are different. In this major, you will develop strong writing and communication skills, learn data analysis, and set yourself up for success in a variety of fields. The most straightforward career path after studying Public Relations is, of course, to work in PR, either at a firm working on a variety of campaigns for different types of brands and products, or in-house for a specific brand working on all their products. Other careers that this major would prepare you well for include publicity, crisis management, and social media specialist, though strong writing and communication skills are highly sought after in many fields.

 

How Can You Increase Your Chances of Acceptance?

 

Academics and Extracurriculars

 

It should come as no surprise that academic performance like your grades and test scores are important when applying as a Public Relations major. You will want an impressive GPA as well as a rigorous course load showing that you are taking advantage of your school’s available honors and AP classes, especially in classes that require strong writing skills like English and history courses.

 

Because Public Relations is a more specialized major, one way to stand out is to curate your extracurriculars to demonstrate your interest early on. Look for school-level activities that relate to the skills you want to develop further with a Public Relations degree, like the newspaper, debate team, student council, and event planning committees. You can also look into interning with or shadowing a PR professional in your area.

 

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Focus your college list

 

Because Public Relations is a more specialized major, fewer schools offer degree programs. This might be the biggest way you narrow down your school list, but even when looking just at schools with Public Relations majors, there is still a variety of other factors to consider, like size, location, or the feel of the campus. That’s why one of the best ways you can improve your chances of being accepted as a Public Relations major is creating a list of schools that are a good fit for you academically and personally.

 

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Essays

 

Because Public Relations is a field that requires strong communications skills, you will want to take extra care while writing your college application essays. Choose topics true to who you are and allow your voice to shine through while remaining within the prompt. This is your last opportunity to demonstrate your passion and predisposition for Public Relations, so your writing samples are especially important.

 

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What Colleges Have a Public Relations Major?

 

Abilene Christian University | ACU
Alderson Broaddus University | AB
American University
Anderson University (Indiana)
Anderson University (South Carolina)
Appalachian State University
Ashland University
Auburn University
Austin Peay State University | APSU
Azusa Pacific University | APU
Baldwin Wallace University | BW
Ball State University | BSU
Barry University
Belhaven University
Belmont University
Bethel College (Indiana)
Biola University
Black Hills State University | BHSU
Bloomsburg University | BloomU
Boise State University | BSU
Bowie State University | BSU
Bradley University
Brigham Young University | BYU
C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University | LIU Post
California Baptist University | CBU
California State University, Dominguez Hills | CSUDH
California State University, Fresno | CSU Fresno
Canisius College
Capital University
Cardinal Stritch University
Carroll College
Carthage College
Castleton University
Central Michigan University | CMU
Central Washington University | CWU
Chapman University
City College of New York | CCNY
Coe College
Columbia College (Missouri)
Columbia College (South Carolina)
Columbia College Chicago
Concordia University Ann Arbor
Concordia University Nebraska
Concordia University Wisconsin | CUW
Concordia University, St. Paul
Culver–Stockton College
Curry College
Dallas Baptist University | DBU
Delaware State University | Del State
DePaul University
Duquesne University
East Central University | ECU
East Texas Baptist University | ETBU
Eastern Illinois University | EIU
Eastern Kentucky University | EKU
Eastern Michigan University | EMU
Eastern New Mexico University | ENMU
Emerson College
Evangel University
Fairfield University
Fairleigh Dickinson University | FDU
Ferris State University
Fisher College
Florida A&M University | FAMU
Florida Gulf Coast University | FGCU
Florida International University | FIU
Florida Memorial University
Florida State University | FSU
Freed–Hardeman University | FHU
Frostburg State University
Gallaudet University
Gannon University
Georgia Southern University
Golden Gate University | GGU
Gonzaga University
Goshen College
Grand Valley State University | GVSU
Hannibal–LaGrange University | HLGU
Hardin–Simmons University | HSU
Harding University
Harris–Stowe State University
Hofstra University
Hunter College | CUNY Hunter
Huntington University
Illinois State University | ISU
Indian River State College | IRSC
Indiana University of Pennsylvania | IUP
Iona College
Iowa State University
Jacksonville State University | JSU
John Brown University | JBU
Kalamazoo College
Kansas Wesleyan University | KWU
Kennesaw State University | KSU
Kent State University
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania | KU
La Salle University
La Sierra University | LSU
Lake Erie College
Lander University
Lasell College | LC
Lee University
Lehman College | CUNY Lehman
Lewis University
Lincoln University (Missouri)
Lindenwood University
Lindsey Wilson College
Lipscomb University
Longwood University
Loras College
Louisiana College
Louisiana State University | LSU
Loyola University Chicago
Marietta College
Marshall University
Marymount Manhattan College
Marywood University
McKendree University | McK
Mercy College
Messiah College
Middle Tennessee State University | MTSU
Millersville University of Pennsylvania | MU
Milligan College
Minnesota State University Moorhead | MSUM
Mississippi Valley State University | MVSU
Missouri Baptist University
Missouri Southern State University
Missouri State University | MSU
Missouri Western State University
Monmouth University
Montana State University Billings | MSU Billings
Montclair State University | MSU
Mount Mary University
Mount Mercy University
Mount Vernon Nazarene University | MVNU
Murray State University | MSU
Muskingum University
National Louis University | NLU
New College of Florida
New York Institute of Technology | NYIT
Newberry College
Nicholls State University
North Dakota State University | NDSU
Northcentral University
Northern Kentucky University
Northern Michigan University | NMU
Northwest Nazarene University | NNU
Oakland University
Oakwood University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Oklahoma Baptist University | OBU
Oklahoma Christian University | OC
Old Dominion University | ODU
Olivet Nazarene University | ONU
Otterbein University
Our Lady of the Lake University | OLLU
Palm Beach Atlantic University | PBA
Park University
Pennsylvania State University | PSU
Pepperdine University
Peru State College
Point Park University
Quinnipiac University
Radford University
Rhodes College
Rider University
Robert Morris University | RMU (Pennsylvania)
Rochester Institute of Technology | RIT
Roger Williams University | RWU
Rogers State University
Rowan University
Rutgers University–Newark
Sacred Heart University | SHU
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota | SMU
Salem State University
Samford University
San Jose State University | SJSU
Savannah State University
Seton Hall University
Simmons College
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania | SRU
South Dakota State University
Southeastern University
Southern Adventist University
Southern Methodist University | SMU
Southern New Hampshire University | SNHU
Southwest Baptist University | SBU
Spring Arbor University | SAU
St. Anselm College
St. John Fisher College
St. John’s University
St. Joseph’s College (New York) | SJC
State University of New York at Fredonia | SUNY Fredonia
State University of New York at Oswego | SUNY Oswego
State University of New York at Plattsburgh | SUNY Plattsburgh
Sterling College
Suffolk University
Syracuse University
Taylor University
Temple University
Texas State University
Union University
University of Alabama
University of Central Arkansas | UCA
University of Central Florida | UCF
University of Central Missouri | UCM
University of Delaware
University of Findlay | UF
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Houston
University of Idaho
University of Louisiana at Lafayette | UL Lafayette
University of Lynchburg
University of Memphis
University of Miami
University of Mount Union
University of Nebraska at Kearney | UNK
University of Nebraska–Lincoln | UNL
University of New Hampshire | UNH
University of North Alabama | UNA
University of North Florida | UNF
University of Northwestern – St. Paul
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Rhode Island | URI
University of South Carolina | USC
University of South Carolina Upstate | USC Upstate
University of South Dakota | USD
University of South Florida | USF
University of Southern California | USC
University of Southern Indiana | USI
University of Southern Mississippi | Southern Miss
University of Tennessee
University of Tennessee at Martin | UTM
University of Texas at Austin | UT Austin
University of Texas at San Antonio | UTSA
University of the District of Columbia | UDC
University of Wisconsin–Green Bay | UW–Green Bay
University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh | UW Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point | UW–Stevens Point
Utah Valley University | UVU
Utica College
Valdosta State University | VSU
Virginia Tech
Walla Walla University
Washburn University
Wayne State College
Wayne State University | WSU
Waynesburg University
Weber State University
Webster University
West Liberty University
West Texas A&M University | WTAMU
West Virginia University | WVU
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Western Kentucky University | WKU
Western Michigan University | WMU
Wilkes University
Winona State University | WSU
Xavier University
York College of Pennsylvania
York College, City University of New York | CUNY York
Youngstown State University

 

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Anna Ravenelle
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Short bio
Anna Ravenelle is a graduate of Cornell University, where she studied English with a concentration in Creative Writing. After spending two application cycles in the CollegeVine applications division, she now uses her admissions experience to help a greater number of students. She resides in New York but her heart has never left New Hampshire, where she grew up.