Student Success Rates

Accreditation

The School of Mass Communication is seeking accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.  ACEJMC is the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities. 

ACEJMC requires its accredited programs to provide retention and graduation data on their websites. Data will be updated every year by Oct. 1.

Retention Rates

The percentages below indicate the first-year retention rates of students who declare the major in Mass Communication. 

Class of 2016 (uses 2012F cohort) Cohort Sophomore Year Junior Year Senior Year
Communications Majors 49 32 (65%)    
All Loyola Students 866 696 (80%)    
         
Class of 2015 (uses 2011F cohort)        
Communications Majors 60 39 (65%) 30 (50%)  
All Loyola Students 857 634 (74%) 541 (63%)  
         
Class of 2014 (uses 2010F cohort)        
Communications Majors 66 47 (71%) 35 (53%) 32 (49%)
All Loyola Students 767 587 (77%) 496 (65%) 449 (59%)
         
Class of 2013 (uses 2009F cohort)        
Communications Majors 68 51 (75%) 36 (53%) 35 (51%)
All Loyola Students 796 651 (82%) 562 (71%) 523 (67%)
         
Class of 2012 (uses 2008F cohort)        
Communications Majors 51 35 (69%) 31 (61%) 28 (55%)
All Loyola Students 690 552 (80%) 486 (70%) 450 (66%)
         
Class of 2011 (uses 2007F cohort)        
Communications Majors 45 34 (76%) 25 (56%) 18 (40%)
All Loyola Students 495 362 (73%) 303 (61%) 283 (57%)
         
Class of 2010 (uses 2006F cohort)        
Communications Majors 45 32 (71%) 29 (64%) 25 (56%)
All Loyola Students 520 405 (78%) 346 (67%) 320 (63%)

Retention methodology is based upon continuous enrollment.  Communications retention is based upon returning in the major where the overall cohort is returning to the university.

Retention to University

Class of 2016 (uses 2012F cohort) Cohort Sophomore Year Junior Year Senior Year
Communications Majors 49 39 (80%)    
All Loyola Students 866 696 (80%)    
         
Class of 2015 (uses 2011F cohort)        
Communications Majors 60 47 (78%) 40 (67%)  
All Loyola Students 857 634 (74%) 541 (63%)  
         
Class of 2014 (uses 2010F cohort)        
Communications Majors 66 52 (79%) 43 (65%) 42 (64%)
All Loyola Students 767 587 (77%) 496 (65%) 449 (59%)
         
Class of 2013 (uses 2009F cohort)        
Communications Majors 68 60 (88%) 52 (76%) 50 (74%)
All Loyola Students 796 651 (82%) 562 (71%) 523 (67%)
         
Class of 2012 (uses 2008F cohort)        
Communications Majors 51 41 (80%) 37 (73%) 35 (69%)
All Loyola Students 690 552 (80%) 486 (70%) 450 (66%)
         
Class of 2011 (uses 2007F cohort)        
Communications Majors 45 37 (82%) 29 (64%) 21 (47%)
All Loyola Students 495 362 (73%) 303 (61%) 283 (57%)
         
Class of 2010 (uses 2006F cohort)        
Communications Majors 45 36 (80%) 35 (78%) 32 (71%)
All Loyola Students 520 405 (78%) 346 (67%) 320 (63%)

 

Graduation Rates

The graduation rates below indicate the percentage of students who declared Mass Communication as a major as incoming freshmen and graduated with that same major in four, five and six years.

Class of 2013 (uses 2009F cohort) Cohort 4-Year Graduation 5-Year Graduation 6-Year Graduation
Communications Majors 68 26 (38%)    
All Loyola Students 796 418 (53%)    
         
Class of 2012 (uses 2008F cohort)        
Communications Majors 51 25 (49%) +1 (51%)  
All Loyola Students 690 349 (51%) +65 (60%)  
         
Class of 2011 (uses 2007F cohort)        
Communications Majors 45 14 (31%) +2 (36%) +1 (38%)
All Loyola Students 495 217 (44%) +47 (53%) +7 (55%)
         
Class of 2010 (uses 2006F cohort)        
Communications Majors 45 16 (36%) +4 (44%) +0 (44%)
All Loyola Students 520 246 (47%) +56 (58%) +5 (58%)
         
Class of 2008 (uses 2004F cohort)        

Communications Majors

94 43 (46%) +6 (52%) +0 (52%)
All Loyola Students 808 365 (45%) +85 (56%) +9 (57%)

Graduation Rates are not based upon continuous enrollment.  Communications Cohort and the Overall Cohort counts are based upon graduating from the university.

The Class of 2009 is not available due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Loyola University did not offer a 2005 Fall semester and consequently, does not have a 2005 Fall Cohort.

 

Enrollment

The table below shows School of Mass Communication current students based upon their major (1 or 2) or minor (1 or 2) as of 9/27/2013 (Official Stats).

School of Mass Communication
2013F Total Enrollment
  MAJ1 MAJ2 MIN1 MIN2 TOTAL
Freshmen 59       59
Sophomores 68 2 2   72
Juniors 58 2 9 1 70
Seniors 55   12   67
GRAND TOTAL 240 4 23 1 268

 

Employment

Employment status of 2011-2012 graduates:

  Mass Communication National Average*
Employed Full Time 86% 56%
Graduate School 4.7% 7.2%
Not Employed / Unknown 9.3%  

Employment status of 2010-2011 graduates:

  Mass Communication National Average*
Employed Full Time 90.7% 53.3%
Graduate School 9.3% 8.6%
Not Employed / Unknown 0%  

Employment status of 2009-2010 graduates:

  Mass Communication National Average*
Employed Full Time 71.4% 49.8%
Graduate School 7.1% 8.9%
Not Employed / Unknown 21.4%  

*Annual Survey of Journalism and Mass Communication Graduates
Employment status Bachelor Degree recipients
University of Georgia, Grady College

 

Student Awards

2013-2014

Best College Newspaper, 5th place nationally, Princeton Review, 2014

All American Rating, Associated Collegiate Press Association, 2014

Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award, Lucy Lucy Dieckhaus for The Maroon, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, 2014

1st place, Editorial Writing, The Maroon Staff, National SPJ Mark of Excellence, 2014

2nd place, Editorial Writing, Sam Winstrom for The Maroon, Press Club of New Orleans, 2014

3rd in U.S., Public Relations Student Society of America, Alden Woodhull, Lindsey Rousselle, Shermicia Calice, Natalie Masone, Ashley Ureta, “Pay Easy in the Big Easy,”  Bateman Campaign, 2014

Gold Addy Award, Ophelia Battle, American Advertising Federation, New Orleans, 2014

Silver Addy Award, Ophelia Battle, American Advertising Federation, New Orleans, 2014

Best of Show, Ophelia Battle, American Advertising Federation, New Orleans, 2014

Gold Addy Award, Graham Blackall , American Advertising Federation, New Orleans 2014

Honorable Mention, Best Special Section, Shannon Donaldson for The Wolf, Business and Advertising Managers association, 2014

Innovation of the year, Aaren Gordon, for The Maroon Minute, Press Club of New Orleans, 2014

1st place, Community News, Nia Porter for The Maroon, Press Club of New Orleans, 2014

1st place, In-depth Reporting (small), Lucy Dieckhaus for The Maroon, SPJ Honors Award, 2014

Finalist, Best Affiliated Website, Devinn Adams for The Maroon, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, 2014

Finalist, Feature Photography (small), Eric Knoepfler for The Maroon, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, 2014

Finalist, Best Student Magazine, Shannon Donaldson for the Maroon, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, 2014

Finalist, Photo Illustration, Susana Aramburu for the Maroon, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, 2014

Finalist, Photo Illustration, Sam Winstrom for the Maroon, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, 2014

Finalist, Best All Around Nondaily Newspaper, Sam Winstrom and Aaren Gordon for The Maroon, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, 2014

Finalist, General News Reporting (small), Nia Porter for The Maroon, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, 2014

1st place, Editorial Writing, The Maroon, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, 2014

2nd place, Editorial Writing, The Maroon, Louisiana/Mississippi Press Managing Awards 2014

3rd place, Editorial Writing, The Maroon, Louisiana/Mississippi Press Managing Awards 2014

1st place, Investigative Reporting, Lucy Dieckhaus for the Maroon, Louisiana/Mississippi Press Managing Awards 2014

3rd place, Feature Photo, Wadner Pierre for the Maroon, Louisiana/Mississippi Press Managing Awards 2014

1st place, Feature Story, Sam Winstrom for the Maroon, Louisiana/Mississippi Press Managing Awards 2014

3rd place, General Excellence, Sam Winstrom and Aaren Gordon for the Maroon, Louisiana/Mississippi Press Managing Awards 2014

1st place, Best Editorial Page, The Maroon, Louisiana Press Association 2014

2nd place, Best Feature Story, Lauren Irwin for The Maroon, Louisiana Press Association 2014

1st place, Best Feature Story, Sam Winstrom for The Maroon, Louisiana Press Association 2014

1st place, Best Overall Website, Devinn Adams for the Maroon, Louisiana Press Association 2014

1st place, Best Sports Story, Etefia Umana for the Maroon, Louisiana Press Association 2014

3rd place General Excellence, The Maroon, Louisiana Press Association 2014

1st place, Individual Editorial Cartoon, Katherine Richard for The Maroon, Louisiana Press Association 2014

1st place Most Effective use of a Graphic, The Maroon, Louisiana Press Association 2014

Student Anvil Award, Bateman Team, Public Relations Society of America, New Orleans, 2013

2nd Place, Story of the Year, Lucy Dieckhaus, Associated Collegiate Press, 2013

2012-2013

Finalist, Associated College Press Story of the Year Award, Lucy Dieckhaus, The Maroon

Best in U.S., 1st Place, Public Relations Student Society of America, Dwayne Fontenette, Haley Humiston, Leah Whitlock, Charles La Rock, "Step up, Reach Out", Bateman Campaign, 2013

Regional award, 4th Place, American Advertising Federation, Ad Team 2013, "Paint Smarter" Campaign

New Orleans Press Club, 3rd Place, Best Info Graphic, Precious Esie, The Maroon, 2013

New Orleans Press Club, 2nd Place, Best Cartoon, Sydney Barbier, The Maroon, 2013

New Orleans Press Club, 3rd Place, Best Editorial, Daniel Quick, The Maroon, 2013

New Orleans Press Club, Best Special Section, The Maroon, 2nd Place, 2013

Gold ADDY, 1st Place, Ad Club of New Orleans, Ad Team 2012, TV Commercial "Speed Date"

Best in Show, 1st Place, Ad Club of New Orleans, Ad Team 2012, TV Commercial "Speed Date"

National Best Feature Writing, Top 3, National SPJ Mark of Excellence, Shannon Donaldson, The Maroon

Breaking Sports Reporting, 2nd Place, Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors Award, Karl Gommel, The Maroon

Editorial Writing, 3rd Place, Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Managing
Editors Award, Daniel Quick, The Maroon

Feature Writing (small), 3rd Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Shannon Donaldson, The Maroon

General News Reporting (small), 1st Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Shannon Donaldson, The Maroon

General News Reporting (small), 2nd Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Aaren Gordon, The Maroon

Non-Fiction Magazine Article (small), 3rd Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Vannia Zelaya, The Maroon

Sports Writing (small), 1st Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Hasani Grayson, The Maroon

Sports Writing (small), 2nd Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Karl Gommel, The Maroon

Sports Writing (small), 3rd Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Karl Donaldson, The Maroon

 

2011-2012

Best in U.S., 1st Place, Public Relations Student Society of America, Alexandra Broussard, Jack Lien, Maggie Moore, Wade Kimbro and Uyennhi Tieu, "Choose Dat, Not Dis" Bateman Campaign

Gold ADDY, 1st Place, Ad Club of New Orleans, Virgina Peters-Rodbell, "Decadence" poster

Silver ADDY, 2nd Place, Ad Club of New Orleans, Erica Guastella, "Misanthrope" poster

Best in Show, 1st Place, Ad Club of New Orleans, AD Team 201, "Let Life Be You Runweay" Campaign

Gold ADDY, 1st Place, Ad Club of New Orleans, AD Team 2011, Magazine Campaign

Gold ADDY, 1st Place, Ad Club of New Orleans, AD Team 2011, TV spot

Best Headline, 1st Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Sam Winstrom, The Maroon

Best Community News Story, 1st Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Karin Curley, The Maroon

Best Community News Story, 3rd Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Cherie Lejeune, The Maroon

Best Info Graphic, 2nd Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Precious Esie, The Maroon

Best Info Graphic, 3rd Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Precious Esie, The Maroon

Best Cartoon, 1st Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Sydney Barbier, The Maroon

Best Cover Design, 2nd Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Sam Winstrom, The Maroon

Best Cover Design, 3rd Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Sam Winstrom, The Maroon

Best Sports Story, 2nd Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Colby Wilson, The Maroon

Best News Story, Honorable Mention, Associated Collegiate Press, Karin Curley, The Maroon

Most Effective Use of Design, Louisiana Press Association, Sam Winstrom, The Maroon 

Best Sports Story, 1st Place, Louisiana Press Association, Camara Thomas, The Maroon

Best News Story, 1st Place, Louisiana Press Association, Karin Curley, The Maroon

National Best In-Depth Reporting, 1st Place, National SPJ Mark of Excellence Award Precious, Esie, Carl Harrison, Leslie Gamboni, Jamie Futral, The Maroon

Feature Writing, 1st Place, Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors Award, Jamie Futral, The Maroon

Sports Writing, 2nd Place, Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors Award, Craig Malveaux, The Maroon

In-Depth Reporting, 1st Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Precious Esie, Carl Harrison, Leslie Gamboni, Jamie Futral, The Maroon

General News Reporting, 2nd Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Masako Hirsch, The Maroon

Sports Writing, 3rd Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Camara Thomas, The Maroon

Best News Reporter, 7th Place, Southeast Journalism Conference, Jamie Futral, The Maroon

Best Feature Writer, 2nd Place, Southeast Journalism Conference, Leslie Gamboni, The Maroon

Best Newspaper page layout designer, 8th Place, Southeast Journalism Conference, Sam Winstrom, The Maroon

Best Magazine Page Layout Designer, 2nd Place, Southeast Journalism Conference, Kaitlin Riley, The Wolf

Best Magazine Writer, 3rd Place, Southeast Journalism Conference, Melanie Ziems, The Wolf

 

2010-2011

2nd place, Public Relations Student Society of America, Janece Bell, Rebecca Molyneux, Kelsey Morris, Kelsey Pabst, Dominque Webb, “Voodoo Whatcha Wanna…for Ya Wallet,” Bateman Campaign.

Gold ADDY, 1st Place, Ad Club of New Orleans, Alexandra Ernst, Brochure

The Ashton Phelps Sr. Memorial Award for Editorial Writing, 1st Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Alex Fournet, The Maroon

Best Continuing Coverage, 3rd Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Precious Esie, Sam Winstrom, Craig Malveaux, The Maroon

Best Editorial, 1st Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Alex Fournet, The Maroon

Best Community News, 3rd Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Precious Esie, The Maroon

Best In-Depth Reporting, 3rd Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Precious Esie, The Maroon

Story of the Year, Honorable Mention, Associated Collegiate Press, Jean-Paul Arguello, The Maroon

Best News Story, 3rd Place, Louisiana Press Association, Precious Esie, The Maroon

Best News Story, Honorable Mention, Louisiana Press Association, Jean-Paul Arguello, The Maroon

Best Press Photographer, 8th Place, Southeast Journalism Conference, Elle Maloney, The Maroon

Best Magazine Page Layout Designer, 3rd Place, Southeast Journalism Conference, Kaitlin Riley, The Maroon

Best Magazine Writer, 5th Place, Southeast Journalism Conference, Angela Hernandez, The Wolf
 

2009-2010

2nd place, Public Relations Student Society of America, Christine Minero, Kate Gremillion, Dominic Moncada, Jodi Forte, Marimar Velez, “U.S. Census,” Bateman Campaign.

General News Story, 3rd Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Katie Urbaszewski, The Maroon

Best Investigative Story, 3rd Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Jean-Paul Arguello, The Maroon

Best Investigative Story, Honorable Mention, Press Club of New Orleans, Eduardo Gonzales, The Maroon

Best Special Section, 3rd Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Katie Urbaszewski, The Maroon

Best Sports Story, 2nd Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Craig Malveaux, The Maroon

Best Sports Column, 1st Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Ramon Vargas, The Maroon

Best Breaking News Photo, 1st Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Kevin Zansler, The Maroon

Best General News Photo, 2nd Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Kevin Zansler, The Maroon

Best Breaking News Photo, 1st Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Kevin Zansler, The Maroon

Best Nonfiction Magazine Article, 2nd Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Lauren Laborde, The Wolf

Best General News Reporting, 3rd Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Jean-Paul Arguello, The Maroon

Best Sports Writer, 2nd Place, Southeast Journalism Conference, Steve Heath, The Maroon

Public Service Journalism, 3rd Place, Southeast Journalism Conference, Katie Urbazewski, The Maroon

Public Service Journalism, 4th Place, Southeast Journalism Conference, Jessica Williams, The Maroon

Public Service Journalism, 5th Place, Southeast Journalism Conference, Massako Hirsch, The Maroon

 

2008-2009

Best in U.S., 1st Place, Public Relations Student Society of America, Janine Sheedy, Sarah Makota, Heaterh Miranne, Ashley Sutton, Vicki Voelker, "The Bling Starts Here," Consumer Bankers Association, Bateman Campaign

Best In-depth news/feature story, 1st Place, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Jaune Jackson and Jessica Williams, The Wolf

Best Online Breaking News, Honorable Mention, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Jaune Jackson, The Maroon

Best General Humor Column, Honorable Mention, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Justin Templet, The Maroon

Best Investigative Reporting, Honorable Mention, Press Club of New Orleans, Jessica Williams, The Maroon

Best Editorial Illustration, 2nd Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Tom Macom, The Maroon

Best Sports Column Press, 1st Place, Club of New Orleans, Ramon Antonio Vargas, The Maroon

Best Feature Photo, 3rd Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Rachel Strassel, The Maroon

Best Sports Feature Photo, 2nd Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Andrea Castillo, The Maroon

Best General News Story, 1st Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Jessica Williams, The Maroon

Best General News Photography, 2nd Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Kevin Zansler, The Maroon

Best Feature Photo, 1st Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Rachel Strassel, The Maroon

Best Feature Photo, 2nd Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Rachel Strassel, The Maroon

Best Online News Reporting, 1st Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Katie Urbaszewski, The Maroon

Best News Story, 1st Place, Louisiana Press Association, Jessica Williams, The Maroon

Best Sports Story, 1st Place, Louisiana Press Association, Eduardo Gonzalez, The Maroon

Best Sports Photo, 3rd Place, Louisiana Press Association, Tom Macom, The Maroon

Best General News Photography, 3rd Place, Louisiana Press Association, Kevin Zansler, The Maroon

Best Sports Photo, Honorable Mention, Louisiana Press Association, Tom Macom, The Maroon

Best Sports Story, Honorable Mention, Louisiana Press Association, Briana Prevost, The Maroon

Best General News Photo, Honorable Mention, Louisiana Press Association, Rachel Strassel, The Maroon

 

2007-2008

Best in U.S., 1st Place, Public Relations Student Society of America, “Step Up Strap In,” Safe Kids Buckle Up & General Motors, Kelly Rayner, Shannon Corrigan, Danny Mazier, Andrea Mulcrone, Kelly Roth, Bateman Campaign

Best Sports Column, 1st Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Ramon Antonio Vargas, The Maroon

Best Sports Column, 2nd Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Michael Nissman, The Maroon

Best General News Photo, 2nd Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Michael Nissman, The Maroon

Best multi-feature photo, 3rd Place, Press Club of New Orleans, Kathleen McCann, The Maroon

Best General News Reporting, 1st Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Ramon Antonio Vargas, The Maroon

Best General News Photo, 3rd Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Ramon Antonio Vargas, The Maroon

Best Sports Writing, 1st Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Ramon Antonio Vargas, The Maroon

Best Sports Column, 3rd Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Michael Nissman, The Maroon

Best Photo Illustration, 1st Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Michael Nissman, Steve Kashishian, Daniel Monteverde and Ramon Vargas, The Maroon

Best Sports Photography, 2nd Place, SPJ Mark of Excellence Award, Michael Nissman, The Maroon

 

Kappa Tau Alpha

Since 2007, numerous students have been inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, the college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication.

2013 2012 2011
Sarah M. Drew
Alden C. Woodhull
Alaina M. Meynard
Leah C. Whitlock
Cherie L. LeJeune
Zainab Aziz
Alexandra Broussard
Paige Hinrichs
Lauren Irwin
Danielle Latimer
Madison Robison
Vannia Zelaya
Mallory E. Asp
Yvonne E. Cappel-Vickery
Jolie K. Curley
Alexandra M. Ernst
Kate E. Gremillion
Masako M. Hirsch
Kelsey E. Pabst
Leslie Gale Parr (Faculty)
Kylie E. Tregre
Monique M. Verdin
Katherine L. Villavicendcio
2009 2008 2007
Allison Becnel
Trevor Cassidy
Emily Gelpi
Thomas Macom
Briana Prevost
Mallory Smith
Andrea Castillo
Caitlin R. Clifford
Catherine D. Cotton
Nora H. Ferrarone
Annick Megie
Ramon A. Vargas
Christopher L. Benninger
Jessica N. Chevis
Rebecca Y. Do
Katherine R. Eisenhart
Beatriz A. Galindo
Emily A. Hilbig
Jennifer M. John
Anthony J. Magee
Marquise M. Montague
Mollie B. Partesotti
Mary E. Pendarvis
Angela V. Reed
Kelly L. Roth
Jordan C. Schneider
Katie M. Sporer

 

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