Iowa State’s Greenlee School enrollment continues to rise


Newly released Spring numbers show total enrollment in the Greenlee School has risen from 844 majors at the start of the academic year to 855, continuing its status as the largest unit in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, followed by Psychology with 726 primary and 83 secondary majors (809 total) and Criminal Justice/Sociology with 473 primary and 164 secondary majors (637).

The Greenlee School enrolls 784 primary and 71 secondary majors. Here is the breakdown:

+ Advertising – 206 primary, 16 secondary (222 majors)
+ Journalism – 296 primary, 24 secondary (320 majors)
+ Public Relations – 282 primary, 31 secondary (313 majors)

Michael Bugeja, director, credits the School’s rising enrollment with award-winning teachers and researchers, dedicated advising and office staff, and national status as an accredited program. The School was among the first programs accredited in 1948 by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The School has been continuously accredited ever since.

Bugeja also notes that unlike other journalism and mass communication programs, Greenlee graduates will have their majors appear on diplomas and not only on their transcripts. “We are one of the few accredited or certified programs that offer degrees in advertising and public relations.” Many other programs listing advertising and public relations as majors offer degrees in “communication” or “journalism and mass communication.”

“Degree status is important when it comes to placement,” Bugeja said. Greenlee’s placement rate averages between 97%-99% within six months of commencement.

The School also houses award-winning organizations in Ad Club, Cardinal and Gold Agency, and the Public Relations Student Society of America.

Journalism remains the largest program in the School due primarily to the faculty’s innovation in digital media, virtual reality, computational communication and entrepreneurialism. “We also emphasize the basics—accuracy, accuracy, accuracy—and document truth by fact. There are no ‘alternatives’ in the Greenlee School.”

Greenlee students also create content for award-winning magazines, ISUtv and the Iowa State Daily, judged the best student newspaper in the country in 2015 by the Society of Professional Journalists, the second time the publication has won that award.

For more about Greenlee School metrics and culture, visit its Public Accountability Page and its Diversity and Inclusion and Outcomes Assessment websites.