College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

About the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication


  1. Oldest journalism program in the state and one of the oldest in the country, with a chair established in 1905 and the program’s centennial held in 2005.

  2. Longest continuously accredited program in the state and nation (among the first group of programs accredited in 1948).

  3. Third largest program in the largest college at Iowa State, with more than 700 undergraduate and graduate students, or about 10% of total enrollment in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a benchmark no similar program in the region can match.

  4. Five Pulitzer Prizes won by alumni, more than any other journalism program in the state—including a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor—in addition to a Pulitzer Prize-winner on staff.

  5. Home of a multimillion dollar pledge and gift campaign providing state-of-the-art technology for students and year-round professional development for faculty.

  6. More than $1.1 million awarded annually to our students by the institution and School in financial support with almost 400 students receiving stipends that average between $1,000-$1,300 for the academic year.

  7. More than $150,000 in annual scholarships, awards and financial aid each year from the Greenlee School, thanks to endowed scholarships and competitive internship grants, including ones from the White House and the Scripps Howard Foundation, honoring leadership and work ethic.

  8. The most professional and rigorous internship program in the nation, requiring 400 hours for majors at media and advertising outlets in addition to year-round apprenticeships at Meredith Corporation at such magazines as Better Homes and Gardens (circulation 40 million).

  9. More student organizations than any other similar program in addition to award-winning independent student media, with The Iowa State Daily and Ethos magazine winning or placing in every category of the Associated Collegiate Press Association and with The Iowa State Daily being named the top student newspaper in the country in 2008 by the Society of Professional Journalists.

  10. An active alumni base60% of which donate to the School—with benefactors sponsoring signature events such as the Chamberlin Lecture in the Fall and First Amendment Day in the Spring. The Greenlee Alumni and Friends group also fosters networking opportunities with graduates so that more than 95% find jobs within six months of graduation.