In virtually every national ranking, the School is rated among the nation's best journalism and mass communication programs. The School regularly places among the top five schools in its field, and it has been nationally accredited since 1958. In 1978, the School received the first unit accreditation granted by the official accrediting agency, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The most recent accreditation report, in 2003, said the School "is recognized by academics and media professionals as perhaps the best program in the nation. Many believe it has the best balance of any journalism-mass communication school because it places appropriate emphasis on both scholarly productivity and professional excellence. Moreover, it combines the best in undergraduate and graduate education."
In his autobiography, USA Today founder Al Neuharth called the School the best in the country.
Many alumni and faculty members of the School have won or been a major part of Pulitzer Prizes awarded to newspapers.
Much of that success originates from the School's three degree programs: the bachelor's, master's and doctoral. Enrollment has increased enormously during the past three decades, from 179 undergraduate students in 1971 to 1,012 undergraduates in 2002, a 465 percent increase. Similarly, the School's graduate enrollment increased by more than 300 percent during that time. In fall 2002, the School had the third-largest number of majors at UNC-Chapel Hill.
The University was ranked fifth among public universities in the 2003 U.S. News and World Report "America's Best Colleges" study. The University was fifth overall for graduates carrying the least debt load. Its doctoral programs were rated third among public institutions for offering the best value based on a formula weighing both academic quality and cost of attendance.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance rated the University first among the 100 best colleges combining great academics and affordable tuitions. And The 2003 Fiske Guide to Colleges said, "UNC-Chapel Hill has earned its place among the South's more prestigious universities."
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