Student Experience | School of Journalism & Mass Communication | Kent State University

Student Experience

College is a time for exploring new ideas, developing new skills, finding new passions and forming lifelong bonds.

At JMC, our top Ohio school for journalism and communication, students receive expert navigation on their path of discovery. At the start of their first year, students are assigned professional academic advisors who stay with them throughout their college careers. Our advisors are devoted to helping students map out the curriculum and experiential options best suited to their professional aspirations.

JMC faculty also provide industry-specific expertise, education and coaching. Our faculty care about students as individuals and are committed to their success.

Beyond the classroom, JMC students can be involved in a wide array of activities including:

  • Nationally recognized student media along with regional, national and international student competitions, and student organizations

  • Short- and long-term study abroad experiences 

  • Industry-specific networking events

  • Professional mentors from news, media and marketing organizations across the country, including our alumni and members of JMC's Professional Advisory Board

  • CCI Commons, a living and learning community for communication and design majors

  • Flash Communications, a student-run PR agency housed in University Communication and Marketing and jointly operated by the JMC, provides PR, journalism and communications students with hands-on experience working in a real-world setting

  • IdeaBase, (formerly The Tannery) an integrated marketing communications firm powered by Kent State students, gives students hands-on experience working with paying clients on real projects.