Manship School Facts | LSU Manship School of Mass Communication

Manship School Facts

Student Achievement Data

Headcount Enrollment Statistics

Students Fall 2019 Fall 2018 Fall 2017 Fall 2016 Fall 2015 Fall 2014 Fall 2013 Fall 2012 Fall 2011 Fall 2010
Journalism 102 82 61 65  81 102 108 133 131 162
Journalism 3+3 Pre-Law 9 7 - - - - - - - -
Digital Advertising 21 22 24 20  25 35 31 66 43 57
Digital Advertising 3+3 Pre-Law 1 2 - - - - - - - -
Public Relations 48 46 56 80  70 86 194 99 122 114
Public Relations 3+3 Pre-Law 8 7 - - - - - - - -
Political Communication 48 65 49 49  48 39 45 50 28 47
Political Communication 3+3 Pre-Law 12 10 - - - - - - - -
Undeclared Concentration 0 0 4 8 8 3 3 0 0  0
Masters 42  37  39  44  44 55 63 51 45 44
Doctoral 22   18  17  18  20 21 23 23 27 26 

Undergraduate enrollment numbers are for first-time freshmen. All numbers include full-time and part-time enrollment.

Undergraduate Graduation Rates % (Compared to Overall LSU Rates)

Cohort Four-Year Five-Year Six Year
  Manship LSU Manship LSU Manship LSU
2010 55.7% 39.2% 73.1% 60.5% 76.4% 68%
2011* 59.1% 38%  77.2% 59.3% 80.9% 66.6%
2012 63.3% 38.8%  71.9% 59.8% 76.4% 64.0%
2013 64.4% 41.0% 76.9% 60.9% 78.6% 67.9%
2014 60.4% 39.4% 73.6%  61%    
2015 63.4% 42.9%        

The numbers above represent all freshmen who came in intending on majoring in mass communication, but may have switched majors.

*In 2011, Manship decreased its required hours from 128 to 120 to improve 4-year graduation rates. 

Percentage of Manship Graduates Who Began As Freshmen at LSU

Spring 2020 Spring 2019 Spring 2018 Spring 2017 Spring 2016 Spring 2015 Spring 2014 Spring 2013 Spring 2012
90.17% 92.8% 90.3% 93.75% 91.5% 91.98% 92.4% 91.19% 88.8%
The above numbers reflect the percentage of students who graduate, after being formally admitted into the Manship School. The Manship School does not directly admit students upon entering LSU. Students must meet Manship academic standards for admission.

Undergraduate Student Retention Rates % (Compared to Overall LSU Rates)

Cohort First to Second Year Second to Third Year Third to Fourth Year
  Manship LSU Manship LSU Manship LSU
2010 88.3% 83.8% 80.7% 75.1%  77.2%  69.8%
2011 91.3% 83% 85.2% 73% 79.2% 68%
2012 86% 82.5% 79.7% 73.2% 76.4% 67.6%
2013 89.3% 84.6% 83.3% 75.5% 78.6%  69.3%
2014 88.7% 84.7% 79.6%  74.3% 76.2% 68.2%
2015 88.8% 82.8% 80.2% 72.7% 74.1% 67.4%
2016 92.8% 82.9% 87.4% 73.4% 82.4%  *
2017 91.8% 83.7% 84% 74.5%    
2018 89.6% 83%        

*Missing data

Degrees Granted By Concentration (Fall, Spring, Summer)

B.A. in Mass Communication 10-11 11-12 12-13 13-14 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 19-20 8-Year Total
Digital Advertising 69 47 47 40  45 52 43  53 49  40 485
Journalism 55 63 54 63  55 53 36  47 27  31 484
Political Communication 25 32 38 22  21 31 42  28 55  51 345
Public Relations 105 82 108 121  119 91 101  117 90  114 1,048
Totals 254 224 247 246  240 227 222 245  221 236 2,362

Master's Level Graduation Rates %

Cohort Two-Year Three-Year Four-Year
2010 50.0% 58.3% 66.7%
2011 55.0% 70.0% 75.0%
2012 54.2% 70.8% 75.0%
2013 60.0% 64.0%  72.0%
2014 42.1% 52.6%  52.6%
2015 63.2% 78.9%  84.2%
2016 66.7% 86.7%  
2017 72.2%    

Master's Level Student Retention Rates

Cohort First to Second Year Second to Third Year Third to Fourth Year
2010 83.3% 16.7% 8.3%
2011 75.0% 25.0% 10.0%
2012 83.3% 29.2% 4.2%
2013 76.0% 16.0% 12.0%
2014 63.2% 15.8% *
2015 89.5% 15.8% 5.3%
2016 86.7% 20.0% 0%
2017 83.3% 16.7%  
2018 84.4%    

Master's students are not required to be continuously enrolled and may take up to two semesters off without having to reapply to a program. Also, students enrolled in our dual degree program with the Law Center also take one year off to complete the required first year of law school courses. These leaves are not reflected in retention figures.