It’s that time of year again when high school seniors and potential graduate students are anxiously waiting to hear back from their university of choice. Yesterday, in fact, I saw this tweet from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. (Full disclosure: That is my alma mater.)

It made me think back to when I was applying to college and realized I wanted to major in journalism. The problem I encountered then, and still find exists today, is that there aren’t any definitive rankings for journalism schools. (As we saw yesterday, the debate still rages over whether journalism is a worthwhile academic pursuit.)

If you are interested in studying English, business or library sciences, U.S. News & World Report has your back. True, the rankings are flawed and geared toward graduate students but they still give you a vague idea of which schools have strong programs. But if you are trying to decide between University of Maryland, College Park and Northwestern, for example, you have a lot less to go on. Read more