Top Public Relations/Image Management Bachelors degree Programs - 2018

Image is everything, but it’s hard work to create, maintain, and tailor those images for the needs of the individual, business, or organization public relations professionals work for. Those in the field of public relations (PR) manage the media surrounding their clients, utilizing speeches, press releases, special affairs,and photo ops to promote the image of their clients. Those who apply to the major will learn how to craft speeches, how to create a media campaign, how to effectively communicate, and all about the power of image.

This major focuses heavily on communication and writing, both of which are the primary skills for a PR career. Courses can include: advertising, speech writing, media campaign management, journalism, marketing, public affairs, mass and internal communications, and special event management. Students of the PR major will compile a portfolio of their work, including press release samples and presentations, as well as likely complete an internship. Those drawn to PR tend to be great communicators and writers, interested in playing a behind-the-scenes role, are sociable, quick-thinkers, and enjoy employing strategy.

In a world filled with multiple mediums of communication, there’s no shortage of need for image management. After graduation, students of the major can pursue a number of career paths related to PR, including: special events coordinator, media relations manager, marketing communications specialist, fundraiser, direct marketing spokesperson, or media planner to name a few. An image is an important commodity for people and organizations wishing to be in the spotlight.

Public Relations fun fact: Bill Gates once said, "If I was down to the last dollar of my marketing budget I'd spend it on PR!"

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The average starting salary for a graduate with a degree in Public Relations/Image Management is $40675

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The University of Alabama 294 235 (4.9%) 3.7% 201 (86%) 34 (14%) 383 $45,200 $77,200
Miami University-Oxford 102 208 (4.3%) 5.4% 154 (74%) 54 (26%) 109 $50,500 $93,200
Texas State University 759 200 (4.2%) 3.1% 156 (78%) 44 (22%) 474 $45,400 $74,500
University of South Carolina-Columbia 166 187 (3.9%) 3.5% 152 (81%) 35 (19%) 498 $44,900 $73,900
University of Oregon 274 171 (3.6%) 3.7% 142 (83%) 29 (17%) 395 $44,100 $76,900
The University of Texas at Austin 98 171 (3.6%) 1.7% 147 (86%) 24 (14%) 79 $53,400 $96,400
University of Florida 61 155 (3.2%) 1.9% 135 (87%) 20 (13%) 223 $49,500 $85,100
University of Georgia 91 152 (3.2%) 2.2% 137 (90%) 15 (10%) 242 $47,300 $83,900
University of Houston 686 114 (2.4%) 1.7% 89 (78%) 25 (22%) 207 $51,800 $86,300
Texas Tech University 474 110 (2.3%) 2.1% 86 (78%) 24 (22%) 146 $51,600 $89,400
Brigham Young University-Provo 273 102 (2.1%) 1.6% 55 (54%) 47 (46%) 106 $52,300 $93,500
The University of Texas at Arlington 1095 101 (2.1%) 1.4% 79 (78%) 22 (22%) 258 $51,800 $83,000
Quinnipiac University 195 100 (2.1%) 6% 82 (82%) 18 (18%) 295 $49,400 $81,900
Georgia Southern University 668 100 (2.1%) 3.1% 91 (91%) 9 (9%) 686 $45,500 $68,200
Appalachian State University 278 92 (1.9%) 2.4% 71 (77%) 21 (23%) 629 $41,300 $70,100
Central Michigan University 729 90 (1.9%) 2.3% 68 (76%) 22 (24%) 650 $41,800 $69,500
Rowan University 316 89 (1.9%) 3.3% 67 (75%) 22 (25%) 547 $47,100 $72,400
Auburn University 203 87 (1.8%) 2% 82 (94%) 5 (6%) 169 $48,700 $88,000
University of Southern California 50 86 (1.8%) 1.7% 74 (86%) 12 (14%) 60 $56,100 $100,000
Hofstra University 367 81 (1.7%) 5.9% 68 (84%) 13 (16%) 104 $49,000 $93,700
Syracuse University 160 79 (1.6%) 2.3% 72 (91%) 7 (9%) 209 $51,900 $86,000
Illinois State University 317 79 (1.6%) 1.8% 66 (84%) 13 (16%) 416 $43,700 $76,200
University of Miami 128 76 (1.6%) 2.9% 67 (88%) 9 (12%) 365 $50,600 $78,000
San Jose State University 752 66 (1.4%) 1.1% 50 (76%) 16 (24%) 75 $56,800 $97,700
Central Washington University 778 61 (1.3%) 2.5% 47 (77%) 14 (23%) 407 $45,800 $76,500
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville 260 57 (1.2%) 1.3% 48 (84%) 9 (16%) 331 $46,500 $80,300
Iowa State University 261 57 (1.2%) .9% 41 (72%) 16 (28%) 283 $51,200 $82,400
Chapman University 211 56 (1.2%) 3.7% 48 (86%) 8 (14%) 428 $47,200 $75,700
Marquette University 206 56 (1.2%) 2.9% 45 (80%) 11 (20%) 148 $52,200 $89,300
SUNY at Fredonia 406 54 (1.1%) 5.2% 42 (78%) 12 (22%) 916 $39,100 $56,600
University of Louisiana at Lafayette 907 54 (1.1%) 1.9% 41 (76%) 13 (24%) 516 $45,500 $73,200
Wayne State University 874 54 (1.1%) 1.8% 36 (67%) 18 (33%) 434 $46,500 $75,600
University of Rhode Island 430 53 (1.1%) 1.6% 45 (85%) 8 (15%) 176 $48,900 $87,600
University of Northern Iowa 382 53 (1.1%) 2.4% 41 (77%) 12 (23%) 555 $42,900 $72,200
SUNY College at Oswego 407 45 (.9%) 2.7% 35 (78%) 10 (22%) 625 $38,900 $70,200
Columbia College Chicago 1148 45 (.9%) 2.4% 35 (78%) 10 (22%) 807 $41,900 $63,200
Eastern Kentucky University 974 45 (.9%) 1.8% 32 (71%) 13 (29%) 636 $40,000 $69,900
Northern Kentucky University 1122 44 (.9%) 2% 32 (73%) 12 (27%) 613 $43,300 $70,500
University of Akron Main Campus 1016 43 (.9%) 1.4% 36 (84%) 7 (16%) 382 $46,600 $77,300
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras 754 42 (.9%) 2.5% 34 (81%) 8 (19%)
Gonzaga University 143 41 (.9%) 3.7% 38 (93%) 3 (7%) 220 $51,700 $85,200
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University 920 39 (.8%) 2.3% 33 (85%) 6 (15%) 610 $42,400 $70,600
York College Of Pennsylvania 676 37 (.8%) 3.8% 25 (68%) 12 (32%) 508 $48,800 $73,600
Murray State University 700 37 (.8%) 2.2% 30 (81%) 7 (19%) 739 $40,200 $66,100
LIU Post 810 34 (.7%) 3.2% 29 (85%) 5 (15%) 199 $46,700 $86,700
Winthrop University 723 32 (.7%) 3.3% 26 (81%) 6 (19%) 890 $37,600 $59,100
Lee University 763 32 (.7%) 3.9% 30 (94%) 2 (6%)
American University 119 29 (.6%) 1.6% 26 (90%) 3 (10%) 85 $46,100 $95,700
SUNY College at Plattsburgh 477 29 (.6%) 2.3% 22 (76%) 7 (24%) 547 $39,000 $72,400
Salem State University 823 28 (.6%) 1.7% 16 (57%) 12 (43%) 568 $41,800 $71,800
Western Kentucky University 826 28 (.6%) 1% 23 (82%) 5 (18%) 721 $41,200 $66,800
Kent State University at Kent 559 27 (.6%) .5% 22 (81%) 5 (19%) 735 $41,000 $66,200
University of Idaho 623 26 (.5%) 1.5% 19 (73%) 7 (27%) 213 $48,300 $85,500
Cleveland State University 1073 26 (.5%) 1.1% 18 (69%) 8 (31%) 389 $45,200 $77,100
Rider University 498 25 (.5%) 2.5% 20 (80%) 5 (20%) 404 $46,100 $76,600
Drake University 192 24 (.5%) 3.1% 21 (88%) 3 (13%) 217 $45,100 $85,400
Northern Michigan University 868 24 (.5%) 1.9% 22 (92%) 2 (8%) 845 $38,900 $61,600
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus 701 22 (.5%) .7% 21 (95%) 1 (5%) 504 $41,400 $73,800
Bradley University 299 22 (.5%) 2% 16 (73%) 6 (27%) 149 $50,600 $89,200
University of Central Missouri 802 21 (.4%) 1.1% 16 (76%) 5 (24%) 657 $42,300 $69,200
Utica College 1077 19 (.4%) 2.6% 11 (58%) 8 (42%) 526 $47,600 $73,000
Franklin University 18 (.4%) 1.7% 15 (83%) 3 (17%) 752 $44,700 $65,400
Eastern Michigan University 1057 18 (.4%) .5% 14 (78%) 4 (22%) 629 $41,800 $70,100
Barry University 1322 17 (.4%) 1.8% 13 (76%) 4 (24%) 717 $46,500 $66,900
Harding University 523 17 (.4%) 1.9% 14 (82%) 3 (18%) 600 $42,200 $70,900
Loras College 543 16 (.3%) 5.1% 15 (94%) 1 (6%)
Franklin College 651 14 (.3%) 6.5% 9 (64%) 5 (36%)
Southern Methodist University 136 14 (.3%) .8% 13 (93%) 1 (7%) 151 $53,900 $89,100
Mississippi Valley State University 1433 14 (.3%) 4.6% 6 (43%) 8 (57%)
Xavier University 270 13 (.3%) 1.4% 11 (85%) 2 (15%) 471 $46,100 $74,600
Western New England University 534 13 (.3%) 2.1% 9 (69%) 4 (31%) 317 $54,300 $81,000
Ferris State University 830 12 (.2%) .5% 11 (92%) 1 (8%) 526 $47,700 $73,000
Lindenwood University 1021 12 (.2%) .7% 5 (42%) 7 (58%) 869 $41,000 $60,400
Webster University 580 12 (.2%) 1.5% 8 (67%) 4 (33%) 543 $39,800 $72,500
Hood College 466 12 (.2%) 3.8% 8 (67%) 4 (33%) 652 $39,900 $69,400
Baldwin Wallace University 538 11 (.2%) 1.5% 7 (64%) 4 (36%) 558 $41,800 $72,100
Montana State University-Billings 11 (.2%) 2.1% 8 (73%) 3 (27%) 877 $39,900 $59,600
Lipscomb University 443 10 (.2%) 1.5% 8 (80%) 2 (20%) 538 $42,000 $72,600
Ohio Dominican University 1132 10 (.2%) 3.4% 7 (70%) 3 (30%) 926 $42,200 $55,500
Otterbein University 491 10 (.2%) 2.3% 8 (80%) 2 (20%) 558 $44,300 $72,100
University of Northwestern-St Paul 524 10 (.2%) 1.8% 8 (80%) 2 (20%)
Westminster College 301 9 (.2%) 3.5% 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
Palm Beach Atlantic University 717 9 (.2%) 1.8% 9 (100%) 0 932 $39,700 $55,300
Capital University 536 9 (.2%) 1.6% 6 (67%) 3 (33%) 657 $42,100 $69,200
Monmouth College 696 9 (.2%) 3.7% 8 (89%) 1 (11%)
Champlain College 496 8 (.2%) 1.4% 7 (88%) 1 (13%)
Dominican University 649 8 (.2%) 1.9% 8 (100%) 0
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce 1385 8 (.2%) 1.4% 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
Ursuline College 1010 8 (.2%) 4.3% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) 793 $42,500 $63,600
Taylor University 286 8 (.2%) 1.8% 7 (88%) 1 (13%)
Minnesota State University Moorhead 861 7 (.1%) .6% 6 (86%) 1 (14%) 575 $41,100 $71,600
Missouri Valley College 1567 7 (.1%) 3% 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
Oklahoma City University 517 7 (.1%) 1.3% 4 (57%) 3 (43%) 581 $47,300 $71,500
Campbell University 982 6 (.1%) .7% 5 (83%) 1 (17%) 517 $42,500 $73,100
Southern Adventist University 1022 6 (.1%) 1.4% 5 (83%) 1 (17%) 906 $43,600 $57,500
University of Central Oklahoma 1329 6 (.1%) .2% 5 (83%) 1 (17%) 735 $41,600 $66,200
Greenville University 1023 6 (.1%) 2.2% 5 (83%) 1 (17%)
Campbellsville University 1304 5 (.1%) 1.3% 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
Dordt College 350 5 (.1%) 1.6% 4 (80%) 1 (20%)
Northern Arizona University 748 5 (.1%) .1% 4 (80%) 1 (20%) 445 $44,400 $75,200
Saint Ambrose University 659 4 (.1%) .6% 2 (50%) 2 (50%) 700 $43,200 $67,500
Huntington University 611 4 (.1%) 1.9% 4 (100%) 0
William Penn University 1506 3 (.1%) 1% 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
Northwest Missouri State University 930 3 (.1%) .3% 3 (100%) 0 712 $42,200 $67,100
Hampton University 706 3 (.1%) .5% 3 (100%) 0 483 $42,800 $74,300
Grand View University 1160 3 (.1%) .6% 3 (100%) 0 526 $36,700 $73,000
Belmont University 323 3 (.1%) .2% 1 (33%) 2 (67%) 600 $40,800 $70,900
Avila University 1184 3 (.1%) 1.1% 2 (67%) 1 (33%) 709 $39,700 $67,200
Notre Dame College 1425 3 (.1%) 1% 3 (100%) 0
Andrews University 603 3 (.1%) .7% 3 (100%) 0 756 $43,100 $65,000
Ashland University 674 2 (%) .3% 2 (100%) 0 824 $40,900 $62,400
Tiffin University 1274 2 (%) .5% 2 (100%) 0
Point Park University 599 2 (%) .3% 1 (50%) 1 (50%) 655 $39,200 $69,300
Mount Vernon Nazarene University 617 2 (%) .5% 2 (100%) 0 847 $37,700 $61,500
Washington and Lee University 39 2 (%) .4% 2 (100%) 0 30 $54,500 $111,000
Heidelberg University 859 2 (%) .9% 2 (100%) 0
Mount Mercy University 544 2 (%) .5% 2 (100%) 0 595 $43,400 $71,000
Keene State College 495 2 (%) .2% 2 (100%) 0 517 $45,100 $73,100
Freed-Hardeman University 750 1 (%) .4% 1 (100%) 0
Cornerstone University 984 1 (%) .2% 1 (100%) 0 956 $37,900 $51,200
Lewis University 561 1 (%) .1% 0 1 (100%) 445 $44,700 $75,200
Southwest Baptist University 1039 1 (%) .2% 1 (100%) 0
Suffolk University 716 1 (%) .1% 1 (100%) 0 357 $45,700 $78,400
The College of Saint Scholastica 492 1 (%) .1% 0 1 (100%) 787 $49,500 $63,800
Lyndon State College 1212 1 (%) .5% 0 1 (100%) 961 $37,900 $48,500
Alderson Broaddus University 1381 1 (%) .7% 1 (100%) 0
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