The WVU Reed College of Media is a student-centered journalism school that has been graduating journalists, advertising and public relations professionals since 1939. While rooted in tradition, the College of Media also offers an innovative curriculum and real-world experiences that prepare students for careers in today's media industry. Our graduates work in top news organizations and communication agencies around the world, leading the industry and transforming the media landscape.
You can follow in their footsteps.
The Reed College of Media has many things to offer our students — from small, specialized classes to the latest in technology.
The College of Media is located in Martin Hall - the oldest at WVU, located in the heart of Woodburn Circle.
We are also located in the Media Innovation Center
The 10,000 square foot facility, located in the Evansdale Crossing Building, provides both a technology sandbox for media students and faculty and a gathering place to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and creative problem solving for journalism and the media industry.
Our students use technology like 360 video and augmented and virtual reality tools to tell stories in new ways to an increasingly sophisticated audience.
We also offer small class sizes – with most capped at 20 students.
This allows students to collaborate closely with each other and their professors. Students have the resources of a large university, but the comfort of a smaller academic unit within that university.
WVU has more than 400 student organizations and club sports. These experiences and connections are invaluable. The College of Media has clubs and organizations specifically related to journalism advertising and public relations.
If you are still in high school, you can get a head start on your College of Media experience. Enroll in classes at WVU through ACCES, our early college program that offers a variety of courses to high school students at a steeply reduced price. Or, participate in the College of Media’s Summer Media Camp for high school students . You don’t have to wait until you’re in college – start now!
The WVU Reed College of Media requires its entering freshmen and transfer students (journalism or advertising and public relations majors) to have their own laptops and smartphones for use in journalism, advertising and public relations classes and on projects.
The College is a Mac-based environment, but students may also use PC (Windows) laptops, as long as they have the minimum specifications, which are noted below for both operating systems.
Mac Operating System Requirements
15” Macbook Pro | Approx Cost $2,600
- 512GB Storage
- 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor
- 16GB memory
- 256GB PCIe-based SSD storage
- Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB memory
- Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
13” Macbook Pro | $1,500
- 1.6-2.3GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5
- Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
- 8GB memory
- 256GB PCIe-based SSD storage
- Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide
* Prices current as of Spring 2019 from the online Apple Education Store.
Minimum Windows Operating System Requirements**
- Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU or AMD equivalent
- 8-16GB RAM (or more highly recommended)
- 500GB ATA 100/7,200 RPM hard drive is preferred
- A graphics card supporting higher resolution than 1920x1080. (2 GB dedicated, non-shared, memory for card is recommended)
- Windows 10 Professional
Dell computer purchases can be made at a discounted price for students at dell.com/wvu
We want to help you achieve your goals. We are committed to your success. We offer a number of in-house resources to help you transition to college and prepare you for the future.
College should be the best years of your life, not the most expensive. We have the perks and programs of a major research university at a price below the national average.
Students interested in majoring in one of the programs offered by the College of Media must first apply to West Virginia University and be accepted. Click here for more admissions information.
What classes should I be taking in high school to prepare me for the College of Media?
Students who wish to pursue major in the College of Media should complete a well-rounded high school curriculum. The College curriculum requires a strong background in English and writing. Some students choose to take Advanced Placement English in high school, which not only prepares them for college but also may help reduce their required course load upon entering WVU. Students also should consider taking a foreign language in high school, as College of Media students are required to have two semesters of foreign language. Students are encouraged to get involved in high school media, such as the school newspaper, radio, TV broadcast or yearbook, and speech and debate.
How can I get involved with the Reed College of Media while I’m still in High School?
You don’t have to wait until you’re a WVU student to get involved! Click here to learn more about the ACCES program at WVU. Learn about the High School Journalism Competition.
What are the scholarship opportunities?
In addition to financial aid from West Virginia University, the College of Media offers a number of scholarships each year to eligible students. Students with a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA may apply during the spring selection period. All students applying for scholarships must file a FAFSA form by March 1, even if they are not eligible for need-based aid. Awards are generally based on academic performance and/or financial need and are restricted to College of Media students. Each spring, current students are notified via WVU Reed College of Media eNews about the application process and deadlines. To learn more about the scholarship process and other available scholarships, students should contact their advisor.
Is there a laptop requirement?
Yes, the College of Media requires that students have laptops. Click here to see technology requirements.
Will my AP credits from high school transfer?
Students who received a 3 or higher on Advanced Placement exams should request that The College Board release those scores to the WVU Office of Admissions. Students should consult the advanced credit equivalency website for additional information.
Which residence hall should I live in?
Students can live in any hall on either campus. Students will have the opportunity to have classes on both the downtown campus in Martin Hall and the Media Innovation Center on the Evansdale Campus. Students can use the PRT (personal rapid transit) and the university bus system to travel between campuses. For more information about freshman housing, please visit: http://housing.wvu.edu
When do I register for classes?
All incoming first time freshmen are required to attend New Student Orientation. At NSO, students will work with a WVU Reed College of Media advisor to plan their first semester schedule and register for classes. If you are an incoming transfer student, you can reach out to our transfer advisor, Kayla Poling. She will assist you in registering with classes.