About CCI

Welcome from Dean Amy Reynolds, Ph.D.

Dean Reynolds Portrait

Hello, I'm Dean Amy Reynolds, and I want to welcome you to the College of Communication and Information (CCI) at Kent State University.  

CCI is the only college in the nation that offers degree programs from five distinct but interrelated fields of study – media, design, communication, information and digital technologies.

This unique alignment symbolizes Kent State and CCI’s innovative, focused and strategic vision that prepares our graduates for today’s world. Our inclusive, friendly and supportive environment, advanced curriculum and powerful experiential learning opportunities all combine to drive student success, while our highly-engaged faculty drive our industry forward with nationally-recognized research.

Whether you’re considering one of our undergraduate or graduate programs at Kent State, a current student or college alumnus/a of CCI or just exploring our college, I encourage you to browse through the distinctions below that truly make our college one-of-a-kind.

Taylor Hall
Taylor Hall features newly updated, open classroom spaces.

Kent State University is ranked among the top 100 national public universities by U.S. News and World Report’s Top Public Schools list and is on the first-tier list in the Best National Universities category.  Additionally, the innovative schools that come together to form CCI’s degree programs include: 

  • School of Communication Studies: our combined bachelor's/master's degree program allows you to get both degrees in less time. Students with associate degrees can take advantage of our pathways allowing them to gain their bachelor's in as little as two years.

  • School of Emerging Media and Technology: integrates STEM-based, cross-disciplinary learning with our modern curriculum, preparing future technology professionals for success in a rapidly changing digital world

  • School of Media and Journalism: programs ranked in the Top 10 in the U.S. (based on placement in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program)

  • School of Information (iSchool): ranked in the Top 20 in the U.S. (#11 BestSchools.org, #20 U.S. News and World Report, 2021)

  • School of Visual Communication Design: nationally recognized for its work in typography and design

CCI Students Choose Their Own Paths

Our students arrive with a variety of cross-disciplinary interests and talents, and we don’t want to stand in their way.  We encourage CCI students to customize their degrees by adding on a minor, taking an online class, studying abroad, training in a foreign language or simply enrolling in a course outside of their program. Our curriculum is designed so that students can explore these pathways while still graduating on time.

Browse Our Degree Programs

IdeaBase and Glyphix Studio form a collaborative design agency in Downtown Kent where CCI students from all programs come to together to work on real client projects.

Hands-On, Real-World Learning

CCI believes in providing students real-world, hands-on experiences from day one. Students can work in our nationally-recognized, award-winning Student Media, work at IdeaBase, our student-led design and marketing agency that serves real-world clients throughout Ohio and surrounding states or get a job with TeleProductions, the CCI unit that annually produces 35 live Kent State sporting events for ESPN3 and more.

In addition, CCI Explore offers a range of both individual and cohort-based global experiences that run from two weeks to a full semester.

See Our Real-World Learning Opportunities

Dedicated Living & Learning Community

CCI Commons is our residence hall exclusively for students enrolled in a major in one of CCI’s schools. Located in Olson Hall at the center of campus, the CCI Commons offers an enhanced learning and living environment where undergraduate students receive enhanced academic support and professional development and networking opportunities.

Explore CCI Commons

Proven Alumni Success

Our relevant learning experiences and competitive degrees help our graduates accomplish their future professional and academic goals.  CCI alumni work around the globe at some of the most prestigious companies and organizations and have gone on to study at top graduate programs.

See What Our Students, Faculty & Alumni Are Up To

Students gather outside of Taylor Hall during its grand reopening

If you’re interested in an undergraduate major and would like a campus tour, please schedule an on-campus visit or if you're unable to come in person you can see our facilities as part of our 360º virtual tours.  We’d love to see you!

If you're a graduate student, you can also start your path to admissions in one of our masters degree programs (including popular programs from the iSchool).

If you have questions, you can also email us anytime at cci@kent.edu. And, if you want to keep up with news from the college or our schools, you can follow us on social media.

Warm regards,

Amy Reynolds, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Communication and Information