Boston University’s College of Communication is committed to training talented writers, researchers, and producers in each of four academic disciplines:
- Film and Television
- Mass Communication research
- Advertising and Public Relations
Distinguished faculty in Boston, and at satellite campuses in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, marry their personal experiences with pragmatic lessons to train COM’s 4,400 undergraduate and graduate students—tomorrow’s communications visionaries.
Donations to the COM Fund enhance the technological, academic, and programmatic resources available to students and faculty. These initiatives enrich the campus experience, give students and alumni a competitive edge, and bolster COM’s reputation as a premier communications college, increasing the value of a COMdegree.
COM Fund support is critical to meeting a variety of needs, including:
Emergency Financial Aid
COM’s tuition covers only 58 percent of the total cost of educating a student. While students receive financial aid from the University, based on either merit or need, the COM Fund provides further assistance to students who seek additional support. Your contribution ensures that deserving students have the opportunity to begin—and complete—their studies.
COM Career Services Center (CSC)
Employing the COM Career Services Center’s online and in-house resources, 98 percent of our undergraduates find jobs within six months of graduating. This year, the COM Fund will purchase six new workstations and with up-to-date computer software, allowing the Center to multiply its on-campus recruiting efforts, which include career counseling, résumé services, networking workshops, a job database, and the interactive website www.bu.edu/com-csc.
COM Writing Center
To support COM’s mission of training our nation’s best writers, the Writing Center provides free services to assist students in honing their skills. The COM Fund underwrites the center’s resources and publishes The Comment, an award-winning student magazine. For the past seven years, The Comment has been recognized by both the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Society of Professional Journalists, this year placing third in the “Best Student Magazine” category.
At butv10, BU’s first student-run television station, students produce four to five hours of new programming each week and work with BU Today to produce one-minute campus news updates that air hourly. The COM Fund helps BU’s most visible student media outlet improve its technology and resources to maintain and enhance its level of output.
Conversations: A Distinguished Lecture Series
Each semester, industry leaders from nearly every discipline of communications headline this campus lecture series fostering a dialogue about contemporary communications issues. The COM Fund underwrites the cost of the popular series, which is open to all students and alumni.
Student-Alumni Networking Events
The COM Fund creates opportunities for students and alumni to widen their personal and professional networks. Each year during spring break, top advertising and film/TV students meet with alumni industry executives and learn strategies for succeeding in competitive markets. A public relations section of the program was added this past year and will continue into the future. Regionally, COM sponsors social and networking events designed to connect its constituents. Adstravaganza!, the Don’t Be That Guy or Girl career workshop, regional events, student film festivals in Boston and Los Angeles, the Blue Chip Awards, COM Alumni Fridays, and many other events give outstanding students the opportunity to meet with accomplished alumni, all of whom share a love for BU and a passion for communications.
The regular upgrading of computer hardware and software and other equipment enables COM to outpace other institutions in adopting new technologies and providing students with the best media resources. Donations to the COM Fund allow for the purchase and installation of:
- New lighting and camera equipment in our third floor television studios, which are shared by broadcast journalism classes, butv10, and Neighborhood Network News.
- Wireless networks in the COM student lounge and the COM 101 auditorium.
- Multimedia, web design, and DVD software that enables students to produce professional-quality videos and design visual elements for websites, magazines, and brochures.
- Digital production equipment, including audio-visual tools, a second video server in the TV control room, satellite-delivered AP audio services for use by WTBU-AM, additional digital field cameras, and extended nonlinear post-production facilities, which enhance the capabilities of broadcast journalism and film and television majors.
Student and Faculty Travel Assistance
Gifts to the COM Fund subsidize travel for faculty experts and talented students who represent COM and present their research at more than 100 conferences and film festivals each year.
Donations of all sizes enhance COM’s resources and will be acknowledged in alumni magazine COMtalk and on the COM website.