COM Fund

Boston University’s College of Communication is committed to training talented writers, researchers, and producers in the disciplines of journalism, film and television, mass communication research, and 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 2,269 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 COM degree.

Programs and activities supported by the COM Fund

Emergency Financial Aid

COM’s tuition covers only a percentage 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

Employing the COM Career Services Center’s online and in-house resources, 98 percent of our undergraduates find jobs within six months of graduating. Last year, COM Fund resources provided six new workstations with up-to-date computer software, allowing the center to multiply its on-campus recruiting efforts. Those include career counseling, résumé services, networking workshops, a job database, and an interactive website.

COM Writing Center

To support COM’s mission of training our nation’s best writers, the COM Writing Center provides free services for students who want to hone 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.


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 in Communication

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, public relations, and film and television students meet with alumni industry executives and learn strategies for succeeding in competitive markets. 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.

New Technology

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 Radio, 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 to Present Prizewinning Work

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 our alumni magazine, COMtalk, and in BU’s donor roster.