2024 Recognition of Institutional Excellence in Media

BEA is pleased to announce the 2024 rankings of schools based on the creative achievement of their students. The rankings, which began in 2022, are founded on the results from the BEA Festival of Media Arts. The BEA Festival is the preeminent international media competition focused on student and faculty creative endeavors. In the last five years alone, nearly 7,000 student creative works were submitted from BEA’s more than 300 member institutions around the globe. Entries go through a blind-juried review in the following competitions: Audio, Documentary, Film & Video, Interactive Multimedia & Emerging Technologies, News, Scriptwriting, and Sports.

The rankings are not an overall evaluation of an academic program, but an evaluation of the quality and consistency of students’ creative works produced at one institution compared to those at other institutions. While the BEA has been evaluating student works for nearly 20 years in competition, the rankings are based on the past five-year period of student success. Because of the breadth of media taught at participating institutions, individual rankings are provided in each of the seven different media competitions that have at least a five-year history. Additionally, there is an Overall Ranking based on a combined achievement across the multiple media creative disciplines.

Only the top 20% of entries become a Festival winner. There are five levels of awards: Best of Festival, First Place, Second Place, Third Place, and Award of Excellence. The rankings take into account both the quantity and quality of student works. For instance, Best of Festival winners are given a higher weight than Awards of Excellence. While the BEA honors outstanding achievements of both faculty and students, the rankings focus solely on student accomplishments. In the “2024 BEA Festival Student Achievement Rankings,” nearly 150 schools are represented with student winners.

The Broadcast Education Association is the premiere international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals. The Festival of Media Arts was created and is organized by BEA faculty across the globe to honor the amazing works of both students and faculty. Over $19,000 in prizes is awarded each year, thanks to the generous longtime sponsorship of the Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation and the continued Diana King Memorial Endowment.

2024 Top Winning Overall Programs

1Arizona State University
2University of Oklahoma
3Syracuse University
4University of Florida
5Missouri State University
6Huntington University
7Ball State University
8Taylor University
9Elon University
10Rowan University
11Pennsylvania State University
12Goshen College
13Huntington University Arizona
14Michigan State University
14University of Miami
16West Virginia University
17University of Southern California
18Brigham Young University
19University of Georgia
20Palm Beach Atlantic University
21The American University in Cairo
22University of North Texas
23University of Southern Indiana
24James Madison University
25Colorado State University
26Ithaca College
27St. Cloud State University
28Bethany Lutheran College
29Loyola University Chicago
30University of North Carolina Wilmington
31Southern Illinois University Carbondale
32Middle Tennessee State University
33University of South Carolina
34York College of Pennsylvania
35Marshall University
36California State University Fullerton
37University of Maryland
38Hofstra University
39Purdue University Northwest
40Xavier University
41Appalachian State University
42University of Arkansas
43Ohio University
44Liberty University
44Northern Arizona University
46Kansas State University
47University of Indianapolis
48Harding University
49San Jose State University
49University of Nebraska-Lincoln
51University of Alabama
52Oklahoma State University
53Westminster College
54Linfield University
55Northwest Missouri State University
56Ferris State University
56Kentucky Wesleyan College
58San Francisco State University
59St. Bonaventure University
60University of Nebraska-Omaha
61Drake University
61University of Connecticut
63John Carroll University
64Midwestern State University
65Fort Hays State University
66Western Connecticut State University
67SUNY Oswego
68Southeastern Louisiana University
69Central Michigan University
69George Fox University
69University of Denver
72University of Guam
72University of Texas at Arlington
74Loyola Marymount University
75Georgia College & State University
75University of La Verne
77University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
78Gordon College
78Texas Christian University
80University of Central Oklahoma
81Illinois State University
82Lee University
83Nottingham Trent University
84Baylor University
85SUNY New Paltz
85University of Central Florida
85University of Montevallo
85University of Toledo
89Bethel University
89Western Kentucky University
89Buffalo State University
89Temple University
89University of Nevada, Reno
89Weber State University
95Bowling Green State University
95Mississippi State University
95SUNY Brockport
95University of Memphis
95Wayne State University

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2024 Top Winning Audio Programs

1Rowan University
2Goshen College
3Missouri State University
4University of Southern Indiana
5Taylor University
6Arizona State University
7York College of Pennsylvania
8Huntington University
9Southern Illinois University Carbondale
10University of Nebraska-Omaha
11The American University in Cairo
12Liberty University
13Kentucky Wesleyan College
14Marshall University
15Linfield University
16Harding University
17University of Indianapolis
18Kansas State University
19West Virginia University
20John Carroll University
20Appalachian State University
20University of La Verne
23Colorado State University
24Nottingham Trent University
25SUNY Oswego
26Michigan State University
26University of Nebraska-Lincoln
28American University
28Berry College
28Ithaca College
28North Carolina Central University
28The College at Brockport
28University of Texas at Arlington

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2024 Top Winning Documentary Programs

1Taylor University
2Arizona State University
3The American University in Cairo
4University of Florida
5Colorado State University
6Syracuse University
7University of Oklahoma
8Ball State University
9Rowan University
10Midwestern State University
11Loyola University Chicago
12Michigan State University
13Ferris State University
14SUNY New Paltz
15Huntington University Arizona
15University of North Texas
17Harding University
18University of Guam
19Elon University
19Goshen College
19Loyola Marymount University
19Missouri State University
19Texas Christian Univeristy
19University of Central Florida

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2024 Top Winning Film & Video Programs

1University of Oklahoma
2Huntington University
3Elon University
4Huntington University Arizona
5Taylor University
6University of Florida
7Missouri State University
8Palm Beach Atlantic University
9University of North Carolina Wilmington
10Syracuse University
11Rowan University
12Goshen College
13James Madison University
14Bethany Lutheran College
15University of Alabama
16Hofstra University
17Loyola University Chicago
17Pennsylvania State University
17University of Connecticut
20Colorado State University
20Xavier University
22Middle Tennessee State University
22University of North Texas
24Drake University
25University of Maryland
26Lee University
27Ball State University
27University of Montevallo
29Buffalo State University
30Ferris State University
30Gordon College
30Northwest Missouri State University
33Appalachian State University
33Regent University
33University of Texas at Arlington
36Ithaca College
36Liberty University
36Southern Illinois University
36University of Georgia
36University of Guam
36Westminster College

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2024 Top Winning Interactive Multimedia & Emerging Technology Programs

1Syracuse University
2West Virginia University
3Arizona State University
4San Jose State University
5University of Southern California
6James Madison University
7University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
8Elon University
9California State University Fullerton
10Ohio University
10University of Seville

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2024 Top Winning News Programs

1Arizona State University
2University of Oklahoma
3University of Florida
4Syracuse University
5University of Southern California
6Pennsylvania State University
7University of Miami
8Brigham Young University
9West Virginia University
10Michigan State University
11University of South Carolina
12Elon University
13Ball State University
14Rowan University
15California State University Fullerton
16University of Maryland
16University of North Texas
18University of Arkansas
19Ohio University
19Northern Arizona University
21Goshen College
22Ithaca College
22St. Bonaventure University
24The American University in Cairo
25Middle Tennessee State University
26University of Toledo
27University of Nebraska-Lincoln
27University of Denver
29Fort Hays State University
29Oklahoma State University
29University of Memphis
32Huntington University Arizona

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2024 Top Winning Scriptwriting Programs

1Missouri State University
2University of Georgia
3University of Oklahoma
4Huntington University
5Purdue University Northwest
6Palm Beach Atlantic University
7San Francisco State University
8James Madison University
9Xavier University
10Westminster College
11Central Michigan University
12Southern Illinois University Carbondale
13Appalachian State University
13George Fox University
13University of North Texas
16Illinois State University

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2024 Top Winning Sports Programs

1Arizona State University
2Ball State University
3Syracuse University
4University of Oklahoma
5St. Cloud State University
6University of Miami
7Pennsylvania State University
8Michigan State University
9University of Florida
10Bethany Lutheran College
11Ithaca College
12Elon University
13Brigham Young University
14Middle Tennessee State University
15Oklahoma State University
15Southeastern Louisiana University
17Kansas State University
18Northern Arizona University
19Marshall University
20Taylor University
21University of Indianapolis
22Goshen College
23Bethel University
24West Virginia University
25Fort Hays State University
25Hofstra University
27St. Bonaventure University
27University of North Texas
29University of Nebraska-Lincoln
30Baylor University
30Northwest Missouri State University
30Ohio University
30University of Southern Indiana

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