2022 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

55,113

Graduates Per Year

$42K

Average Salary

#9

Most Popular Major

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10

Popularity

Very Popular

55,113

795% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

1,109

478% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

8

Criminal Justice

55,297

9

Communication and Media Studies

55,113

10

Accounting

51,697

Cost

Expensive

$41,498

30% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

74

Voice and Opera

$42,709

75

Communication and Media Studies

$41,498

76

Mathematics and Computer Science

$41,196

Salary

Average Salary

$36,771

5% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

147

Global Studies

$37,163

148

Communication and Media Studies

$36,771

149

Criminal Justice

$36,452

Professors

Good

4.2/5

5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

90

History

91

Communication and Media Studies

92

English Language and Literature

Students

Diverse

4/5

10.89% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

125

Chinese Studies

126

Communication and Media Studies

127

Behavioral Sciences

SUMMARY

Majoring in Communication and Media Studies is not only a valuable choice, but frequently an essential first step for scholars aspiring to pursue a career as a marketing communications coordinator, a media communications specialist, or an event coordinator. In fact, communication and media studies is a surprisingly popular major choice, ranking as the 9th most popular major. In the last year, there were 55,113 communication and media studies diplomas received. In-state tuition for communication and media studies at private institutions is, on average, 3.7 times more spendy than their public fellows.

With an impressive 1109 universities having programs for communication and media studies chances are that any institutions you are excited about will have a degree program for you. If you're hoping to immerse yourself with other communication and media studies undergrads, consider colleges in California which have more undergraduates admitted to communication and media studies than any other state. less precisely, the best region to major in communication and media studies is in the Southeast region with Florida International University, University of South Florida-Main Campus, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection of the top conference to study communication and media studies is the Big Ten Conference with Indiana University-Bloomington, Michigan State University, and Ohio State University-Main Campus representing the conference. That said, our belief is that the best school for communication and media studies is Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and here you can find our comprehensive list for the best colleges.

The objectively best school is not necessarily the 'best' school for every student. There might be many more factors to think about when selecting ​university. Features such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food would impact your decision of where to go to college. At Authority, we have evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which communication and media studies university is home to the top campus, the answer is Stanford University. If you are mostly interested in which school is home to the best campus, we have a whole list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, professor reviews, student reviews, and more so we can compare every U.S. major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our well researched list for the schools with the best student life and our selection of the school with the best student life for communication and media studies is Cornell University. Curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about our top selections. Many of our decisions will probably shock you.

If cost is a significant deciding factor in your decision on where to go to college, you might consider avoiding University of Southern California. University of Southern California is the most expensive college for communication and media studies, at least for out of state students. We have a page for the most expensive schools that could put the expense at University of Southern California into perspective. Additionally, you may want to know that communication and media studies is the 75th most expensive degree in the US, with an average associated cost of $41,500. On a broader scale, the most expensive state for communication and media studies on our list is District of Columbia at American University, The Catholic University of America, and The Catholic University of America - the primary universities in the state - of $49,070, $46,950, and $46,950. Even more broadly, the most expensive region of the U.S. for communication and media studies is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Boston College with a cost of $56,780, Boston University with a cost of $54,720, and Brown University with a cost of $57,112.

Our cheapest region for communication and media studies is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Brigham Young University-Idaho with a cost of $4,208, Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790, and Colorado State University-Global Campus with a cost of $8,400. More optimistically, the most affordable university for communication and media studies is University of South Florida-Main Campus. Authority.org's entire list of the most affordable universities can be found here.

In-state students can anticipate paying in the neighborhood of $9,700 for a degree in communication and media studies. That cost balloons by a lot to an average of $21,600 for an out-of-state public-school student. On that note, our choice for the university with the best value for communication and media studies: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Through this link you can find our comprehensive list of the colleges we believe to be the best value in general. Bear in mind, this section is predicated on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition costs are considered, but we do not know where you live (and are not trying to collect that kind of data).

Earnings for communication and media studies students vary a lot, but within two-years of leaving college students will regularly make in the neighborhood of $41,800. While there can be much variation in pay; top earners can experience pay up to $89,400. Straight out of university, the minimum earning positions within the communication and media studies field earn $20,000, which could be worse. The highest earning grads from communication and media studies graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and if you are looking for universities with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The all-around diversity of communication and media studies ranks on the higher end, being in the 68th percentile of all majors. The university with the most composite diversity for communication and media studies is Massachusetts Institute of Technology and here you can find our comprehensive list for the universities which have the most diversity. The financial diversity of the Communication and Media Studies major only is within the 30th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is greater than financial diversity, ranking in the 62nd percentile. White collegians make up the largest share at 58% of those studying communication and media studies. Additionally, 68% of scholars seeking a communication and media studies major are women.

The median ranking of communication and media studies professors is 4.2 stars, a score that is 5% greater than the median across every major; which is a good ranking. If you are curious about the most popular communication and media studies instructor in the nation, take a look at Thomas Brecheisen from The Art Institute of Las Vegas. It may be surprising, but the top rated professors for communication and media studies by student come from CUNY Bernard M Baruch College. As we consider information other than simply rankings it becomes clear that the university with the overall best professors for communication and media studies is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You can find more detail on our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, as well as many of the finest examples of instructors in the U.S.

Finally, the hardest school to get into for communication and media studies is Stanford University. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we do have an extensive list for the hardest colleges to get into. Although, we do hope you believe that considering university with a perspective mainly derived from superlatives could be said to be the root of many of higher education's fundamental problems. We hope you look at some of our other pages on different universities and peruse a couple of our insightful background articles on beneficial details to consider as your university search develops.

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University of Southern California

#1 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

University of Southern California is a very large private university located in Los Angeles, CA ranked 24th in the United States. It has a total of 21,909 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 11.42% of applicants. University of Southern California offers 527 different majors and is best known for its Communication and Media Studies, Film, and Gerontology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $57,256 per year, University of Southern California is very high-priced. 87.78% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After college, alumni go on to take home around $74,000 per year, which is 78% over the national median.

Los Angeles, CA

www.usc.edu/

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

53,186

Students

#24

Ranking

$57,256

Tuition

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

#2 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a very large public university located in Chapel Hill, NC ranked 64th in the nation. It has a total of 19,957 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 22.63% acceptance rate. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers 232 different majors and is best known for its Health and Fitness, Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, and Environmental Science programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $7,019 for students from North Carolina and $34,198 for those from out-of-state, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is somewhat moderately costly. 84.25% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring home roughly $55,600 per year, which is 34% above the national median.

Chapel Hill, NC

www.unc.edu

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

32,346

Students

#64

Ranking

$34,198

Tuition

Boston University

#3 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

Boston University is a very large private university located in Boston, MA ranked 35th in the US. It has a total of 23,235 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting about one in five applicants. Boston University offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Counseling Psychology, Athletic Training, and Archeology programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $54,720 per year, Boston University is extremely high-priced. 77.85% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw about $65,300 per year, which is 57% above the national median.

Boston, MA

www.bu.edu

A+

Rating

19%

Acceptance

42,779

Students

#35

Ranking

$54,720

Tuition

University of Pennsylvania

#4 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

University of Pennsylvania is a very large private university located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 8th in the US. It has a total of 14,000 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.66% acceptance rate. University of Pennsylvania offers 355 different majors and is best known for its Finance, Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, and Philosophy programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $51,156 per year, University of Pennsylvania is exceptionally pricey. 81.13% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn more or less $85,900 per year, which is 107% greater than the national median.

Philadelphia, PA

www.upenn.edu

A+

Rating

8%

Acceptance

29,813

Students

#8

Ranking

$51,156

Tuition

California State University-Fullerton

#5 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

California State University-Fullerton is a very large public institution located in Fullerton, CA ranked 41st in California. It has a total of 40,350 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 52.69% of applicants. California State University-Fullerton offers 114 different majors and is best known for its Early Childhood Education and Teaching, Health and Fitness, and Human Services programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for students from California and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, California State University-Fullerton is reasonably priced. 70.58% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring home roughly $47,200 per year, which is 14% greater than the national median.

Fullerton, CA

www.fullerton.edu

B+

Rating

53%

Acceptance

46,588

Students

#344

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

University of California-Santa Barbara

#6 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

University of California-Santa Barbara is a very large public university located in Santa Barbara, CA ranked 97th in the US. It has a total of 24,638 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 29.56% of applicants. University of California-Santa Barbara offers 182 different majors and is best known for its Actuarial Science, Sociology, and Experimental Psychology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,442 for in-state students and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-Santa Barbara is quite expensive. 64.93% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to take in roughly $55,300 per year, which is 33% greater than the national median.

Santa Barbara, CA

www.ucsb.edu

A

Rating

30%

Acceptance

27,685

Students

#97

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

Michigan State University

#7 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

Michigan State University is a very large public university located in East Lansing, MI ranked 163rd in the nation. It has a total of 42,492 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 71.12% of applicants. Michigan State University offers 384 different majors and is best known for its Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management, Pre-Law Studies, and Soil Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $14,460 for in-state students and $39,766 for those from out-of-state, Michigan State University is quite expensive. 76.24% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to make roughly $53,600 per year, which is 29% above the national median.

East Lansing, MI

https://www.msu.edu

A

Rating

71%

Acceptance

55,332

Students

#163

Ranking

$39,766

Tuition

Stanford University

#8 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

Stanford University is a large private university located in Stanford, CA ranked 2nd in the nation. It has a total of 8,290 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 4.34% of applicants. Stanford University offers 227 different majors and is best known for its Human Biology, Industrial Management, and Earth Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $52,857 per year, Stanford University is exceptionally pricey. 89.2% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make roughly $94,000 per year, which is 126% above the national median.

Stanford, CA

www.stanford.edu/

A+

Rating

4%

Acceptance

20,993

Students

#2

Ranking

$52,857

Tuition

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

#9 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

University of Washington-Seattle Campus is a very large public university located in Seattle, WA ranked 110th in the US. It has a total of 39,443 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 51.76% acceptance rate. University of Washington-Seattle Campus offers 687 different majors and is best known for its Informatics, Environmental Science, and Physician Assistant Studies programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $10,370 for in-state students and $37,071 for those from out-of-state, University of Washington-Seattle Campus is quite costly. 77.21% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make more or less $57,700 per year, which is 39% greater than the national median.

Seattle, WA

www.washington.edu

A

Rating

52%

Acceptance

56,315

Students

#110

Ranking

$37,071

Tuition

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

#10 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a large private university located in Cambridge, MA ranked 1st in the US. It has a total of 4,698 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 6.7% of applicants. Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers 114 different majors and is best known for its Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $53,450 per year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is extremely expensive. 90% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to generate near $104,700 per year, which is 152% greater than the national median.

Cambridge, MA

web.mit.edu/

A+

Rating

7%

Acceptance

12,321

Students

#1

Ranking

$53,450

Tuition

Florida International University

#11 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

Florida International University is a very large public university located in Miami, FL ranked 13th in Florida. It has a total of 59,764 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 57.51% acceptance rate. Florida International University offers 250 different majors and is best known for its International Business, Clinical Nutrition Services, and Marketing programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,721 for students from Florida and $16,529 for those from out-of-state, Florida International University is reasonably priced. 54.63% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to take home close to $46,300 per year, which is 11% over the national median.

Miami, FL

www.fiu.edu

B+

Rating

58%

Acceptance

72,780

Students

#337

Ranking

$16,529

Tuition

Marist College

#12 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

Marist College is a mid-sized private institution located in Poughkeepsie, NY ranked 184th in the US. It has a total of 6,184 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 49.23% of applicants. Marist College offers 79 different majors and is best known for its Fashion Merchandising, Multimedia Art, and History Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $41,800 per year, Marist College is rather expensive. 78.36% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to take in approximately $56,900 per year, which is 37% greater than the national median.

Poughkeepsie, NY

www.Marist.edu

A

Rating

49%

Acceptance

7,462

Students

#184

Ranking

$41,800

Tuition

Boston College

#13 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

Boston College is a large private university located in Chestnut Hill, MA ranked 40th in the United States. It has a total of 10,369 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 27.22% of applicants. Boston College offers 176 different majors and is best known for its Applied Psychology, Operations Management and Supervision, and Theological and Ministerial Studies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $56,780 per year, Boston College is extremely costly. 89.53% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn about $72,500 per year, which is 75% above the national median.

Chestnut Hill, MA

www.bc.edu

A+

Rating

27%

Acceptance

15,981

Students

#40

Ranking

$56,780

Tuition

Purdue University-Main Campus

#14 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

Purdue University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in West Lafayette, IN ranked 133rd in America. It has a total of 35,481 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 59.83% acceptance rate. Purdue University-Main Campus offers 382 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Technologies, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Computer Graphics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,208 for students from Indiana and $28,010 for those from out-of-state, Purdue University-Main Campus is reasonably expensive. 69.04% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take in more or less $55,100 per year, which is 33% greater than the national median.

West Lafayette, IN

https://www.purdue.edu

A

Rating

60%

Acceptance

47,412

Students

#133

Ranking

$28,010

Tuition

Northwestern University

#15 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

Northwestern University is a very large private university located in Evanston, IL ranked 18th in the US. It has a total of 9,906 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 9.05% of applicants. Northwestern University offers 406 different majors and is best known for its Manufacturing Engineering, Journalism, and Drama programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $56,232 per year, Northwestern University is exceptionally expensive. 76.5% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to generate roughly $69,000 per year, which is 66% above the national median.

Evanston, IL

www.northwestern.edu

A+

Rating

9%

Acceptance

25,614

Students

#18

Ranking

$56,232

Tuition

Cornell University

#16 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

Cornell University is a very large private university located in Ithaca, NY ranked 11th in America. It has a total of 15,464 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 10.85% of applicants. Cornell University offers 323 different majors and is best known for its Human Resources, Agricultural Business and Management, and Agriculture programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $56,550 per year, Cornell University is very high-priced. 89.35% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to take home roughly $77,200 per year, which is 86% above the national median.

Ithaca, NY

www.cornell.edu

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

24,189

Students

#11

Ranking

$56,550

Tuition

University of Maryland-College Park

#17 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

University of Maryland-College Park is a very large public university located in College Park, MD ranked 100th in America. It has a total of 33,022 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 44.18% of applicants. University of Maryland-College Park offers 432 different majors and is best known for its Criminology, Preschool Education and Teaching, and Family and Community Services programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,824 for students from Maryland and $34,936 for those from out-of-state, University of Maryland-College Park is somewhat moderately pricey. 75.08% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to make around $62,900 per year, which is 51% greater than the national median.

College Park, MD

www.umd.edu

A

Rating

44%

Acceptance

44,486

Students

#100

Ranking

$34,936

Tuition

Indiana University-Bloomington

#18 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

Indiana University-Bloomington is a very large public university located in Bloomington, IN ranked 280th in the US. It has a total of 34,843 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 77.91% acceptance rate. Indiana University-Bloomington offers 336 different majors and is best known for its Business, Public Administration, and Informatics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,575 for students from Indiana and $35,140 for those from out-of-state, Indiana University-Bloomington is somewhat moderately pricey. 60.07% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home around $47,700 per year, which is 15% above the national median.

Bloomington, IN

www.indiana.edu/

A-

Rating

78%

Acceptance

46,423

Students

#280

Ranking

$35,140

Tuition

Wake Forest University

#19 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

Wake Forest University is a mid-sized private university located in Winston-Salem, NC ranked 62nd in the United States. It has a total of 5,399 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting nearly two out of seven applicants. Wake Forest University offers 100 different majors and is best known for its French Studies, General Studies, and Elementary Education and Teaching programs (nationally ranked 1st, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,430 per year, Wake Forest University is exceptionally expensive. 85.68% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring in approximately $63,800 per year, which is 54% above the national median.

Winston-Salem, NC

www.wfu.edu

A+

Rating

30%

Acceptance

9,032

Students

#62

Ranking

$54,430

Tuition

University of Wisconsin-Madison

#20 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

University of Wisconsin-Madison is a very large public university located in Madison, WI ranked 106th in the nation. It has a total of 34,640 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 54.41% of applicants. University of Wisconsin-Madison offers 492 different majors and is best known for its Spanish Language and Literature, Genetics, and French Language and Literature programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,273 for in-state students and $36,333 for those from out-of-state, University of Wisconsin-Madison is rather pricey. 81.28% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make approximately $56,200 per year, which is 35% greater than the national median.

Madison, WI

www.wisc.edu

A

Rating

54%

Acceptance

47,392

Students

#106

Ranking

$36,333

Tuition

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

#21 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is a very large public university located in Ann Arbor, MI ranked 37th in the nation. It has a total of 31,206 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting more or less 2 in 9 applicants. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Experimental Psychology, Data Modeling and Database Administration, and German Language and Literature programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $15,230 for students from Michigan and $50,872 for those from out-of-state, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is exceptionally pricey. 86.28% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take home more or less $63,400 per year, which is 53% greater than the national median.

Ann Arbor, MI

https://umich.edu/

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

48,218

Students

#37

Ranking

$50,872

Tuition

University of South Florida-Main Campus

#22 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

University of South Florida-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Tampa, FL ranked 216th in the United States. It has a total of 37,780 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 47.63% of applicants. University of South Florida-Main Campus offers 238 different majors and is best known for its Audiology, Social Science Teacher Education, and Criminology programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,559 for students from Florida and $15,473 for those from out-of-state, University of South Florida-Main Campus is moderately priced. 65.22% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to bring in close to $43,500 per year, which is 5% over the national median.

Tampa, FL

www.usf.edu

A

Rating

48%

Acceptance

51,808

Students

#216

Ranking

$15,473

Tuition

University of California-San Diego

#23 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

University of California-San Diego is a very large public university located in La Jolla, CA ranked 66th in America. It has a total of 31,840 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, with a 31.48% acceptance rate. University of California-San Diego offers 228 different majors and is best known for its Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Global Studies, and Cognitive Science programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $11,442 for students from California and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-San Diego is quite pricey. 78.44% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, entering the workforce. After graduation, alumni go on to bring home about $59,900 per year, which is 44% above the national median.

La Jolla, CA

www.ucsd.edu

A+

Rating

31%

Acceptance

39,811

Students

#66

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

#24 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a very large public university located in Champaign, IL ranked 117th in the US. It has a total of 35,883 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting nearly three out of every five applicants. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers 372 different majors and is best known for its Civil Engineering, Food Science, and Architectural Technology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,036 for in-state students and $29,178 for those from out-of-state, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is reasonably costly. 80.23% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to draw about $61,500 per year, which is 48% greater than the national median.

Champaign, IL

www.illinois.edu/

A

Rating

59%

Acceptance

54,985

Students

#117

Ranking

$29,178

Tuition

University of California-Davis

#25 Best Colleges for Communication and Media Studies

University of California-Davis is a very large public university located in Davis, CA ranked 86th in the nation. It has a total of 32,863 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, with a 38.87% acceptance rate. University of California-Davis offers 311 different majors and is best known for its Design and Visual Communications, Nutrition Sciences, and Biotechnology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $11,442 for in-state students and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-Davis is rather costly. 80.59% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw more or less $58,200 per year, which is 40% over the national median.

Davis, CA

ucdavis.edu

A+

Rating

39%

Acceptance

40,623

Students

#86

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition