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2023 Communication and Media Studies Popularity

There are about 251,895 students enrolled in Communication and Media Studies in the USA.

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Communication and media studies is the 9th most popular degree in America, with 55,113 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #10 Accounting, and narrowly lost to #8 Criminal Justice.

The degree is offered at a total of 1,109 colleges across the nation, and is the 13th most widely offered degree. Given that communication and media studies is offered at 38% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America, you can be sure this is a critical degree and the skillsets acquired are likely to last for a long time.

It is also worth noting that one half of colleges offering communication and media studies are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The southeast produces the most communication and media studies graduates, largely led by Florida International University, while it’s the Big Ten Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from California State University-Fullerton and California State University-Sacramento.

All that being said, no individual school produces more communication and media studies graduates than Alabama A & M University, which graduated 868 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study communication and media studies). More students studied communication and media studies as a percentage of total students at High Point University than any other college.

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