Communication & Media Studies

2021 Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges for Veterans

499 Colleges
54,842 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,117 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Communication & Media Studies Schools for Vets

Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges for VeteransIn 2019-2020, 54,842 communication and media studies students received their bachelor's degrees, making the major the #6 most popular in the country.

This year's Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges for Veterans ranking analyzed 499 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in communications. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality communication and media studies programs as well as strong veteran support.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as veteran satisfaction, veteran affordability, and overall quality of the communication and media studies program at the school. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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The communications school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Communications Schools for Veterans.

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2021 Best Communication & Media Studies Schools for Veterans in the United States

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Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Communication & Media Studies Schools

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Southern California. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles. In addition to being on our best for vets list, USC has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies ranking.

Among the 46,287 students enrolled at USC, 1,323 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 908 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $21,271. During this same period, 415 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Maryland - College Park comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. UMCP is a very large public school located in the suburb of College Park. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UMCP, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies ranking.

According to our most recent data, UMCP supports 40,709 students, and 896 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 672 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $13,240. On top of their other funding sources, 7 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. UMCP does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Boston U also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies rankings.

According to our most recent data, Boston U supports 32,718 students, and 438 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 321 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,944. In addition to receiving other benefits, 48 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. UPenn also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies rankings.

Among the 26,552 students enrolled at UPenn, 272 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 153 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,428. On top of their other funding sources, 106 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a fairly large student population. UNC Chapel Hill also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list, coming in at #8.

According to our most recent data, UNC Chapel Hill supports 30,092 students, and 641 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 419 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,668. During this same period, 18 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and media studies schools. U of U is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Salt Lake City. U of U also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 988 of the 33,081 students enrolled at U of U were GI Bill® students, of which 723 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,580. During this same period, 39 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public college with a fairly large student population. Purdue excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list.

Our most recent data shows that 761 of the 46,655 students enrolled at Purdue were GI Bill® students, of which 556 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,363. To help with additional expenses, 32 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Purdue does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Arizona State University - Tempe landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and media studies schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, ASU - Tempe is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list.

Our most recent data shows that 7,047 of the 74,795 students enrolled at ASU - Tempe were GI Bill® students, of which 6,145 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,977. To help with additional expenses, 156 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. ASU - Tempe does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Ohio State also did well on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Among the 61,369 students enrolled at Ohio State, 1,851 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,158 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,438. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#10

American University

Washington, DC

American University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Washington, The American University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. The American University excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list.

Our most recent data shows that 614 of the 14,001 students enrolled at The American University were GI Bill® students, of which 522 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,029. To help with additional expenses, 245 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UIUC is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list.

Among the 52,679 students enrolled at UIUC, 500 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 247 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,702. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Indiana University - Bloomington earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. IU Bloomington is a fairly large public school located in the city of Bloomington. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, IU Bloomington also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies ranking.

According to our most recent data, IU Bloomington supports 43,064 students, and 626 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 389 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $12,606. During this same period, 23 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. IU Bloomington does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public school with a very large student population. U-M also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Among the 47,907 students enrolled at U-M, 509 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 321 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $26,841. U-M does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#14

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our rankings recognize Cornell University as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Cornell, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies ranking.

According to our most recent data, Cornell supports 23,620 students, and 621 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 519 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,152. To help with additional expenses, 150 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#15

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Boston College has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies ranking.

According to our most recent data, Boston College supports 14,934 students, and 164 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 130 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $24,987. In addition to receiving other benefits, 74 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Boston College does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Texas A&M University - College Station comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. Texas A&M College Station is a very large public school located in the city of College Station. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Texas A&M College Station also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies ranking.

According to our most recent data, Texas A&M College Station supports 70,418 students, and 2,040 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,388 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,525. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Denver

Denver, CO

The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Denver. DU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Denver. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, DU also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies ranking.

Among the 13,856 students enrolled at DU, 531 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 436 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $17,641. To help with additional expenses, 125 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. DU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. UW Seattle is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Seattle. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UW Seattle also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 1,278 of the 48,149 students enrolled at UW Seattle were GI Bill® students, of which 780 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $14,461. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Our rankings recognize Northeastern University as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. Northeastern also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Among the 22,905 students enrolled at Northeastern, 700 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 515 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $14,457. In addition to receiving other benefits, 171 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University is a public college with a fairly large student population. Louisiana State University excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list.

Among the 34,285 students enrolled at Louisiana State University, 1,092 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 542 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,451. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

Our rankings recognize The University of Alabama as the #21 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Tuscaloosa, UA is a public college with a fairly large student population. UA also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, UA supports 37,840 students, and 2,079 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,228 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,410. During this same period, 409 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Colorado Boulder landed the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and media studies schools. CU - Boulder is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Boulder. CU - Boulder also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 1,325 of the 37,437 students enrolled at CU - Boulder were GI Bill® students, of which 1,066 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,873. During this same period, 55 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University comes in at #23 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public school with a fairly large student population. JMU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, JMU supports 21,594 students, and 800 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 637 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,908. On top of their other funding sources, 3 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Kansas. KU is a very large public school located in the small city of Lawrence. KU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Of the 26,744 students enrolled at KU, 873 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 660 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,622. During this same period, 6 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #25 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Massachusetts Amherst. Located in the large suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UMass Amherst is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list.

According to our most recent data, UMass Amherst supports 31,642 students, and 460 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 300 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,069. In addition to receiving other benefits, 17 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. UMass Amherst does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges for Veterans

#28

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX
#29

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ
#31

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

#33

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

#34

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#37

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#38

Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA
#39

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH
#40

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY
#41

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

#43

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY
#44

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY
#45

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA
#46

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#48

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges for Veterans badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 499 different United States communication and media studies schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Towson University Towson, MD
52 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
53 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
54 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
55 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
56 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
57 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
58 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
59 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
60 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
61 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
62 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
63 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
64 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
65 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
66 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
67 Illinois State University Normal, IL
68 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
69 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
70 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
71 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
72 University of Delaware Newark, DE
73 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
74 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges for Veterans award.

Rank College Location
75 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
76 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
77 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
78 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
79 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
80 Pace University - New York New York, NY
81 Auburn University Auburn, AL
82 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
83 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
84 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
85 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
86 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
87 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
88 Radford University Radford, VA
89 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
90 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
91 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
92 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
93 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
94 Pennsylvania State University - Brandywine Media, PA
95 Edgewood College Madison, WI
96 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
97 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
98 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
99 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE

Communication & Media Studies by Region

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Region
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Southwest
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Communication & Media Studies is one of 5 different types of Communication & Journalism programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Relations & Advertising 16,820
Journalism 12,206
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 11,198
Communication & Journalism (Other) 674
Publishing 57

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to UNU-WIDER from Helsinki, Finland.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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