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

499 Colleges
55,113 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,117 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Communication & Media Studies Schools for Vets

Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesIn 2018-2019, 55,113 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 in the United States ranking analyzed 499 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in communications. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent communication and media studies programs, but they also offer a lot of support to veterans and active service members.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the communication and media studies program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran satisfaction. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

More Ways to Rank Communication & Media Studies Schools

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

Check out the communications programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for vets.

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 very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles. USC also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the United States rankings.

Of the 47,310 students enrolled at USC, 1,323 were 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. In addition to receiving other benefits, 415 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 Maryland - College Park comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. UMCP is a very large public school located in the large suburb of College Park. UMCP also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the United States rankings.

Our most recent data shows that 896 of the 41,200 students enrolled at UMCP were GI Bill® students, of which 672 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,240. During this same period, 7 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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#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 school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Boston U, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, Boston U supports 34,657 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 made our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the United States list, coming in at #1.

Of the 25,860 students enrolled at UPenn, 272 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 153 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,428. During this same period, 106 students received scholarships through 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 city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public college with a very large student population. UNC Chapel Hill also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the United States list, coming in at #8.

According to our most recent data, UNC Chapel Hill supports 30,011 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 city of Salt Lake City. U of U also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Among the 33,023 students enrolled at U of U, 988 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 723 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,580. During this same period, 39 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 school with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Purdue also did well on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Of the 44,474 students enrolled at Purdue, 761 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 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. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 midsize city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public college with a very 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 in the United States list.

Among the 51,585 students enrolled at ASU - Tempe, 7,047 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 6,145 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,977. In addition to receiving other benefits, 156 students qualified for 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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Ohio State also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the United States ranking.

Among the 61,170 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. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 college 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 in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 614 of the 14,311 students enrolled at The American University were GI Bill® students, of which 522 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,029. On top of their other funding sources, 245 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a very large student population. UIUC 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 in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 500 of the 49,702 students enrolled at UIUC were GI Bill® students, of which 247 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,702. UIUC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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. IU Bloomington 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 in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 626 of the 43,503 students enrolled at IU Bloomington were GI Bill® students, of which 389 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,606. In addition to receiving other benefits, 23 students qualified for 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. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor. U of Michigan 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 in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 509 of the 46,716 students enrolled at U of Michigan were GI Bill® students, of which 321 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $26,841. U of Michigan 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 school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Cornell has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the United States ranking.

Of the 23,600 students enrolled at Cornell, 621 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 519 were 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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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 small city of Chestnut Hill. Boston College also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the United States rankings.

Our most recent data shows that 164 of the 14,720 students enrolled at Boston College were GI Bill® students, of which 130 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school 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 is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of College Station. Texas A&M 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 in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 2,040 of the 68,679 students enrolled at Texas A&M were GI Bill® students, of which 1,388 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,525. Texas A&M does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Denver

Denver, CO

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

Among the 11,952 students enrolled at U of Denver, 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. On top of their other funding sources, 125 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. U of Denver 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 very large public school located in the city of Seattle. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, UW Seattle also did well on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 1,278 of the 47,400 students enrolled at UW Seattle were GI Bill® students, of which 780 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school 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. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Northeastern also did well on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 700 of the 21,627 students enrolled at Northeastern were GI Bill® students, of which 515 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $14,457. During this same period, 171 students received scholarships through 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 city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University is a public school with a fairly large student population. Louisiana State University also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Of the 30,983 students enrolled at Louisiana State University, 1,092 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 542 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,451. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 medium-sized city of Tuscaloosa, UA is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UA is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 2,079 of the 38,390 students enrolled at UA were GI Bill® students, of which 1,228 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,410. In addition to receiving other benefits, 409 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 medium-sized city of Boulder. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, CU - Boulder also did well on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 1,325 of the 36,681 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. To help with additional expenses, 55 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. CU - Boulder does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

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

Our most recent data shows that 800 of the 21,751 students enrolled at JMU were GI Bill® students, of which 637 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,908. In addition to receiving other benefits, 3 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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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 city of Lawrence. KU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Among the 27,690 students enrolled at KU, 873 are 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. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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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 school with a very large student population. UMass Amherst 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 in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, UMass Amherst supports 30,593 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. On top of their other funding sources, 17 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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

#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 list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges for Veterans in the United States 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 in the United States 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

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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.

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