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2021 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the Far Western US Region

Approximately 66,279 communication and media studies degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the Far Western US Region ranking analyzed 61 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in communication and media studies. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of schools for Communication & Media Studies students in the Far Western US Region.

Choosing a Great Communication & Media Studies School

Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the Far Western US Region Your choice of communication and media studies school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 14%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 151 to 36 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Communication & Media Studies graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average communication and media studies bachelors degree from Far Western US schools results in an average starting salary of $33,176, graduates of colleges on this list average $37,867.

Starting Salary  ( 33779 to 41220 )
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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Communication & Media Studies students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other communication and media studies students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized communication and media studies related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Communication & Media Studies students in the Far Western US Region.

Best Schools to Study Communication & Media Studies in the Far Western US Region

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for communication and media studies majors.

Top 10 Best Communications Colleges in the Far Western US Region

It's difficult to beat University of Southern California if you want to pursue communication and media studies as a major. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of 40 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means USC is a great school overall.

There are about 562 communication and media studies undergrads enrolled in this program at USC. University of Southern California communication and media studies graduates make $3,664 more than the typical communications grad.

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University of California - Santa Barbara is a great decision for individuals pursuing a Communication & Media Studies major. UCSB is a very large public school located in the midsize suburb of Santa Barbara. This school ranks 18th out of 173 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There are roughly 457 communication and media studies undergraduates enrolled in this program at UCSB. Graduates of the communications program make around $36,300 in the first couple years of their career.

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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University is among your top options if you want to study communication and media studies. SCU is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Santa Clara. A Best Colleges rank of 68 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means SCU is a great school overall.

A popular major for communication and media studies undergrads, there are approximately 130 learners enrolled in this program at SCU. Students from the communication and media studies program at Santa Clara University earn $7,464 above the standard college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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University of California - Davis is one of the finest schools in the country for communication and media studies. Located in the suburb Davis, UC Davis is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 83 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UC Davis is a great college overall.

There are approximately 323 communication and media studies undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UC Davis. Communication & Media Studies students from University of California - Davis receive an earnings boost of around $2,364 above the typical earnings of communication and media studies graduates.

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Located in the large city Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 14th out of 173 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There are approximately 487 communication and media studies undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UW Seattle. After graduation, communications students usually make an average of $37,500 at the beginning of their careers.

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UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Berkeley. A Best Colleges rank of 69 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great college overall.

A preferred major for communication and media studies undergraduates, there are approximately 254 individuals enrolled in this degree at UC Berkeley. Communication & Media Studies majors from University of California - Berkeley earn a boost of about $8,264 over the typical income of communication and media studies graduates.

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Located in the city La Jolla, UCSD is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 12th out of 173 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There are roughly 312 communication and media studies undergrads enrolled in this degree at UCSD. Students who graduate from the communications program earn about $33,800 in the first couple years of their career.

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Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

Loyola Marymount is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles. This school ranks 20th out of 173 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

Loyola Marymount University is a fairly popular school to study communications in Far Western US with over 158 graduates last year. After graduation, communications students generally earn an average of $36,600 in their early careers.

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University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

Located in the large city San Francisco, USFCA is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 34th out of 173 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

With 125 undergrads, University of San Francisco is one of most popular colleges to study communications in Far Western US. Students who graduate from the communications program make around $32,700 in the first couple years of their career.

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San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

Located in the city San Jose, San Jose State is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 70th out of 173 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

A favorite major for communication and media studies undergrads, there are roughly 258 individuals studying this program at San Jose State. Communication & Media Studies students from San Jose State University receive an earnings boost of approximately $4,364 over the average earnings of communication and media studies majors.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Communication & Media Studies students in the Far Western US Region that almost earned our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the Far Western US Region award.

Rank College Location
11 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
12 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
13 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
14 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
15 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA

Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges by State

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State Colleges Degrees Awarded
California 316 12,702
Washington 293 1,277
Oregon 252 455
Nevada 190 292
Hawaii 162 264
Alaska 120 14

One of 5 majors within the Communication & Journalism area of study, Communication & Media Studies has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 3,010
Journalism 2,267
Public Relations & Advertising 1,622
Communication & Journalism (Other) 157
Publishing 36

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to UNU-WIDER from Helsinki, Finland. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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