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2020 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the Far Western US Region

Approximately 68,023 communication and media studies degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices 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 59 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in communication and media studies. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 8 colleges 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 good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 17% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 10%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 159 to 1 )
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 $38,300.

Starting Salary  ( 33574 to 41425 )
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$43,800

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 Far Western US

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

Top 10 Best Communications Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Doctorate Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In CA
6.3% Growth in Graduates

It's difficult to beat University of Southern California if you wish to study communication and media studies. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of 40 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means USC is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, USC also offers 4 different higher degree levels in communication and media studies, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. University of Southern California communication and media studies graduates receive $4,895 more than the average communications graduate.

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Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
65th Most Popular In CA

Stanford University is among your best bets if you want to study communication and media studies. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Stanford. A Best Colleges rank of 7 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Stanford is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Stanford also offers 2 different higher degree levels in communication and media studies, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In CA
0.7% Growth in Graduates

University of California - Santa Barbara is a good decision for students interested in a Communication & Media Studies degree. UCSB is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara. This school ranks 18th out of 171 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There are approximately 406 communication and media studies undergraduates enrolled in this program at UCSB. Graduates of the communications program earn an average of $36,300 in the first couple years of working.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
12th Most Popular In CA
$33,800 Median Starting Salary

It's difficult to beat University of California - San Diego if you wish to pursue communication and media studies as a major. Located in the large city La Jolla, UCSD is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 72 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UCSD is a great school overall.

University of California - San Diego is one of the most popular school to study communications in Far Western US exceeding 273 graduates last year. Graduates of the communications program earn an average of $33,800 in their early career salary.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WA
0.2% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large city Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 14th out of 171 colleges for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There are about 462 communication and media studies undergraduates studying this degree at UW Seattle. University of Washington - Seattle Campus communication and media studies graduates make $3,195 more than the typical communications student.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In WA
$34,500 Median Starting Salary

Wazzu is a very large public school located in the town of Pullman. This school ranks 43rd out of 171 colleges for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There are approximately 150 communication and media studies undergrads studying this program at Wazzu. Graduates of the communications program make about $34,500 in their early career salary.

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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
27th Most Popular In CA
4.4% Growth in Graduates
$43,000 Median Starting Salary

SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Santa Clara. This school ranks 11th out of 171 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

A favorite choice for communication and media studies undergrads, there are approximately 137 students studying this degree at SCU. Santa Clara University communication and media studies students earn $8,695 more than the average communications graduate.

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10th Most Popular In CA
17.5% Growth in Graduates
$43,800 Median Starting Salary

UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Berkeley. A Best Colleges rank of 65 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great college overall.

With 291 students enrolled, University of California - Berkeley is one of most popular colleges to study communications in Far Western US. University of California - Berkeley communication and media studies majors make $9,495 more than the standard communications student.

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Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
23rd Most Popular In CA
$36,600 Median Starting Salary

Loyola Marymount is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles. This college ranks 21st out of 171 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

A popular choice for communication and media studies undergraduates, there are about 144 learners enrolled in this program at Loyola Marymount. Students from the communication and media studies degree program at Loyola Marymount University make $2,295 above the typical college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In CA
$37,900 Median Starting Salary

Located in the suburb Davis, UC Davis is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 10th out of 171 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There are about 336 communication and media studies undergraduates studying this program at UC Davis. Communication & Media Studies majors from University of California - Davis earn a boost of around $3,595 above the average income of communication and media studies majors.

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Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges by State

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State Colleges Degrees Awarded
California 328 13,280
Washington 303 1,346
Oregon 266 513
Nevada 199 337
Hawaii 169 271
Alaska 146 15

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Relations & Advertising 19,507
Journalism 15,914
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 14,960
Communication & Journalism (Other) 1,920
Publishing 246

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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.

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