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2020 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Oregon

Communication & Media Studies is a popular major and Oregon is the 32nd most popular state for students studying this major. 513 of the 68,023 Communication & Media Studies diplomas awarded last year were given by schools in Oregon. 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 Oregon ranking analyzed 7 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in communication and media studies. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 colleges for Communication & Media Studies students in Oregon.

Choosing a Great Communication & Media Studies School

Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Oregon 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. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

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

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Communication & Media Studies graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent communication and media studies graduates from Oregon schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $30,683 in 2017-2018.

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 complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Communication & Media Studies students in Oregon.

Best Schools to Study Communication & Media Studies in Oregon

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Communication & Media Studies degree.

Best Communications Colleges in Oregon

$26,700 Median Starting Salary

It is hard to beat Linfield College - McMinnville Campus if you wish to pursue communication and media studies as a major. Linfield is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of McMinnville.

Students who graduate from the communications program earn around $26,700 in their early career salary.

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Lewis & Clark College

Portland, OR
$34,000 Median Starting Salary

Lewis & Clark College is a wonderful decision for individuals interested in a Communication & Media Studies degree. Lewis and Clark College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Portland.

Lewis & Clark College communication and media studies students make $3,317 more than the average communications student.

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University of Portland

Portland, OR
Master Highest Degree Type

It's hard to beat University of Portland if you wish to study communication and media studies. University of Portland is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Portland.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, University of Portland also offers a Master's Degree in communication and media studies.

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Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR
17.3% Growth in Graduates
$31,200 Median Starting Salary

Oregon State University is a great decision for students pursuing a Communication & Media Studies major. Located in the city Corvallis, Oregon State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Graduates of the communications program state that they receive average early career earnings of $31,200.

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Master Highest Degree Type
5.2% Growth in Graduates
$31,400 Median Starting Salary

Located in the large city Portland, Portland State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Portland State University offers a Master's Degree in communication and media studies. Graduates of the communications program report average early career income of $31,400.

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7.1% Growth in Graduates
$29,300 Median Starting Salary

Located in the medium-sized suburb Ashland, Southern Oregon University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Graduates of the communications program make about $29,300 in their early career salary.

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Master Highest Degree Type
10.3% Growth in Graduates
$31,500 Median Starting Salary

Western Oregon State College is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Monmouth.

For those interested in something more advanced, Western Oregon State College also offers 2 different higher degree levels in communication and media studies, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the communications program make an average of $31,500 in the first couple years of working.

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

Explore all the Best Communication & Media Studies Schools in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
California 328 13,280
Washington 303 1,346
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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