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2021 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Washington

Communication & Media Studies is a popular major and Washington is the 16th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,277 of the 66,279 Communication & Media Studies diplomas earned last year were given by colleges in Washington. With so many options it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Washington ranking analyzed 10 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 Washington.

Choosing a Great Communication & Media Studies School

Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Washington 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.

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. A communication and media studies bachelors degree from a college in Washington helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $33,960 a couple years later.

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 colleges for Communication & Media Studies students in Washington.

Best Schools to Study Communication & Media Studies in Washington

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

Top 10 Best Communications Colleges in Washington

University of Washington - Seattle Campus is a wonderful option for students pursuing a Communication & Media Studies major. Located in the city Seattle, UW Seattle is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Graduates from the communication and media studies program at University of Washington - Seattle Campus get $3,540 more than the standard college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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It is difficult to beat Seattle Pacific University if you wish to study communication and media studies. Located in the large city Seattle, SPU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Students from the communication and media studies major at Seattle Pacific University make $2,740 more than the standard college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Washington State University is a wonderful decision for students pursuing a Communication & Media Studies degree. Wazzu is a very large public school located in the town of Pullman.

Students who graduate from the communications program earn an average of $34,500 in their early career salary.

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University of Washington - Bothell Campus is among your best bets if you want to study communication and media studies. University of Washington - Bothell Campus is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Bothell.

Communication & Media Studies majors from University of Washington - Bothell Campus earn a boost of around $3,540 over the typical earnings of communication and media studies graduates.

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University of Washington - Tacoma Campus is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Tacoma.

Graduates from the communication and media studies major at University of Washington - Tacoma Campus make $3,540 above the average graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Seattle University

Seattle, WA

Located in the large city Seattle, Seattle U is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

Students who graduate from the communications program make an average of $31,600 for their early career.

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Located in the small city Bellingham, WWU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, communications students generally earn around $31,700 in their early careers.

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Located in the large suburb Tacoma, PLU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Graduates of the communications program make around $30,300 for their early career.

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Located in the fringe town Cheney, EWU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After getting their bachelor's degree, communications students generally earn an average of $30,800 in the first five years of their career.

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Central Washington University

Ellensburg, WA

Located in the distant town Ellensburg, CWU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After graduating, communications students typically earn an average of $31,500 in the first five years of their career.

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

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
California 316 12,702
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
Public Relations & Advertising 293
Journalism 230
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 229
Communication & Journalism (Other) 74

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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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