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2021 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Michigan

Communication & Media Studies is a popular major and Michigan is the 10th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,806 of the 66,279 Communication & Media Studies diplomas earned last year were given by schools in Michigan. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Michigan ranking analyzed 16 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in communication and media studies. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 2 schools for Communication & Media Studies students in Michigan.

Choosing a Great Communication & Media Studies School

Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Michigan 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 school'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.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Communication & Media Studies graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. A communication and media studies bachelors degree from a school in Michigan helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $32,259 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 full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Communication & Media Studies students in Michigan.

Best Schools to Study Communication & Media Studies in Michigan

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

Top 10 Best Communications Colleges in Michigan

It's difficult to beat University of Michigan - Ann Arbor if you want to pursue communication and media studies as a major. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor.

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor communication and media studies students earn $9,575 more than the typical communications grad.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University is one of the best schools in the United States for communication and media studies. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of East Lansing.

Communication & Media Studies majors from Michigan State University receive an earnings boost of around $4,275 over the average income of communication and media studies majors.

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Hope College

Holland, MI

Hope College is a good decision for students pursuing a Communication & Media Studies major. Located in the city Holland, Hope is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career wages of $30,700.

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Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan University is one of the best schools in the United States for communication and media studies. Located in the town Mount Pleasant, Central Michigan is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Graduates from the communication and media studies major at Central Michigan University earn $5,075 above the average college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI

Located in the city Grand Rapids, Calvin is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Grads of the communications program state that they receive average early career income of $30,900.

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Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

Wayne State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Detroit.

Graduates of the communications program make around $31,900 in the first couple years of working.

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Located in the suburb Allendale, GVSU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Graduates of the communications program report average early career wages of $29,000.

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Albion College

Albion, MI

Located in the fringe town Albion, Albion is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

After getting their bachelor's degree, communications students typically earn around $29,300 in the first five years of their career.

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Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Located in the large suburb Rochester Hills, Oakland is a public college with a large student population.

Graduates of the communications program make around $31,900 for their early career.

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Located in the city Dearborn, UM Dearborn is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Graduates of the communications program make an average of $30,600 in the first couple years of working.

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Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Ohio 303 2,186
Illinois 299 2,144
Indiana 283 1,753
Wisconsin 267 1,269

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 1,141
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 583
Journalism 283
Communication & Journalism (Other) 44
Publishing 3

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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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