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2021 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Ohio

Communication & Media Studies is a popular major and Ohio is the 8th most popular state for students studying this major. 2,186 of the 66,279 Communication & Media Studies diplomas earned last year were given by colleges in Ohio. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Ohio 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 colleges for Communication & Media Studies students in Ohio.

Choosing a Great Communication & Media Studies School

Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Ohio 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. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

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 include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Graduates Earn More After College

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 school in Ohio helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $31,350 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 colleges for Communication & Media Studies students in Ohio.

Best Schools to Study Communication & Media Studies in Ohio

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study communication and media studies.

Top 10 Best Communications Colleges in Ohio

It is difficult to beat Ohio State University - Main Campus if you wish to pursue communication and media studies as a major. Ohio State is a very large public school located in the large city of Columbus.

Ohio State University - Main Campus communication and media studies graduates earn $6,550 more than the typical communications graduate.

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University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

University of Dayton is one of the finest schools in the United States for communication and media studies. Located in the medium-sized city Dayton, U of Dayton is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

University of Dayton communication and media studies students receive $7,150 more than the standard communications student.

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Denison University

Granville, OH

Denison University is a wonderful decision for individuals interested in a Communication & Media Studies major. Denison is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Granville.

Communication & Media Studies majors from Denison University earn a boost of around $5,550 over the typical income of communication and media studies graduates.

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University of Cincinnati - Main Campus is a good choice for students interested in a Communication & Media Studies degree. Cincinnati is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Cincinnati.

Communication & Media Studies students from University of Cincinnati - Main Campus earn a boost of approximately $3,150 over the typical income of communication and media studies majors.

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John Carroll University

University Heights, OH

John Carroll is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of University Heights.

Students from the communication and media studies program at John Carroll University get $3,450 more than the standard college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Franciscan U is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Steubenville.

After graduating, communications students usually make around $31,800 in their early careers.

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Located in the fringe town Oxford, Miami of Ohio is a public school with a large student population.

Graduates of the communications program report average early career earnings of $33,000.

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Ohio U is a very large public school located in the town of Athens.

Students who graduate from this program report average early career wages of $31,100.

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Located in the large suburb Kent, Kent State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Soon after graduating, communications students generally make an average of $32,200 at the beginning of their careers.

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Otterbein University

Westerville, OH

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

Students who graduate from the communications program earn around $25,000 for their early career.

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Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 305 1,806
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.

Majors Similar to Communications

Related Major Annual Graduates
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 1,112
Public Relations & Advertising 887
Journalism 550
Communication & Journalism (Other) 49

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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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