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2021 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Wisconsin

Communication & Media Studies is a popular major and Wisconsin is the 17th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,269 of the 66,279 Communication & Media Studies degrees earned last year were given by colleges in Wisconsin. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Wisconsin ranking analyzed 14 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 Wisconsin.

Choosing a Great Communication & Media Studies School

Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Wisconsin The communications program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality communications program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A communication and media studies degree from schools on this list typically translates into higher than average wages following graduation. A communication and media studies bachelors degree from a school in Wisconsin helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $33,353 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 schools for Communication & Media Studies students in Wisconsin.

Best Schools to Study Communication & Media Studies in Wisconsin

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Top 10 Best Communications Colleges in Wisconsin

Any student pursuing a degree in communication and media studies needs to take a look at University of Wisconsin - Madison. Located in the large city Madison, Wisconsin is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After getting their bachelor's degree, communications students usually earn about $32,800 in their early careers.

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Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University is a wonderful decision for students interested in a Communication & Media Studies major. Located in the large city Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, communications students usually earn about $32,500 at the beginning of their careers.

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Saint Norbert College

De Pere, WI

Every student who is interested in communication and media studies has to check out Saint Norbert College. SNC is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of De Pere.

After getting their bachelor's degree, communications students generally earn around $33,400 at the beginning of their careers.

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Edgewood College

Madison, WI

It's hard to beat Edgewood College if you wish to pursue communication and media studies as a major. Edgewood is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Madison.

Edgewood College communication and media studies graduates receive $5,779 more than the standard communications graduate.

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Located in the small city La Crosse, UW - La Crosse is a public school with a large student population.

Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career wages of $34,100.

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UW - Eau Claire is a large public school located in the city of Eau Claire.

Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, communications students generally earn about $33,100 in the first five years of their career.

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UW - Whitewater is a large public school located in the distant town of Whitewater.

Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career income of $34,300.

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Carthage College

Kenosha, WI

Carthage is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Kenosha.

Students who graduate from the communications program earn about $28,900 in the first couple years of working.

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Located in the distant town Stevens Point, UW - Stevens Point is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Students who complete this program report average early career wages of $30,400.

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Located in the large city Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is a public college with a very large student population.

Students who graduate from the communications program earn an average of $32,700 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 Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 305 1,806
Ohio 303 2,186
Illinois 299 2,144
Indiana 283 1,753

Communication & Media Studies is one of 5 different types of Communication & Journalism programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 337
Journalism 308
Public Relations & Advertising 250
Communication & Journalism (Other) 16

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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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