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2021 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region

Approximately 66,279 communication and media studies degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking analyzed 104 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in communication and media studies. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15 colleges for Communication & Media Studies students in the Middle Atlantic Region.

Choosing a Great Communication & Media Studies School

Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region 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 good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this 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.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 14% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 12%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 220 to 81 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Communication & Media Studies graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average communication and media studies bachelors degree from Middle Atlantic schools results in an average starting salary of $31,143, graduates of colleges on this list average $39,107.

Starting Salary  ( 33913 to 44486 )
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$49,400

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 the Middle Atlantic Region.

Best Schools to Study Communication & Media Studies in Middle Atlantic

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Communication & Media Studies degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list. Of the 104 schools analyzed, only 15 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 15 Best Communications Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Any student pursuing a degree in communication and media studies has to take a look at University of Pennsylvania. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. A Best Colleges rank of 9 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great school overall.

There are roughly 109 communication and media studies undergraduates enrolled in this program at UPenn. Graduates from the communication and media studies program at University of Pennsylvania make $12,476 above the standard graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#2

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University is a great choice for individuals interested in a Communication & Media Studies major. Located in the small city Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 17 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great school overall.

A favorite major for communication and media studies undergrads, there are about 87 learners studying this program at Cornell. Cornell University communication and media studies students receive $10,176 more than the standard communications graduate.

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University of Maryland - College Park is a great decision for students interested in a Communication & Media Studies degree. Located in the large suburb College Park, UMCP is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 117 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UMCP is a great college overall.

There are roughly 318 communication and media studies undergraduates enrolled in this program at UMCP. Communication & Media Studies majors from University of Maryland - College Park receive an earnings boost of around $6,376 over the typical income of communication and media studies graduates.

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#4

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University is a good decision for individuals pursuing a Communication & Media Studies degree. Located in the large suburb Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 78 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Villanova is a great school overall.

There are approximately 191 communication and media studies undergrads studying this degree at Villanova. Communication & Media Studies majors from Villanova University get a earnings boost of approximately $5,276 above the average income of communication and media studies majors.

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#5

American University

Washington, DC

The American University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. This school ranks 39th out of 328 colleges for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There are roughly 117 communication and media studies undergraduates enrolled in this degree at The American University. Communication & Media Studies majors from American University get a earnings boost of about $5,176 above the typical income of communication and media studies graduates.

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#6

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD

Loyola Maryland is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Baltimore. This college ranks 44th out of 328 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There are about 97 communication and media studies undergrads studying this degree at Loyola Maryland. Graduates from the communication and media studies program at Loyola University Maryland get $2,276 more than the typical college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#7

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Marist is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Poughkeepsie. This college ranks 60th out of 328 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are roughly 220 communication and media studies undergraduates studying this program at Marist. Graduates of the communications program make around $36,600 in their early career salary.

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Located in the suburb Newark, U of Delaware is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 87 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means U of Delaware is a great college overall.

There are about 144 communication and media studies undergraduates studying this degree at U of Delaware. Communication & Media Studies graduates from University of Delaware get a earnings boost of about $3,176 over the typical earnings of communication and media studies graduates.

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#9

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

Located in the suburb Buffalo, University at Buffalo is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 51st out of 328 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are approximately 359 communication and media studies undergrads studying this degree at University at Buffalo. Grads of the communications program state that they receive average early career earnings of $32,000.

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Located in the large suburb Ewing, TCNJ is a public college with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 42nd out of 328 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

A popular major for communication and media studies undergrads, there are about 80 students studying this program at TCNJ. Students who graduate from the communications program make around $38,600 in the first couple years of their career.

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Located in the small city University Park, Penn State University Park is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 112 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Penn State University Park is a great school overall.

There are about 162 communication and media studies undergrads studying this program at Penn State University Park. Graduates of the communications program report average early career income of $31,000.

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#12

St Lawrence University

Canton, NY

St. Lawrence is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Canton. This school ranks 36th out of 328 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

St Lawrence University is one of the most popular college to study communications in Middle Atlantic with more than 37 graduates last year. Students who graduate from the communications program earn around $38,400 for their early career.

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#13

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Located in the city Bronx, Fordham U is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. This school ranks 65th out of 328 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are approximately 159 communication and media studies undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Fordham U. Fordham University communication and media studies majors make $2,476 more than the average communications graduate.

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#14

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA

Located in the city Allentown, Muhlenberg is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This college ranks 47th out of 328 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

A favorite choice for communication and media studies undergrads, there are about 77 students studying this degree at Muhlenberg. Soon after graduating, communications students usually earn an average of $34,000 at the beginning of their careers.

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The Colleges is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Geneva. A Best Colleges rank of 116 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means The Colleges is a great college overall.

With 59 undergraduates, Hobart and William Smith Colleges is one of most popular colleges to study communications in Middle Atlantic. After graduating, communications students typically earn around $33,200 in the first five years of their career.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the Middle Atlantic Region award.

Rank College Location
16 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
17 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
18 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
19 Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA
20 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
21 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
22 Towson University Towson, MD
23 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
24 Allegheny College Meadville, PA
25 Catholic University of America Washington, DC

Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges by State

Explore the best communication and media studies colleges for a specific state in this the Middle Atlantic region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
New York 324 4,711
Pennsylvania 318 2,683
Maryland 275 1,441
New Jersey 264 1,575
District of Columbia 183 238
Delaware 163 229

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 4,010
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 3,087
Journalism 2,761
Communication & Journalism (Other) 632
Publishing 185

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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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