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2021 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in New Jersey

Communication & Media Studies is a popular major and New Jersey is the 14th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,575 of the 66,279 Communication & Media Studies diplomas earned last year were given by colleges in New Jersey. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in New Jersey 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 15% of schools for Communication & Media Studies students in New Jersey.

Choosing a Great Communication & Media Studies School

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

Quality Overall is Important

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.

Graduates Earn More After College

A communication and media studies degree from colleges on this list typically results in higher than average salaries after graduation. Recent communication and media studies graduates from New Jersey colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $30,436 in 2017-2018.

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 New Jersey.

More Ways to Rank Communication & Media Studies Schools

The communications school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Communications Schools.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

Best Schools to Study Communication & Media Studies in New Jersey

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

Top 10 Best Communications Colleges New Jersey

It's hard to beat The College of New Jersey if you want to pursue communication and media studies as a major. TCNJ is a medium-sized public college located in the large suburb of Ewing.

Students from the communication and media studies major at The College of New Jersey earn $8,164 more than the standard college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Every student pursuing a degree in communication and media studies has to check out Rutgers University - New Brunswick. Located in the city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Communication & Media Studies students from Rutgers University - New Brunswick get an earnings boost of around $6,364 over the average income of communication and media studies majors.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is one of the best schools in the country for communication and media studies. Located in the suburb of Mahwah, Ramapo College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Students from the communication and media studies program at Ramapo College of New Jersey make $3,964 above the typical college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ

Any student pursuing a degree in communication and media studies has to check out Monmouth University. Located in the suburb of West Long Branch, Monmouth is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population.

Monmouth University communication and media studies students make $4,664 more than the standard communications graduate.

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Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ

Montclair State is a fairly large public university located in the large suburb of Montclair.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Montclair State also offers a Master's Degrees in communication and media studies. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, communications students generally earn an average of $32,400 in their early careers.

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Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

Located in the suburb of Glassboro, Rowan is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, communications students typically make an average of $32,100 in their early careers.

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FDU is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Madison.

Graduates of the communications program make around $29,700 for their early career.

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William Paterson University is a large public university located in the suburb of Wayne.

Soon after graduating, communications students usually make an average of $30,600 in their early careers.

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Stockton University

Galloway, NJ

Located in the medium-sized suburb of Galloway, Stockton State is a public university with a moderately-sized student population.

Students who graduate from the communications program earn about $25,000 in their early career salary.

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Kean University

Union, NJ

Located in the large suburb of Union, Kean is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, communications students usually make an average of $30,500 in the first five years of their career.

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Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

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

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

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

Majors Similar to Communications

Related Major Annual Graduates
Journalism 295
Public Relations & Advertising 291
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 139
Communication & Journalism (Other) 36

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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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