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2020 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in New York

Communication & Media Studies is a popular major and New York is the 2nd most popular state for students studying this major. 4,646 of the 68,023 Communication & Media Studies degrees earned last year were given by schools in New York. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in New York ranking analyzed 40 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in communication and media studies. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 6 schools for Communication & Media Studies students in New York.

Choosing a Great Communication & Media Studies School

Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in New York 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.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 16% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 15%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 277 to 89 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A communication and media studies degree from colleges on this list usually translates into higher than average wages following graduation. While the average communication and media studies bachelors degree from New York schools results in an average starting salary of $30,873, graduates of colleges on this list average $37,617.

Starting Salary  ( 31610 to 42389 )
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$47,100

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 New York.

Best Schools to Study Communication & Media Studies in New York

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

Top 10 Best Communications Colleges in New York

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
13th Most Popular In NY
$47,100 Median Starting Salary

Cornell University is one of the best schools in the United States for communication and media studies. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of 12 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great college overall.

With 95 undergrads, Cornell University is one of most popular schools to study communications in New York. Students from the communication and media studies degree program at Cornell University get $14,448 above the standard graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#2

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY
Master Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In NY
$36,600 Median Starting Salary

It's hard to beat Marist College if you want to study communication and media studies. Located in the large suburb Poughkeepsie, Marist is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 23rd out of 132 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are roughly 235 communication and media studies undergraduates studying this program at Marist. Communication & Media Studies majors from Marist College get a earnings boost of about $3,948 above the typical income of communication and media studies graduates.

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#3

Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY
25th Most Popular In NY
$37,400 Median Starting Salary

Manhattan College is among your best bets if you want to study communication and media studies. Manhattan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Riverdale. This college ranks 32nd out of 132 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

A popular choice for communication and media studies undergraduates, there are about 61 students enrolled in this program at Manhattan. Manhattan College communication and media studies majors earn $4,748 more than the average communications graduate.

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#4

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
2nd Most Popular In NY
$39,400 Median Starting Salary

Any student who is interested in communication and media studies has to check out Fordham University. Fordham U is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Bronx. This college ranks 26th out of 132 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are about 240 communication and media studies undergraduates studying this degree at Fordham U. Students from the communication and media studies degree program at Fordham University make $6,748 more than the standard college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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#5

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY
$32,000 Median Starting Salary

University at Buffalo is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Buffalo. A Best Colleges rank of 155 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means University at Buffalo is a great college overall.

There are approximately 336 communication and media studies undergraduates studying this program at University at Buffalo. Graduates of the communications program make an average of $32,000 for their early career.

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31st Most Popular In NY
$33,200 Median Starting Salary

Located in the town Geneva, The Colleges is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 112 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means The Colleges is a great college overall.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges is a fairly popular school to study communications in New York exceeding 49 graduates last year. Students who complete this degree state that they receive average early career wages of $33,200.

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35th Most Popular In NY
14.0% Growth in Graduates
$38,400 Median Starting Salary

Located in the town Canton, St. Lawrence is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 101 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means St. Lawrence is a great school overall.

A popular major for communication and media studies undergrads, there are roughly 43 students enrolled in this degree at St. Lawrence. Communication & Media Studies graduates from St Lawrence University receive an earnings boost of about $5,748 over the average earnings of communication and media studies majors.

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#8

Iona College

New Rochelle, NY
Certificate Highest Degree Type
16th Most Popular In NY
$29,900 Median Starting Salary

Located in the large suburb New Rochelle, Iona is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 59th out of 132 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

A favorite choice for communication and media studies undergraduates, there are about 90 learners studying this program at Iona. Graduates of the communications program state that they receive average early career income of $29,900.

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#9

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY
49th Most Popular In NY
$33,400 Median Starting Salary

Molloy is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Rockville Centre. This school ranks 27th out of 132 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

With 27 undergraduates, Molloy College is one of most popular colleges to study communications in New York. After graduation, communications students generally make about $33,400 at the beginning of their careers.

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#10

Houghton College

Houghton, NY
53rd Most Popular In NY

Located in the rural area Houghton, Houghton is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This school ranks 57th out of 132 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

Houghton College is a fairly popular college to study communications in New York with over 24 graduations last year.

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Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 327 2,762
Maryland 284 1,413
New Jersey 280 1,617
District of Columbia 194 255
Delaware 171 202

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Relations & Advertising 19,507
Journalism 15,914
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 14,960
Communication & Journalism (Other) 1,920
Publishing 246

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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.

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