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2021 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Pennsylvania

Communication & Media Studies is a popular major and Pennsylvania is the 6th most popular state for students studying this major. 2,683 of the 66,279 Communication & Media Studies degrees awarded last year were given by colleges in Pennsylvania. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Pennsylvania ranking analyzed 37 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in communication and media studies. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 5 schools for Communication & Media Studies students in Pennsylvania.

Choosing a Great Communication & Media Studies School

Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in Pennsylvania 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 quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination 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 13% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 12%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 194 to 29 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

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 Pennsylvania schools results in an average starting salary of $29,939, graduates of colleges on this list average $38,320.

Starting Salary  ( 27565 to 42434 )
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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 Pennsylvania.

Best Schools to Study Communication & Media Studies in Pennsylvania

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

Top 10 Best Communications Colleges in Pennsylvania

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania is among your top options if you want to study communication and media studies. UPenn is a fairly 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 college overall.

There are approximately 109 communication and media studies undergrads enrolled in this degree at UPenn. Graduates from the communication and media studies degree program at University of Pennsylvania get $17,980 above the standard graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#2

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

It is hard to beat Villanova University if you want to pursue communication and media studies as a major. Located in the large suburb Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 78 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Villanova is a great college overall.

There are approximately 191 communication and media studies undergrads enrolled in this degree at Villanova. Students from the communication and media studies major at Villanova University make $10,780 more than the average college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park is one of the finest schools in the United States for communication and media studies. Located in the small city University Park, Penn State University Park is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 13th out of 123 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There are about 162 communication and media studies undergraduates studying this program at Penn State University Park. After getting their bachelor's degree, communications students generally make about $31,000 at the beginning of their careers.

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#4

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA

Muhlenberg College is one of the best schools in the country for communication and media studies. Located in the midsize city Allentown, Muhlenberg is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 16th out of 123 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

With 77 students enrolled, Muhlenberg College is one of most popular schools to study communications in Pennsylvania. Communication & Media Studies students from Muhlenberg College get a earnings boost of around $2,580 above the typical income of communication and media studies graduates.

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#5

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

E - town is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Elizabethtown. This college ranks 20th out of 123 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

A popular choice for communication and media studies undergraduates, there are about 32 students studying this degree at E - town. Graduates from the communication and media studies degree program at Elizabethtown College make $3,580 above the average graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#6

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

Located in the city Philadelphia, St. Joe's is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 22nd out of 123 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

Saint Joseph's University is one of the most popular school to study communications in Pennsylvania with more than 65 graduations last year. Communication & Media Studies majors from Saint Joseph's University receive an earnings boost of around $3,480 over the average income of communication and media studies graduates.

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#7

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Temple is a fairly large public school located in the city of Philadelphia. This school ranks 28th out of 123 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There are approximately 131 communication and media studies undergrads studying this program at Temple. Students who complete this degree state that they receive average early career earnings of $30,000.

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#8

Allegheny College

Meadville, PA

Located in the distant town Meadville, Allegheny is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This college ranks 21st out of 123 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

Allegheny College is one of the most popular college to study communications in Pennsylvania with over 31 graduates last year. Soon after graduating, communications students usually earn about $28,900 at the beginning of their careers.

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#9

Juniata College

Huntingdon, PA

Juniata is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Huntingdon. This school ranks 26th out of 123 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

With 20 students enrolled, Juniata College is one of most popular colleges to study communications in Pennsylvania. Students who graduate from the communications program earn about $28,000 in their early career salary.

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#10

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

Located in the suburb Latrobe, Saint Vincent is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 31st out of 123 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

A favorite choice for communication and media studies undergrads, there are approximately 24 individuals studying this program at Saint Vincent. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, communications students generally earn an average of $32,200 at the beginning of their careers.

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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
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.

Majors Similar to Communications

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Relations & Advertising 1,133
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 703
Journalism 652
Communication & Journalism (Other) 146
Publishing 33

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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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