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2021 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the New England Region

Approximately 66,279 communication and media studies degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the New England Region ranking analyzed 42 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 colleges for Communication & Media Studies students in the New England Region.

Choosing a Great Communication & Media Studies School

Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies in the New England Region 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. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

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 14% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 11%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 175 to 23 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A communication and media studies degree from schools on this list typically translates into above average wages after graduation. While the average communication and media studies bachelors degree from New England schools results in an average starting salary of $34,400, graduates of colleges on this list average $41,017.

Starting Salary  ( 36975 to 48224 )
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$45,700

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 the New England Region.

Best Schools to Study Communication & Media Studies in New England

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Communication & Media Studies degree.

Top 10 Best Communications Colleges in the New England Region

#1

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University is a wonderful decision for students interested in a Communication & Media Studies degree. Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. A Best Colleges rank of 49 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Boston U is a great college overall.

There are approximately 467 communication and media studies undergraduates enrolled in this program at Boston U. Students from the communication and media studies major at Boston University make $5,864 more than the typical college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#2

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College is among your top options if you want to study communication and media studies. Located in the small city Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 61 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Boston College is a great college overall.

A popular choice for communication and media studies undergrads, there are roughly 221 learners enrolled in this degree at Boston College. Boston College communication and media studies graduates make $8,664 more than the average communications grad.

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#3

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University is a good option for individuals interested in a Communication & Media Studies degree. Fairfield U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Fairfield. This college ranks 32nd out of 135 colleges for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There are about 102 communication and media studies undergrads enrolled in this degree at Fairfield U. Communication & Media Studies majors from Fairfield University earn a boost of about $5,264 above the typical earnings of communication and media studies majors.

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Northeastern University is among your top options if you're planning on studying communication and media studies. Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. A Best Colleges rank of 81 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Northeastern is a great college overall.

Northeastern University is one of the most popular school to study communications in New England with over 152 graduations last year. Students from the communication and media studies degree program at Northeastern University earn $8,364 more than the typical graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Located in the suburb Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 29th out of 135 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are roughly 311 communication and media studies undergrads enrolled in this degree at UMass Amherst. University of Massachusetts Amherst communication and media studies majors make $2,164 more than the average communications student.

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#6

Emerson College

Boston, MA

Emerson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. This school ranks 41st out of 135 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

A preferred choice for communication and media studies undergrads, there are roughly 64 individuals studying this program at Emerson. Students who graduate from this program report average early career earnings of $30,600.

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#7

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI

Located in the large suburb Smithfield, Bryant is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 39th out of 135 colleges for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

With 39 students enrolled, Bryant University is one of most popular colleges to study communications in New England. Bryant University communication and media studies students make $5,264 more than the typical communications grad.

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#8

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH

Located in the suburb Manchester, St. Anselm College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This school ranks 31st out of 135 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Hampshire.

A preferred major for communication and media studies undergrads, there are approximately 24 students studying this program at St. Anselm College. Communication & Media Studies majors from Saint Anselm College receive an earnings boost of approximately $3,764 above the average earnings of communication and media studies graduates.

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UCONN is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Storrs. This school ranks 27th out of 135 colleges for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There are approximately 279 communication and media studies undergraduates studying this degree at UCONN. Graduates of the communications program make about $37,900 for their early career.

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U of NH is a large public school located in the suburb of Durham. This school ranks 37th out of 135 schools for overall quality in the state of New Hampshire.

There are roughly 184 communication and media studies undergrads enrolled in this program at U of NH. Students who graduate from the communications program make about $37,900 for their early career.

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Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges by State

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Massachusetts 286 2,337
Connecticut 228 999
New Hampshire 205 316
Maine 197 125
Rhode Island 191 411
Vermont 186 66

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Relations & Advertising 1,410
Journalism 757
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 706
Communication & Journalism (Other) 50
Publishing 39

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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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