Communication & Journalism

2022 Best Communication & Journalism Schools

874 Colleges in the United States
116,154 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded
$32,549 Avg Early-Career Salary
If you plan on majoring in communication and journalism, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #11 in the country in terms of popularity. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

College Factual looked at 874 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Communication & Journalism Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 116,154 degrees in communication and journalism to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Communication & Journalism School

Best Communication & Journalism Schools The communication and journalism program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Communication & Journalism rankings. For our Best Overall Communication & Journalism School rankings, we roll up the results of our degree-level rankings, weighted by the number of degrees awarded at that level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Communication & Journalism Rankings by Degree Level

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Communication & Journalism Schools list to help you make the college decision. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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Best Schools for Communication & Journalism in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the communication and journalism degree levels they offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Communication & Journalism

#1

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
186 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat Georgetown University if you want to pursue a degree in communication and journalism. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #18 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 186 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the communication and journalism degree program at Georgetown University get $38,751 more than the standard college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#2

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
107 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

University of Pennsylvania is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in communication and journalism. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 107 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the communication and journalism program at University of Pennsylvania make $16,851 more than the average college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
14th Most Popular In VA

Any student who is interested in communication and journalism has to take a look at Washington and Lee University. Located in the town of Lexington, Washington and Lee is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 73 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 28 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at Washington and Lee in the most recent data year.

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#4

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
128 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

It's hard to beat Johns Hopkins University if you want to pursue a degree in communication and journalism. Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Baltimore. A Best Schools rank of #19 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were roughly 128 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the communication and journalism major at Johns Hopkins University get $33,551 more than the average graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#5

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
848 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Evanston. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 848 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year. Those communication and journalism students who get their degree from Northwestern University receive $22,180 more than the average communication and journalism grad.

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#6

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
99 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Ithaca. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were approximately 99 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available. Those communication and journalism students who get their degree from Cornell University make $14,551 more than the typical communication and journalism student.

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#7

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
212 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit college located in the city of Chestnut Hill. A Best Schools rank of #45 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Boston College is a great college overall.

There were roughly 212 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at Boston College in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the communication and journalism program at Boston College earn $13,151 more than the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
246 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

U-M is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor. A Best Schools rank of #40 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were approximately 246 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the communication and journalism degree program at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor earn $8,951 more than the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#9

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
73rd Most Popular In CA
51 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

Stanford is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Stanford. A Best Schools rank of #3 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were roughly 51 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
54 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #35 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Georgia Tech is a great school overall.

There were roughly 54 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at Georgia Tech in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the communication and journalism degree program at Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus get $25,051 above the standard college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
359 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #22 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 359 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the communication and journalism degree program at Columbia University in the City of New York earn $38,151 above the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
342 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

UC Berkeley is a fairly large public university located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. A Best Schools rank of #26 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

There were roughly 342 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the communication and journalism program at University of California - Berkeley earn $12,801 more than the average college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
985 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Schools rank of #33 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 985.0000000000001 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available. Communication & Journalism degree recipients from University of Southern California receive an earnings boost of approximately $12,368 above the typical income of communication and journalism majors.

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#14

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
122 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 12th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 122 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at SCU in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the communication and journalism program at Santa Clara University make $10,451 above the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#15

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
76th Most Popular In NY

Located in the city of Rochester, University of Rochester is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 10th out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 20 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at University of Rochester in the most recent data year.

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#16

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
216 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Boston. This university ranks 10th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 216 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at Northeastern in the most recent data year. Communication & Journalism degree recipients from Northeastern University receive an earnings boost of around $16,085 over the typical earnings of communication and journalism majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
668 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

UNC Chapel Hill is a fairly large public university located in the city of Chapel Hill. This university ranks 4th out of 113 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were roughly 668 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at UNC Chapel Hill in the most recent data year. After graduating, communication and journalism degree recipients typically earn an average of $33,900 at the beginning of their careers.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
528 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 16th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 528 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at UCSB in the most recent year we have data available. Communication & Journalism degree recipients from University of California - Santa Barbara get an earnings boost of around $3,751 above the average earnings of communication and journalism graduates.

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#19

New York University

New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
733 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 7th out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 733 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the communication and journalism program at New York University make $12,318 above the average graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
1,415 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 136 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were approximately 1415 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at UT Austin in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WI
561 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 52 colleges for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were roughly 561 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
671 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 102 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were roughly 671 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the communication and journalism major at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earn $4,251 above the standard graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#23

Boston University

Boston, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
988 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Boston. This university ranks 12th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 987.9999999999999 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent year we have data available. Communication & Journalism degree recipients from Boston University earn a boost of about $8,811 over the average earnings of communication and journalism majors.

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#24

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
166 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 8th out of 134 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were roughly 166 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at Villanova in the most recent year we have data available. Those communication and journalism students who get their degree from Villanova University receive $9,651 more than the average communication and journalism grad.

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#25

George Washington University

Washington, DC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
234 Communication & Journalism Degrees Awarded

GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. This university ranks 2nd out of 9 colleges for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were about 234 communication and journalism students who graduated with this degree at GWU in the most recent data year. Those communication and journalism students who get their degree from George Washington University earn $18,976 more than the average communication and journalism student.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Communication & Journalism Schools

#25

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#27

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#29

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#30

Elon University

Elon, NC
#31

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

#33

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#34

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#35

Furman University

Greenville, SC
#37

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#38

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#40

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

#41

Denison University

Granville, OH

#42

Pitzer College

Claremont, CA
#43

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#44

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI
#47

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
#48

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#49

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Communication & Journalism Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 874 different United States communication and journalism schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
51 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
52 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
53 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
54 Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY
55 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
56 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
57 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
58 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
59 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
60 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
61 Stonehill College Easton, MA
62 Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA
63 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
64 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
65 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
66 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
67 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
68 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
69 American University Washington, DC
70 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
71 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
72 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
73 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
74 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
75 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
76 Assumption University Worcester, MA
77 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
78 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
79 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
80 School of Visual Arts New York, NY
81 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
82 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
83 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
84 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
85 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
86 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
87 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
88 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
89 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
90 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
91 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
92 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
93 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
94 Clark University Worcester, MA
95 Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL
96 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
97 University of New Hampshire at Manchester Manchester, NH
98 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
99 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
100 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
101 Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA
102 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
103 Ohio Northern University Ada, OH
104 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
105 Chapman University Orange, CA
106 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
107 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
108 Baylor University Waco, TX
109 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
110 Emerson College Boston, MA
111 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
112 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
113 Iowa State University Ames, IA
114 University of Mississippi University, MS
115 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
116 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
117 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA
118 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
119 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
120 St. Bonaventure University Saint Bonaventure, NY
121 Fordham University Bronx, NY
122 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
123 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
124 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
125 Towson University Towson, MD
126 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
127 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
128 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
129 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
130 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
131 University of Oregon Eugene, OR

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Communication & Journalism Schools award.

Rank College Location
132 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
133 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
134 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
135 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
136 Illinois State University Normal, IL
137 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
138 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
139 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
140 Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA
141 Westminster College Utah Salt Lake City, UT
142 Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN
143 Washington State University Pullman, WA
144 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
145 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
146 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
147 Creighton University Omaha, NE
148 Samford University Birmingham, AL
149 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
150 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
151 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
152 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
153 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
154 California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA
155 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
156 University at Albany Albany, NY
157 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
158 Seattle University Seattle, WA
159 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
160 Butler University Indianapolis, IN
161 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
162 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
163 Luther College Decorah, IA
164 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
165 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
166 Auburn University Auburn, AL
167 Juniata College Huntingdon, PA
168 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
169 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
170 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
171 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
172 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
173 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
174 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ

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Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 66,383
Public Relations & Advertising 19,553
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 14,429
Journalism 14,344
Communication & Journalism (Other) 1,203
Publishing 242

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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 Josh Hallett.

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