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Top Colleges for Communications Majors: School List

Read on to learn about some of the top colleges for communications majors. Get school rankings, location info and degree possibilities, and compare similarities and differences to find the right educational path for you.

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Below, you'll find detailed info on two top colleges for communications majors. Bachelor's degree programs in communications include such areas of study as public relations, media studies, journalism, visual communications and advertising. Some schools offer a communications major with a variety of concentration options, while others offer each field as a distinctive major. Minors and interdisciplinary programs are often available. Read on to discover more!

Top Schools and Programs for Communication Majors

1. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania was ranked number four in the nation among all universities in 2010, according to U.S. News & World Report. Although the Annenberg School for Communications is widely regarded for its graduate programs, the school also offers an undergraduate communications major.

After completing foundational courses, students choose a concentration, such as health communications, political communications, media studies, or communications and public service. Through a partnership with the School of Design and the School of Engineering and Applied Science, students may also major in digital media design.

2. The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin is well-recognized academically, ranking 47th among the best universities in the nation in 2010, according to U.S. News & World Report, and 25th among the best value public colleges in 2009, according to Kiplinger. The College of Communications has many departments, all of which offer undergraduate majors. Students may major in advertising, public relations, communication sciences, journalism or radio-television-film. Students may also choose a minor in another department or participate in one of the many interdisciplinary certificate programs offered by other UT Austin colleges.

List of 20 Good Schools for Communication Majors

School Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
The University of Texas at Austin 49,984 Austin, TX 78712 (512) 471-3434
Michigan State University 46,510 East Lansing, MI 48824 (517) 355-1855
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus 44,406 201 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802 (814) 865-4700
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 43,246 601 E. John St., Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 333-1000
New York University 42,189 70 Washington Sq. South, New York, NY 10012 (212) 998-1212
University of Wisconsin - Madison 41,620 500 Lincoln Dr., Madison, WI 53706 (608) 262-1234
Purdue University - Main Campus 41,433 Hovde Hall of Administration, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 41,028 Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (734) 764-1817
University of Arizona 38,057 1401 E. University, Tucson, AZ 85721 (520) 621-2211
University of Maryland - University College 34,172 3501 University Blvd. East, Adelphi, MD 20783 (301) 985-7000
University of Southern California 33,747 University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089 (213) 740-2311
University of Colorado at Boulder 32,469 Boulder, CO 80309 (303) 492-1411
University of Missouri - Columbia 30,130 105 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MI 65211 30130
University of Iowa 29,152 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242 (319) 335-3500
University of California - San Diego 27,520 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093 (858) 534-2230
University of Pennsylvania 24,107 One College Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (215) 898-5000
University of California - Santa Barbara 21,868 Santa Barbara, CA 93106 (805) 893-8000
Cornell University 20,273 Ithaca, NY 14853 (607) 255-2000
Northwestern University 19,291 633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208 (847) 491-3741
Carnegie Mellon University 10,875 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (412) 268-2000
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    Areas of study you may find at Stanford University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Communications and Journalism
      • Communication Studies
      • Comparative Language Studies and Services
      • English Language and Literature
      • Foreign Language and Literature
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    Areas of study you may find at Harvard University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Communications and Journalism
      • Communication Studies
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      • English Language and Literature
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    Areas of study you may find at University of Pennsylvania include:
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      • Post Degree Certificate: First Professional Certificate, Post Master's Certificate, Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
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      • Communication Studies
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