2017 Best Colleges for Communications in America

The Best Colleges for Communications majors ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. The ranking compares the top colleges for journalism and communications majors.
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    University of Southern California

    • Los Angeles, CA
    • 3,308 reviews
    College Sophomore:It feels extremely personal. There are opportunities everywhere and especially as an engineer we're encouraged to mix and match the parts of USC that matter to us. For me, I work on campus doing research, I'm head of a club, I'm a student ambassador, I'm in a design club and that's my life within the school. But someone else in my major is on the varsity hocket team, in totally different clubs etc. So life here feels extremely personalized and I like that. The school also has a ridiculous amount of resources for its students, at least within engineering. There is so much energy put into the well-being of the students that it always feels like you have a strong support network.

    Fight on!
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    Northwestern University

    • Evanston, IL
    • 1,238 reviews
    College Senior:Northwestern has given me the opportunities to learn professional skills outside of the classroom through networking, internships, and student group participation.
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    Stanford University

    • Stanford, CA
    • 1,085 reviews
    College Sophomore:Stanford is truly the most amazing place in the world. Before my freshman year I never felt like a really had a home, but I have finally found one at the Farm. The academics are amazing and the people are even better. While I wish that the financial aid was better I still stand by my decision to attend because the experience I am having is priceless.
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    New York University

    • New York, NY
    • 4,755 reviews
    College Sophomore:I am in a campus of NYU in Shanghai, which is a new campus and is still growing. Although the courses are not a lot but the teachers and staffs are truly the best. It's an honor for me to have the chance to study with these professors.
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    University of Pennsylvania

    • Philadelphia, PA
    • 1,105 reviews
    College Junior:Very diverse undergraduate class socioeconomically and culturally. Penn's resources spanning across all 12 graduate schools are available to undergraduates, truly enhancing the learning experience. Great and friendly atmosphere. Great professors who challenge and engage with students.
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    Brown University

    • Providence, RI
    • 916 reviews
    College Sophomore:I just transferred into Brown and I honestly have to say that it's one of the best decisions I've made in my life. Brown is a wonderful place to be and being here made me realize how great the college experience can be. Everyone at Brown is incredibly intelligent yet down-to-earth and there's always something to do on campus (e.g. Jane Goodall just gave a lecture last week). The food here is great and the campus is stunning as well. All in all, Brown really takes care of their undergraduates and is an amazing place to be.
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    College Sophomore:Chapel Hill is a great college town- it is especially fun during basketball season because the whole town is excited. While sports are always fun to go watch, there are plenty opportunities to get involved on campus in clubs and other things such as intermural sports.
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    Boston University

    • Boston, MA
    • 3,044 reviews
    College Sophomore:I think that the course options at BU are varied according to your degree and what you plan on taking. The College of General Studies is the school that I attend at the moment where we take all of our general education classes in the first two years, and then go into our desired field of study. I think that the school of CGS is an excellent way to get to know your students in your classes, get to know your professors on a deeper level, and find our what path you want to go down after you graduate from CGS. Although the course work may seem somewhat tedious because we cannot choose our CGS classes, we have the ability to choose one elective each semester in the field of our choice to get a better understanding of the other colleges and what BU has to offer.
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    Washington & Lee University

    • Lexington, VA
    • 388 reviews
    College Senior:I love this place. If I had to make this decision again 1000 times over, I would make the same choice every time. W&L has given me so many opportunities for personal and intellectual growth. I've had many firsts here, and some lasts as well. The professors are amazing and really care about the students and their success. I've house/pet sat and had dinner at my professors' homes, and I see them all the time at Kroger and at restaurants in town. I have close relationships with my academic advisors and can talk to them about anything. Residence life freshman year was awesome and everyone got the shared experience. By the time recruitment rolled around in January, we were all on even footing and more comfortable with the upperclass women, which made the experience more enjoyable. I pledged a sorority and never looked back. I love my sisters and the way the Greek Life and campus life fit together like two puzzle pieces; it's like no other college I've seen or heard of, in that respect. Because 85% of students participate, greek life at W&L is open and inclusive with minimal infighting. (That said, the rumor mill is unreal here. Everyone knows everything.) As an athlete I've gotten close with my team, but widespread student body support of athletics is nonexistent. For instance, it's school tradition to leave football games at halftime. I love living off campus and having my friends live off campus where we can hang out together in a more comfortable, relaxed environment. Some of my best memories are in off campus houses either partying or just having a quiet night with friends. The honor system is REAL. Yes, some do cheat, but as a school, we don't condone it at all. The professors trust us implicitly and I've enjoyed the freedom to take tests whenever I want (within a certain period) and have keys to all the classrooms in my department. I know this is really long, so some highlights to finish it off: House mountain hikes, Fancy Dress, and the greatest people ever.
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    University of Texas - Austin

    • Austin, TX
    • 5,348 reviews
    College Sophomore:This university has it all. There are over 1000 clubs you can join so there is something for everyone if they want to get involved. There are such a wide range of majors that it's easy to find something that fits what you want to do. The professors are always so passionate about what they teach and you can tell they genuinely care about their students. They always make sure to explain things clearly and offer more than enough opportunities to reach them outside of class hours. The advisors on campus are life savers, I wouldn't have been able to navigate this far without their amazing help. This university really makes me feel like my needs are important instead of feeling like just another student out of 50,000. The people are friendly, the culture is fantastic, and the school is stellar. I couldn't see myself attending anywhere else.
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    Syracuse University

    • Syracuse, NY
    • 3,088 reviews
    College Senior:It is pricey but if you talk to the right people and keep asking for aid they find ways to make it work for you. Based on this and the experience you gain plus the overall atmosphere it becomes a very beneficial environment to grow up and learn in.
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    University of Wisconsin

    • Madison, WI
    • 2,816 reviews
    College Sophomore:This was my dream school and I know by the atmosphere it's where I belong. There are so many interesting courses to take and areas to explore. Overall, it is a fantastic school.
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    Northeastern University

    • Boston, MA
    • 3,125 reviews
    College Junior:Northeastern is a phenomonal school and has provided me with opportunities that I could not get anywhere else. The most common reason for selecting NU is the co-op program, which is clearly a great opportunity to have. On top of that I've been able to go abroad twice even though I am in a major which I thought would make that impossible. I did my first semester abroad as part of NUin and not only did I love my time there, but I also grew to become very independent and confident. This past summer I got the chance to go abroad again with a major specific to my major an lead by the dean of my major.
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    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

    • Ann Arbor, MI
    • 3,758 reviews
    College Sophomore:Well I'm currently studying at the University of Michigan, which is known for its business and engineering programs. But I'm currently triple-majoring in Linguistics, Spanish, and Japanese. And I am constantly impressed by just how amazing our faculty is here. In almost every department, there is at least one professor that is a leading contributor in his/her field. I've taken several classes where the textbook that we use to structure the class was written by the professor him/herself.

    I personally have never attended another school, but I assume that this is very atypical for colleges. And it's something that I take pride in as a Wolverine. One of our slogans here is "the leaders and the best". Now I will admit that I can see the pride, and perhaps the arrogance as well, in this statement, but I find it to be quite fitting. I came to Michigan because it's a university taught by the best, for the best.
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    University of California - Santa Barbara

    • Santa Barbara, CA
    • 4,048 reviews
    College Sophomore:I absolutely love UCSB. I know I'm a little biased but I think the atmosphere is amazing and the people there are incredibly easy-going. The beach is ridiculously close and I met my boyfriend here :)
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    University of California - Berkeley

    • Berkeley, CA
    • 3,618 reviews
    College Junior:I love my school, it may not be perfect but nothing in this world is. I am so grateful for this opportunity to be a cal bear. The professors are top notch! They want to see their students be successful, although they don’t go easy on us they challenge us, and thats the entire purpose of this university.
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    University of Georgia

    • Athens, GA
    • 4,752 reviews
    College Junior:UGA is a really nice school and the city of the Athens is the best. There are so many people your age around you, so it's really fun and since it's a big school, there's literally something for everyone. There's even a furry's club and a medieval sword fighting club. That's how diverse the school is!
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    Pepperdine University

    • Malibu, CA
    • 1,127 reviews
    College Senior:The professors grade too harshly and don't give students enough credit for their hard work. Each professor believes his/her class is the most important one.
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    Vanderbilt University

    • Nashville, TN
    • 1,156 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love Vandy even though it's super hard and my first year was really tough. The classes are really challenging but the social life and the people you meet here make up for it.
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    Cornell University

    • Ithaca, NY
    • 1,720 reviews
    College Sophomore:I would definitely choose Cornell again if I had to do it over. I find myself learning an incredible amount in my classes which are challenging, yet very possible to do well in. Additionally, it is located in it's own little oasis just a bus ride away from NYC; I love going for runs on the trails around the gorges, sailing on Cayuga, eating great food on west campus, and being surrounded by such amazing people.
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    Lehigh University

    • Bethlehem, PA
    • 779 reviews
    College Junior:The program I'm taking here is very hard to find at other colleges, and is one of the best out of all the schools that offer it. Additionally, being a bus and train ride away from home is really nice. And most of all the people that go here are all really great. I've made amazing friends here.
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    University of Florida

    • Gainesville, FL
    • 6,634 reviews
    College Sophomore:The school offers plenty of chances for research, jobs, and diverse activities. The all around experience of UF generally great, and the name UF on you degree gives a person an edge up in the work field.
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    Tulane University

    • New Orleans, LA
    • 1,422 reviews
    College Sophomore:I have loved going to school at Tulane University. It has allowed me to become a part of many different cultures due to the range of different types of students that attend. I have learned how to love people despite their differences. Most of the people that I go to school with are different than me, so I have learned about others. By being around people that are different from myself, I have also learned about myself.
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    Emerson College

    • Boston, MA
    • 1,003 reviews
    College Senior:Emerson College is a great school in the heart of Boston. If you know what you want to do with your work in communication and the arts then it will be the perfect place for you. However, if you are still figuring things out as you go along it can be an intimidating place because the student body is very driven overall.
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    Penn State

    • University Park, PA
    • 6,144 reviews
    College Junior:Since I transferred from the University of Findlay, I have never been happier in my life. The atmosphere and curriculum is perfect for a college student.
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