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What are the best colleges for communication?

FL7FL7 Registered User Posts: 67 Junior Member
sorry if this question has been repeated a lot
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Replies to: What are the best colleges for communication?

  • HOBYNCHOBYNC Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    Well, it depends on what area of communications. I can help you with journalism. Northwestern's Medill, GW's SMPA, UNC, and Missouri are the best for undergrad. For grad school, you want Columbia.
    Many schools offer communication majors, but there is always one area of emphasis over others. You will need to check into that to see if it is in line with your interests. For example, Furman has one of the nation's experts in political communications- along with the Riley Institute. Vandy has a strong speech/comm program as do some other LACs. But check into the school, and see what courses are available. Also, BU has a great program for undergrads!
  • collegehelpcollegehelp Registered User Posts: 6,523 Senior Member
    here are some schools with relatively large communications/journalism programs

    university, SAT 75th percentile, total bachelors graduates, number of communications graduates, proportion of communications graduates

    NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY 1500 1999 380 0.19
    BOSTON UNIVERSITY 1390 3991 723 0.18
    MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY 1280 1549 247 0.16
    PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY 1310 800 124 0.16
    FORDHAM UNIVERSITY 1290 1604 220 0.14
    SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY 1320 2798 380 0.14
    MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 1240 7783 1039 0.13
    THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN 1340 8917 1187 0.13
    AMERICAN UNIVERSITY 1350 1291 161 0.12
    UNIVERSITY OF DENVER 1230 931 116 0.12
    BAYLOR UNIVERSITY 1290 2296 249 0.11
    UNIVERSITY OF IOWA 1240 4015 437 0.11
    NEW YORK UNIVERSITY 1410 4492 427 0.1
    UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 1360 8574 844 0.1
    UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI 1350 2155 205 0.1
    WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY 1410 1000 101 0.1
    BOSTON COLLEGE 1410 2223 200 0.09
  • drjdrj Registered User Posts: 510 Member
    while it's true that smaller programs that are good specialize in one or two areas such as political communication others are truly comprehensive with strong programs across the board. missouri, syracuse, texas, and USC are such programs wherein you might migrate, say, from photojournalism to advertising or public relations and not lose much.
  • pateta00pateta00 Registered User Posts: 588 Member
    Sorry but need to ask again...What about the radio tv film major which universities are good(I'VE BEEN ASKING THIS FOREVER BUT NOBODY SEEMS TO KNOW)
  • Hummer GuyHummer Guy Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    Most people don't realize it...but Florida State University has a good Comm program -- it's pretty selective program -- only about 50% of FSU students who think their comm majors their fist two years get in..
  • Drew00Drew00 Registered User Posts: 2,964 Senior Member
    Bowling Green's good for rhetoric.
  • drjdrj Registered User Posts: 510 Member
    okay pateta, here are some good ones: miami, missouri, northwestern, emerson, boston u., southern cal, florida.
  • citrinecitrine Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    what about marketing/ communications?
  • drjdrj Registered User Posts: 510 Member
    i'd place northwestern at the top as this began with don schultz there.
    other strong ones are texas, syracuse, and michigan state.
  • JWT86JWT86 Registered User Posts: 539 Member
    UT-Austin is very strong
  • JEZ21JEZ21 Registered User Posts: 122 Junior Member
    UMiami, FSU, Northwestern
  • WeskidWeskid Registered User Posts: 1,288 Senior Member
    pateta: Wesleyan, Vassar, Columbia all have strong film studies majors, if that's the kind of thing you're looking for.
  • drjdrj Registered User Posts: 510 Member
    while pateta's question is more than two years old there should be a point of clarification for readers. there is a distinct difference between cinema programs which focus upon issues such as genre and criticism and so called broadcast programs that focus more on television news. some programs blend the two but many others don't. in fact, the former often rest within a liberal arts college while the latter are found more often in colleges of communication and journalism.
  • HooHoo Registered User Posts: 510 Member
    Getting a masters in Comm right now from Johns Hopkins...small program and very intense but JHU doesn't have an undergraduate program for Comm. I want to apply for a PHD, so I am more interested in going into academia and research (so if you want professional knowledge maybe my list is not great) but from what I hear the big wigs in comm are:

    1.) UPenn. This is absolutely the best comm program in the U.S. Extremely competitive and always ranked #1 for PHD programs.
    2.) USC. Also very competitive and quite prestigious.
    3.) Stanford
    4.) Columbia. Probably up there with the rest or perhaps just after UPenn. Can't go wrong here (however I don't think they have a comm. major, just journalism for undergrads. Might be wrong)
    5.) Texas
    6.) Cornell
    7.) Wisconsin
    8.) Maryland
    9.) UCSD
    10.) NYU
    -also, UNC-chapel hill, drawing a blank on other places but they are definitely out there. O yeah Northwestern should be near at the top of that list.

    FYI, for undergrad, comm. academics and professionals don't usually major in communications. I would recommend just majoring in history or something you like and plan on getting a masters later in life. That's just my opinion...
  • Georgia GirlGeorgia Girl Registered User Posts: 3,752 Senior Member
    This is a year out of date but here are some numbers from the SC Annenberg School of Communications from the website: (There were more applicants for the 2008 incoming class).
    Applicants for fall 2007: 1876
    Enrolled freshmen: 157
    G.P.A.,weighted: 4.10
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