Communication and Media Studies, Other

The communications major spans a wide berth of fields, all involving transmitting, exchanging ideas, and expression. Often considered a generalist path, a communications degree can be applied to any number of industries, making it versatile. The goal of most jobs in communications are singular and deceptively simple: communicate effectively. To who? Why? In what mode? These questions will have different answers everywhere,  and it’s a communication graduates job to know the answer. Communication degrees are available at all levels, including associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral. Ideal attributes for this field include strong public speaking and/or presentation skills, as well as quantitative and qualitative research skills.

Associate Level

For a basic education in communication, an associate degree may encompass what you need. Curriculums for these programs typically include an introduction to marketing and sociology, along with the basics of economics. Developing verbal and listening skills is the focus during this 2-year degree, so public speaking and mass communications are touched on, as well.  

Baccalaureate

A bachelor’s in communication is considered the standard degree in the industry and opens doors for a variety of entry-level positions. Study at this level includes more focused approaches to interpersonal relations, linguistics, and branding. Technical writing, journalism, social issues in communication, and new media will play significant roles in the curriculum, along with ethics and communication.  

There are two options at the baccalaureate level. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication will lean more heavily on writing and marketing, but there’s also the other side of the communications spectrum: the technology used to transmit it. This is where a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Communication can come in handy. A BS in this field can lead to a career in sound engineering or production.

Careers for graduates with a bachelor’s in communication include: Technical Writer, Social Media Specialist, Communication Planner, Public Relations Specialist, Journalist, Advertising Specialist, Grant Writer, Foreign Relations, Writer, Editor, Broadcast Journalist. The average salary in this field is around $55,000.

Graduate Education

A Master’s in Communication is often used to acquire specific expertise, enhance research and presentation skills, and broaden writing communication capabilities. Concentrations are many and include mass communication, global strategy, public diplomacy, journalism, health communication, and corporate communication.

The goal, after earning a Master’s in Communication, is typically to transition into senior positions in the field, such as a Marketing Communication Direction/Manager, Public Relations Manager, Brand/Advertising Manager, or Chief Marketing Officer. The average salary for individuals with an MA in communications is $60,000.

Doctorates in Communication are offered, but are not usually required outside of academia. This form of graduate school requires a true passion for research and a dedication to academia. Most graduates become professors in the same field while conducting studies and research of their own.

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Colleges

Stanford University

Stanford University is a research institution located in the California town of the same name. The more than 8,000-acre campus features seven schools, the largest of which is the School of Humanities and Sciences, and 80 residential facilities. With...

“…Stanford has all the resources and esteem of an Ivy league school with California weather. The environment, while being extremely academic, is heavily influenced by the 35 D1 athletic teams and laid-back culture of the West Coast. Students both work...” – Caitlin from Beaumont, CA

New York University

New York University, more commonly referred to as NYU, is a private university with campuses and academic centers all over the world, including Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Africa, and Europe. As one of the largest private universities in the US, it’s...

“…Best school ever! I'm learning so much. Im having a great time at this college!” – Alexandria from Smyrna, GA

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is a high-research institution located in Los Angeles, California, where it’s been educating students since 1880. The university is comprised of two campuses, the main University Park and the Health Sciences...

“…USC is the place for opportunities. You are not only paying for a great education, but also connections and resume builders that will help you get where you want in life. USC is a school for leaders and overachievers. ” – Madison from Los Angeles, CA

University of Pennsylvania

Founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League institution in Philadelphia. UPenn hosts 12 schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 90 academic fields of study. Additionally, UPenn’s Gothic-style...

“…It definitely lives up to the nickname the social Ivy, but that's not to say the academics are not rigorous. Be prepared to work hard and show dedication to both class and activities. Even though it is in a big city, there is a distinct campus...” – Samantha from Philadelphia, PA

Northwestern University

Northwestern University is a 4-year private research institution in the Chicagoland area. Northwestern is home to 12 colleges and schools and is renowned for its Medill School of Journalism, Kellogg School of Management, and Bienen School of Music....

“…This is a very academically rigorous school and the quarter system doesn't make it any less challenging, if anything it makes it more difficult. However, this doesn't take away from the school. Everyone here is so passionate and welcoming, no one...” – Naomi from Chicago, IL

Howard University

Howard University is an HBCU comprised of 13 schools and colleges located two miles from the US Capitol. Nationally-ranked programs at HU include social work, business, and communication sciences and disorders. Howard has three honors programs for...

“…I micro-niche within a beautifully unique DC community. This University pushes you, disappoints you, then drives you forward to take control of your own destiny. One of the only HBCU experiences that exposes you to all walks of life and cultures with...” – Michael from Algonquin, IL

University of Oregon

With a campus along the Willamette River, the University of Oregon is a 4-year public university in Eugene and the flagship campus of the UO System. The UO is home to nine colleges hosting more than 300 degree-granting academic programs. To provide a...

“…Strolling through the campus with Autumn's crisp, cool air swirling around my cardigan-draped form; fleeting snow on a chilly Winter's day enticing everyone to join in on a snowball fight; biking carefree after Final's in the wistful enchantments of...” – Hyon Shim

Clemson University

Clemson University is America’s second-largest university by student population and South Carolina’s land- and sea-grant institution. Clemson is home to seven colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in more than 80 academic majors. For...

“…Clemson make four years seem like four weeks - once you get here, you never want to leave. The culture here is bubbling over with enthusiasm for everything from the arts to zoology (and for once, that isn't a simplistic advertising platitude). As...” – Michael from Goose Creek, SC

Northeastern University

A private research institution located in Boston, Northeastern University was founded in 1898. Northeastern is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 90 academic majors. Additionally, the university operates a...

“…Northeastern is an urban university that still has a campus. The focus of the program are the co-op jobs that most students take three times throughout their five years at school. The focus is on career-track majors like engineering, pharmacy and...” – Catherine from Beverly Hills, MI

University of South Florida-Main Campus

The University of South Florida is a public research university located in Tampa, FL, that offers more than 180 majors and concentrations. Ranked on multiple lists for its research efforts, USF’s Office of Undergraduate Research allows all citizen...

“…BEAUTIFUL! The campus is everything you dream about when picturing a modern university. The atmosphere, as well as the people around you are so full of spirit and energy it is hard not to yearn to be part of it.” – Alexandra Elizabeth from Peru

Auburn University
Auburn University, AL
Auburn University

Auburn University is a 4-year public research institution and the second largest university in Alabama. Auburn encompasses 15 colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 140 academic majors. Outside of the classroom, Auburn is home to...

“…auburn is a wonderful school with rich history and tradition. the faculty and staff are excellent and friendly, and always willing to help. the student life here is incredibly varied and offers something for everyone.” – Joshua from Auburn, AL

Temple University

Temple University is a 4-year public research institution in Philadelphia. With its main campus set against the Philly skyline, Temple is home to 17 colleges and schools conferring degrees in over 400 academic programs. In addition, Temple features...

“…The absolute best university ever! Campus is user friendly and everything is very accessible. Professors are personable and keep in constant communication with the students.” – Alex from Silver Spring, MD

Colorado State University-Fort Collins

Colorado State University is a land grant university located in Fort Collins at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Business Administration, Kinesiology, and Human Development are popular fields of study at this flagship university. A Student Recreation...

“…Colorado State University has given me the best college experience I could dream of. There are opportunities for anything you could imagine - and these opportunities are everywhere! Everyone is friendly, and all anyone wants is for each and every...” – Bailey

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also known as Virginia Tech, is a 4-year public research university in western Virginia. Virginia Tech encompasses nine colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in 110 academic majors. To promote...

“…Virginia Tech is a beautiful place full a good people and food. The community is very welcoming and engaging to students. There is a wide variety of courses and you will always find something to do that you like.” – Delaney

Emory University

Emory University is a liberal arts institution located in Atlanta, Georgia, with a second campus in Oxford. The 600-acre campus in the Druid Hills neighborhood is home to four undergraduate and seven graduate colleges, as well as over a dozen...

“…Emory is surprisingly the perfect grounds for culturing new ideas. Even though it doesn't have a football team, Emory is still high in spirit and makes up for it in swimming and soccer. Above all, Emory is the perfect combination of nature-esque...” – Sindhu from GA

DePaul University

DePaul University is a private, non-profit institution located in the heart of Chicago, IL, featuring campuses both in the business district and Lincoln Park. DePaul is the nation’s largest Catholic university, founded by the Vincentians more than...

“…DePaul University has a very diverse student population. The atmosphere is welcoming, plus faculty and staff are always willing to take time and help you with anything you need. The academics here help build not only your intelligence but your...” – Esthefany from Glen Ellyn, IL

University of Denver

Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain Region. DU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 100 academic fields of study and every major enables students to take courses across different subjects....

“…University of Denver is an AWESOME school! The small and focused class sizes allow students to get a wonderful education and the professors truly care about the students well being. It also offers a wonderful social life with sororities/fraternities,...” – Tara from Highlands Ranch, CO

Pace University-New York

Originally founded as a one room accounting school, Pace University is a 4-year research institution in Manhattan. Pace is home to six colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 65 academic majors. In addition, the Manhattan campus...

“…Pace University is a great school that has afforded me so many fantastic opportunities I would not have received had I gone elsewhere. Pace has the most fantastic location in the heart of downtown Manhattan, making it ideal for anyone who wants to...” – Sarah in Brooklyn, NY

Iowa State University

Iowa State University is a public, land-grant university located in Ames, IA. The 1,813-acre campus features 6 undergraduate colleges offering 100+ majors, as well as residence hall, apartment-style, and Greek-life housing options for more than 35...

“…Iowa State is probably the best decision I could have made. It's an amazing school for engineering and agriculture. As well as it's in an extremely friendly town and it has a beautiful campus. N” – Student from Saint Louis,MO

University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains and ranks #90 in National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report. They offer Residential Academic Programs (RAPs), multiple honors programs, and an Education...

“…CU Boulder is an eclectic and unique school. There are several different ways to get involved on campus and in the day to day boulder scene. I know that if you get involved, you will feel as if you're a part of the campus and it's community and...” – Ashley from Westminster, CO

American University

American University is a research institution located in a residential neighborhood of Washington, DC. AU has eight schools on its carbon-neutral campus featuring more than 160 programs. American University is also home to many research centers,...

“…AU is the best school in the nation for Internships. It really helps you widen your horizons with an extreme amount of opportunities. It is a tight community and I wouldn't change my decision for the world.” – Molly from Hillsborough, NJ

Florida Atlantic University

With campus a short distance from the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Atlantic University is a 4-year public university in southeast Florida. FAU houses 10 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 170 fields of study. In addition to...

“…Florida Atlantic University is a fantastic school. Florida Atlantic University has a beautiful, growing campus in sunny Boca Raton. Florida Atlantic University has excellent professors that are more than happy to help students in all aspects of...” – Andy from Coconut Creek, FL

Butler University

Butler University is a private, liberal arts institution located in Indianapolis, Indiana, minutes from downtown. BU's 295-acre campus houses 6 academic colleges, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Business, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Communication,...

“…Butler has a very welcoming environment. There are a wide varieties of majors and therefore diversity. I made the right choice in attending Butler. ” – Meredith from Lexington, KY

Montclair State University

Montclair State University is a 4-year public institution in northern New Jersey and the second largest university in the state. Montclair State is home to 11 colleges and schools conferring over 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees and the...

“…MSU is a huge school. It has been people from all backgrounds and sexual orientations/preferences. Also, MSU is home to many orgs and the different types of people who are in them.” – D'Andre from Newark, NJ

Marquette University

Founded in 1881 by the first Archbishop of Milwaukee, Marquette University is a Jesuit Catholic institution in Milwaukee. Marquette is home to 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 80 academic majors combining focus on the...

“…Marquette is a place where you can be challenged academically but still enjoy your classes.The topics, even the ones required in the Core of Common Studies, are interesting and will definitely help you in the future. The professors not only teach you...” – Nicole from Burbank, IL

Elon University

Elon University is a selective, liberal arts institution located in central North Carolina. The 656-acre Greensboro campus hosts six schools and a number of academic ceenters, which include the Center for Enviornmental Studies, the Doherty Center for...

“…overall, elon university is a great school in which you will obtain all the resources you need to succeed. from the impeccable environment, rigorous classes, clubs/organizations and people on campus, elon always exemplifies excellence and the belief...” – Brian from Burlington, NC

Emerson College

Emerson College is liberal arts college focusing on communication and the arts located in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1880 as a "school of oratory," Emerson still focuses largely on communication, just through 26 majors that culminate in a...

“…Emerson is a magical school filled with people that are super-accepting in one of the most magical cities in the world. Unfairly stereotyped as a hipster school, it's surprising how many Emerson kids break the supposed stereotype. If you have a...” – Brittany from Kyle, TX

St Thomas University

St Thomas University is a private institution located in Miami Gardens, Florida. STU is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and Archdiocese of Miami, and their institution goal is to “form[] a community of co-learners that teaches and worships...

“…Saint-Thomas University is one of the most amazing school. At Saint-Thomas success is possible. Saint-Thomas can make of you a professional.” – Naicha from NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL

Loyola University Chicago

Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is a Catholic, Jesuit university located in the city of Chicago. Loyola has four campuses in the Chicago area–the main Lake Shore Campus along Lake Michigan, Water Tower Campus in the heart of downtown, the...

“…loyola has a gorgeous campus,, and is in a quiet, diverse area of a great city. being a relatively expensive, private institution, however, means that the make-up of the university is not nearly as diverse. the small size and great reputation will...” – Jason from Chicago, IL

Troy University

Founded in 1887 as Troy State Normal School, Troy University is a 4-year public school in southeast Alabama and the flagship of the Troy University System. Troy is home to five colleges conferring undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 260...

“…troy university provides an affordable, enjoyable college experience to students of all walks of life. with its division one athletics and its prestigious international programs, troy offers great opportunities for social networking and future...” – Tyler from Murphy, NC

Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University is a 4-year public institution in Norfolk and a doctoral high research activity university. ODU hosts colleges of Arts & Letters, Business, Sciences, Education, Engineering, and Health Sciences as well as an Honors College....

“…the amount of diversity will almost insure that you can never feel out of place. the atmosphere around campus will make you want to come back to school. the academics will challenge you and bend your mind. ” – Zyiad from Falls Church, VA

Seattle University

Seattle University is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and the largest independent university in the Northwest. SU consists of eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 120 academic majors and...

“…Seattle University is a great option for students interested in International Studies. Because it is a private college, students get more one on one attention and support from well-educated professors. SU offers a wide range of extra-curricular...” – Marissa from Seattle, WA

Adelphi University

Adelphi University is a private university that calls Garden City, NY, home. On top of the main campus, AU also provides learning hubs in Manhattan, Hudson Valley, and Suffolk County, as well as online programs.The Princeton Review lists Adelphi...

“…in the end, it is what you make of it. adelphi really tries hard to make students feel welcome. the parties are not crazy, but again, you can make them fun for you.” – Thelma from New York, NY

Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Southwestern College is a private school in southern Kansas. Southwestern confers bachelor’s degrees in 24 fields of study. As part of its technological initiative, Southwestern issues a laptop to every...

“…Outstanding educational experience. Course offered are a length, and offered at times that are most advantageous to the working/professional student. Counselors and teacher offer advice and mentorship that make this school worth attending.” – Tariq from Semmes, AL

Belmont University

Belmont University is a 4-year liberal arts institution in Nashville and the largest ecumenical Christian university in the United States. Belmont is home to 10 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in more than 90 fields of study,...

“…belmont university an amazing private university with a faith centered community that caters to the needs of the students and has top tier programs in the college of visual and performing arts, massey school of business, and mike curb college of...” – Mimi from Houston, TX

Lynn University

Lynn University is a 4-year private institution in Boca Raton, Florida. Lynn is home to six colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in 48 academic fields of study. For students who wish to learn while immersed in another culture, Lynn features...

“…A very good school, close to plenty of nice places to go. If you ever need to find food or anything for your dorm room, you can easily find plenty of stores that can accommodate you. If you ever need to get anywhere in Florida and don't have a car,...” – Michael from Pembroke Pines, FL

Campbell University

Founded by a Baptist minister in 1887, Campbell University is a 4-year Christian institution in central North Carolina. Campbell encompasses eight colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 100 majors, concentrations, and tracks. As...

“…Very Military Friendly school. The faculty and staff are very helpful and knowledgable. Very cost effective for those on a limited budget.” – Alexander from Fayetteville, NC

The University of British Columbia is a public institution with campuses located in the city of Vancouver and the city of Kelowna. The college is deeply rooted in academic research and maintains a number of research facilities, such as the Bamfield...

“…University of British Columbia is a fantastic school. It is located next to 7 beaches and have their own rose garden and Japanese garden. UBC is top ten in Science as well. ” – Cameron from Tacoma, WA

Arkansas State University-Main Campus
Arkansas State University-Main Campus is a public research institution and flaship of the ASU system. The main campus is located in the city of Jonesboro, AR. It is home to the Biosciences Institute and provides honors students with the Honors Living...

“…Arkansas State University is a well rounded college for those who seek a start in their career. It can be the beginning of a long and wonderful education, and it can serve as the end of ones educational goals all at the same time. Whether you're...” – Ryan from Highland, AR

Savannah College of Art and Design

Founded in 1978, the Savannah College of Art and Design is a private arts university with two locations in Georgia, one in Hong Kong, and a study abroad location in Lacoste, France. With a goal of preparing students for creative professions, SCAD...

“…This college is meant for those who want to be themselves or want to discover themselves. The classes feel almost personalized, everyone cares about your education and how you do. Basically, everyone accepts you without judging you and wants the best...” – Ana from Savannah, GA

Southern Methodist University

The Southern Methodist University is a private research institution in Texas featuring a liberal arts curriculum. The Dallas campus provides more than 200 areas of study to choose from, along with the Locomotor Lab to address scientific questions on...

“…SMU is a small university in a big city. The beautiful campus is a welcoming place for students who want to get involved and meet people from around the country and world. SMU offers endless ways to get involved and Dallas is the perfect city for...” – Paige from Edmond, OK

Elmhurst College

Elmhurst College is a liberal arts institution in the Chicagoland area affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Elmhurst offers bachelor’s degrees in over 60 academic majors. Additionally, the school operates the Elmhurst Learning and Success...

“…One of the best in the midwest! My experience has been great, everybody is dedicated to making the Elmhurst Experience better. Beautiful campus, great reputation.” – Chad from Lombard, IL

Calling Des Moine, Iowa, its home, Drake University is a midsize, private institution of higher learning with more than 70 majors available to its undergraduate students. Cultivated over 130 years of educating, The Drake Curriculum features small,...

“…drake is an amazing school, the professors are easy to talk to and more than willing to help. the campus itself is beautiful and small enough to navigate easily without feeling compact. as a private school, it is a little costly but the quality of...” – Virginia from Des Moines, IA

Park University

With campus overlooking the Missouri River, Park University is a 4-year private school in the Kansas City area. Park grants bachelor’s degrees in 48 academic majors and is also home to eight associate degree-granting programs. In addition, every...

“…If I were to give Park University a grade, I'd give it and A. Coming onto the campus I was told that the University was extremely diverse; I had no idea how diverse untill I stayed on campus! There is constantly a festival being held for a different...” – Akimmy from Independence, MO

Alabama A & M University

Founded by a freedman, Alabama A&M University is a public Historically Black College and University situated in Huntsville and a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Alabama A&M is home to colleges of Business, Natural Sciences, Engineering,...

“…Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University is a beautiful, activity filled campus filled with a warm atmosphere and many different types of people. Even though the campus is a historically African American university, many ethnic groups attend...” – Kourtney from Huber Heights, OH

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young University-Idaho is a 4-year institution in eastern Idaho and the state’s largest private university. BYU-Idaho is home to six colleges and schools conferring...

“…BYU-IDAHO is spectacular. It has all the curriculum that I am looking for. The spiritual environment is great for my spiritual growth. One of the best religious schools.” – VALERIE from ORLANDO, FL

Fairfield University

Founded by the Society of Jesus, Fairfield University is a 4-year Jesuit institution in coastal Connecticut. Fairfield provides a liberal arts education and offers degrees in 44 academic majors as well as 16 interdisciplinary majors. As a Catholic...

“…Fairfield University is a great community-building university. There are always students around, who are friendly and willing to work together. Group interactions are always encouraged.” – from Woodbury, CT

King's College
Wilkes Barre, PA

King's College is a 4-year institution located in Wilkes-Barres, Pennsylvania. King's provides a liberal arts and sciences education across 41 undergraduate and 8 graduate programs, as well as 27 athletic teams to cheer on. High school students can...

“…King's College is unconventional and will teach me things I never thought I would learn. It's a great learning institution with compassionate and amiable professors. The classes are challenging while simultaneously mutually stimulating. ” – Brittny from Luzerne, PA

Rollins College

Founded in 1885, Rollins College is a 4-year liberal arts college in the greater Orlando area and the first recognized college in the state of Florida. Rollins grants undergraduate degrees in over 60 fields of study with a focus on demonstrating the...

“…Rollins is a multicultural school with lots of opportunities. Rollins has a gorgeous campus. Rollins has provided me with the support that I need to be successful.” – Luisa from Winter Garden, FL

St John's University-New York

St. John’s University is a private Catholic university in New York City, in the neighborhood of Queens. The urban, 102-acre campus offers more than 100 degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels within six schools and...

“…St. John's University is an amazing school. Not only is the campus amazing but the people are great as well. You will feel more than at home here.” – Jessica from Elmhurst, NY

Leiden University

Founded in 1575 by William, Prince of Orange, Leiden University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the Netherlands with two locations in Leiden and The Hague. A founding member of the League of European Research Universities, Leiden is...

Susquehanna University

With a campus overlooking its eponymous river, Susquehanna University is a 4-year institution in central Pennsylvania featuring a liberal arts curriculum and pre-professional studies. Susquehanna is home to schools of Business and Arts & Sciences...

“…If Susquehanna University fits your criteria when looking for schools, it is close to guaranteed that you will find it to be wonderful. Don't let the sticker shock get to you- they give good financial aid here. If you're serious about your college...” – Sarah from Pennsylvania

Saint Joseph's University

Founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus, Saint Joseph’s University is a Jesuit Catholic school in Philadelphia. SJU is home to colleges and schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Health Studies offering bachelor’s degrees with a core curriculum...

“…St. Joe's is a school where you can never say there is nothing to do. With challenging school work and ways to get involved you can always keep yourself busy. There is a place for everyone here. ” – Rosie

Midwestern State University

Founded in 1922 in Wichita Falls, Midwestern State University is the only institution in the state to become a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). The 255-acre campus near Sikes Lakes offers 49 undergraduate programs and...

“…Midwestern State has a very nice campus, small yet spread out, with well maintained buildings and lawns. The small class sizes give students a chance to connect with their professors. It was rated the best value in the nation among public...” – Richard from Highland Village, TX

University of North Georgia

University of North Georgia is a public university in Dahlonega, an hour north of Atlanta, and is a member of University System of Georgia. The university offers more than 100 programs of study through five academic colleges, boasting 50 academic...

“…North Georgia provides everything I need to succeed after college. Their military program, which I am currently in, gives great leadership training. Everything I want from a college is right here in Dahlonega, Georgia.” – Robert from McDonough, GA

Lincoln Memorial University

Located in the Appalachian Mountains, Lincoln Memorial University is a liberal arts college in northeast Tennessee. LMU offers over 30 bachelor’s degree programs including one of the only Conservation Biology majors in the United States. To ease the...

“…LMU is an awesome college. I transferred from Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge and LMU is so much better.” – Robert from Jellico, TN

Full Sail University

Originally founded as an Ohio-based recording studio, Full Sail University is a for-profit private school of entertainment and media studies in the Orlando metro area. Full Sail confers degrees and certificates in 93 fields of study encompassing...

“…the teachers/professors have unbelievable knowledge and not afraid to share it. though the hours can be very strenuous, the work you put in definitely brings benefits that wouldn't be found elsewhere. it's a fantastic opportunity” – John from Mcallen, TX

Arcadia University

Founded in 1853, Arcadia University is a 4-year private institution in the Philadelphia metro area. The Arcadia campus hosts six colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees, including the College of Global Studies which oversees study...

“…If you are interested in studying abroad then Arcadia University is the school for you. It is very open to all cultures hence it is very diverse. Finally the professors and staff are very friendly and approachable and there is a one on one with the...” – Imoinda from Philadelphia, PA

Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University is a private institution located in Bristol, RI, that was named for a 17th century visionary who advocated for religious liberty, equality, and a government free of religion. What began as a junior college back in 1956 is...

“…RWU is a fantastic school that thrives on building a student's academic performance. The staff and professors genuinely care about their students and will help them reach their life goals. It is truly a great place to learn.” – T from Stoughton, MA

University of Tulsa

Founded in 1894, the University of Tulsa is a 4-year private research institution in northeast Oklahoma. Tulsa is home to six colleges conferring degrees in 67 academic majors and its campus is noteworthy for its Collegiate Gothic buildings. A...

“…A wonderful community and very helpful. The school has a lot of opportunities and would help with anything. They really treat you well here.” – Alyssa from Lebanon, IL

University of New South Wales (UNSW-Sydney)

The University of New South Wales is an Australian public university in the Sydney metro area. UNSW is home to nine academic faculties conferring undergraduate degrees and is a member of the Australian coalition of research universities known as...

Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University is a public, Hispanic-Serving Institution located in Chicago, Illinois. NEIU offers a Tuition Guarantee Program for all students up to six years. The school is home to the longest running community radio station in...

“…Good school with some great teachers. Close quarters makes it easy to get from class to class. Excellent fully accredited commuter school.” – Sean from Park Ridge, IL

Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI
Calvin College

Founded in 1876, Calvin College is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in Grand Rapids affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church. Calvin grants bachelor’s degrees in over 100 academic majors and programs. For students interested in the arts,...

“…Calvin is a liberal arts school that will bolster your faith and prepare you to be an active citizen of this world. You will gain a clearer vision for your life and learn what your passions are in a Christ-centered community with the support of...” – Melanie from North Chili, NY

Charleston Southern University

Originally founded as Baptist College, Charleston Southern University is a Christian school in the greater Charleston area and the only Christian college in South Carolina’s Lowcountry region. CSU grants undergraduate degrees in over 50 academic...

“…csu is an awesome university. it offers outstanding courses and does just as the university's mission states, integrating faith in learning, leading, and serving.” – CSU student

University of the Incarnate Word

Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic school in San Antonio and an Hispanic-serving institution. The largest Catholic university in the state of Texas, UIW is home to 11...

“…I would rate the University of the Incarnate Word a 10. I love the small environment and meeting new people. They help you improve your grade by going to PASS sessions and tutoring. I love it here.” – Denise from San Antonio, TX

Simmons University

Simmons University is a private, liberal arts university located in Boston, Massachusetts. Simmons offers a women’s undergraduate education in 60+ majors and programs, as well as four graduate schools for its co-ed graduate population. The university...

“…simmons college is a prestigious all women's college with a tight knit community in a large city. simmons is your first stop to success! they set you up for not only your major but for becoming a powerful woman in the work field.” – Melissa from Boston, MA

Albion College

Albion College is a private liberal arts college associated with the United Methodist Church, though the institution is committed to religious diversity and non-discrimination. It is included in the 2019 Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges in the US...

“…Albion is a small, community-based school. Students can do everything from join a sport, to a club, to the Greek system. Faculty here really care about the students and they're always enthusiastic.” – Catherine from Ann Arbor, MI

Nazareth College
Nazareth College is a private, independent institution based in the suburban Pittsford, NY. Nazareth has a “more selective” admissions process. The school uses climate-controlled tunnels so that students can get to class during cold and severe...

“…I visited this school today and I absolutely fell in love with it. It's so beautiful and fun. The campus is easy to navigate and unique.” – Miranda from Skaneateles, NY

Morehead State University

Morehead State University is a public institution situated at the base of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Morehead, Kentucky. MSU has one of only five space science programs in the nation and offers all students a chance for undergraduate...

“…Things were alright, but there was too much red tape. It took me forever to get things settled with finances, with my class scheduling for this past semester and for the spring semester, and with everything in general. Things would be much better if...” – Shannon from Grayson, KY

Cedarville University

Founded by the Reformed Presbyterian Church in 1887, Cedarville University is a 4-year Baptist school in southwest Ohio. Cedarville offers undergraduate degrees in more than 150 biblically integrated academic programs and each program features a...

“…Cedarville is an amazing place. If you are looking for God, fun, friends, and a great education, you should check out Cedarville. It's a fantastic environment!” – Jonnah from Independence, KY

Molloy College
Rockville Centre, NY
Molloy College

Molloy College is a coeducational Catholic institution on Long Island. Molloy confers degrees in over 50 undergrad and graduate programs and the college is home to one of the largest nursing programs in the United States. As a Catholic college,...

“…molloy college is an intriguing college. it's small yet close-knit and friendly. molloy college is where you go to start something. ” – Elana from Brooklyn, NY

Willamette University

Founded in 1842, Willamette University is a liberal arts institution in northwest Oregon and the oldest university in the western half of the United States. Willamette’s College of Liberal Arts offers undergraduate degrees in over 40 academic fields...

“…Willamette University is a great liberal arts school located in Salem, Oregon. It's small student body provides for personal student to teacher relationships and creates a welcoming tight-knit community. It provides students with unlimited resources...” – Julia from Kaneohe, HI

Methodist University

Methodist University is a private institution based in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and has a “selective” admissions process. Many students choose to study accounting, biology, or fire...

“…Methodist University class sizes give each student the opportunity to learn from the professors and not become lost in the system. The professors are dedicated and passionate about their subjects. Each student is given the opportunity to excel.” – Nicole from Fayetteville, NC

Saint Francis University

Founded in 1847, Saint Francis University is a Catholic liberal arts institution in western Pennsylvania and one of the oldest Franciscan Catholic universities in the United States. St. Francis confers undergraduate degrees in 48 academic fields of...

“…Saint Francis University has been great in transitioning me from living at home, to living away from family members. The environment is very welcoming and all of the faculty and staff are more than willing to help any student in need. Saint Francis...” – Jordan from Pittsburgh, PA

Assumption College

Assumption College is a private institution in Worcester, Massachusetts, founded by the Augustinians of the Assumption. It offers a liberal arts curriculum grounded in Catholic tradition and is a member of both the International Federation of...

“…Assumption College provides students with the tools and skills for an independent and bright future. Classes are challenging, but not intimidating, because professors are always accessible to help. Assumption College is a small but comfortable...” – Jonathan from Holden, MA

Curry College

Founded in 1879, Curry College is a private institution based in Milton, Massachusetts. The school operates a main campus near a state park in Norfolk county and a satellite campus in Plymouth. All students must take a General Education curriculum...

“…I love Curry College. It provides me with the means for success and adventure. I would recommend anyone to come to this small community.” – Em21261 from Foxboro, MA

Western Connecticut State University

Western Connecticut State University is a 4-year institution calling Danbury, CT, home. The university is comprised of two campuses within 3 miles of each other: a 34-acre campus downtown called Midtown and a 364-acre campus called Westside. WCSU is...

“…Westconn, or as we call Bestconn is a college with a calm, friendly atmosphere. There is a mountain of activities to do and club to join. No matter what you aim to do, there are always people willing to help you out.” – Samantha from Beacon Falls, CT

Chatham University

Chatham University is a liberal arts college based in Pittsburgh, PA. CU offers 60 majors and programs, also providing Integrated Degree Programs to complete a bachelor’s and master’s more quickly. The university is comprised of three campuses, the...

“…I really love the atmosphere at this school and how personal everything is here. I love that my professors all know my name and some of my interests outside of class.” – Paige from Erie, PA

William Peace University

William Peace University, situated in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a 4-year institution that was founded in 1857. As a member of the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges Consortium, students have access to classes and library facilities in the surrounding...

“…William Peace University is number one on my list of colleges I'd like to attend. The school has a variety of majors to choose from which is very exciting. The students and staff seem very friendly as well. ” – Prospective Student from Raleigh, NC

University of Evansville

Originally founded as Moores Hill College, the University of Evansville is a 4-year liberal arts institution in southwest Indiana affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Evansville hosts colleges of Business, Education, Arts & Sciences, and...

“…The campus atmosphere is so laid back. It's just a comfortable place to be, and I love going to school here. The professors are amazing and so willing to help. ” – Brianne from Princeton, IN

Augsburg University

Surrounding the city’s oldest parks in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, Augsburg University is a test-optional, 4-year institution comprised of 18 main buildings, 3 dining venues, and more than 50 liberal arts academic programs to choose from....

“…Small. Good food options on and off campus. Friendly people” – Em - Minneapolis, MN

Reinhardt University

The only institute of higher education with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Cherokee County, Reinhardt University is a prominent comprehensive liberal arts institution in Waleska, Georgia. Reinhardt offers more than 40 academic programs among...

“…I admire the personal one on one experience with the professors. the campus is absolutely gorgeous. There are so many different degrees to choose from.” – Gerald from Adairsville, GA

Monroe Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Rochester, New York. Students attending MCC can enroll in one of many 2+2 programs, in which students can earn an associate’s degree and be guaranteed consequent enrollment in...

“…This is a great institution of learning where everyone is treated equally. There are three physical campuses one in the Bronx, another in New Rochelle and one in St. Lucia. They also offer on line classes for the working class.” – Janice from Brooklyn, NY

King University

King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated and doctoral-level university that was founded in 1867 as King College. The main 135-acre campus centers around “The Oval,” a mall where all buildings intersect. The campus houses the Burke Observatory and...

“…I like king college very much it has helped me get to know many new people. It is a small school but i have found that i learn better in a small classroom situation. This college is just perfect for me.” – Robert from Arab, AL

Point Park University
Point Park University is a private liberal arts institution located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is a doctoral-level university with a “selective” admissions process. Drama and theatre production, dance, and business support services are the most...

“…i love this school. its a nice urban campus thats probably bigger than alot of people would think. this school also has a wide range of diverse people.” – LaQueisha from Pittsburgh, PA

The College of Saint Rose

Located in Albany, the capital of New York, the College of Saint Rose is a liberal arts institution sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet. This 4-year institution is located in the Pine Hill neighborhood, which is noted for its...

“…This school is the prefect size for anyone. The programs are very good. Everyone makes you feel comfortable.” – Dylan from Slingerlands, NY

Hood College

Hood College is a liberal arts institution situated on 50 acres in Frederick, Maryland, which also maintains several research centers, including for coastal & watershed studies, teaching & learning, and the humanities. Hood offers 32 areas of study...

“…From touring the campus of Hood College it is easy to interpret that even though the school is smaller and less populated than your average University, this factor does nothing but work in it's favor. The small canvas in Frederick, MD is cozy but yet...” – Stacey from Columbia, MD

Washburn University

Originally founded as a combination high school/private Congregational school, Washburn University is a 4-year university in the Kansas state capital of Topeka. Washburn hosts five colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in over 200 academic fields...

“…Provides a very strong medical education. Campus isn't too big to walk to classes. Offers in class and online education.” – Naomi from topeka, KS

Woodbury University

Woodbury University is a liberal arts institution with a main campus in Los Angeles, California, and two satellite locations in San Diego and Hollywood. Woodbury offers more than 20 practice-based undergraduate and graduate majors across its four...

“…the campus is beautiful. the atmosphere and overall feel of the people here are positive. the faculty and staff are dedicated and are willing to make sacrifices to help students out.” – Jaime from Los Angeles, CA

Colby-Sawyer College

Situated in New Hampshire’s Lake Sunapee Region, Colby-Sawyer College is a 4-year liberal arts college with a campus surrounded by mountains, forests, and lakes. Colby-Sawyer confers undergraduate degrees in 18 academic majors. In addition, all Colby...

“…Colby-Sawyer college is a great place for interactive learning. It haves a good selections of different types of majors and courses. Going here provides you with a lot of opportunities in jobs and internships.” – Zelest from Waterbury, CT

University of West Alabama

Originally founded as a school for women called the Livingston Female Academy, the University of West Alabama is a coeducational 4-year public university. UWA is home to five colleges and divisions offering undergraduate degrees in over 90 academic...

“…The University of West Alabama has great teachers that like to see their students succeed. The campus is small, but still gives you the opportunity of attending a 4-year college. The University of West Alabama is truly my 'home away from home'.” – from Livingston, AL

Austin College
Founded in 1849, Austin College is a private liberal arts institution based in Sherman, TX. It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and has been rated as “more selective.” Austin College is a member of the Annapolis Group, Oberlin Group, and...

“…austin college really offers a lot of unique advantages and opportunities. one of my favorites is the size of the campus and the teacher to student ratio. there are about 1300 students on campus and ive even had a class with as little as 7 students!” – Scott from Sherman, TX

DeSales University

DeSales University is a private institution affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The school provides a liberal arts curriculum with a focus in the Catholic tradition. It is home to dance studios, TV and film studios, simulation laboratories,...

“…it is a very nice school and the people there are quite friendly. the professors are great and will help you with whatever you need. ” – Shel

Georgetown College

Georgetown College is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in northern Kentucky and the first Baptist college in the region. Georgetown confers bachelor’s degrees in 45 academic majors and also features several programs of distinction such as...

“…Georgetown challenges you as a student to succeed and is a great school academically. Georgetown school is very small and could update its campus a little bit. But Georgetown College is full of friendly people and is a fun campus.” – Austin from Prospect, KY

University of Southern Indiana
The University of Southern Indiana is a public institution situated in Evansville, IN. The school provides a community-focused curriculum with an emphasis on cultural awareness. USI is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and...

“…University of southern Indiana is challenging. University of Southern Indiana provides everything a larger college does in a smaller atmosphere. University of Southern Indiana engages every level of student to achieve. ” – Katelynn from Kokomo, IN

Salve Regina University
Salve Regina University is a private institution based in Newport, RI, bordering the Newport Cliff Walk. The campus is made of Gilded Age mansions where students live and study. Salve Regina University is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and...

“…i absolutely love everything about salve. the classes you're in are small so your teacher knows who you are and you know your classmates. we go to school in the most beautiful place i think in the world.” – Elna from Westbrook, CT

Originally founded as Miss Wheelock’s Kindergarten Training School, Boston University Wheelock is a college of education affiliated with Boston University. BU Wheelock confers bachelor’s degrees in 10 educational fields of study. Additionally, BU...

“…Wheelock College is an excellent school for student who want to improve the lives of children and families. Wheelock College is for students who want to inspire a world of good. Wheelock College is for students who have the natural ability to help...” – Cianalyn from Chicopee, MA

Neumann University

Neumann University is a private institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, created in the Franciscan Tradition. NU offers 10 study abroad destinations, a Child Development Center, and dorms with bathrooms in every suite....

“…i love this college the experience has been nothing but positive. they have my major and the student body and staff have been very helpful. the facilities are fairly new and well maintained.” – Eric from Willingboro, NJ

Fresno Pacific University is a private Christian institution based in Fresno, California. It is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Churches. All academic programs offered at FPU highlight the importance of ethics, character development, and...

“…This school provides amazing support and fellowship! Beyond the hands on learning, personal growth and understanding, and community awareness, you will find self-actualization and increased confidence. Attending Fresno Pacific was the BEST decision I...” – Raechelle from Lemoore, CA

Unity College

Unity College, “America’s Environmental College,” is located in Unity, Maine, and was founded in 1965. Sitting within three climate zones, UC is comprised of 225 acres and features a liberal arts education in environmentally focused majors....

“…If I had to rate Unity College and it was out of 10, I would give it a 10 because I love the small-based community that Unity has for students. You pretty much know everybody at Unity College and there is a lot of events that go on for everyone to do...” – Zachary from Athens, ME