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September 30, 2010

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Communication

The National Research Council assessed programs according to 21 different criteria. Here are the NRC's five major ratings summarizing those criteria. For a detailed explanation, see our FAQ.

S-Rank: Programs are ranked highly if they are strong in the criteria that scholars say are most important.
Research: Derived from faculty publications, citation rates, grants, and awards.
Students: Derived from students' completion rates, financial aid, and other criteria.
Diversity: Reflects gender balance, ethnic diversity, and the proportion of international students.
R-Rank: Programs are ranked highly if they have similar features to programs viewed by faculty as top-notch.
Institution, program S-Rank High S-Rank Low Research High Research Low Students High Students Low Diversity High Diversity Low R-Rank High R-Rank Low
Arizona State U.
Communication
25 49 35 55 5 38 11 30 13 65
Bowling Green State U.
Communication Studies
48 71 50 75 19 63 7 19 14 82
Cornell U.
Communication
3 14 2 10 36 73 4 15 2 67
Florida State U.
Communication
70 81 58 81 46 71 24 50 20 79
Georgia State U.
Communication
53 69 64 78 3 18 17 45 18 73
Howard U.
Communications
31 52 77 82 31 63 1 1 2 83
Indiana U. at Blooming-
ton

Communication & Culture
45 67 52 66 24 72 45 68 7 70
Indiana U. at Blooming-
ton

Mass Communications
21 43 34 52 6 52 27 54 4 65
Indiana U. at Blooming-
ton

Mass Communications (Tel)
6 19 9 13 13 74 25 52 2 57
Kent State U. Main Campus
Communication Studies
69 81 71 81 26 75 23 56 3 81
Louisiana State U. at Baton Rouge
Communication Studies
45 67 65 80 27 69 46 74 4 76
Louisiana State U. at Baton Rouge
Mass Communication & Public Affairs
32 55 44 57 3 16 11 27 7 67
Michigan State U.
Communication
1 11 3 16 5 29 19 49 5 54
Michigan State U.
Communication Arts & Sciences Media and Information Studies
6 19 14 25 27 62 22 49 7 69
New Mexico State U. at Las Cruces
Rhetoric & Professional Communication
67 78 82 83 42 67 2 9 13 78
New York U.
Culture and Communications
69 81 55 70 77 82 56 75 12 73
North Dakota State U. Main Campus
Communication
73 81 58 80 12 34 69 81 7 78
North-
western U.

Communication Studies
38 62 24 39 49 74 56 75 10 79
Ohio State U. Main Campus
Communication
3 10 1 7 22 61 44 67 8 79
Ohio U. Main Campus
Communication Studies
37 61 56 76 4 34 21 49 3 82
Ohio U. Main Campus
Mass Communications
38 59 53 65 36 69 28 53 4 68
Pennsyl-
vania State U.

Communication Arts and Sciences
7 18 14 23 8 35 25 54 2 50
Pennsyl-
vania State U.

Mass Communications
15 32 27 43 19 45 16 40 9 67
Purdue U. Main Campus
Communication
14 30 14 24 16 57 36 65 11 68
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Communication and Rhetoric
35 61 50 70 14 54 36 61 1 72
Rutgers U. at New Brunswick
Communication, Information, and Library Studies
33 61 12 23 75 81 31 60 1 83
Southern Illinois U. at Carbondale
Mass Communications and Media Arts
59 72 69 81 23 57 52 75 7 82
Southern Illinois U. at Carbondale
Speech Communication
67 79 80 83 8 37 56 76 27 83
Stanford U.
Communication
1 3 1 5 24 71 60 78 1 61
Syracuse U. Main Campus
Mass Communications
14 34 19 35 3 30 22 57 3 69
Temple U.
Mass Media & Communication
31 60 28 50 23 70 13 37 24 78
Texas A&M U.
Communications, Telecomm. & Media
25 53 22 36 9 51 60 77 9 58
U. at Buffalo (SUNY)
Communication
41 68 15 42 54 73 73 82 8 81
U. of Alabama
Communication
30 59 22 46 13 49 54 74 23 80
U. of Arizona
Communication
6 22 4 11 43 70 63 81 9 73
U. of California at San Diego
Communication
31 57 22 36 64 79 5 16 6 75
U. of California at Santa Barbara
Communication
6 22 9 16 8 61 60 79 2 81
U. of Colorado at Boulder
Communication
47 68 19 36 45 73 39 63 32 75
U. of Connec-
ticut

Business Administration Ph.D. Marketing
64 81 28 64 36 79 80 83 7 78
U. of Connec-
ticut

Comm Sci: Comm Processes & Marketing Comm
15 55 3 12 75 82 54 73 3 79
U. of Florida
Mass Communication
19 38 36 51 3 19 12 30 2 78
U. of Georgia
Mass Communication
9 24 33 47 1 13 15 40 9 56
U. of Georgia
Speech Communication
8 28 6 14 41 71 17 45 6 81
U. of Hawaii-
Manoa

Communication & Information Science
81 82 36 56 82 83 71 81 5 81
U. of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign

Communications
28 52 48 59 17 64 5 14 7 75
U. of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign

Speech Communication
4 10 6 10 10 58 20 48 2 68
U. of Iowa
Communication Studies
32 56 32 48 24 59 70 81 11 77
U. of Iowa
Mass Communications
23 45 34 53 6 34 2 9 12 80
U. of Kansas
Communication Studies
25 48 55 78 2 18 26 56 6 77
U. of Kentucky
Communication
14 36 14 29 31 65 33 59 7 56
U. of Maryland at College Park
Communication
47 69 55 75 9 65 14 42 7 74
U. of Maryland at College Park
Journalism and Public Communication
70 80 62 76 66 79 27 54 22 81
U. of Massachu-
setts at Amherst

Communication
39 63 51 72 46 75 9 23 12 67
U. of Memphis
Communication
69 81 60 78 56 77 56 74 4 81
U. of Miami
Communication
59 76 70 79 23 52 3 13 1 82
U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Communication Studies
7 22 8 13 45 79 2 11 2 58
U. of Minnesota-
Twin Cities

Communication Studies
62 76 46 66 61 79 68 81 23 72
U. of Minnesota-
Twin Cities

Mass Communication
40 63 41 53 18 57 52 73 12 77
U. of Missouri at Columbia
Communication
14 45 12 42 5 30 40 68 15 78
U. of Missouri at Columbia
Journalism
8 24 14 32 1 20 4 15 7 83
U. of Nebraska at Lincoln
Communication Studies
24 58 28 64 2 33 11 34 8 77
U. of New Mexico Main Campus
Communication
52 68 62 78 26 56 2 8 6 79
U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Journalism and Mass Communication
9 23 32 48 1 11 25 55 13 71
U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Communication Studies
10 26 34 50 4 30 53 73 3 82
U. of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Communication
25 50 16 36 18 53 51 71 24 71
U. of Oregon
Communication and Society
33 61 57 78 1 7 42 69 14 72
U. of Pennsyl-
vania

Communication(Annenberg)
1 5 1 5 14 53 15 38 2 44
U. of Pittsburgh Main Campus
Communication
44 66 36 55 26 71 75 82 9 68
U. of South Carolina at Columbia
Mass Communications
66 79 48 64 39 72 28 55 7 83
U. of South Florida
Communication
35 60 57 77 3 29 22 53 3 76
U. of Southern California
Communication
17 37 15 32 26 70 39 66 6 76
U. of Southern Mississippi
Communication
83 83 71 81 38 80 81 83 13 82
U. of Tennessee
Communication and Information
38 59 25 38 34 71 16 43 25 71
U. of Texas at Austin
Advertising
43 69 26 56 74 82 2 10 16 83
U. of Texas at Austin
Communication Studies
18 34 19 33 32 65 15 38 12 68
U. of Texas at Austin
Journalism
13 30 34 54 13 48 7 23 1 69
U. of Texas at Austin
Radio-Television-Film
12 30 16 27 13 60 14 38 5 70
U. of Utah
Communication
44 80 61 75 12 82 42 68 13 78
U. of Washing-
ton

Communication
26 48 21 34 35 70 37 63 15 66
U. of Wisconsin at Madison
Communication Arts
60 73 49 63 25 63 66 79 24 75
U. of Wisconsin at Madison
Mass Communications
1 6 1 6 51 72 35 58 2 77
Washing-
ton State U.

Edward R. Murrow School of Communication
19 41 19 37 14 39 15 44 7 65
Wayne State U.
Communication
71 81 62 76 73 81 16 39 13 82
Methodology: This interactive tool is based on rankings developed by the NRC. For a complete explanation of the methods the research council used, go to its site; registration may be required.