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2021 Most Popular Communication & Journalism Associate's Degree Schools

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$23,750 Avg Salary
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Finding the Best Communication & Journalism Associate's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 122,154 people earned a degree or certificate in communication and journalism, making the major the #13 most popular in the United States.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Most Popular Communication & Journalism Associate's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 397 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular associate's degree programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Communication & Journalism program at each school on the list.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for communication and journalism majors pursuing a associate's degree.

Our 2021 rankings named Fashion Institute of Technology the most popular school in the United States for communication and journalism students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the city of New York, FIT SUNY is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Of the 317 students majoring in communication and journalism at FIT SUNY, 11% are male and 89% are female.

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#2

Long Beach City College

Long Beach, CA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Long Beach City College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Most Popular Communication & Journalism Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Long Beach, Long Beach City College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 257 students majoring in communication and journalism at Long Beach City College, 42% are male and 58% are female.

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#3

Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa, CA

The in-demand associate’s degree programs at Orange Coast College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular communication and journalism schools in the United States. Located in the midsize city of Costa Mesa, Orange Coast College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 182 students majoring in communication and journalism at Orange Coast College, 45% are male and 55% are female.

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#3

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica, CA

Out of the 397 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Santa Monica College landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the city of Santa Monica, SMC is a public school with a very large student population.

About 62% of the students majoring in communication and journalism at the school are women while 38% are male.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Mt. San Antonio College is a great place for communication and journalism students working on their associate’s degree. Mt. SAC is a very large public school located in the suburb of Walnut.

About 57% of the students majoring in communication and journalism at the school are women while 43% are male.

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#6

Pasadena City College

Pasadena, CA

With a ranking of #6, Pasadena City College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for communication and journalism students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the midsize city of Pasadena, Pasadena City College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

About 57% of the students majoring in communication and journalism at the school are women while 43% are male.

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#7

Bakersfield College

Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield College ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Communication & Journalism Associate’s Degree Schools list. Bakersfield College is a very large public school located in the city of Bakersfield.

Women make up 55% of the communication and journalism majors at the school.

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#8

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara City College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree communication and journalism programs. Located in the small city of Santa Barbara, SBCC is a public college with a large student population.

Women make up 66% of the communication and journalism majors at the school.

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#9

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, CA

Saddleback College ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Communication & Journalism Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Mission Viejo, Saddleback College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 59% of the communication and journalism majors at the school.

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#10

Fullerton College

Fullerton, CA

Fullerton College ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular Communication & Journalism Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Fullerton, Fullerton College is a public school with a very large student population.

About 51% of the students majoring in communication and journalism at the school are women while 49% are male.

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#11

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, CA

With a ranking of #11, College of the Canyons did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for communication and journalism students working on their associate’s degree. College of the Canyons is a large public school located in the suburb of Santa Clarita.

Women make up 59% of the communication and journalism majors at the school.

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#12

Moorpark College

Moorpark, CA

With a ranking of #12, Moorpark College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for communication and journalism students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the midsize suburb of Moorpark, Moorpark College is a public college with a large student population.

About 50% of the students majoring in communication and journalism at the school are women while 50% are male.

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#13

Chaffey College

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

With a ranking of #13, Chaffey College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for communication and journalism students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the suburb of Rancho Cucamonga, Chaffey College is a public school with a very large student population.

Women make up 53% of the communication and journalism majors at the school.

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#14

De Anza College

Cupertino, CA

De Anza College landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree communication and journalism programs. De Anza College is a large public school located in the city of Cupertino.

Of the 127 students majoring in communication and journalism at De Anza College, 45% are male and 55% are female.

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Borough of Manhattan Community College came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Communication & Journalism Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of New York, BMCC is a public school with a very large student population.

About 64% of the students majoring in communication and journalism at the school are women while 36% are male.

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#16

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego, CA

With a ranking of #16, San Diego Mesa College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for communication and journalism students working on their associate’s degree. San Diego Mesa College is a very large public school located in the city of San Diego.

Of the 102 students majoring in communication and journalism at San Diego Mesa College, 35% are male and 65% are female.

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#17

El Camino College

Torrance, CA

With a ranking of #17, El Camino College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for communication and journalism students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the suburb of Torrance, El Camino College is a public college with a very large student population.

Of the 101 students majoring in communication and journalism at El Camino College, 45% are male and 55% are female.

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#18

Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill, CA

Diablo Valley College landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree communication and journalism programs. Diablo Valley is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Pleasant Hill.

About 49% of the students majoring in communication and journalism at the school are women while 51% are male.

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#19

Los Angeles Valley College

Valley Glen, CA

Los Angeles Valley College ranked #19 on this year’s Most Popular Communication & Journalism Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Valley Glen, LAVC is a public school with a large student population.

About 50% of the students majoring in communication and journalism at the school are women while 50% are male.

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#20

Los Angeles Pierce College

Woodland Hills, CA

With a ranking of #20, Los Angeles Pierce College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for communication and journalism students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the large city of Woodland Hills, Pierce College is a public college with a large student population.

About 55% of the students majoring in communication and journalism at the school are women while 45% are male.

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Central New Mexico Community College landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree communication and journalism programs. CNM is a very large public school located in the large city of Albuquerque.

Of the 86 students majoring in communication and journalism at CNM, 35% are male and 65% are female.

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#22

Southwestern College

Chula Vista, CA

Southwestern College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Communication & Journalism Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Chula Vista, SWC Chula Vista is a public school with a large student population.

Women make up 57% of the communication and journalism majors at the school.

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#23

Foothill College

Los Altos Hills, CA

Foothill College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Communication & Journalism Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Foothill College is a large public school located in the large suburb of Los Altos Hills.

About 61% of the students majoring in communication and journalism at the school are women while 39% are male.

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#24

Sierra College

Rocklin, CA

Sierra College ranked #24 on this year’s Most Popular Communication & Journalism Associate’s Degree Schools list. Sierra College is a large public school located in the suburb of Rocklin.

Women make up 55% of the communication and journalism majors at the school.

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#25

LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, NY

LaGuardia Community College ranked #25 on this year’s Most Popular Communication & Journalism Associate’s Degree Schools list. LaGuardia is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Long Island City.

Women make up 67% of the communication and journalism majors at the school.

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#26

MiraCosta College

Oceanside, CA
#27

Citrus College

Glendora, CA
#27

Golden West College

Huntington Beach, CA
#29

Riverside City College

Riverside, CA
#29

Cabrillo College

Aptos, CA
#31

Sacramento City College

Sacramento, CA
#32

Grossmont College

El Cajon, CA
#33

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA
#33

Glendale Community College

Glendale, CA
#35

Fresno City College

Fresno, CA
#37

Cerritos College

Norwalk, CA
#38

College of San Mateo

San Mateo, CA
#39

Onondaga Community College

Syracuse, NY
#41

Nassau Community College

Garden City, NY
#41

West Valley College

Saratoga, CA
#41

College of the Desert

Palm Desert, CA
#45

Palomar College

San Marcos, CA
#46

Cypress College

Cypress, CA
#49

Santiago Canyon College

Orange, CA

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Communication & Journalism Associate's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 397 different United States communication and journalism schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
49 Santiago Canyon College Orange, CA
52 Ohlone College Fremont, CA
52 Cuesta College San Luis Obispo, CA
54 Irvine Valley College Irvine, CA
55 Chabot College Hayward, CA
55 Folsom Lake College Folsom, CA
57 American River College Sacramento, CA
57 San Joaquin Delta College Stockton, CA
57 Montgomery College Rockville, MD

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional popular schools for Communication & Journalism students that almost earned our Most Popular Communication & Journalism Associate's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
60 Gavilan College Gilroy, CA
61 San Diego City College San Diego, CA
61 Dutchess Community College Poughkeepsie, NY
61 Skyline College San Bruno, CA
64 Sinclair Community College Dayton, OH
65 Clovis Community College Fresno, CA
65 Modesto Junior College Modesto, CA
65 County College of Morris Randolph, NJ
65 Collin County Community College District McKinney, TX
69 Evergreen Valley College San Jose, CA
69 Porterville College Porterville, CA
71 Santa Ana College Santa Ana, CA
71 Union County College Cranford, NJ
71 Tulsa Community College Tulsa, OK
74 Bucks County Community College Newtown, PA
74 College of the Sequoias Visalia, CA
74 Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA
77 SUNY Westchester Community College Valhalla, NY
77 Rio Hondo College Whittier, CA
77 Reedley College Reedley, CA
77 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA

Communication & Journalism by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 68,301
Public Relations & Advertising 20,156
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 16,150
Journalism 15,466
Communication & Journalism (Other) 1,784
Publishing 297

Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 306,739
Social Sciences 203,399
Psychology 177,655
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 59,281
History 32,806

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Josh Hallett.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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