School and Ranking Information
While the city of Columbus, OH, itself does not have any schools with programs in digital communication, there are eight public and private, not-for-profit colleges and universities within 75 miles that offer relevant courses of study. The largest of the eight schools is a high-ranking public university that offers a wide range of communication programs that can accommodate students who are interested in both the content and technical aspects of digital communication.
- Winner: The main campus of Ohio University is located 73 miles away from Columbus in Athens, OH. Studies in digital communication can be found through the university's Scripps College of Communication, which offers undergraduate and graduate programs in information and telecommunications, communication studies, journalism and media arts.
School Info Chart
|Rankings||#129 among National Universities;
#63 among Top Public Schools (2015)*
|School Type||4-year; public|
|Tuition and Fees (2013-2014)|| Undergraduate: $10,446 (in-state);
|Digital Communication and Media Degrees Offered||Certificate, bachelor's and master's|
|Digital Communication and Media Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||36**|
|Most Popular Digital Communication and Media Program in 2012-2013||Bachelor's (36 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||67%**|
|Noteworthy||Guests at the college's annual Communication Week have included Roger Ailes, Hugh Downs, Reverend Jesse Jackson and Ted Turner|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.
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Ohio University - Main Campus
- School of Media Arts and Studies offers undergraduate scholarships
- Media arts and studies students can participate in on- and off-campus practicums and internships
- Scripps College of Communication sponsors an annual student expo
- Scripps College of Communication offers over 30 activities and clubs, including the Association for Women in Communication, Black Student Communication Caucus, National Communication Association Student Club and Radio Television Digital News Association
Ohio University offers both undergraduate and graduate programs through 11 different colleges, including the Scripps College of Communication. All of the college's five schools have undergraduate and graduate programs that include courses relevant to digital communication; unique to the college is an 18-credit Social Media Certificate.
Technical majors and minors emphasizing delivery and networking can be found through the School of Information and Telecommunications; the School of Journalism offers classes in multimedia reporting and online news development as part of its undergraduate program. Both the School of Media Arts and Studies and School of Visual Communication have undergraduate programs that combine both the content and technical aspects of digital communication and lead to a Bachelor of Science (BS).
At the School of Media Arts and Studies, students can pursue a BS in Communication in one of five majors, including animation and games, media and social change, integrated media, music production or screen writing. Those majoring in integrated media can explore new communication technologies, learn about digital media production and take electives in digital game design or video production.
At the School of Visual Communication, undergraduates majoring in interactive media study informational graphics, multiplatform writing and Web design, among other related topics. Master's degree programs in communication technology and policy, journalism, media arts and visual communication are all available. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in communication studies and mass communication are available as well.