What is Communication?

Communication teaches you to speak, write, and think critically about others’ messages as well as your own. As a Communication student, you will study communication across many domains. You will develop effective communication skills and learn how to teach others to improve their skills. You’ll learn how to be a critical thinker and problem solver for every situation you face. You’ll achieve knowledge of public advocacy and debate. You'll also learn about the political and social importance of communication in public and private life. If going into a field that includes a lot of collaboration sounds exciting, this major may be right for you.

Career Options

  • Education
  • Event planning
  • Health administration
  • Human resources
  • Law
  • Public affairs
  • Public relations
  • Sales

Post-Graduation Success1

88% employed or continuing education

79% employed after graduation

9% attending graduate school

$43,647 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Yelp, Insight Global, Aerotek

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago Portfolio School

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

26 - 31 ACT Score

1210 - 1430 SAT Score

3.25 - 3.76 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390


  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872


  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246