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2021 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Media Studies

490 Colleges
55,113 Bachelor's Degrees
$23,601 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Communication & Media Studies School for You

Best Value Colleges for Communication & Media StudiesIn 2018-2019, 55,113 communication and media studies students received their bachelor's degrees, making the major the #6 most popular in the country.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Communication & Media Studies ranking, we looked at 490 colleges that offer a bachelor's in communications. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those communications schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Communication & Media Studies Schools in United States

Check out the communications programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 25 Best Value Communications Schools

#1

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

Elizabethtown College landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and media studies schools. E - town is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Elizabethtown. In addition to its great value ranking, E - town is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list.

At E - town, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $17,380. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the E - town is $70,910. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that communications majors at E - town take out while working on their bachelor's is $27,483. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and media studies schools. Located in the large city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a very large student population. USF Tampa excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list.

At USF Tampa, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and it costs about $23,095 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa is about $99,308. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, communications majors at USF Tampa accumulate an average of around $19,819 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $195.

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#3

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY

Canisius College earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Buffalo, Canisius is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Canisius is 4.1 years, and it costs about $18,574 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $75,968 to get a bachelor’s degree from Canisius. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Communications majors at Canisius take out an average of $23,004 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $270.

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#4

Hanover College

Hanover, IN

Hanover College earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Hanover, Hanover is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

It takes the average student at Hanover about 4.0 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,334. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Hanover is $102,349. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, communications graduates from Hanover carry an average student debtload of $23,845. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#5

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Truman State University. Located in the town of Kirksville, Truman State is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

At Truman State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $18,927. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Truman State be around $80,250. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that communications majors at Truman State take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,992. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $223.

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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and media studies schools. UW - La Crosse is a fairly large public school located in the small city of La Crosse.

The average student at UW - La Crosse graduates in less than 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $19,185. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW - La Crosse be around $85,373. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that communications majors at UW - La Crosse take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,126. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $245, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Charleston, EIU is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

It takes the average student at EIU about 4.4 years to graduate, and it costs about $16,976 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from EIU is about $75,034. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Communications majors at EIU take out an average of $25,598 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $265.

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#8

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Texas Tech also did well on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average student at Texas Tech graduates in less than 4.5 years, and it costs about $23,296 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $105,298 to get a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Communications majors at Texas Tech take out an average of $27,380 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $276.

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#9

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

Wartburg College earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Wartburg is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Waverly.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Wartburg is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,205. This means that the average student pays around $106,916 to get a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Communications majors at Wartburg take out an average of $24,942 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#10

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Augustana College comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Augustana is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Rock Island. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Augustana also did well on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Augustana is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $29,480. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Augustana is $119,689. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, communications majors at Augustana accumulate an average of around $27,018 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#11

Randolph - Macon College

Ashland, VA

Randolph - Macon College earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Randolph - Macon is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Ashland. In addition to its great value ranking, Randolph - Macon is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list.

The average student at Randolph - Macon graduates in less than 4.1 years, and it costs about $30,683 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Randolph - Macon is about $124,880. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, communications majors at Randolph - Macon accumulate an average of around $25,662 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#12

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

Saint Vincent College comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Saint Vincent is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Latrobe.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Saint Vincent to complete their degree, and it costs about $26,431 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $108,367 to get a bachelor’s degree from Saint Vincent. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, communications majors at Saint Vincent accumulate an average of around $27,479 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#13

Winona State University

Winona, MN

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Winona State University. Located in the distant town of Winona, Winona State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Winona State to complete their degree, and it costs about $21,880 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Winona State be around $98,022. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The average amount in student loans that communications majors at Winona State take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,954. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#14

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Gustavus Adolphus College earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. Gustavus Adolphus is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Saint Peter. Gustavus Adolphus excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list.

The average student at Gustavus Adolphus graduates in less than 4.0 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,332. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus be around $125,955. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, communications graduates from Gustavus Adolphus carry an average student debtload of $25,349. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#15

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Cedar Falls, UNI is a public college with a fairly large student population.

At UNI, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,198. This means that the average student pays around $107,439 to get a bachelor’s degree from UNI. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Communications majors at UNI take out an average of $17,775 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $175.

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#16

Ouachita Baptist University

Arkadelphia, AR

Ouachita Baptist University earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. Ouachita Baptist is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Arkadelphia.

The average student at Ouachita Baptist graduates in less than 4.1 years, and it costs about $20,768 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist is about $84,733. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, communications graduates from Ouachita Baptist take out $20,674 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $246, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA

Regent University earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Virginia Beach, Regent is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

The average student at Regent graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,913. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Regent be around $100,588. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, communications majors at Regent accumulate an average of around $26,642 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Northern Illinois University earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. NIU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Dekalb.

It takes the average student at NIU about 4.6 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,171. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from NIU be around $92,181. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, communications majors at NIU accumulate an average of around $25,424 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $253, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Illinois at Springfield earned the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings. UIS is a small public school located in the city of Springfield.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at UIS to complete their degree, and it costs about $20,739 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UIS is $91,044. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, communications graduates from UIS carry an average student debtload of $21,565. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $220, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

University of South Dakota landed the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and media studies schools. Located in the town of Vermillion, U of South Dakota is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at U of South Dakota to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,860. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of South Dakota is $90,950. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that communications majors at U of South Dakota take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,369. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#21

Berea College

Berea, KY

Berea College earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. Berea is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Berea.

It takes the average student at Berea about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,680. This means that the average student pays around $92,574 to get a bachelor’s degree from Berea. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, communications majors at Berea accumulate an average of around $8,972 in student debt.

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Our rankings recognize Illinois State University as the #22 school in this year's rankings. Illinois State is a very large public school located in the suburb of Normal. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Illinois State also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies ranking.

The average student at Illinois State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,958. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State be around $108,817. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that communications majors at Illinois State take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,175. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $224.

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#23

SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, NY

Our rankings recognize SUNY Geneseo as the #23 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Geneseo, SUNY Geneseo is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

At SUNY Geneseo, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $25,828. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo is $106,411. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that communications majors at SUNY Geneseo take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,349. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $202, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#24

Saint Mary's College

Notre Dame, IN

Saint Mary's College landed the #24 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and media studies schools. Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, St. Mary's College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, St. Mary's College also did well on our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

At St. Mary’s College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $32,316. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College be around $131,849. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that communications majors at St. Mary's College take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,027. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earned the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a very large student population. UNC Chapel Hill also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies rankings.

The average student at UNC Chapel Hill graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,820. This means that the average student pays around $109,694 to get a bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Communications majors at UNC Chapel Hill take out an average of $15,817 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $168.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Value Colleges for Communication & Media Studies

#28

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#29

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY
#30

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#33

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL
#36

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#39

Albright College

Reading, PA
#40

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY
#42

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY
#46

Albion College

Albion, MI
#47

Luther College

Decorah, IA
#49

Saint Norbert College

De Pere, WI
#50

Furman University

Greenville, SC

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Value Colleges for Communication & Media Studies badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 490 different United States communication and media studies schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
52 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
53 CUNY Hunter College New York, NY
54 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
55 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO
56 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
57 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
58 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
59 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
60 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
61 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
62 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
63 Allegheny College Meadville, PA
64 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
65 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
66 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
67 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
68 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY
69 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
70 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
71 Bridgewater College Bridgewater, VA
72 University of Houston Houston, TX
73 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Colleges for Communication & Media Studies award.

Rank College Location
74 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
75 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
76 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
77 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
78 SUNY Potsdam Potsdam, NY
79 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
80 Denison University Granville, OH
81 Ball State University Muncie, IN
82 McDaniel College Westminster, MD
83 St Catherine University Saint Paul, MN
84 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
85 Bellarmine University Louisville, KY
86 Washington State University Pullman, WA
87 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
88 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
89 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
90 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
91 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
92 Mississippi College Clinton, MS
93 Radford University Radford, VA
94 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
95 Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, KS
96 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
97 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
98 Worcester State University Worcester, MA

Communication & Media Studies by Region

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Related Major Annual Graduates
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Journalism 12,988
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 10,624
Communication & Journalism (Other) 1,002
Publishing 37

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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).
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