Communication & Journalism

2021 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism

567 Colleges
96,549 Bachelor's Degrees
$22,883 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Communication & Journalism School for You

Best Value Colleges for Communication & JournalismCommunication & Journalism is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 7th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 96,549 bachelor's degrees were awarded to students with this major.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism ranking analyzed 567 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in communication and journalism. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. For this ranking, we are identifying those communication and journalism schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

2021 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for the Money.

Top 25 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Brigham Young University - Provo. Located in the city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. BYU excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list.

The average student at BYU graduates in less than 5.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $12,239. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from BYU is $64,132. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#2

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY

Canisius College landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the city of Buffalo, Canisius is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. In addition to its great value ranking, Canisius is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Canisius to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $18,574. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Canisius is $75,968. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#3

SUNY Fredonia

Fredonia, NY

SUNY Fredonia earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Fredonia, SUNY Fredonia is a public college with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, SUNY Fredonia also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SUNY Fredonia is 4.3 years, and it costs about $23,025 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Fredonia is $98,547. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#4

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Charleston, EIU is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at EIU to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $16,976. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from EIU be around $75,034. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#5

SUNY Oswego

Oswego, NY

SUNY Oswego earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. SUNY Oswego is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Oswego. SUNY Oswego also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

At SUNY Oswego, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,261. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SUNY Oswego is $102,867. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#6

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

Elizabethtown College comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. E - town is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Elizabethtown.

At E - town, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $17,380. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from E - town is $70,910. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#7

Harding University

Searcy, AR

Harding University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Harding is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Searcy.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Harding is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,917. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Harding is $90,989. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize Grand Valley State University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public college with a fairly large student population. GVSU excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list.

The average student at GVSU graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,233. 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 GVSU is $105,245. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#9

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Our rankings recognize Texas Tech University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public college with a very large student population. Texas Tech excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list.

The average student at Texas Tech graduates in less than 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,296. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech is $105,298. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Appalachian State University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Appalachian State is a large public school located in the distant town of Boone. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Appalachian State also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism ranking.

At Appalachian State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,137. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State is $95,410. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#11

Loras College

Dubuque, IA

Loras College comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Loras is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Dubuque.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Loras is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $25,100. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Loras is $103,663. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to South Dakota State University. Located in the remote town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public school with a large student population.

It takes the average student at South Dakota State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,370. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State is $89,628. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#13

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Northern Iowa. Located in the small city of Cedar Falls, UNI is a public college with a large student population. In addition to its great value ranking, UNI is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at UNI to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,198. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNI is $107,439. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#14

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida landed the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a very large student population. U of F also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at U of F to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,230. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of F is $120,542. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#15

Hanover College

Hanover, IN

The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Hanover College. Located in the distant 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 the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $25,334. This means that the average student pays around $102,349 to get a bachelor’s degree from Hanover. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of South Florida - Main Campus. Located in the city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a very large student population.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at USF Tampa to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,095. This means that the average student pays around $99,309 to get a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#17

St. Bonaventure University

Saint Bonaventure, NY

St. Bonaventure University earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the remote town of Saint Bonaventure, St. Bonaventure is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. St. Bonaventure also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at St. Bonaventure is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,743. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure be around $118,134. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#18

SUNY Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

Our rankings recognize SUNY Plattsburgh as the #18 school in this year's rankings. SUNY Plattsburgh is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Plattsburgh.

At SUNY Plattsburgh, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,815. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Plattsburgh is $106,208. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#19

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

Ball State University landed the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the small city of Muncie, Ball State is a public college with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Ball State also did well on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average student at Ball State graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,050. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ball State is about $111,494. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize Iowa State University as the #20 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a fairly large student population. Iowa State excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list.

The average student at Iowa State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,749. This means that the average student pays around $118,231 to get a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Illinois State University earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. Illinois State is a very large public school located in the suburb of Normal. Illinois State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Illinois State to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,958. This means that the average student pays around $108,817 to get a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#22

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

The #22 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Augustana College. Augustana is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Rock Island.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Augustana to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $29,480. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Augustana is about $119,689. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#23

Lee University

Cleveland, TN

Lee University comes in at #23 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Cleveland, Lee University is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Lee University is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,599. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Lee University be around $97,628. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#24

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

Our rankings recognize Western Michigan University as the #24 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Kalamazoo, WMU is a public school with a very large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at WMU is 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,387. 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 WMU is $100,305. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#25

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

Truman State University landed the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the remote 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 it costs about $18,927 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Truman State be around $80,250. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism

#26

SUNY New Paltz

New Paltz, NY
#27

University of Houston

Houston, TX
#29

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#31

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA
#32

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

#33

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

#35

Bradley University

Peoria, IL
#36

Randolph - Macon College

Ashland, VA
#38

Florida Southern College

Lakeland, FL
#40

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

#42

Ouachita Baptist University

Arkadelphia, AR

#44

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, PA
#45

Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA
#46

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ
#47

Berea College

Berea, KY
#50

Winona State University

Winona, MN

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 567 different United States communication and journalism schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
52 University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL
53 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
54 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
55 Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN
56 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
57 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
58 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
59 North Central College Naperville, IL
60 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
61 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
62 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
63 Washington State University Pullman, WA
64 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
65 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
66 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
67 Otterbein University Westerville, OH
68 Albright College Reading, PA
69 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
70 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
71 Utah State University Logan, UT
72 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
73 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
74 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
75 Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville, OH
76 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
77 The College at Brockport Brockport, NY
78 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
79 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
80 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
81 Samford University Birmingham, AL
82 Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL
83 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
84 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
85 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Communication & Journalism students that almost earned our Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism award.

Rank College Location
86 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
87 Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
88 Ohio University - Main Campus Athens, OH
89 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
90 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
91 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
92 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
93 Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY
94 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
95 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
96 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO
97 Florida International University Miami, FL
98 Albion College Albion, MI
99 Drake University Des Moines, IA
100 University at Albany Albany, NY
101 Radford University Radford, VA
102 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
103 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
104 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
105 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
106 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Edinboro, PA
107 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
108 Murray State University Murray, KY
109 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN
110 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
111 Luther College Decorah, IA
112 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
113 CUNY Hunter College New York, NY

Communication & Journalism by Region

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Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 55,113
Public Relations & Advertising 16,785
Journalism 12,988
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 10,624
Communication & Journalism (Other) 1,002

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 154,751
Psychology 123,980
Education 88,927
History 25,943
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 24,420

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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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Josh Hallett.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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