Communication & Journalism

2021 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Far Western US Region

67 Colleges
14,511 Bachelor's Degrees
$31,808 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Communication & Journalism School for You

Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Far Western US Region In 2018-2019, 96,549 communication and journalism students received their bachelor's degree, making the major the #7 most popular in the country. Out of all those awarded degrees, 14,511 went to undergraduates in the Far Western US region of the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Far Western US Region ranking, we looked at 67 colleges that offer a bachelor's in communication and journalism. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. Instead, we are looking at those communication and journalism schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools in the Far Western US Region

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

Top 10 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools

Washington State University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Wazzu is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Pullman. Wazzu also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Far Western US Region list, coming in at #6.

At Wazzu, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $29,249. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Wazzu is $130,451. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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California State University - Northridge landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. California State University - Northridge is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Northridge.

It takes about 5.0 years for the average student at California State University - Northridge to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $22,577. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from California State University - Northridge is about $111,982. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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California State University - Long Beach landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the city of Long Beach, Cal State Long Beach is a public school with a very large student population.

At Cal State Long Beach, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.0 years, and it costs about $24,708 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach be around $122,552. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

Our rankings recognize San Francisco State University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of San Francisco, SFSU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

At SFSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.8 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,093. This means that the average student pays around $123,942 to get a bachelor’s degree from SFSU. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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California State University - Fullerton comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Cal State Fullerton is a very large public school located in the suburb of Fullerton.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Cal State Fullerton is 4.9 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,794. 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 Cal State Fullerton is $135,079. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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California State University - Fresno landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the large city of Fresno, Fresno State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average student at Fresno State graduates in less than 5.0 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,188. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Fresno State is about $100,132. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to San Diego State University. Located in the city of San Diego, SDSU is a public school with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, SDSU also did well on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Far Western US Region 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 SDSU is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,830. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SDSU is $141,818. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to San Jose State University. San Jose State is a fairly large public school located in the city of San Jose. San Jose State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Far Western US Region list.

The average student at San Jose State graduates in less than 5.0 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,311. This means that the average student pays around $147,141 to get a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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California State University - Chico comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Chico, Chico State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

At Chico State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,192. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Chico State be around $118,654. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#10

The Master's College and Seminary

Santa Clarita, CA

Our rankings recognize The Master's College and Seminary as the #10 school in this year's rankings. The Master's College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Santa Clarita.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at The Master’s College is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $25,094. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from The Master’s College is about $108,155. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Communication & Journalism students in the Far Western US Region that almost earned our Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Far Western US Region award.

Rank College Location
11 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
12 University of Portland Portland, OR
13 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
California 10,634
Washington 1,862
Hawaii 268
Oregon 1,312
Alaska 38
Nevada 397

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 9,714
Journalism 1,653
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 1,643
Public Relations & Advertising 1,427
Communication & Journalism (Other) 73

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Majors Similar to Communication & Journalism

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 32,805
Psychology 21,744
Education 8,988
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 4,452
History 3,962

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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.

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