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2021 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in California

44 Colleges
10,634 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,557 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Communication & Journalism School for You

Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in CaliforniaOut of the majors we analyze each year, communication and journalism was ranked 8th in California. In fact, 10,634 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that 11.0% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in California ranking, we looked at 44 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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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 College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

2021 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools in California

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

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California State University - Northridge. Located in the city of Northridge, California State University - Northridge is a public school with a very large student population.

At California State University - Northridge, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.0 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,577. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from California State University - Northridge is $111,982. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize California State University - Long Beach as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Cal State Long Beach is a very large public school located in the large city of Long Beach.

It takes the average student at Cal State Long Beach about 5.0 years to graduate, and it costs about $24,708 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach is about $122,552. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. SFSU is a fairly large public school located in the city of San Francisco.

At SFSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.8 years, and it costs about $26,093 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SFSU is about $123,942. 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 #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Fullerton, Cal State Fullerton is a public college with a very large student population.

It takes the average student at Cal State Fullerton about 4.9 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,794. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton is about $135,079. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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

The average student at Fresno State graduates in less than 5.0 years, and the yearly average 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. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

San Diego State University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. SDSU is a very large public school located in the city of San Diego. SDSU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in California list.

At SDSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,830. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SDSU is about $141,818. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to San Jose State University. Located in the large city of San Jose, San Jose State is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, San Jose State has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in California ranking.

At San Jose State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.0 years, and it costs about $29,311 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the San Jose State is $147,141. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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California State University - Chico earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Chico State is a large public school located in the city of Chico.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at Chico State to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,192. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Chico State is $118,654. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize The Master's College and Seminary as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Santa Clarita, The Master's College 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 The Master’s College is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,094. 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 The Master’s College is $108,155. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. Located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public college with a very large student population.

At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and it costs about $32,197 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is $143,921. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Best Communication & Journalism Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Communication & Journalism Colleges in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

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

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 7,572
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 1,367
Journalism 1,091
Public Relations & Advertising 549
Communication & Journalism (Other) 54

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Majors Similar to Communication & Journalism

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 25,166
Psychology 16,790
Education 5,598
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 3,243
History 2,936

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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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