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2021 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Washington

11 Colleges
1,862 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,346 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Communication & Journalism School for You

Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in WashingtonOut of the majors we analyze each year, communication and journalism was ranked 8th in Washington. In fact, 1,862 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 1.9% of all the communication and journalism bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Washington ranking looked at 11 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools in Washington

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

Top 10 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools

Washington State University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Wazzu is a very large public school located in the distant town of Pullman. Wazzu also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Washington list, coming in at #2.

It takes the average student at Wazzu about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,249. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Wazzu is $130,451. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#2

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Gonzaga University. Located in the city of Spokane, Gonzaga is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Gonzaga has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Washington ranking.

It takes the average student at Gonzaga about 4.2 years to graduate, and it costs about $41,090 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga is about $170,934. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Western Washington University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. WWU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Bellingham. In addition to being on our best value list, WWU has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Washington ranking.

The average student at WWU graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,912. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from WWU is $130,104. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize Central Washington University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Ellensburg, CWU is a public school with a large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, CWU has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Washington ranking.

It takes the average student at CWU about 4.5 years to graduate, and it costs about $27,573 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from CWU be around $124,630. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, UW Seattle has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Washington ranking.

At UW Seattle, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $36,058. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW Seattle be around $152,886. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Pacific Lutheran University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Tacoma, PLU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

It takes the average student at PLU about 4.0 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $33,002. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the PLU is $133,328. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Seattle Pacific University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. SPU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Seattle. In addition to being on our best value list, SPU has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Washington ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SPU is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $37,188. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SPU is $158,049. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Eastern Washington University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Cheney, EWU is a public college with a large student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at EWU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,417. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from EWU be around $119,669. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize University of Washington - Tacoma Campus as the #9 school in this year's rankings. University of Washington - Tacoma Campus is a moderately-sized public school located in the midsize city of Tacoma. University of Washington - Tacoma Campus also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Washington list, coming in at #8.

The average student at University of Washington - Tacoma Campus graduates in less than 4.2 years, and it costs about $33,304 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington - Tacoma Campus is $141,209. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Washington - Bothell Campus landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the suburb of Bothell, University of Washington - Bothell Campus is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. University of Washington - Bothell Campus did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Washington list.

The average student at University of Washington - Bothell Campus graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $33,648. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from University of Washington - Bothell Campus is $147,378. 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 Schools in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

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

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 1,194
Public Relations & Advertising 292
Journalism 228
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 142
Communication & Journalism (Other) 6

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 3,485
Psychology 2,377
Education 1,776
History 478
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies 462

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 11 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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