Communication & Journalism

2021 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Illinois

25 Colleges
3,692 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,270 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Communication & Journalism School for You

Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in IllinoisOut of the majors we analyze each year, communication and journalism was ranked 8th in Illinois. In fact, 3,692 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 3.8% of all the communication and journalism bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Illinois ranking analyzed 25 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.

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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 Illinois

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

Top 10 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools

#1

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. EIU is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Charleston.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at EIU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $16,976. 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.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Illinois State University. Located in the midsize suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Illinois State not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Illinois list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Illinois State is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,958. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State is about $108,817. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#3

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Augustana College comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Rock Island, Augustana is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Augustana, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Illinois ranking.

It takes the average student at Augustana about 4.1 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $29,480. 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 Augustana is $119,689. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#4

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Our rankings recognize Bradley University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Bradley is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Peoria. Bradley not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Illinois list.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Bradley to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,832. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Bradley is $131,344. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Northern Illinois University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a large student population.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at NIU to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,171. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the NIU is $92,181. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of Illinois at Springfield earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Springfield, UIS is a public college with a small student population.

The average student at UIS graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,739. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UIS is $91,044. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#7

North Central College

Naperville, IL

Our rankings recognize North Central College as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Naperville, North Central is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. North Central also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Illinois list, coming in at #7.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at North Central is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,028. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from North Central is about $134,518. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Western Illinois University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. WIU is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Macomb.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at WIU is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $17,615. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from WIU is about $78,211. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the large suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public school with a large student population.

The average student at SIUE graduates in less than 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $17,498. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SIUE is $79,091. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#10

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL

Lake Forest College comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Lake Forest is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Lake Forest.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Lake Forest is 4.2 years, and it costs about $31,412 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Lake Forest is $130,360. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Best Communication & Journalism Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Communication & Journalism Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 3,290
Ohio 3,878
Indiana 2,483
Wisconsin 1,839

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 1,925
Public Relations & Advertising 924
Journalism 479
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 337
Communication & Journalism (Other) 27

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 4,951
Psychology 4,086
Education 3,367
History 784
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 593

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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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