Communication & Journalism

2021 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Middle Atlantic Region

119 Colleges
16,749 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,497 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Communication & Journalism School for You

Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Middle Atlantic 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, 16,749 went to undergraduates in the Middle Atlantic region of the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, we looked at 119 colleges that offer a bachelor's in communication and journalism. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. We are more focused on communication and journalism schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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.

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2021 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for communication and journalism majors.

Top 15% Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools

#1

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY

Canisius College earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Buffalo, Canisius is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Canisius also did well on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Middle Atlantic Region list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average student at Canisius graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $18,574. 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 Canisius is $75,968. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#2

SUNY Fredonia

Fredonia, NY

SUNY Fredonia earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Fredonia, SUNY Fredonia is a public college with a small student population. SUNY Fredonia also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Middle Atlantic Region list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SUNY Fredonia is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,025. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Fredonia is about $98,547. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#3

SUNY Oswego

Oswego, NY

SUNY Oswego comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. SUNY Oswego is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Oswego. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, SUNY Oswego also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SUNY Oswego is 4.2 years, and it costs about $24,261 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego be around $102,867. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#4

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

Elizabethtown College earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. E - town is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Elizabethtown.

The average student at E - town graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the yearly average 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 you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#5

St. Bonaventure University

Saint Bonaventure, NY

St. Bonaventure University earned the #5 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 in the Middle Atlantic Region list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

At St. Bonaventure, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,743. This means that the average student pays around $118,134 to get a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#6

SUNY Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

SUNY Plattsburgh landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. SUNY Plattsburgh is a moderately-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 it costs about $24,815 per year to attend the school. 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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#7

SUNY New Paltz

New Paltz, NY

Our rankings recognize SUNY New Paltz as the #7 school in this year's rankings. SUNY New Paltz is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of New Paltz.

The average student at SUNY New Paltz graduates in less than 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,625. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz be around $104,656. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#8

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

Saint Vincent College earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Saint Vincent is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Latrobe.

It takes the average student at Saint Vincent about 4.1 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,431. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Saint Vincent is $108,367. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#9

SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, NY

SUNY Geneseo earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Geneseo, SUNY Geneseo is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average student at SUNY Geneseo graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,828. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo be around $106,411. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the distant town of Slippery Rock, SRU is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SRU is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,713. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SRU be around $93,149. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#11

Albright College

Reading, PA

The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Albright College. Located in the small city of Reading, Albright is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

At Albright, 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 $13,932. This means that the average student pays around $57,818 to get a bachelor’s degree from Albright. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#12

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY

SUNY Oneonta comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. SUNY Oneonta is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Oneonta.

It takes the average student at SUNY Oneonta about 4.2 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,162. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta is $100,997. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#13

The College at Brockport

Brockport, NY

The College at Brockport comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. SUNY Brockport is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Brockport.

It takes the average student at SUNY Brockport about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,959. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport be around $107,074. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#14

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY

The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to SUNY Cortland. SUNY Cortland is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Cortland.

It takes the average student at SUNY Cortland about 4.3 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $25,238. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland be around $108,019. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#15

University at Albany

Albany, NY

The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University at Albany. Located in the small city of Albany, UAlbany is a public college with a large student population.

The average student at UAlbany graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,041. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UAlbany is about $124,971. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#16

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

Our rankings recognize Duquesne University as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Duquesne is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh. Duquesne excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Middle Atlantic Region list.

The average student at Duquesne graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $35,475. This means that the average student pays around $146,867 to get a bachelor’s degree from Duquesne. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Our rankings recognize Edinboro University of Pennsylvania as the #17 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Edinboro, Edinboro is a public college with a small student population.

At Edinboro, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,451. This means that the average student pays around $95,886 to get a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Middle Atlantic Region award.

Rank College Location
18 CUNY Hunter College New York, NY
19 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
20 Purchase College Purchase, NY
21 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
22 SUNY Potsdam Potsdam, NY
23 Allegheny College Meadville, PA

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 4,603
New York 7,564
New Jersey 2,116
Maryland 1,617
Delaware 245
District of Columbia 604

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 9,190
Public Relations & Advertising 2,774
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 2,412
Journalism 2,023
Communication & Journalism (Other) 340

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 32,648
Psychology 23,013
Education 11,281
History 4,815
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 2,169

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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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