Communication & Journalism

2021 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Massachusetts

18 Colleges
2,856 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,771 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Communication & Journalism School for You

Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in MassachusettsCommunication & Journalism is one of the most popular subjects to study in Massachusetts. With 2,856 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 9th out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that 3.0% 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 Massachusetts ranking, we looked at 18 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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2021 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools in Massachusetts

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

Top 10 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools

#1

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

Fitchburg State University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Fitchburg, Fitchburg State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

It takes the average student at Fitchburg State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,143. 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 Fitchburg State is $102,755. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#2

Assumption University

Worcester, MA

Assumption University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Assumption is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Worcester. Assumption did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Massachusetts list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Assumption is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $36,688. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Assumption is about $148,953. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. UMass Amherst is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Amherst. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UMass Amherst, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Massachusetts ranking.

At UMass Amherst, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $36,714. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst is $151,996. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#4

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Westfield State University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Westfield is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Westfield.

At Westfield, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,805. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Westfield be around $103,933. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#5

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA

Worcester State University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the midsize city of Worcester, Worcester State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

It takes the average student at Worcester State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,921. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Worcester State is about $109,403. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#6

Lasell College

Newton, MA

Lasell College comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Lasell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Newton.

At Lasell, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $33,377. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Lasell be around $135,844. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#7

Simmons University

Boston, MA

Simmons University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Boston, Simmons is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Simmons has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Massachusetts ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Simmons is 4.1 years, and it costs about $35,531 per year to attend the school. 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 Simmons is $143,901. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#8

Gordon College

Wenham, MA

Gordon College comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Wenham, Gordon College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Gordon College is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,764. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Gordon College is $133,409. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#9

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA

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

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Bridgewater State is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,167. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater State be around $117,228. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#10

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Boston U, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Massachusetts ranking.

At Boston U, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $41,917. This means that the average student pays around $170,183 to get a bachelor’s degree from Boston U. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Best Communication & Journalism Colleges in the New England Region

Explore all the Best Communication & Journalism Schools in the New England Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Vermont 173
Maine 172
Rhode Island 548
New Hampshire 739
Connecticut 1,308

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 2,001
Journalism 375
Public Relations & Advertising 227
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 214
Communication & Journalism (Other) 39

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 7,339
Psychology 4,579
Education 1,818
History 1,231
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies 672

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 18 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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