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2021 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region

24 Colleges
3,909 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,752 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Communication & Journalism School for You

Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains 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, 3,909 went to undergraduates in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking analyzed 24 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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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2021 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region

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

Our rankings recognize Brigham Young University - Provo as the #1 school in this year's rankings. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo. BYU also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

At BYU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $12,239. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from BYU is about $64,132. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

Our rankings recognize University of Wyoming as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the remote town of Laramie, U of Wyoming is a public college with a large student population. U of Wyoming did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at U of Wyoming to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,323. This means that the average student pays around $94,299 to get a bachelor’s degree from U of Wyoming. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Utah State University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. USU is a very large public school located in the city of Logan. USU also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

It takes about 4.8 years for the average student at USU to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,962. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from USU is $115,976. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

University of Idaho landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Idaho is a large public school located in the distant town of Moscow. Idaho also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region list, coming in at #6.

The average student at Idaho graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,080. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Idaho is $131,151. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize Brigham Young University - Idaho as the #5 school in this year's rankings. BYU - I is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Rexburg.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at BYU - I is 5.0 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $6,396. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the BYU - I is $31,724. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public school with a very large student population. U of U also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

At U of U, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,168. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of U be around $146,801. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Northern Colorado landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. University of Northern Colorado is a fairly large public school located in the city of Greeley.

At University of Northern Colorado, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and it costs about $25,905 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 University of Northern Colorado is $116,054. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Southern Utah University

Cedar City, UT

Our rankings recognize Southern Utah University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Cedar City, Southern Utah University 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 Southern Utah University is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,783. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University is about $110,115. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Colorado State University - Fort Collins. Colorado State is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Fort Collins. Colorado State also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Colorado State to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $32,008. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State is $141,155. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Denver

Denver, CO

University of Denver comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. U of Denver is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Denver. U of Denver not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

It takes the average student at U of Denver about 4.1 years to graduate, and it costs about $40,425 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $167,360 to get a bachelor’s degree from U of Denver. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best Communication & Journalism Colleges by State

Explore the best communication and journalism colleges for a specific state in the Rocky Mountains region.

State Degrees Awarded
Colorado 1,791
Idaho 622
Utah 1,291
Montana 145
Wyoming 60

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 2,638
Public Relations & Advertising 738
Journalism 496
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 24
Publishing 10

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Majors Similar to Communication & Journalism

Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 6,783
Social Sciences 6,018
Psychology 4,468
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 2,068
History 992

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 24 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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