Communication & Journalism

2021 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Colorado

11 Colleges
1,791 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,349 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Communication & Journalism School for You

Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in ColoradoCommunication & Journalism is one of the most popular subjects to study in Colorado. With 1,791 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 8th out of all the majors we track in the state. 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.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Colorado ranking, we 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 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 Colorado

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

Top 10 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools

University of Northern Colorado earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Greeley, University of Northern Colorado is a public school with a large student population. University of Northern Colorado also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Colorado list, coming in at #6.

At University of Northern Colorado, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,905. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from University of Northern Colorado is $116,054. 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 Colorado State University - Fort Collins as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Fort Collins, Colorado State is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Colorado State has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Colorado ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Colorado State is 4.4 years, and it costs about $32,008 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $141,155 to get a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Denver

Denver, CO

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Denver. Located in the large city of Denver, U of Denver is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. U of Denver not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Colorado list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of Denver is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $40,425. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from U of Denver is $167,360. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Colorado Boulder landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. CU - Boulder is a fairly large public school located in the city of Boulder. In addition to being on our best value list, CU - Boulder has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Colorado ranking.

The average student at CU - Boulder graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $39,951. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from CU - Boulder be around $175,385. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Colorado Christian University. CCU is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Lakewood. CCU also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Colorado list, coming in at #8.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at CCU to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,548. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from CCU be around $118,474. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. CU Anschutz is a very large public school located in the large city of Denver. CU Anschutz also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Colorado rankings.

The average student at CU Anschutz graduates in less than 4.7 years, and it costs about $35,228 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from CU Anschutz be around $163,810. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Western Colorado University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Western is a small public school located in the town of Gunnison.

The average student at Western graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,867. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Western is $123,051. 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 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Colorado Springs, UCCS is a public college with a fairly large student population. UCCS also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Colorado rankings.

At UCCS, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and it costs about $31,044 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UCCS is $141,871. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Colorado State University - Pueblo earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Pueblo, Colorado State University - Pueblo is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average student at Colorado State University - Pueblo graduates in less than 4.6 years, and it costs about $27,240 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University - Pueblo is $124,214. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Regis University

Denver, CO

Regis University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Regis U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Denver. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Regis U, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Colorado ranking.

It takes the average student at Regis U about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $38,074. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Regis U is about $162,576. 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 Rocky Mountains Region

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

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

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 1,101
Public Relations & Advertising 421
Journalism 269

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 2,969
Psychology 2,097
Education 733
History 470
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 395

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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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