Communication & Journalism

2021 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region

133 Colleges
22,981 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,245 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Communication & Journalism School for You

Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast RegionWith 96,549 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, communication and journalism is the #7 most popular major in the United States. Of those degrees, 22,981 went to students in the Southeast region of the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region ranking looked at 133 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.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The communication and journalism school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

2021 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools in the Southeast Region

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

Top 15% Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools

#1

Harding University

Searcy, AR

Our rankings recognize Harding University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Harding is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Searcy.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Harding is 4.4 years, and it costs about $20,917 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $90,989 to get a bachelor’s degree from Harding. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize Appalachian State University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Appalachian State is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Boone. Appalachian State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

The average student at Appalachian State graduates in less than 4.3 years, and it costs about $22,137 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State be around $95,410. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#3

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a very large student population. U of F also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region list, coming in at #6.

It takes the average student at U of F about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,230. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of F is about $120,542. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the large city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, USF Tampa also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region ranking.

The average student at USF Tampa graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,095. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa is about $99,309. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#5

Lee University

Cleveland, TN

Lee University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Cleveland, Lee University is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Lee University is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,599. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Lee University is $97,628. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#6

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Our rankings recognize University of Georgia as the #6 school in this year's rankings. UGA is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Athens. UGA also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region list, coming in at #2.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at UGA to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $31,505. This means that the average student pays around $134,211 to get a bachelor’s degree from UGA. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Central Florida comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. UCF is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Orlando. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UCF also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region ranking.

The average student at UCF graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,064. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UCF is $120,976. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Randolph - Macon College comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Randolph - Macon is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Ashland. Randolph - Macon excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region list.

It takes the average student at Randolph - Macon about 4.1 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,683. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Randolph - Macon is $124,880. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#9

Florida Southern College

Lakeland, FL

Our rankings recognize Florida Southern College as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Florida Southern is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lakeland. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Florida Southern also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region ranking.

The average student at Florida Southern graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,762. 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 Florida Southern is $126,432. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a very large student population. UNC Chapel Hill did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region list.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at UNC Chapel Hill to complete their degree, and it costs about $26,820 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill be around $109,694. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#11

Ouachita Baptist University

Arkadelphia, AR

Ouachita Baptist University landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Ouachita Baptist is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Arkadelphia.

It takes the average student at Ouachita Baptist about 4.1 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,768. This means that the average student pays around $84,733 to get a bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#12

Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA

The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Regent University. Located in the city of Virginia Beach, Regent is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at Regent about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $22,913. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Regent is $100,588. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#13

Berea College

Berea, KY

Berea College earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Berea is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Berea.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Berea is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,680. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Berea is about $92,574. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#14

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

University of Memphis landed the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the large city of Memphis, U of Memphis is a public college with a very large student population.

The average student at U of Memphis graduates in less than 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,599. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of Memphis is about $101,083. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of Southern Mississippi as the #15 school in this year's rankings. Southern Miss is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Hattiesburg.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Southern Miss to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $18,769. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Southern Miss is $85,024. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#16

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Western Carolina University. Located in the town of Cullowhee, WCU is a public school with a large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at WCU is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $15,387. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from WCU is $67,549. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#17

Samford University

Birmingham, AL

Samford University comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Birmingham, Samford is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. Samford also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region list, coming in at #9.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Samford is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $33,874. This means that the average student pays around $141,593 to get a bachelor’s degree from Samford. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#18

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA

The #18 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Georgia Southern University. GaSou is a fairly large public school located in the town of Statesboro.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at GaSou to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $25,012. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from GaSou be around $114,805. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#19

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY

The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northern Kentucky University. NKU is a large public school located in the large suburb of Highland Heights.

The average student at NKU graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,733. This means that the average student pays around $110,121 to get a bachelor’s degree from NKU. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Communication & Journalism students in the Southeast Region that almost earned our Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region award.

Rank College Location
20 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
21 Florida International University Miami, FL
22 Radford University Radford, VA
23 Murray State University Murray, KY
24 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
25 Furman University Greenville, SC
26 Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte, NC

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges by State

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

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 778
Florida 5,356
Virginia 2,014
Georgia 2,936
North Carolina 3,586
Alabama 1,729
Tennessee 1,630
West Virginia 425
South Carolina 1,254
Louisiana 894
Kentucky 1,576
Arkansas 797

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 13,147
Public Relations & Advertising 4,075
Journalism 2,917
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 2,600
Communication & Journalism (Other) 231

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 31,102
Psychology 28,810
Education 23,063
History 6,416
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 5,942

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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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