Communication & Journalism

2021 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Florida

17 Colleges
5,356 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,917 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Communication & Journalism School for You

Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in FloridaOut of the majors we analyze each year, communication and journalism was ranked 7th in Florida. In fact, 5,356 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that of the 96,549 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 5.5% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Florida ranking looked at 17 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 Florida

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

Top 10 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools

#1

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at U of F, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Florida ranking.

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 #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a fairly large student population. USF Tampa also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Florida rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at USF Tampa is 4.3 years, and it costs about $23,095 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 USF Tampa is $99,309. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Central Florida. UCF is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Orlando. In addition to being on our best value list, UCF has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Florida ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UCF is 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. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#4

Florida Southern College

Lakeland, FL

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Florida Southern College. Florida Southern is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lakeland. Florida Southern also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Florida rankings.

At Florida Southern, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and it costs about $30,762 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern be around $126,432. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Florida International University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. FIU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Miami. FIU not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Florida list.

At FIU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and it costs about $26,777 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $124,513 to get a bachelor’s degree from FIU. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#6

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

Our rankings recognize University of North Florida as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Jacksonville, UNF is a public college with a large student population.

At UNF, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,266. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNF be around $105,395. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Our rankings recognize Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee, Florida A&M University is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

It takes about 4.8 years for the average student at Florida A&M University to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,498. 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 A&M University is $113,260. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of South Florida - St. Petersburg comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of St. Petersburg, USFSP is a public college with a small student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at USFSP to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,249. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the USFSP is $105,085. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#9

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

Our rankings recognize Florida Atlantic University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Boca Raton, FAU is a public college with a very large student population.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at FAU to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,800. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from FAU is $119,712. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of West Florida. University of West Florida is a fairly large public school located in the city of Pensacola.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at University of West Florida is 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,607. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from University of West Florida be around $104,218. 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 Southeast Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 778
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 2,982
Public Relations & Advertising 1,241
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 822
Journalism 310
Communication & Journalism (Other) 1

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Psychology 7,399
Social Sciences 7,385
Education 4,383
History 824
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 588

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 17 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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