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2021 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Kentucky

11 Colleges
1,576 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,315 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Communication & Journalism School for You

Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in KentuckyIn 2018-2019, communication and journalism students earned 1,576 bachelor's degrees from a Kentucky school, making the subject the 4th in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 1.6% of all the communication and journalism bachelor's degrees in the country.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Kentucky ranking, we looked at 11 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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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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.

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2021 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools in Kentucky

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

#1

Berea College

Berea, KY

Berea College earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Berea is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Berea. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Berea, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Kentucky ranking.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Berea to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,680. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Berea be around $92,574. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#2

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY

The #2 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. As a testament to the quality of education offered at NKU, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Kentucky ranking.

The average student at NKU graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,733. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from NKU is about $110,121. 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 Murray State University. Murray State is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Murray. Murray State not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Kentucky list.

At Murray State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,627. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Murray State is $125,150. 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 Morehead State University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Morehead State University is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Morehead.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Morehead State University is 4.5 years, and it costs about $19,775 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Morehead State University is $88,394. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#5

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY

Western Kentucky University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. WKU is a large public school located in the city of Bowling Green. WKU not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Kentucky list.

It takes the average student at WKU about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,395. This means that the average student pays around $123,278 to get a bachelor’s degree from WKU. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#6

Bellarmine University

Louisville, KY

Bellarmine University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Louisville, Bellarmine U is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Bellarmine U not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Kentucky list.

At Bellarmine U, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,931. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine U is about $129,292. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Georgetown College

Georgetown, KY

Georgetown College comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Georgetown College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Georgetown. Georgetown College not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Kentucky list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Georgetown College is 4.1 years, and it costs about $24,200 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown College be around $99,704. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#8

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Kentucky. UK is a very large public school located in the city of Lexington. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UK, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Kentucky ranking.

At UK, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $35,436 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UK be around $155,210. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Eastern Kentucky University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Richmond, Eastern is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Eastern has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Kentucky ranking.

The average student at Eastern graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,304. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Eastern is about $109,125. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#10

Lindsey Wilson College

Columbia, KY

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Lindsey Wilson College. Located in the town of Columbia, Lindsey Wilson College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Lindsey Wilson College to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,656. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Lindsey Wilson College is about $99,233. 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 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
Florida 5,356
Virginia 2,014
Georgia 2,936
West Virginia 425
Tennessee 1,630
North Carolina 3,586
South Carolina 1,254
Alabama 1,729
Louisiana 894
Arkansas 797

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 791
Public Relations & Advertising 448
Journalism 208
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 129

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Majors Similar to Communication & Journalism

Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 1,884
Psychology 1,407
Social Sciences 1,238
History 346
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 333

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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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