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2021 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in North Carolina

21 Colleges
3,586 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,938 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Communication & Journalism School for You

Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in North CarolinaCommunication & Journalism is one of the most popular subjects to study in North Carolina. With 3,586 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 6th out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that 3.7% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in North Carolina ranking, we looked at 21 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.

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 College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

2021 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools in North Carolina

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

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Appalachian State University. Appalachian State is a large public school located in the distant town of Boone. Appalachian State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in North Carolina list.

It takes the average student at Appalachian State about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $22,137. 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 Appalachian State is $95,410. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UNC Chapel Hill, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in North Carolina ranking.

At UNC Chapel Hill, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and it costs about $26,820 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNC Chapel Hill is $109,694. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #3 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 the yearly average cost to attend the school is $15,387. 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 WCU is $67,549. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Queens University of Charlotte comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Queens is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Charlotte. Queens did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in North Carolina list.

It takes the average student at Queens about 4.2 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,125. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Queens is $125,019. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

East Carolina University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. ECU is a very large public school located in the city of Greenville. ECU also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in North Carolina rankings.

At ECU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,107. 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 ECU is $115,915. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. UNC Greensboro is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Greensboro.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNC Greensboro is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $22,093. 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 UNC Greensboro is $98,756. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Wingate University

Wingate, NC

Wingate University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Wingate, Wingate is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Wingate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,095. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Wingate is about $110,643. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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North Carolina State University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, NC State has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in North Carolina ranking.

The average student at NC State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,493. 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 NC State is $124,799. 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 University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Located in the large city of Charlotte, UNC Charlotte is a public college with a fairly large student population. UNC Charlotte not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in North Carolina list.

At UNC Charlotte, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,314. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNC Charlotte is $123,732. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Elon University

Elon, NC

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Elon University. Elon is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Elon. Elon did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in North Carolina list.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Elon to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $38,314. 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 Elon is $155,555. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Best Communication & Journalism Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Communication & Journalism Colleges 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
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 2,893
Public Relations & Advertising 418
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 153
Journalism 122

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Majors Similar to Communication & Journalism

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 4,716
Psychology 3,623
Education 2,587
History 890
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 756

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 21 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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