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2021 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee

10 Colleges
1,630 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,132 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Communication & Journalism School for You

Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in TennesseeIn 2018-2019, communication and journalism students earned 1,630 bachelor's degrees from a Tennessee school, making the subject the 10th in the state. This means that 1.7% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee ranking analyzed 10 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in communication and journalism. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. We are more focused on communication and journalism schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, 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.

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2021 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools in Tennessee

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for communication and journalism majors.

Top 10 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools

#1

Lee University

Cleveland, TN

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Lee University. Located in the city of Cleveland, Lee University is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. Lee University did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee list.

At Lee University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $22,599. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Lee University be around $97,628. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#2

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

Our rankings recognize University of Memphis as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Memphis, U of Memphis is a public school with a fairly large student population. U of Memphis also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee list, coming in at #4.

At U of Memphis, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and it costs about $21,599 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of Memphis is $101,083. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The University of Tennessee - Knoxville comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Knoxville, UT Knoxville is a public college with a very large student population. UT Knoxville also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee list, coming in at #1.

At UT Knoxville, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $35,508. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UT Knoxville is $155,525. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The University of Tennessee - Martin earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. UT Martin is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Martin. UT Martin did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UT Martin is 4.5 years, and it costs about $18,101 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $81,636 to get a bachelor’s degree from UT Martin. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#5

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, TN

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Austin Peay State University. Austin Peay State University is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Clarksville. In addition to being on our best value list, Austin Peay State University has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Austin Peay State University is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,346. 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 Austin Peay State University is $105,057. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Middle Tennessee State University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the city of Murfreesboro, Middle Tennessee State University is a public school with a fairly large student population. Middle Tennessee State University also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Middle Tennessee State University is 4.6 years, and it costs about $28,337 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University is $130,917. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the midsize city of Chattanooga, UT Chattanooga is a public college with a large student population. UT Chattanooga also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee rankings.

It takes the average student at UT Chattanooga about 4.5 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,949. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UT Chattanooga is $126,329. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#8

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

Belmont University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the large city of Nashville, Belmont is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Belmont has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee ranking.

At Belmont, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $40,918. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Belmont is about $170,219. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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East Tennessee State University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. ETSU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Johnson City. ETSU also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee rankings.

The average student at ETSU graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,612. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from ETSU is about $127,015. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#10

Tennessee State University

Nashville, TN

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Tennessee State University. Located in the large city of Nashville, Tennessee State University is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

It takes about 6.0 years for the average student at Tennessee State University to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $25,349. This means that the average student pays around $151,587 to get a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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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
West Virginia 425
North Carolina 3,586
South Carolina 1,254
Alabama 1,729
Louisiana 894
Kentucky 1,576
Arkansas 797

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 1,004
Journalism 299
Public Relations & Advertising 225
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 49
Communication & Journalism (Other) 42

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 2,162
Psychology 1,889
Education 1,699
History 527
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 437

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 10 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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