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2021 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Virginia

15 Colleges
2,020 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,000 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Communication & Journalism School for You

Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in VirginiaIn 2018-2019, 2,020 bachelor's degrees were awarded to communication and journalism students who went to a Virginia college or university. This makes it the #12 most popular major in the state. This means that 2.1% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Virginia ranking analyzed 15 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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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2021 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools in Virginia

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

Randolph - Macon College landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Randolph - Macon is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Ashland. Randolph - Macon did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Virginia list.

It takes the average student at Randolph - Macon about 4.1 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,683. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Randolph - Macon is about $124,880. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#2

Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA

Regent University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the large city of Virginia Beach, Regent is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Regent has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Virginia ranking.

At Regent, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,913. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Regent is about $100,588. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Radford University

Radford, VA

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Radford University. Radford is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Radford. Radford also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Virginia list, coming in at #8.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Radford is 4.4 years, and it costs about $24,611 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $107,058 to get a bachelor’s degree from Radford. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, VA

Bridgewater College comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the small suburb of Bridgewater, Bridgewater is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Bridgewater is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,429. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater be around $108,095. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Blacksburg. Virginia Tech did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Virginia list.

It takes the average student at Virginia Tech about 4.3 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $33,298. This means that the average student pays around $142,182 to get a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA

Christopher Newport University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. CNU is a small public school located in the medium-sized city of Newport News. In addition to being on our best value list, CNU has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Virginia ranking.

At CNU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and it costs about $34,379 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the CNU is $142,673. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize Washington and Lee University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Washington and Lee is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Lexington. Washington and Lee also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Virginia rankings.

It takes about 4.0 years for the average student at Washington and Lee to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $33,087. 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 Washington and Lee is $133,671. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Our rankings recognize Liberty University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Liberty University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Lynchburg.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Liberty University is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,839. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University be around $119,970. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

Our rankings recognize James Madison University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, JMU has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Virginia ranking.

The average student at JMU graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $33,972. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the JMU is $146,419. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Hampton University

Hampton, VA

Hampton University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Hampton, Hampton is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Hampton also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Virginia list, coming in at #7.

The average student at Hampton graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $32,609. This means that the average student pays around $141,197 to get a bachelor’s degree from Hampton. 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 Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 778
Florida 5,356
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 1,652
Journalism 173
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 84
Public Relations & Advertising 69
Communication & Journalism (Other) 42

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Majors Similar to Communication & Journalism

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 5,741
Psychology 4,221
Education 1,712
History 1,215
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 870

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 15 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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