Communication & Journalism

2021 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southwest Region

42 Colleges
10,312 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,612 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Communication & Journalism School for You

Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southwest Region In 2018-2019, 96,549 communication and journalism students received their bachelor's degree, making the major the #7 most popular in the country. Out of all those awarded degrees, 10,312 went to undergraduates in the Southwest region of the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southwest Region ranking, we looked at 42 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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.

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2021 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools in the Southwest Region

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

Top 10 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools

#1

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Lubbock. Texas Tech also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southwest Region list, coming in at #8.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Texas Tech is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,296. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech is about $105,298. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#2

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. U of H is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Houston. In addition to being on our best value list, U of H has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southwest Region ranking.

At U of H, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $25,217. 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 U of H is $116,503. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Northern Arizona University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Flagstaff, NAU is a public college with a very large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at NAU is 4.4 years, and it costs about $23,230 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from NAU is about $101,050. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of North Texas landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the midsize city of Denton, UNT is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNT is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,179. 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 UNT is $109,773. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#5

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas State University. Located in the small city of San Marcos, Texas State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at Texas State to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,274. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Texas State is about $111,418. 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 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize suburb of Norman, University of Oklahoma is a public school with a fairly large student population. University of Oklahoma did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southwest Region list.

The average student at University of Oklahoma graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,331. 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 University of Oklahoma is $134,973. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. ASU - Downtown Phoenix is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Phoenix. In addition to being on our best value list, ASU - Downtown Phoenix has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southwest Region ranking.

The average student at ASU - Downtown Phoenix graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $35,144. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Downtown Phoenix is about $146,902. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Oklahoma State University - Main Campus earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Oklahoma State is a very large public school located in the distant town of Stillwater.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Oklahoma State to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,971. This means that the average student pays around $119,212 to get a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Arizona State University - West. Located in the city of Glendale, ASU - West is a public school with a small student population.

It takes the average student at ASU - West about 4.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,409. This means that the average student pays around $132,860 to get a bachelor’s degree from ASU - West. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Arizona State University - Tempe landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. ASU - Tempe is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tempe.

At ASU - Tempe, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $32,198. This means that the average student pays around $138,451 to get a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Tempe. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Best Communication & Journalism Colleges by State

Explore the best communication and journalism schools for a specific state in the Southwest region.

State Degrees Awarded
Arizona 2,431
Texas 6,731
Oklahoma 1,027
New Mexico 117

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 5,015
Public Relations & Advertising 2,250
Journalism 1,584
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 1,448
Communication & Journalism (Other) 15

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 11,066
Psychology 11,030
Education 6,377
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 3,233
History 2,588

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 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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