Communication & Journalism

2021 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Plains States Region

44 Colleges
6,544 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,484 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Communication & Journalism School for You

Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Plains States RegionWith 96,549 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, communication and journalism is the #7 most popular major in the United States. Of those degrees, 6,544 went to students in the Plains States region of the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Plains States Region ranking analyzed 44 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in communication and journalism. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. For this ranking, we are identifying those communication and journalism schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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2021 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools in the Plains States Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Communication & Journalism Schools

#1

Loras College

Dubuque, IA

Loras College earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Dubuque, Loras 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 Loras is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,100. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Loras is about $103,663. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to South Dakota State University. South Dakota State is a large public school located in the remote town of Brookings.

It takes the average student at South Dakota State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,370. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State be around $89,628. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#3

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNI is a large public school located in the small city of Cedar Falls. UNI not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Plains States Region list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNI is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,198. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UNI is $107,439. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Iowa State University. Iowa State is a very large public school located in the city of Ames. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Iowa State, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Plains States Region ranking.

At Iowa State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,749. This means that the average student pays around $118,231 to get a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#5

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

Truman State University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Truman State is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Kirksville.

At Truman State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $18,927. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Truman State be around $80,250. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#6

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Coe College. Coe is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cedar Rapids.

At Coe, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,920. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Coe is $113,076. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#7

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

Wartburg College comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Waverly, Wartburg is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average student at Wartburg graduates in less than 4.1 years, and it costs about $26,205 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Wartburg is $106,916. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Minnesota - Duluth. Located in the city of Duluth, UMN Duluth is a public school with a large student population.

At UMN Duluth, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,044. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UMN Duluth is $98,537. 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 Winona State University. Winona State is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Winona.

The average student at Winona State graduates in less than 4.5 years, and it costs about $21,880 per year to attend the school. 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 Winona State is $98,022. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Missouri State University - Springfield. Missouri State is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Springfield.

The average student at Missouri State graduates in less than 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,142. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State be around $100,303. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Best Communication & Journalism Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 1,965
Minnesota 1,470
Kansas 910
South Dakota 176
Iowa 1,157
Nebraska 665
North Dakota 201

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 3,340
Journalism 1,795
Public Relations & Advertising 1,059
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 192
Communication & Journalism (Other) 156

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 11,541
Psychology 8,699
Social Sciences 8,315
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 2,217
History 1,506

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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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