Communication & Journalism

2021 Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

503 Colleges
96,549 Bachelor's Degrees
$37,037 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsCommunication & Journalism is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 7th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 96,549 bachelor's degrees were awarded to students with this major.

For this year's Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking, we looked at 503 colleges that offer a bachelor's in communication and journalism. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent communication and journalism programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the communication and journalism program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

Top 25 Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Pepperdine University has taken the #1 spot in this year's communication and journalism ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of Malibu, Pepperdine is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Pepperdine has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.4%. 2,316 students are part time.

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Our rankings recognize The University of Texas at Austin as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a very large student population. UT Austin not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list.

About 2.6% of UT Austin students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 12,546 students at UT Austin that take at least one class online. 3,290 of UT Austin students are attending part time. UT Austin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Fashion Institute of Technology landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best communication and journalism schools for non-traditional students. FIT SUNY is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of New York. FIT SUNY also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

About 4.3% of FIT SUNY students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,451 students take at least one class online at FIT SUNY. 1,361 of FIT SUNY students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#4

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best communication and journalism schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Syracuse also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list, coming in at #5.

About 3.0% of Syracuse students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 2,279 of Syracuse students are exclusively distance learners. 3,619 students are part time. Syracuse does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to George Washington University. GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. GWU not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list.

The student loan default rate at GWU is lower than is typical, just 1.9% of students default in three years. 5,374 students at GWU are exclusively online. 9,073 of GWU students are attending part time.

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Our rankings recognize University of Southern California as the #6 school in this year's rankings. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles. USC also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list, coming in at #4.

The student loan default rate at USC is lower than is typical, just 1.6% of students default in three years. 6,707 students at USC are exclusively online. About 6,358 of the students at USC are attending part time. USC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Pennsylvania State University - University Park as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Penn State University Park is a very large public school located in the small city of University Park. Penn State University Park also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list, coming in at #8.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.9%. There are approximately 13,255 students at Penn State University Park that take at least one class online. There are roughly 1,670 part time students in attendance at Penn State University Park. Penn State University Park does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#8

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Georgia. UGA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Athens. UGA excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list.

About 2.3% of UGA students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 3,957 students at UGA that take at least one class online. About 3,722 of the students at UGA are attending part time.

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#9

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Michigan State University. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the city of East Lansing. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Michigan State also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.4%. There are approximately 9,273 students at Michigan State that take at least one class online. 6,488 students are part time.

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#10

Boston University

Boston, MA

Our rankings recognize Boston University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Boston U also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list, coming in at #6.

About 1.7% of Boston U students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 2,534 of Boston U students are exclusively distance learners. About 6,370 of the students at Boston U are attending part time.

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#11

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama landed the #11 spot in our 2021 best communication and journalism schools for non-traditional students. Located in the midsize city of Tuscaloosa, UA is a public school with a very large student population. UA excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list.

The student loan default rate at UA is lower than is typical, just 5.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 11,148 students at UA that take at least one class online. 5,352 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#12

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to San Jose State University. Located in the city of San Jose, San Jose State is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, San Jose State also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism ranking.

About 3.5% of San Jose State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 8,114 students take at least one class online at San Jose State. About 8,139 of the students at San Jose State are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#13

American University

Washington, DC

American University comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Washington, The American University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, The American University has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism ranking.

About 1.8% of The American University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 549 students at The American University that take at least one class online. 2,876 of The American University students are attending part time.

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Our rankings recognize Indiana University - Bloomington as the #14 school in this year's rankings. IU Bloomington is a very large public school located in the small city of Bloomington. IU Bloomington excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list.

About 3.6% of IU Bloomington students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 5,026 students at IU Bloomington that take at least one class online. 5,192 of IU Bloomington students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#15

Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY

Hofstra University earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Hofstra is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Hempstead. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Hofstra is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list.

About 2.4% of Hofstra students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 960 students take at least one class online at Hofstra. 1,540 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, UIUC is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.9%. Approximately 12,503 students take at least one class online at UIUC. There are roughly 6,389 part time students in attendance at UIUC. UIUC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill landed the #17 spot in our 2021 best communication and journalism schools for non-traditional students. Located in the small city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UNC Chapel Hill also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism ranking.

The student loan default rate at UNC Chapel Hill is lower than is typical, just 1.7% of students default in three years. There are approximately 3,101 students at UNC Chapel Hill that take at least one class online. About 4,791 of the students at UNC Chapel Hill are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Missouri - Columbia earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public school with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Mizzou also did well on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.1%. Approximately 6,407 students take at least one class online at Mizzou. 4,578 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#19

Emerson College

Boston, MA

Our rankings recognize Emerson College as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Emerson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. Emerson also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.8%. 85 students at Emerson are exclusively online. About 166 of the students at Emerson are attending part time. Emerson does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#20

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

Our rankings recognize University of Oregon as the #20 school in this year's rankings. UO is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Eugene. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UO also did well on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 4.1% of UO students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,926 students take at least one class online at UO. There are roughly 1,941 part time students in attendance at UO. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of South Carolina - Columbia landed the #21 spot in our 2021 best communication and journalism schools for non-traditional students. UofSC is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Columbia. UofSC excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list.

About 3.3% of UofSC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 8,099 students take at least one class online at UofSC. About 3,525 of the students at UofSC are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Washington State University landed the #22 spot in our 2021 best communication and journalism schools for non-traditional students. Located in the distant town of Pullman, Wazzu is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Wazzu also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism ranking.

The student loan default rate at Wazzu is lower than is typical, just 4.1% of students default in three years. 3,345 of Wazzu students are exclusively distance learners. About 4,795 of the students at Wazzu are attending part time. Wazzu does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#23

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida landed the #23 spot in our 2021 best communication and journalism schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Gainesville, UF is a public college with a fairly large student population. UF excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list.

About 1.5% of UF students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 21,513 students at UF that take at least one class online. About 8,083 of the students at UF are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#24

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Temple University comes in at #24 in this year's ranking. Temple is a fairly large public school located in the city of Philadelphia. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Temple is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism list.

About 5.1% of Temple students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 5,543 students take at least one class online at Temple. There are roughly 5,358 part time students in attendance at Temple. Temple does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Minnesota - Twin Cities as the #25 school in this year's rankings. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Minneapolis. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UMN Twin Cities also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism ranking.

About 2.2% of UMN Twin Cities students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 13,571 students at UMN Twin Cities that take at least one class online. About 10,971 of the students at UMN Twin Cities are attending part time. UMN Twin Cities does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

#26

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#27

DePaul University

Chicago, IL
#29

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA
#31

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

#35

SUNY Oswego

Oswego, NY
#36

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT
#37

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA
#38

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA
#41

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

#42

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

#43

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS
#44

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA
#47

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL
#48

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 503 different United States communication and journalism schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
52 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
53 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
54 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
55 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
56 Illinois State University Normal, IL
57 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
58 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
59 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
60 Villanova University Villanova, PA
61 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
62 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
63 University of North Texas Denton, TX
64 Pace University - New York New York, NY
65 SUNY Fredonia Fredonia, NY
66 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
67 University of Denver Denver, CO
68 Iowa State University Ames, IA
69 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
70 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
71 Fordham University Bronx, NY
72 University of Houston Houston, TX
73 Towson University Towson, MD
74 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
75 Suffolk University Boston, MA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
76 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
77 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
78 Chapman University Orange, CA
79 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
80 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
81 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
82 Creighton University Omaha, NE
83 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
84 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
85 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
86 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
87 Baylor University Waco, TX
88 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
89 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
90 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
91 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
92 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
93 Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY
94 North Central College Naperville, IL
95 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
96 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA
97 Canisius College Buffalo, NY
98 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
99 Bradley University Peoria, IL
100 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA

Communication & Journalism by Region

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Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 66,285
Public Relations & Advertising 19,456
Journalism 15,245
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 13,290
Communication & Journalism (Other) 1,695

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 269,156
Social Sciences 199,377
Psychology 174,455
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 37,407
History 32,643

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Josh Hallett.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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