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2021 Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Region

62 Colleges
14,511 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,629 Avg Cost*

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

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US 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, 14,511 went to undergraduates in the Far Western US region of the United States.

This year's Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Region ranking analyzed 62 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in communication and journalism. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great communication and journalism programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the communication and journalism program at the school. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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2021 Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Region

Check out the communication and journalism programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for non-traditional students.

Top 10 Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Pepperdine University tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Far Western US Region that are best for non-traditional communication and journalism students. Pepperdine is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Malibu. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Pepperdine, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Far Western US Region ranking.

About 1.4% of Pepperdine students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. About 2,316 of the students at Pepperdine are attending part time.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Southern California. Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. USC also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Far Western US Region list, coming in at #2.

The student loan default rate at USC is lower than is typical, just 1.6% of students default in three years. 6,707 of USC students are exclusively distance learners. About 6,358 of the students at USC are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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San Jose State University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best communication and journalism schools for non-traditional students. San Jose State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of San Jose. San Jose State not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Far Western US Region list.

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. 8,139 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#4

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Oregon. Located in the medium-sized city of Eugene, UO is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UO has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Far Western US Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.1%. Approximately 2,926 students take at least one class online at UO. About 1,941 of the students at UO are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Washington State University. Wazzu is a very large public school located in the town of Pullman. Wazzu not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Far Western US Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.1%. 3,345 of Wazzu students are exclusively distance learners. 4,795 of Wazzu students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#6

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to San Diego State University. Located in the city of San Diego, SDSU is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, SDSU also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Far Western US Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.9%. There are approximately 15,788 students at SDSU that take at least one class online. 4,852 of SDSU students are attending part time. SDSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize California State University - Fullerton as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Cal State Fullerton is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Fullerton.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.6%. Approximately 12,133 students take at least one class online at Cal State Fullerton. 9,948 of Cal State Fullerton students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of San Francisco, SFSU is a public college with a very large student population.

The student loan default rate at SFSU is lower than is typical, just 5.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 10,593 students at SFSU that take at least one class online. 5,592 students are part time. SFSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#9

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Gonzaga University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Spokane, Gonzaga is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Gonzaga also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Far Western US Region list, coming in at #5.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.5%. 1,719 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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California State University - Northridge earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Northridge, CSUN is a public college with a fairly large student population.

About 3.7% of CSUN students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 19,451 students take at least one class online at CSUN. 8,688 students are part time. CSUN does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Honorable Mentions

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 in the Far Western US Region award.

Rank College Location
11 Chapman University Orange, CA
12 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA

Best for Non-Traditional Students Communication & Journalism Colleges by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students communication and journalism schools for a specific state in the Far Western US region.

State Degrees Awarded
California 10,634
Washington 1,862
Hawaii 268
Oregon 1,312
Alaska 38
Nevada 397

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 15,004
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 2,422
Journalism 2,216
Public Relations & Advertising 1,568
Communication & Journalism (Other) 147

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Majors Similar to Communication & Journalism

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 55,016
Psychology 39,615
Education 33,009
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 9,585
History 6,274

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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.

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