Communication & Journalism

2021 Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region

81 Colleges
15,182 Bachelor's Degrees
$31,614 Avg Cost*

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

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes 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, 15,182 went to students in the Great Lakes region of the country.

For this year's Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking, we looked at 81 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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2021 Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region

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

Top 15% Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Great Lakes Region that are best for non-traditional communication and journalism students. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the city of East Lansing. Michigan State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Great Lakes Region list.

The student loan default rate at Michigan State is lower than is typical, just 3.4% of students default in three years. There are approximately 9,273 students at Michigan State that take at least one class online. 6,488 of Michigan State students are attending part time.

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Indiana University - Bloomington comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. IU Bloomington is a fairly large public school located in the city of Bloomington. IU Bloomington also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #3.

About 3.6% of IU Bloomington students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 5,026 students take at least one class online at IU Bloomington. There are roughly 5,192 part time students in attendance at IU Bloomington. IU Bloomington does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a fairly large student population. UIUC did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Great Lakes Region 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. 6,389 of UIUC students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#4

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Marquette is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Milwaukee. Marquette did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Great Lakes Region list.

The student loan default rate at Marquette is lower than is typical, just 2.0% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,234 students at Marquette that take at least one class online. 1,215 of Marquette students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#5

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Chicago, DePaul 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, DePaul has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at DePaul is lower than is typical, just 4.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 4,606 students at DePaul that take at least one class online. 4,252 of DePaul students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Miami University - Oxford. Located in the town of Oxford, Miami University - Oxford is a public school with a large student population. Miami University - Oxford not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Great Lakes Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.4%. There are approximately 3,132 students at Miami University - Oxford that take at least one class online. There are roughly 2,222 part time students in attendance at Miami University - Oxford. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - Madison as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public school with a fairly large student population. UW - Madison did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Great Lakes Region list.

About 1.3% of UW - Madison students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 6,424 students at UW - Madison that take at least one class online. There are roughly 4,418 part time students in attendance at UW - Madison. UW - Madison does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Kent State University at Kent earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Kent State is a very large public school located in the suburb of Kent.

There are approximately 11,117 students at Kent State that take at least one class online. 6,422 of Kent State students are attending part time. Kent State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#9

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

Our rankings recognize Ball State University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Muncie, Ball State is a public school with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Ball State also did well on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Great Lakes Region list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.3%. 5,037 students at Ball State are exclusively online. 5,958 of Ball State students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Loyola University Chicago as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Chicago, Loyola Chicago is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Loyola Chicago also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.2%. 1,136 of Loyola Chicago students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 2,010 part time students in attendance at Loyola Chicago. Loyola Chicago does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public school with a very large student population. Ohio State excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Great Lakes Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.5%. Approximately 18,037 students take at least one class online at Ohio State. About 8,041 of the students at Ohio State are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Illinois State University earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Illinois State is a very large public school located in the midsize suburb of Normal. Illinois State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Great Lakes Region list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

The student loan default rate at Illinois State is lower than is typical, just 3.9% of students default in three years. There are approximately 3,895 students at Illinois State that take at least one class online. 2,428 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Great Lakes Region non-traditional students studying Communication & Journalism that almost earned our Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region award.

Rank College Location
13 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
14 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
15 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
16 Wayne State University Detroit, MI

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 Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 3,290
Ohio 3,878
Illinois 3,692
Indiana 2,483
Wisconsin 1,839

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 9,158
Public Relations & Advertising 3,478
Journalism 2,165
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 2,081
Communication & Journalism (Other) 353

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 38,429
Social Sciences 21,360
Psychology 20,393
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 4,315
History 3,674

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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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