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2021 Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Michigan

15 Colleges
3,290 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,324 Avg Cost*

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

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in MichiganCommunication & Journalism is one of the most popular subjects to study in Michigan. With 3,290 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 6th out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 3.4% of all the communication and journalism bachelor's degrees in the country.

For this year's Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Michigan ranking, we looked at 15 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 Michigan

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

Top 10 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 Michigan that are best for non-traditional communication and journalism students. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the small city of East Lansing. Michigan State also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Michigan list, coming in at #1.

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 students are part time.

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#2

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Central Michigan is a large public school located in the town of Mount Pleasant. Central Michigan also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Michigan list, coming in at #5.

The student loan default rate at Central Michigan is lower than is typical, just 4.9% of students default in three years. 4,102 students at Central Michigan are exclusively online. 5,656 of Central Michigan students are attending part time. Central Michigan does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

Our rankings recognize Wayne State University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Wayne State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Detroit. Wayne State also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Michigan list, coming in at #4.

The student loan default rate at Wayne State is lower than is typical, just 7.2% of students default in three years. Approximately 6,953 students take at least one class online at Wayne State. 8,279 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Grand Valley State University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public school with a fairly large student population. GVSU not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Michigan list.

About 3.8% of GVSU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,115 students take at least one class online at GVSU. 4,024 of GVSU students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Western Michigan University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Kalamazoo, WMU is a public college with a fairly large student population. WMU not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Michigan list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.0%. Approximately 4,416 students take at least one class online at WMU. 6,532 of WMU students are attending part time. WMU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at U-M, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Michigan ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.1%. There are approximately 487 students at U-M that take at least one class online. 2,376 of U-M students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#7

Rochester College

Rochester Hills, MI

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Rochester College. Rochester College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Rochester Hills.

The student loan default rate at Rochester College is lower than is typical, just 6.7% of students default in three years. Approximately 632 students take at least one class online at Rochester College. 374 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Eastern Michigan University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best communication and journalism schools for non-traditional students. Eastern Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Ypsilanti.

Approximately 4,524 students take at least one class online at Eastern Michigan. There are roughly 6,765 part time students in attendance at Eastern Michigan. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#9

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Oakland University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best communication and journalism schools for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of Rochester Hills, Oakland is a public school with a large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Oakland has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Michigan ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.4%. Approximately 4,058 students take at least one class online at Oakland. There are roughly 4,704 part time students in attendance at Oakland. Oakland does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#10

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Our rankings recognize Ferris State University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Ferris is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Big Rapids.

About 7.0% of Ferris students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,430 students take at least one class online at Ferris. 4,334 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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

Explore all the Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

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

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 1,806
Public Relations & Advertising 1,136
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 344
Journalism 282
Communication & Journalism (Other) 44

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 5,831
Social Sciences 4,071
Psychology 3,961
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 1,131
History 580

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 15 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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