Communication & Journalism

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

9 Colleges
1,617 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,355 Avg Cost*

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

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in MarylandCommunication & Journalism is one of the most popular subjects to study in Maryland. With 1,617 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 8th out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 1.7% 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 Maryland ranking, we looked at 9 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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.

One Size Does Not Fit All

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.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

2021 Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students in Maryland

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Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students

University of Maryland - College Park tops the 2021 list of our schools in Maryland that are best for non-traditional communication and journalism students. UMCP is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of College Park. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UMCP has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Maryland ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.3%. Approximately 4,138 students take at least one class online at UMCP. 4,597 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#2

Towson University

Towson, MD

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Towson University. Towson is a very large public school located in the city of Towson. Towson did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Maryland list.

About 3.5% of Towson students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,895 students take at least one class online at Towson. 4,538 students are part time. Towson does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Maryland Global Campus landed the #3 spot in our 2021 best communication and journalism schools for non-traditional students. UMGC is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Adelphi.

About 6.1% of UMGC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 48,432 of UMGC students are exclusively distance learners. 50,899 of UMGC students are attending part time. UMGC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#4

Mount St Mary's University

Emmitsburg, MD

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Mount St Mary's University. Located in the town of Emmitsburg, Mount St Mary's University is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Mount St Mary's University also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Maryland list, coming in at #7.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.1%. Approximately 195 students take at least one class online at Mount St Mary’s University. There are roughly 406 part time students in attendance at Mount St Mary’s University. Mount St Mary’s University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#5

Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD

Salisbury University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small suburb of Salisbury, Salisbury is a public college with a medium-sized student population. Salisbury did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Maryland list.

The student loan default rate at Salisbury is lower than is typical, just 3.3% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,259 students take at least one class online at Salisbury. 970 of Salisbury 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

Morgan State University

Baltimore, MD

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Morgan State University. Morgan State is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Baltimore. Morgan State not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Maryland list.

There are approximately 1,360 students at Morgan State that take at least one class online. About 891 of the students at Morgan State are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Maryland - Baltimore County. UMBC is a large public school located in the suburb of Baltimore. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UMBC has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Maryland ranking.

About 4.2% of UMBC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 822 students take at least one class online at UMBC. 2,939 students are part time.

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#8

Frostburg State University

Frostburg, MD

Frostburg State University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Frostburg State is a moderately-sized public school located in the small suburb of Frostburg.

About 8.7% of Frostburg State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 925 students at Frostburg State that take at least one class online. About 1,285 of the students at Frostburg State are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#9

Hood College

Frederick, MD

Our rankings recognize Hood College as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Hood is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Frederick. Hood also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Maryland list, coming in at #8.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.2%. Approximately 3 students take at least one class online at Hood. There are roughly 831 part time students in attendance at Hood. 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 Middle Atlantic Region

Explore all the Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 4,603
New York 7,564
New Jersey 2,116
Delaware 245
District of Columbia 604

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 1,441
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 182
Journalism 180
Public Relations & Advertising 47
Communication & Journalism (Other) 31

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Majors Similar to Communication & Journalism

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 5,015
Education 4,405
Psychology 2,550
History 606
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 453

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 9 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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