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2021 Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Rocky Mountains Region

26 Colleges
3,909 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,790 Avg Cost*

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

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Rocky Mountains 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, 3,909 went to undergraduates in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States.

This year's Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking looked at 26 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.

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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Rocky Mountains 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

Brigham Young University - Provo has taken the #1 spot in this year's communication and journalism ranking for non-traditional students. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo. BYU also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.5%. Approximately 6,522 students take at least one class online at BYU. 4,337 students are part time. BYU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Denver

Denver, CO

University of Denver earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Denver, DU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. DU did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.8%. 1,604 students at DU are exclusively online. There are roughly 3,424 part time students in attendance at DU. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

Our rankings recognize University of Utah as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public college with a fairly large student population. U of U did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

The student loan default rate at U of U is lower than is typical, just 2.7% of students default in three years. There are approximately 9,847 students at U of U that take at least one class online. 8,158 students are part time. U of U does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Colorado Boulder as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Boulder, CU - Boulder is a public school with a fairly large student population. CU - Boulder also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region list, coming in at #3.

About 3.2% of CU - Boulder students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 2,234 students take at least one class online at CU - Boulder. 5,951 of CU - Boulder students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

University of Idaho landed the #5 spot in our 2021 best communication and journalism schools for non-traditional students. Located in the distant town of Moscow, U of I is a public school with a fairly large student population. U of I not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

About 5.9% of U of I students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 2,751 students at U of I that take at least one class online. 3,405 of U of I 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 Utah State University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. USU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Logan. USU not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

About 5.6% of USU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 8,947 students take at least one class online at USU. 9,442 of USU students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Colorado State University - Fort Collins as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Colorado State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Fort Collins. Colorado State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region list.

About 3.1% of Colorado State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 4,779 students at Colorado State that take at least one class online. 7,877 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Northern Colorado comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. University of Northern Colorado is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Greeley.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.6%. There are approximately 2,209 students at University of Northern Colorado that take at least one class online. 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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University of Colorado at Colorado Springs earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. UCCS is a large public school located in the city of Colorado Springs.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.1%. There are approximately 3,244 students at UCCS that take at least one class online. 4,408 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Denver, CU Anschutz is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at CU Anschutz, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.0%. Approximately 4,923 students take at least one class online at CU Anschutz. 12,463 of CU Anschutz students are attending 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 by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students communication and journalism schools for a specific state in the Rocky Mountains region.

State Degrees Awarded
Colorado 1,791
Idaho 622
Utah 1,291
Montana 145
Wyoming 60

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 3,017
Public Relations & Advertising 764
Journalism 518
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 53
Communication & Journalism (Other) 12

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Majors Similar to Communication & Journalism

Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 16,047
Social Sciences 6,955
Psychology 6,214
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 2,204
History 1,195

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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.
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