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

116 Colleges
22,981 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,941 Avg Cost*

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

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southeast 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, 22,981 went to students in the Southeast region of the country.

For this year's Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southeast Region ranking, we looked at 116 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 Southeast 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

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia has taken the #1 spot in this year's communication and journalism ranking for non-traditional students. UGA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Athens. UGA also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at UGA is lower than is typical, just 2.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 3,957 students at UGA that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,722 part time students in attendance at UGA.

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#2

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best communication and journalism schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Tuscaloosa, UA is a public college with a very large student population. UA also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at UA is lower than is typical, just 5.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 11,148 students at UA that take at least one class online. 5,352 of UA students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a fairly large student population. UNC Chapel Hill did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region list.

About 1.7% of UNC Chapel Hill students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 3,101 students at UNC Chapel Hill that take at least one class online. 4,791 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of South Carolina - Columbia comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. UofSC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Columbia. UofSC also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region rankings.

About 3.3% of UofSC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 8,099 students take at least one class online at UofSC. 3,525 of UofSC students are attending part time. UofSC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#5

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Florida. Located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville, UF is a public school with a very large student population. UF not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.5%. Approximately 21,513 students take at least one class online at UF. 8,083 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Central Florida comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. UCF is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Orlando. UCF also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

About 2.4% of UCF students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 29,001 students take at least one class online at UCF. 21,900 of UCF students are attending part time. UCF does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#7

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

Our rankings recognize University of Miami as the #7 school in this year's rankings. U Miami is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Coral Gables. U Miami not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region list.

About 1.9% of U Miami students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,206 students take at least one class online at U Miami. 1,427 of U Miami students are attending part time. U Miami does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Appalachian State University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Appalachian State is a fairly large public school located in the town of Boone. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Appalachian State also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at Appalachian State is lower than is typical, just 3.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 2,750 students take at least one class online at Appalachian State. 1,817 of Appalachian State students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#9

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

West Virginia University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. WVU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Morgantown. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, WVU is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region list.

About 8.0% of WVU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 5,231 students at WVU that take at least one class online. 3,018 of WVU students are attending part time.

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#10

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, JMU also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region ranking.

About 2.3% of JMU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,087 students take at least one class online at JMU. 1,837 students are part time. JMU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Tennessee - Knoxville. Located in the city of Knoxville, UT Knoxville is a public college with a fairly large student population. UT Knoxville 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 Southeast Region list.

About 4.7% of UT Knoxville students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 9,112 students at UT Knoxville that take at least one class online. 3,637 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#12

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY

Our rankings recognize Northern Kentucky University as the #12 school in this year's rankings. NKU is a large public school located in the large suburb of Highland Heights.

The student loan default rate at NKU is lower than is typical, just 6.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 4,827 students take at least one class online at NKU. About 5,261 of the students at NKU are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#13

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Kentucky. UK is a fairly large public school located in the city of Lexington. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UK also did well on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The student loan default rate at UK is lower than is typical, just 5.9% of students default in three years. Approximately 5,416 students take at least one class online at UK. 3,024 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Georgia College & State University. Georgia College is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Milledgeville. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Georgia College also did well on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The student loan default rate at Georgia College is lower than is typical, just 3.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 993 students at Georgia College that take at least one class online. 1,268 of Georgia College students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#15

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY

Our rankings recognize Western Kentucky University as the #15 school in this year's rankings. WKU is a large public school located in the city of Bowling Green.

There are approximately 4,906 students at WKU that take at least one class online. 6,228 of WKU students are attending part time. WKU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#16

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Our rankings recognize Auburn University as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Auburn is a fairly large public school located in the city of Auburn. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Auburn also did well on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 3.6% of Auburn students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 5,589 students take at least one class online at Auburn. 4,634 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Florida International University comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. FIU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Miami.

The student loan default rate at FIU is lower than is typical, just 3.7% of students default in three years. Approximately 25,978 students take at least one class online at FIU. There are roughly 23,256 part time students in attendance at FIU. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
18 Florida Southern College Lakeland, FL
19 Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte, NC
20 Radford University Radford, VA
21 Murray State University Murray, KY
22 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
23 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA

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

Explore the best for non-traditional students communication and journalism colleges for a specific state in the Southeast region.

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 778
Florida 5,356
Virginia 2,014
Georgia 2,936
North Carolina 3,586
Alabama 1,729
Tennessee 1,630
West Virginia 425
South Carolina 1,254
Louisiana 894
Kentucky 1,576
Arkansas 797

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 14,365
Public Relations & Advertising 4,490
Journalism 3,130
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 2,965
Communication & Journalism (Other) 300

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 60,152
Social Sciences 35,630
Psychology 34,990
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 8,415
History 7,565

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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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