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

9 Colleges
1,729 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,271 Avg Cost*

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

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in AlabamaIn 2018-2019, communication and journalism students earned 1,729 bachelor's degrees from an Alabama school, making the subject the 7th in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 1.8% of all the communication and journalism bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Alabama ranking 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.

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As a non-traditional student, you have a lot to consider when it comes to choosing an education. That's why we've developed rankings specifically for you. Check out more major-related rankings here..

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

Check out the communication and journalism programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for non-traditional students.

Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama tops the 2021 list of our schools in Alabama that are best for non-traditional communication and journalism students. Located in the city of Tuscaloosa, UA is a public school with a very large student population. UA also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Alabama 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 students are part time. UA does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#2

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Auburn University. Auburn is a very large public school located in the small city of Auburn. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Auburn, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Alabama ranking.

The student loan default rate at Auburn is lower than is typical, just 3.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 5,589 students at Auburn that take at least one class online. About 4,634 of the students at Auburn are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#3

Troy University

Troy, AL

Our rankings recognize Troy University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. TROY is a large public school located in the remote town of Troy. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, TROY has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Alabama ranking.

6,548 of TROY students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 6,676 part time students in attendance at TROY. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. UAB is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Birmingham. UAB not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Alabama list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.7%. Approximately 6,935 students take at least one class online at UAB. 7,703 of UAB 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 #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of South Alabama. USA is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Mobile. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, USA has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Alabama ranking.

About 8.4% of USA students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,671 students take at least one class online at USA. 2,511 of USA 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

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, AL

Jacksonville State University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Jacksonville State University is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Jacksonville. Jacksonville State University also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Alabama list, coming in at #8.

There are approximately 3,981 students at Jacksonville State University that take at least one class online. About 2,772 of the students at Jacksonville State University are attending part time. Jacksonville State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of North Alabama. Located in the city of Florence, UNA is a public college with a medium-sized student population. UNA also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Alabama list, coming in at #7.

Approximately 2,762 students take at least one class online at UNA. There are roughly 2,190 part time students in attendance at UNA. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

Alabama State University

Montgomery, AL

Alabama State University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Alabama State is a small public school located in the midsize city of Montgomery.

437 of Alabama State students are exclusively distance learners. 479 of Alabama State students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Auburn University at Montgomery earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. AUM is a moderately-sized public school located in the midsize city of Montgomery. AUM also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Alabama list, coming in at #9.

Approximately 1,873 students take at least one class online at AUM. About 1,436 of the students at AUM 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 in the Southeast Region

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

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

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 969
Public Relations & Advertising 512
Journalism 221
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 181
Communication & Journalism (Other) 16

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Majors Similar to Communication & Journalism

Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 4,483
Psychology 1,865
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 1,371
Social Sciences 1,359
History 523

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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.

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