Communication & Journalism

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

18 Colleges
3,586 Bachelor's Degrees
$23,356 Avg Cost*

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

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in North CarolinaCommunication & Journalism is one of the most popular subjects to study in North Carolina. With 3,586 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 6th out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that 3.7% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

For this year's Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in North Carolina ranking, we looked at 18 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 North Carolina

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Top 10 Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has taken the #1 spot in this year's communication and journalism ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the small city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public college with a very large student population. UNC Chapel Hill also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in North Carolina list, coming in at #1.

About 1.7% of UNC Chapel Hill students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,101 students take at least one class online at UNC Chapel Hill. About 4,791 of the students at UNC Chapel Hill are attending part time. UNC Chapel Hill does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Appalachian State University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Appalachian State is a fairly large public school located in the town of Boone. Appalachian State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in North Carolina list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.6%. Approximately 2,750 students take at least one class online at Appalachian State. There are roughly 1,817 part time students in attendance at Appalachian State. Appalachian State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Queens University of Charlotte comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Queens is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Charlotte. Queens did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in North Carolina list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.4%. There are approximately 1,024 students at Queens that take at least one class online. 884 of Queens students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#4

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

Our rankings recognize East Carolina University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. ECU is a very large public school located in the city of Greenville. ECU also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in North Carolina list, coming in at #7.

The student loan default rate at ECU is lower than is typical, just 5.6% of students default in three years. 6,812 of ECU students are exclusively distance learners. 6,631 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Charlotte, UNC Charlotte is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UNC Charlotte has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in North Carolina ranking.

About 6.1% of UNC Charlotte students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,694 students take at least one class online at UNC Charlotte. 6,121 of UNC Charlotte students are attending part time. UNC Charlotte does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to North Carolina State University. Located in the large city of Raleigh, NC State is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at NC State, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in North Carolina ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.8%. There are approximately 11,555 students at NC State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 7,111 part time students in attendance at NC State. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of North Carolina at Wilmington earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNCW is a large public school located in the city of Wilmington. UNCW did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in North Carolina list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.0%. Approximately 4,793 students take at least one class online at UNCW. There are roughly 3,672 part time students in attendance at UNCW. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. UNC Greensboro is a very large public school located in the large city of Greensboro.

The student loan default rate at UNC Greensboro is lower than is typical, just 6.4% of students default in three years. Approximately 6,278 students take at least one class online at UNC Greensboro. About 4,267 of the students at UNC Greensboro are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Western Carolina University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best communication and journalism schools for non-traditional students. Located in the distant town of Cullowhee, WCU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.0%. 2,151 of WCU students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 2,258 part time students in attendance at WCU. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#10

Meredith College

Raleigh, NC

Meredith College comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Raleigh, Meredith is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The student loan default rate at Meredith is lower than is typical, just 4.8% of students default in three years. Approximately 44 students take at least one class online at Meredith. 239 students are part time. Meredith does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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

Explore all the Best Communication & Journalism Colleges 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
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 3,041
Public Relations & Advertising 436
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 200
Journalism 123

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Majors Similar to Communication & Journalism

Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 6,567
Social Sciences 5,241
Psychology 3,908
History 1,024
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 884

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 18 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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