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

10 Colleges
1,630 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,132 Avg Cost*

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

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in TennesseeIn 2018-2019, communication and journalism students earned 1,630 bachelor's degrees from a Tennessee school, making the subject the 10th in the state. This means that 1.7% 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 Tennessee ranking, we looked at 10 colleges that offer a bachelor's in communication and journalism. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality communication and journalism programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the communication and journalism program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying communication and journalism.

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

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville tops the 2021 list of our schools in Tennessee that are best for non-traditional communication and journalism students. Located in the midsize city of Knoxville, UT Knoxville is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UT Knoxville, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee ranking.

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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#2

Lee University

Cleveland, TN

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Lee University. Located in the city of Cleveland, Lee University is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. Lee University did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee list.

About 8.2% of Lee University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 540 students at Lee University are exclusively online. About 1,411 of the students at Lee University are attending part time.

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University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

University of Memphis earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. UofM is a fairly large public school located in the city of Memphis. UofM also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee rankings.

Approximately 5,191 students take at least one class online at UofM. 7,478 of UofM students are attending part time. UofM does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Belmont University

Nashville, TN

Our rankings recognize Belmont University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Nashville, Belmont is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Belmont also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee list, coming in at #2.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.4%. There are approximately 1,856 students at Belmont that take at least one class online. 739 of Belmont students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Middle Tennessee State University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Murfreesboro, Middle Tennessee State University is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Middle Tennessee State University, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee ranking.

There are approximately 5,857 students at Middle Tennessee State University that take at least one class online. About 5,400 of the students at Middle Tennessee State University are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Chattanooga, UT Chattanooga is a public college with a fairly large student population. UT Chattanooga also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee rankings.

The student loan default rate at UT Chattanooga is lower than is typical, just 7.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 4,564 students take at least one class online at UT Chattanooga. 1,836 of UT Chattanooga students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize East Tennessee State University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. ETSU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Johnson City. As a testament to the quality of education offered at ETSU, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee ranking.

Approximately 5,895 students take at least one class online at ETSU. 2,802 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, TN

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Austin Peay State University. Austin Peay State University is a fairly large public school located in the city of Clarksville. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Austin Peay State University, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee ranking.

Approximately 4,081 students take at least one class online at Austin Peay State University. About 3,629 of the students at Austin Peay State University are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Tennessee State University

Nashville, TN

Tennessee State University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Nashville, Tennessee State University is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

There are approximately 7,217 students at Tennessee State University that take at least one class online. There are roughly 2,108 part time students in attendance at Tennessee State University. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The University of Tennessee - Martin comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. UT Martin is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Martin. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UT Martin has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in Tennessee ranking.

About 8.4% of UT Martin students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 1,540 of UT Martin students are exclusively distance learners. About 2,242 of the students at UT Martin 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
North Carolina 3,586
South Carolina 1,254
Alabama 1,729
Louisiana 894
Kentucky 1,576
Arkansas 797

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 1,089
Journalism 307
Public Relations & Advertising 226
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 49
Communication & Journalism (Other) 42

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 4,860
Psychology 2,335
Social Sciences 2,323
History 615
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 612

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 10 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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