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

42 Colleges
10,312 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,196 Avg Cost*

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

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southwest 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, 10,312 went to undergraduates in the Southwest region of the United States.

This year's Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southwest Region ranking analyzed 42 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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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The communication and journalism school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students.

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2021 Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Southwest Region

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 Texas at Austin has taken the #1 spot in this year's communication and journalism ranking for non-traditional students. UT Austin is a very large public school located in the large city of Austin. UT Austin also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southwest Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at UT Austin is lower than is typical, just 2.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 12,546 students at UT Austin that take at least one class online. 3,290 of UT Austin students are attending part time. UT Austin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Oklahoma Norman Campus earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize suburb of Norman, University of Oklahoma is a public school with a fairly large student population. University of Oklahoma not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southwest Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.8%. Approximately 6,868 students take at least one class online at University of Oklahoma. 6,505 students are part time. University of Oklahoma does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Texas Tech is a very large public school located in the large city of Lubbock. Texas Tech not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southwest Region list.

The student loan default rate at Texas Tech is lower than is typical, just 6.0% of students default in three years. Approximately 15,508 students take at least one class online at Texas Tech. 6,714 students are part time. Texas Tech does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern Methodist University. SMU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Dallas. SMU also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southwest Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at SMU is lower than is typical, just 2.7% of students default in three years. There are approximately 603 students at SMU that take at least one class online. 2,754 of SMU students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Texas A&M University - College Station earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public college with a fairly large student population. Texas A&M College Station also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southwest Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at Texas A&M College Station is lower than is typical, just 2.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 4,608 students at Texas A&M College Station that take at least one class online. About 9,459 of the students at Texas A&M College Station are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of North Texas earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Denton, UNT is a public college with a fairly large student population.

About 7.4% of UNT students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 13,820 students at UNT that take at least one class online. 9,800 of UNT students are attending part time. UNT does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#7

University of Houston

Houston, TX

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Houston. Located in the city of Houston, UH is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UH has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southwest Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.1%. There are approximately 16,613 students at UH that take at least one class online. 12,716 of UH students are attending part time. UH does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Arizona. Located in the city of Tucson, University of Arizona is a public college with a very large student population. University of Arizona excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southwest Region list.

The student loan default rate at University of Arizona is lower than is typical, just 6.0% of students default in three years. There are approximately 12,701 students at University of Arizona that take at least one class online. 7,884 students are part time. University of Arizona does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Our rankings recognize Texas Christian University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. TCU also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southwest Region list, coming in at #4.

About 3.7% of TCU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 184 students at TCU are exclusively online. 432 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#10

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Northern Arizona University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best communication and journalism schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Flagstaff, NAU is a public school with a very large student population.

About 6.6% of NAU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 7,024 students at NAU that take at least one class online. There are roughly 7,213 part time students in attendance at NAU. 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 colleges for a specific state in the Southwest region.

State Degrees Awarded
Arizona 2,431
Texas 6,731
Oklahoma 1,027
New Mexico 117

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 5,778
Public Relations & Advertising 2,434
Journalism 1,745
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 1,656
Communication & Journalism (Other) 15

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 31,743
Psychology 16,745
Social Sciences 14,035
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 4,540
History 3,177

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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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