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

39 Colleges
6,544 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,663 Avg Cost*

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

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States 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, 6,544 went to students in the Plains States region of the country.

This year's Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States Region ranking looked at 39 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 Plains States Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

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

University of Missouri - Columbia tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Plains States Region that are best for non-traditional communication and journalism students. Mizzou is a fairly large public school located in the city of Columbia. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Mizzou, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Plains States Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.1%. There are approximately 6,407 students at Mizzou that take at least one class online. 4,578 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UMN Twin Cities has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Plains States Region ranking.

About 2.2% of UMN Twin Cities students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 13,571 students at UMN Twin Cities that take at least one class online. There are roughly 10,971 part time students in attendance at UMN Twin Cities. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#3

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Iowa. Located in the city of Iowa City, Iowa is a public college with a very large student population. Iowa also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #5.

About 2.5% of Iowa students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 12,073 students take at least one class online at Iowa. 5,224 students are part time. Iowa does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Lawrence, KU is a public school with a fairly large student population. KU also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #4.

The student loan default rate at KU is lower than is typical, just 4.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 5,228 students at KU that take at least one class online. There are roughly 4,663 part time students in attendance at KU. KU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Iowa State University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Iowa State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Ames. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Iowa State, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Plains States Region ranking.

About 3.2% of Iowa State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 6,215 students at Iowa State that take at least one class online. 3,779 of Iowa State students 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 Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Northern Iowa. UNI is a fairly large public school located in the city of Cedar Falls. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UNI, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Plains States Region ranking.

About 2.9% of UNI students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 2,118 students at UNI that take at least one class online. There are roughly 1,923 part time students in attendance at UNI. UNI does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Creighton University

Omaha, NE

Creighton University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Creighton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Omaha. Creighton also made our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #8.

The student loan default rate at Creighton is lower than is typical, just 1.2% of students default in three years. 2,035 of Creighton students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 1,791 part time students in attendance at Creighton. Creighton does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#8

Webster University

Saint Louis, MO

Webster University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Webster is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Louis.

About 4.8% of Webster students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 3,147 students at Webster are exclusively online. 7,332 of Webster students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of Central Missouri as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Warrensburg, UCM is a public school with a large student population.

The student loan default rate at UCM is lower than is typical, just 8.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 3,195 students take at least one class online at UCM. 3,478 of UCM students are attending part time. UCM does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best communication and journalism schools for non-traditional students. K -State is a very large public school located in the small city of Manhattan. K -State not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Plains States Region list.

About 4.7% of K -State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 3,564 students at K -State that take at least one class online. 3,383 students are part time. K -State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 Plains States region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 1,965
Minnesota 1,470
Kansas 910
South Dakota 176
Iowa 1,157
Nebraska 665
North Dakota 201

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 3,727
Journalism 1,966
Public Relations & Advertising 1,187
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 276
Communication & Journalism (Other) 185

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 30,129
Psychology 12,822
Social Sciences 9,492
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 3,209
History 1,731

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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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