Communication & Journalism

2021 Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Veterans in the United States

581 Colleges
96,549 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,215 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Vets

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesCommunication & Journalism is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 7th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 96,549 bachelor's degrees were awarded to students with this major.

This year's Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking analyzed 581 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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 veterans and active service members.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the communication and journalism program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Veterans list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Communication & Journalism Schools for Veterans in the United States

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Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Communication & Journalism Schools

The University of Texas at Austin landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a very large student population. UT Austin also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States rankings.

Our most recent data shows that 1,201 of the 51,832 students enrolled at UT Austin were GI Bill® students, of which 843 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,949. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#2

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Our rankings recognize Pepperdine University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Malibu, Pepperdine is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. Pepperdine not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Pepperdine supports 7,961 students, and 434 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 320 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $21,398. In addition to receiving other benefits, 232 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#3

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Syracuse University. Located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. Syracuse not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 596 of the 22,803 students enrolled at Syracuse were GI Bill® students, of which 573 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $18,100. During this same period, 179 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Syracuse does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Southern California landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles. USC also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States rankings.

According to our most recent data, USC supports 47,310 students, and 1,323 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 908 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $21,271. In addition to receiving other benefits, 415 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Pennsylvania State University - University Park. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the small city of University Park. Penn State University Park did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 1,039 of the 46,810 students enrolled at Penn State University Park were GI Bill® students, of which 836 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,714. Penn State University Park does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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George Washington University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. GWU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. GWU also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States rankings.

Our most recent data shows that 1,274 of the 28,172 students enrolled at GWU were GI Bill® students, of which 1,076 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $16,151. To help with additional expenses, 349 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#7

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Boston U has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, Boston U supports 34,657 students, and 438 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 321 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,944. On top of their other funding sources, 48 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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American University

Washington, DC

American University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Washington, The American University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. The American University not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States list.

Among the 14,311 students enrolled at The American University, 614 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 522 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,029. To help with additional expenses, 245 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#9

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Tuscaloosa, UA is a public school with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, UA also did well on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Among the 38,390 students enrolled at UA, 2,079 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,228 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,410. On top of their other funding sources, 409 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#10

Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY

Hofstra University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Hofstra is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Hempstead. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Hofstra is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States list.

Among the 10,871 students enrolled at Hofstra, 150 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 102 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $18,881. During this same period, 43 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Missouri - Columbia as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public college with a very large student population. Mizzou excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Mizzou supports 29,843 students, and 635 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 394 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,075. During this same period, 14 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Mizzou does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of South Carolina - Columbia. Carolina is a fairly large public school located in the city of Columbia. Carolina excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States list.

Of the 34,795 students enrolled at Carolina, 1,523 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 897 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,738. During this same period, 38 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#13

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. UGA is a very large public school located in the city of Athens. UGA also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, UGA supports 38,652 students, and 640 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 407 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,887.

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University of Maryland - College Park earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMCP is a very large public school located in the large suburb of College Park. UMCP also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Of the 41,200 students enrolled at UMCP, 896 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 672 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,240. To help with additional expenses, 7 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Fashion Institute of Technology as the #15 school in this year's rankings. FIT SUNY is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of New York. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, FIT SUNY is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 95 of the 8,767 students enrolled at FIT SUNY were GI Bill® students, of which 68 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,784. FIT SUNY does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Indiana University - Bloomington as the #16 school in this year's rankings. IU Bloomington is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Bloomington. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, IU Bloomington also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 626 of the 43,503 students enrolled at IU Bloomington were GI Bill® students, of which 389 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,606. During this same period, 23 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

University of Oregon earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. UO is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Eugene. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, UO also did well on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, UO supports 22,644 students, and 588 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 309 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,714. In addition to receiving other benefits, 12 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign landed the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UIUC also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 500 of the 49,702 students enrolled at UIUC were GI Bill® students, of which 247 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,702. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Located in the small city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UNC Chapel Hill is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, UNC Chapel Hill supports 30,011 students, and 641 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 419 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,668. On top of their other funding sources, 18 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Miami University - Oxford as the #20 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Oxford, Miami of Ohio is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Miami of Ohio is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Miami of Ohio supports 19,934 students, and 455 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 290 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $9,286. To help with additional expenses, 3 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University landed the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value communication and journalism schools. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Northwestern U has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States ranking.

Among the 22,127 students enrolled at Northwestern U, 124 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 81 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $27,950. To help with additional expenses, 47 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Oklahoma Norman Campus earned the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings. University of Oklahoma is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Norman. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University of Oklahoma also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States ranking.

Of the 28,564 students enrolled at University of Oklahoma, 1,464 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 874 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $7,980. In addition to receiving other benefits, 21 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. University of Oklahoma does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University earned the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. Texas Tech excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Texas Tech supports 38,209 students, and 1,148 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 662 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,852. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Washington State University comes in at #24 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Pullman, Wazzu is a public school with a very large student population. Wazzu excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States list.

Of the 31,478 students enrolled at Wazzu, 1,046 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 566 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,054. To help with additional expenses, 2 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

The #25 spot in this year's ranking belongs to San Jose State University. Located in the large city of San Jose, San Jose State is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, San Jose State is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 658 of the 35,400 students enrolled at San Jose State were GI Bill® students, of which 403 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,381. San Jose State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Veterans in the United States

#26

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#27

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS
#28

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#29

Emerson College

Boston, MA
#32

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

#34

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#36

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA
#37

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#38

SUNY Oswego

Oswego, NY
#40

DePaul University

Chicago, IL
#41

University of Houston

Houston, TX

#42

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

#43

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#44

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#45

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI
#46

Ball State University

Muncie, IN
#47

Drake University

Des Moines, IA
#48

University of Denver

Denver, CO

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Veterans in the United States badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 581 different United States communication and journalism schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
52 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
53 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
54 Chapman University Orange, CA
55 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
56 University of North Texas Denton, TX
57 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
58 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
59 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
60 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
61 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
62 Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA
63 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
64 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
65 SUNY Fredonia Fredonia, NY
66 Baylor University Waco, TX
67 Iowa State University Ames, IA
68 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
69 St. Bonaventure University Saint Bonaventure, NY
70 Auburn University Auburn, AL
71 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
72 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
73 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
74 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
75 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
76 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
77 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
78 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
79 Illinois State University Normal, IL
80 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
81 North Central College Naperville, IL
82 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
83 Samford University Birmingham, AL
84 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
85 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
86 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
87 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
88 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
89 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
90 University of Idaho Moscow, ID
91 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
92 Utah State University Logan, UT
93 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY
94 Pace University - New York New York, NY
95 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
96 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
97 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
98 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
99 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
100 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
101 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
102 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
103 Columbia College Chicago Chicago, IL
104 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
105 Towson University Towson, MD
106 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
107 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
108 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
109 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
110 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
111 Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY
112 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
113 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA
114 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
115 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
116 Murray State University Murray, KY

Communication & Journalism by Region

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Region
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Southwest
Great Lakes

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 55,113
Public Relations & Advertising 16,785
Journalism 12,988
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 10,624
Communication & Journalism (Other) 1,002

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 154,751
Psychology 123,980
Education 88,927
History 25,943
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 24,420

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

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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