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2021 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region

Approximately 116,224 communication and journalism degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking analyzed 26 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in communication and journalism. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 3 schools for Communication & Journalism students in the Rocky Mountains Region.

Choosing a Great Communication & Journalism School

Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Rocky Mountains Region The communication and journalism program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 13% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 13%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 235 to 116 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Communication & Journalism graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. A communication and journalism bachelors degree from a college in Rocky Mountains helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $31,759 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Communication & Journalism students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other communication and journalism students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized communication and journalism related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Communication & Journalism students in the Rocky Mountains Region.

Best Schools to Study Communication & Journalism in Rocky Mountains

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study communication and journalism.

Top 10 Best Communication & Journalism Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region

#1

University of Denver

Denver, CO

University of Denver is one of the finest schools in the United States for communication and journalism. Located in the large city Denver, U of Denver is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. This college ranks 4th out of 56 colleges for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

University of Denver is a fairly popular college to study communication and journalism in Rocky Mountains exceeding 208 graduates last year.

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Brigham Young University - Provo is a good decision for individuals interested in a Communication & Journalism major. Located in the midsize city Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 109 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means BYU is a great school overall.

There are about 309 communication and journalism undergraduates enrolled in this program at BYU.

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It's hard to beat University of Colorado Boulder if you want to study communication and journalism. CU - Boulder is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Boulder. This school ranks 6th out of 56 colleges for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

There are roughly 689 communication and journalism undergraduates enrolled in this degree at CU - Boulder.

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#4

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

Every student who is interested in communication and journalism needs to take a look at University of Utah. Located in the medium-sized city Salt Lake City, U of U is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 5th out of 56 colleges for overall quality in the state of Utah.

There are roughly 353 communication and journalism undergrads enrolled in this program at U of U.

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Located in the city Fort Collins, Colorado State is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 7th out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

There are approximately 326 communication and journalism undergrads enrolled in this program at Colorado State.

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#6

University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

Located in the distant town Moscow, Idaho is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 10th out of 56 colleges for overall quality in the state of Idaho.

University of Idaho is one of the most popular college to study communication and journalism in Rocky Mountains exceeding 127 graduates last year.

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Located in the city Logan, USU is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 15th out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of Utah.

Utah State University is a fairly popular school to study communication and journalism in Rocky Mountains exceeding 172 graduates last year.

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CU Anschutz is a very large public school located in the city of Denver. This college ranks 12th out of 56 colleges for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus is a fairly popular school to study communication and journalism in Rocky Mountains with more than 156 graduations last year.

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University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

U of Wyoming is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Laramie. This school ranks 8th out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of Wyoming.

There are about 70 communication and journalism undergrads studying this degree at U of Wyoming.

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Regis University

Denver, CO

Regis U is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Denver. This school ranks 13th out of 56 schools for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

With 35 undergrads, Regis University is one of most popular colleges to study communication and journalism in Rocky Mountains.

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Best Communication & Journalism Colleges by State

Explore the best communication and journalism colleges for a specific state in this the Rocky Mountains region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Colorado 38 1,996
Utah 37 1,430
Idaho 36 675
Montana 35 167
Wyoming 33 106

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 3,066
Public Relations & Advertising 807
Journalism 530
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 194
Communication & Journalism (Other) 55

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 18,142
Social Sciences 7,412
Psychology 6,289
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 2,427
History 1,200

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Josh Hallett. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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