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2021 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast 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 difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region ranking analyzed 134 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in communication and journalism. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 20 colleges for Communication & Journalism students in the Southeast Region.

Choosing a Great Communication & Journalism School

Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region Your choice of communication and journalism school matters. Important measures of a quality communication and journalism program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 19% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 27%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 331 to 83 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A communication and journalism degree from schools on this list usually translates into above average earnings after graduation. Recent communication and journalism graduates from Southeast colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $29,289 in 2017-2018.

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 complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Communication & Journalism students in the Southeast Region.

Best Schools to Study Communication & Journalism in Southeast

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study communication and journalism. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list. Of the 134 schools analyzed, only 20 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 20 Best Communication & Journalism Colleges in the Southeast Region

Any student pursuing a degree in communication and journalism has to take a look at Washington and Lee University. Washington and Lee is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Lexington. A Best Colleges rank of 25 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Washington and Lee is a great school overall.

A popular choice for communication and journalism undergrads, there are about 28 students studying this program at Washington and Lee.

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University of Georgia

Athens, GA

It's difficult to beat University of Georgia if you want to study communication and journalism. Located in the medium-sized city Athens, UGA is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 143 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UGA is a great school overall.

There are approximately 826 communication and journalism undergraduates enrolled in this program at UGA.

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The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama is a wonderful option for individuals interested in a Communication & Journalism degree. UA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tuscaloosa. This school ranks 45th out of 434 colleges for overall quality in the state of Alabama.

There are about 819 communication and journalism undergrads studying this program at UA.

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It is hard to beat University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill if you want to study communication and journalism. UNC Chapel Hill is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Chapel Hill. A Best Colleges rank of 60 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UNC Chapel Hill is a great college overall.

There are approximately 630 communication and journalism undergraduates studying this degree at UNC Chapel Hill.

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Carolina is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Columbia. This college ranks 33rd out of 434 colleges for overall quality in the state of South Carolina.

There are about 441 communication and journalism undergrads enrolled in this program at Carolina.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Located in the city Gainesville, U of F is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 85 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means U of F is a great school overall.

There are approximately 824 communication and journalism undergrads studying this degree at U of F.

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University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

Located in the small city Coral Gables, U Miami is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 103 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means U Miami is a great school overall.

University of Miami is a fairly popular college to study communication and journalism in Southeast with more than 302 graduations last year.

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Elon University

Elon, NC

Elon is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Elon. A Best Colleges rank of 99 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Elon is a great school overall.

A favorite choice for communication and journalism undergrads, there are about 321 learners studying this degree at Elon.

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#9

Samford University

Birmingham, AL

Samford is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Birmingham. A Best Colleges rank of 206 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Samford is a great college overall.

With 66 undergrads, Samford University is one of most popular colleges to study communication and journalism in Southeast.

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Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

Located in the large city New Orleans, Tulane is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 108 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Tulane is a great school overall.

There are roughly 139 communication and journalism undergrads studying this program at Tulane.

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Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem. A Best Colleges rank of 37 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Wake Forest University is a great school overall.

Wake Forest University is one of the most popular college to study communication and journalism in Southeast with over 142 graduations last year.

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Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Auburn is a very large public school located in the city of Auburn. This school ranks 31st out of 434 colleges for overall quality in the state of Alabama.

There are about 295 communication and journalism undergraduates enrolled in this program at Auburn.

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UT Knoxville is a very large public school located in the city of Knoxville. This school ranks 36th out of 434 schools for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

There are about 381 communication and journalism undergraduates enrolled in this program at UT Knoxville.

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Located in the large suburb Orlando, UCF is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 48th out of 434 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

University of Central Florida is a fairly popular school to study communication and journalism in Southeast with more than 647 graduations last year.

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James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

JMU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Harrisonburg. A Best Colleges rank of 194 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means JMU is a great college overall.

There are about 427 communication and journalism undergraduates enrolled in this degree at JMU.

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Appalachian State is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Boone. This school ranks 60th out of 434 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

Appalachian State University is a fairly popular college to study communication and journalism in Southeast exceeding 323 graduations last year.

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Florida Southern College

Lakeland, FL

Located in the city Lakeland, Florida Southern is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 80th out of 434 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

Florida Southern College is one of the most popular college to study communication and journalism in Southeast exceeding 81 graduates last year.

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University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

Located in the city Lexington, UK is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 58th out of 434 schools for overall quality in the state of Kentucky.

There are about 471 communication and journalism undergrads enrolled in this degree at UK.

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Louisiana State University is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Baton Rouge. This school ranks 42nd out of 434 schools for overall quality in the state of Louisiana.

There are roughly 313 communication and journalism undergraduates studying this program at Louisiana State University.

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University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

Located in the city Fayetteville, UARK is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 54th out of 434 schools for overall quality in the state of Arkansas.

There are about 332 communication and journalism undergraduates enrolled in this program at UARK.

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Rest of the Top Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for in the Southeast Region Communication & Journalism students that almost earned our Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism in the Southeast Region award.

Rank College Location
26 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
21 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA
22 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
23 Furman University Greenville, SC
24 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
25 Rollins College Winter Park, FL

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges by State

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
North Carolina 38 3,800
West Virginia 38 652
South Carolina 38 1,301
Florida 38 5,971
Virginia 38 2,280
Arkansas 38 886
Mississippi 38 870
Alabama 37 1,899
Kentucky 37 1,678
Georgia 37 3,229
Tennessee 37 1,724
Louisiana 36 964

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 14,898
Public Relations & Advertising 4,734
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 3,520
Journalism 3,160
Communication & Journalism (Other) 300

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 70,985
Social Sciences 36,257
Psychology 35,302
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 15,753
History 7,652

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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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