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2021 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor's Degree Schools

371 Colleges
$31,358 Avg Salary
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Finding the Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 122,154 people earned a degree or certificate in communication and journalism, making the major the #13 most popular in the United States.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 371 schools in the United States to see which bachelor's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for communication and journalism majors pursuing a bachelor's degree.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Communication & Journalism

Our analysis found Washington and Lee University to be the best school for communication and journalism students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Located in the distant town of Lexington, Washington and Lee is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northwestern University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend George Washington University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#4

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Fairfield University is a great place for communication and journalism students working on their bachelor’s degree. Fairfield U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Fairfield.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is a great place for communication and journalism students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Pennsylvania State University - World Campus ranked #6 on this year’s Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the rural area of University Park, Penn State World Campus is a public college with a fairly small student population.

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#7

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Drake University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree communication and journalism programs. Located in the city of Des Moines, Drake is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #8, Northeastern University did quite well on this year’s best schools for communication and journalism students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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Savannah College of Art and Design landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree communication and journalism programs. SCAD is a large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Savannah.

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#10

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree communication and journalism programs. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #11, University of Missouri - Columbia did quite well on this year’s best schools for communication and journalism students working on their bachelor’s degree. Mizzou is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Columbia.

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University of St Thomas Minnesota came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Saint Paul, UST MN is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#13

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree communication and journalism programs. U of F is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Gainesville.

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With a ranking of #14, University of Southern California did quite well on this year’s best schools for communication and journalism students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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Boston University

Boston, MA

With a ranking of #15, Boston University did quite well on this year’s best schools for communication and journalism students working on their bachelor’s degree. Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

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#16

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for communication and journalism students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in the city of Lawrence, KU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for communication and journalism students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Champaign.

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The University of Texas at Austin landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree communication and journalism programs. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Austin.

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#19

Elon University

Elon, NC

With a ranking of #19, Elon University did quite well on this year’s best schools for communication and journalism students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the midsize suburb of Elon, Elon is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#20

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Texas Christian University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for communication and journalism students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #20 on the list. Located in the city of Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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Southern Methodist University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. SMU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Dallas.

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University of Maryland - College Park came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#23

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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New York University

New York, NY

New York University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for communication and journalism students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #24 on the list. NYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

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With a ranking of #25, University of Wisconsin - Madison did quite well on this year’s best schools for communication and journalism students working on their bachelor’s degree. Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Madison.

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Rest of the Top Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor's Degree Schools

#26

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY
#27

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#29

North Central College

Naperville, IL
#31

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#33

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT
#35

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#37

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
#40

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#42

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA
#43

American University

Washington, DC
#44

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ
#46

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL
#47

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL
#48

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 371 different United States communication and journalism schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Iowa State University Ames, IA
52 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
53 University of Florida-Online Gainesville, FL
54 Washington State University Pullman, WA
55 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY

Honorable Mentions

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 Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
56 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
57 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
58 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
59 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
60 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
61 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
62 Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
63 Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA
64 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
65 Winona State University Winona, MN
66 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
67 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
68 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
69 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
70 Florida International University Miami, FL
71 University of Denver Denver, CO
72 Creighton University Omaha, NE
73 Ball State University Muncie, IN
74 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ

Communication & Journalism by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 68,301
Public Relations & Advertising 20,156
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 16,150
Journalism 15,466
Communication & Journalism (Other) 1,784
Publishing 297

Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 306,739
Social Sciences 203,399
Psychology 177,655
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 59,281
History 32,806

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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.

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