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2021 Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor's Degree Schools

355 Colleges
$34,735 Avg Salary
$23,348 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 20,156 public relations and advertising students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #9 most popular in the country.

There are so many business programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Business Degree Central has created the Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 355 schools in the United States to see which bachelor's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for business students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the public relations bachelor's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Public Relations

Our 2021 rankings named Washington and Lee University the best school in the United States for public relations and advertising students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the distant town of Lexington, Washington and Lee is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#2

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Marquette University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best public relations and advertising schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, public relations graduates from Marquette carry an average student debtload of $21,705. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $258.

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#3

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Drake University is a great place for public relations and advertising students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Des Moines, Drake is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that public relations majors at Drake take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $18,858. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $197.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Pennsylvania State University - World Campus. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the rural area of University Park, Penn State World Campus is a public college with a small student population.

On average, public relations graduates from Penn State World Campus take out $22,327 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $254, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Out of the 199 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Florida landed the # 5 spot on the list. U of F is a fairly large public school located in the city of Gainesville.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, public relations majors at U of F accumulate an average of around $17,352 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $185.

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#6

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Syracuse is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse.

The average amount in student loans that public relations majors at Syracuse take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $24,061. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, public relations graduates from Drexel carry an average student debtload of $27,416.

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#8

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

With a ranking of #8, Texas Christian University did quite well on this year’s best schools for public relations and advertising students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that public relations majors at TCU take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $19,728. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $210, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The University of Texas at Austin came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. UT Austin is a very large public school located in the large city of Austin.

Public Relations majors at UT Austin take out an average of $19,422 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $207.

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#10

George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for public relations and advertising students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, public relations majors at GWU accumulate an average of around $21,377 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $231.

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#11

Assumption University

Worcester, MA

Assumption University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Assumption is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Worcester.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, public relations graduates from Assumption carry an average student debtload of $27,137. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#12

Elon University

Elon, NC

With a ranking of #12, Elon University did quite well on this year’s best schools for public relations and advertising students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the suburb of Elon, Elon is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree public relations and advertising programs. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Champaign.

The average amount in student loans that public relations majors at UIUC take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $19,269. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $213.

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Southern Methodist University landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree public relations and advertising programs. SMU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Dallas.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, public relations graduates from SMU carry an average student debtload of $18,315. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $191, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Southern California did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for public relations and advertising students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, public relations graduates from USC carry an average student debtload of $18,173. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $198.

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#16

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

With a ranking of #16, Gonzaga University did quite well on this year’s best schools for public relations and advertising students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the medium-sized city of Spokane, Gonzaga is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, public relations graduates from Gonzaga carry an average student debtload of $21,646. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Fairfield U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Fairfield.

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#18

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree public relations and advertising programs. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a very large student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, public relations majors at Michigan State accumulate an average of around $24,626 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $263, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#19

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY

Ithaca College came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the small suburb of Ithaca, Ithaca is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

On average, public relations graduates from Ithaca take out $19,808 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $221.

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#20

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree public relations and advertising programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Athens, UGA is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Public Relations majors at UGA take out an average of $19,097 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $206.

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#21

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT

Quinnipiac University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Hamden, Quinnipiac is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, public relations graduates from Quinnipiac carry an average student debtload of $23,618. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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With a ranking of #22, Pennsylvania State University - University Park did quite well on this year’s best schools for public relations and advertising students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of University Park, Penn State University Park is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that public relations majors at Penn State University Park take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $22,327. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $254, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#23

North Central College

Naperville, IL

With a ranking of #23, North Central College did quite well on this year’s best schools for public relations and advertising students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the midsize city of Naperville, North Central is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, public relations graduates from North Central carry an average student debtload of $22,251. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $231.

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#24

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Pepperdine University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Pepperdine is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Malibu.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, public relations majors at Pepperdine accumulate an average of around $23,397 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $251.

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American University

Washington, DC

American University landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree public relations and advertising programs. The American University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

On average, public relations graduates from The American University take out $20,263 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $236.

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Rest of the Top Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor's Degree Schools

#29

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Public Relations & Advertising students that almost earned our Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
30 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
31 Iowa State University Ames, IA
32 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
33 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
34 University of Florida-Online Gainesville, FL
35 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
36 Chapman University Orange, CA
37 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
38 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
39 Appalachian State University Boone, NC

Public Relations & Advertising by Region

View the Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

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

Public Relations Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Public Relations 5,707
Advertising 5,571
Public Relations, Advertising, & Applied Communication 3,676
General Organizational Communication 1,885
Other Public Relations, Advertising, & Applied Communication 1,866
Sports Communication 459
Health Communication 351
International & Intercultural Communication 293
Political Communication 198
Technical & Scientific Communication 150

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 Bill Koplitz.

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