With the U.S. community-college industry undergoing major changes — such as the prospect of a free associate’s degree and 22 states authorizing their community colleges to offer bachelor’s degree programs — the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best & Worst Community Colleges then drew upon its results to identify the States with the Best & Worst Community College Systems.

To help students weigh their community-college prospects, WalletHub’s analysts compared 821 schools across 12 key metrics. Their data set ranges from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio to graduation rate.

  Top 20 Community Colleges    
  1 Helene Fuld College of Nursing (NY)   11 Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (WI)
  2 Ilisagvik College (AK)   12 Mesalands Community College (NM)
  3 Pamlico Community College (NC)   13 Moorpark College (CA)
  4 Cochise County Community College District (AZ)   14 Pratt Community College (KS)
  5 State Technical College of Missouri (MO)   15 Coastline Community College (CA)
  6 Fashion Institute of Technology (NY)   16 Northern Oklahoma College (OK)
  7 Rend Lake College (IL)   17 Whatcom Community College (WA)
  8 Lake Area Technical Institute (SD)   18 Barstow Community College (CA)
  9 Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NE)   19 Manhattan Area Technical College (KS)
  10 North Central Missouri College (MO)   20 Turtle Mountain Community College (ND)


  States with the Best Community College Systems    
  1 South Dakota   11 Georgia
  2 Alaska   12 New Mexico
  3 North Dakota   13 Nebraska
  4 Florida   14 California
  5 Montana   15 Iowa
  6 Wyoming   16 Arizona
  7 Washington   17 Arkansas
  8 Wisconsin   18 Mississippi
  9 Connecticut   19 New York
  10 New Hampshire   20 Maine

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