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|
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