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Community Colleges Ranked State by State


If you're looking to tackle your first two years of college at a lower cost, learn a skilled trade, train for a specific career or ease back into school after some time away, the best community colleges in your state are here to help you. We're analyzing the dozens of U.S. community college systems on a state-by-state basis and presenting our findings in the articles below, to help potential students make more informed decisions about the institutions they have to choose from.

To calculate which ones are the top community colleges in a given state, we gather data from the U.S. Department of Education, state-based higher education commissions and other institutional sources and rank each school according to a list of metrics that typically includes total attendance cost, student-faculty ratio, distance education enrollment, graduation rate, transfer rate to four-year institutions and other common quantitative measures of commitment to student success.

You can find more detail about the exact process we used for each state in the methodology section at the end of each of the articles below. We're working to get to all 50 states in due time — if you don't yet see yours below, check out our degree pages or info about on-campus or online colleges in your state the meantime.

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Best community colleges in California

Justin Boyle |

It's no easy task to collect and analyze the ton of data necessary to determine the best community colleges in California, but we rose to the challenge. Read on for some info about the top community colleges in Los Angeles County, the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere in the Golden State.

Best community colleges in NJ

Best community colleges in New Jersey

Aimee Hosler |

New Jersey communities are as varied as they are valuable. In other words, a lot. Here's our ranking of the best community colleges in New Jersey.

Best community Colleges in North Carolina

Best Community Colleges in North Carolina

Aimee Hosler |

Community colleges offer valuable training that tends to be both affordable and flexible. Here's our list of the top community colleges in North Carolina.

Best Community Colleges in Arizona

Best community colleges in Arizona

Justin Boyle |

The Grand Canyon State has a lot of great options for community college students, but how do you tell which ones are the best? We gathered a bunch of data, ran the numbers and figured out once and for all which schools were the top community colleges in Arizona.

Best community colleges in Virginia

Best community colleges In Virginia

Justin Boyle |

Starting your education at one of the top community colleges in Virginia can teach you valuable job skills and help you get a headstart on the degree you've always wanted. We gathered the data, did the math and uncovered the best community colleges in Virginia -- read on to find out which ones made the grade.

Best community colleges in IL

Best Community Colleges In Illinois

Justin Boyle |

Illinois is home to a robust community college system that contains the very first two-year regional institution the U.S., and the data on many of its schools are pretty impressive. Read on to find out about the best community colleges in Illinois and how we ranked them.

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Best Community Colleges In Georgia

Justin Boyle |

Georgia's two community college systems each offer some valuable options for degrees and career training, but how can you tell which ones are the best? We gathered some statistics and ran them through our system of metrics to find out which community colleges are the top 10 traditional and online schools in Georgia.

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Best Community Colleges In Pennsylvania

Justin Boyle |

Most Pennsylvania residents know that their state's a great place to get an education, but which two-year institutions stand out from the crowd? We gathered some data and crunched the numbers to find out which ones could be called the best community colleges in Pennsylvania.

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Best Community Colleges In Ohio

Justin Boyle |

Thousands of students might already be aware that Ohio is a great state for community college, but which of its many campuses give you the best bang for your buck? Check out our list of the top Ohio community colleges and find out if a school near you made the grade.

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