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Community Colleges Ranked 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.

BEST COMMUNITY COLLEGES STATE INDEX
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BEST COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN Arkansas

It's no secret that the natural beauty of Arkansas makes it a great place to visit, but the effective community college education you can get in the Natural State may be less well known. Read on to find out which schools rank as the best community colleges in Arkansas.

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BEST COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN Virginia

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.

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BEST COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN Michigan

Community college can be a great way to boost your career skills or get started on that degree you've always wanted, but it's not always easy to know which ones are the best in your state. Check out this list of the top community colleges in Michigan and see if one might be right for you.

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BEST COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN New York

The junior colleges, city colleges and community colleges in New York serve thousands of students every year, but which ones are the best in the state? We crunched some numbers to find out which ones among the traditional and online colleges in New York took top marks for accessibility, opportunity and value.

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BEST COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN North Carolina

Two-year institutions can provide a great way to work toward your degree on a budget, but which one of your state's campus-based and online community colleges is right for you? Check out our list of the best colleges in North Carolina and find out what each one has to offer.

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BEST COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN Illinois

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 Texas

Everything's bigger in Texas, and that includes its robust community college system -- one of the largest in the nation. We evaluated all 60 community colleges in the state to find the ten best. Find out what makes them top the list.

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BEST COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN Florida

Florida is home to dozens of junior, technical and community colleges designed to help students get ahead academically and in their careers, but how do you know which ones are the best? We've analyzed some vital data on the top Florida community colleges and figured out the ten most accessible, affordable schools with a commitment to student success.

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BEST COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN Ohio

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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BEST COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN California

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.

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