College Choice Releases 2017 Ranking of the 50 Best Community Colleges

College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, has published a ranking of the 50 Best Community Colleges for 2017.

A higher education is becoming more and more essential for people who want to be competitive in today’s job market. And these days, from the best online colleges to the best distance learning programs, accessibility and affordability are the name of the game. Community colleges offer these advantages to students all over the United States.

In addition to being affordable and inclusive, community colleges are also convenient and community-based. Often, their class offerings respond to the needs of their local area, and they offer night classes and weekend classes. Finally, you will often find a more diverse student body at a community college than at other institutions.

“Community colleges offer students the opportunity to save money, prepare to transfer to a four-year college, get ready for a career, try out college, or just take advantage of a flexible schedule,” Christian Amondson, Managing Editor of College Choice, said of the ranking. “It can be many things to many people.”

College Choice developed its score with data from the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program, Payscale, and individual community colleges to compile a list of the 50 best community colleges in the country. Institutional performance score was developed by looking at first year retention rates, three-year graduation rates, credentials awarded, and other related statistics. A diversity score was also calculated by examining the number of non-traditional and minority students, percentage of Pell grants, and minority graduation rates. Finally, College Choice also compared in-district tuition rates and potential salary to give a sense of the return on investment.

The ranking for the 50 Best Community Colleges for 2017 finds Santa Barbara City College in the top spot. Broward College is in second, and Meridian Community College rounds out the top three.

The entire ranking, listed in alphabetical order, is as follows:

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Bronx Community College

Broward College

Central Community College

Chaffey College

College of Central Florida

Daytona State College

East Mississippi Community College

Eastern Idaho Technical College

Essex County College

Estrella Mountain Community College

Flint Hills Technical College

Florida SouthWestern State College

Florida State College at Jacksonville

GateWay Community College

Gordon State College

Highline College

Indian River State College

Johnston Community College

Kilgore College

Lincoln Trail College

Los Medanos College

Meridian Community College

Miles Community College

Northcentral Technical College

Northeast Community College

Northeast Mississippi Community College

Northwest Florida State College

Odessa College

Olney Central College

Olympic College

Palm Beach State College

Rend Lake College

Renton Technical College

Saint Johns River State College

San Jacinto Community College

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Fe College

Santiago Canyon College

Scottsdale Community College

South Mountain Community College

South Puget Sound Community College

South Texas College

State Technical College of Missouri

Trinidad State Junior College

Valencia College

Walla Walla Community College

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

Western Texas College

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The site publishes rankings and reviews that make finding the best colleges for different interests easier and more fun, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.