College Guide

Rankings

Below are the Washington Monthly's 2010 ranking of America's 50 best community colleges. For more information about the overall goals of the rankings,click here. For an explanation of our measures and methodology, click here. * Indicates a public school.

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Institution
   
    Active &
Collaborative
Learning
Student
Effort
Academic
Challenge
Student-faculty
Interaction
Support for
Learning
Four-year
Graduation
Rate
1 Saint Paul College (MN) 83.2 72.2 63.7 71.0 71.8 41%
2 Hesston College (KS) 65.3 52.8 65.3 63.0 65.4 63%
3 Carolinas College of Health Sciences (NC) 54.0 52.8 66.7 61.2 64.1 61%
4 Mayland Community College (NC) 57.8 54.3 54.3 59.0 60.2 71%
5 Itasca Community College (MN) 66.8 58.8 57.8 60.3 58.7 38%
6 Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College 60.4 53.2 58.2 57.9 52.6 57%
7 Leech Lake Tribal College (MN) 69.3 51.8 53.3 65.1 55.6 38%
8 Alexandria Technical College (MN) 60.8 52.8 55.4 57.7 52.3 57%
9 Southwestern Community College (NC) 57.1 56.6 54.0 61.3 59.3 54%
10 Chippewa Valley Technical College (WI) 55.9 49.1 54.2 55.1 44.7 75%
11 Washington County Community College District (ME) 58.8 55.2 51.6 58.2 54.9 53%
12 Georgia Military College, Milledgeville 54.4 55.3 51.9 53.0 58.3 62%
13 Umpqua Community College (OR) 63.7 59.4 65.0 61.7 49.8 21%
14 Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College 58.8 54.7 59.7 58.5 57.5 37%
15 Western Wyoming Community College 53.3 52.1 49.8 55.9 52.8 67%
16 New Mexico State University, Grants 59.0 56.0 55.7 61.4 57.8 35%
17 Tacoma Community College (WA) 54.3 53.0 53.0 49.9 50.8 63%
18 Hazard Community and Technical College (KY) 57.3 59.7 60.5 62.3 59.9 23%
19 Skagit Valley College (WA) 58.3 53.0 53.7 56.6 52.1 45%
20 Alabama Southern Community College 53.4 60.2 51.6 55.9 56.3 47%
21 Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (NC) 49.7 47.5 46.7 48.2 48.1 83%
22 North Country Community College (NY) 50.9 54.3 53.5 57.6 49.5 57%
23 North Central Missouri College 56.8 58.0 51.4 56.1 53.8 43%
24 Hawaii Community College 62.6 53.1 58.2 57.1 56.3 24%
25 Halifax Community College (NC) 54.0 60.6 57.2 58.4 60.4 31%
26 Lake City Community College (FL) 53.3 53.4 54.8 56.2 53.9 48%
27 Frank Phillips College (TX) 57.2 50.9 48.8 55.5 52.3 51%
28 Texas State Technical College, West Texas 58.9 55.3 55.3 59.7 56.4 29%
29 Green River Community College (WA) 59.8 56.2 54.0 53.2 54.6 35%
30 Minnesota West, Pipestone 51.5 56.9 55.7 56.4 52.3 47%
31 North Florida Community College 55.5 50.3 54.4 60.8 57.9 37%
32 Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College 56.6 54.9 50.9 57.3 58.4 38%
33 Seward County Community College/Area Technical School (KS) 50.0 51.6 48.5 50.2 57.2 63%
34 West Hills College, NDC (CA) 60.2 56.7 53.9 52.3 62.3 26%
35 Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (NM) 61.0 66.4 55.2 55.4 57.4 16%
36 Morgan Community College (CO) 54.6 53.4 51.3 56.9 56.2 43%
37 MSCTC, Fergus Falls (MN) 54.8 54.9 57.8 53.9 51.2 40%
38 Patrick Henry Community College (VA) 58.3 56.5 54.4 60.1 60.1 23%
39 Lawson State Community College (AL) 59.1 54.0 58.1 56.3 57.6 24%
40 Corning Community College (NY) 54.7 52.2 57.0 56.8 56.0 36%
41 Texas State Technical College, Waco 50.0 40.4 43.0 49.1 51.5 82%
42 Northampton Community College (PA) 54.7 53.7 54.3 52.9 52.1 44%
43 Vermilion Community College (MN) 56.4 53.0 53.7 59.0 55.1 34%
44 Monroe Community College (NY) 50.6 51.4 51.4 53.2 51.1 57%
45 De Anza College (CA) 52.6 50.4 52.1 46.3 47.5 61%
46 Cleveland Community College (NC) 54.0 50.2 49.8 49.3 51.1 55%
47 Maysville Community and Technical College (KY) 54.5 52.8 53.0 61.1 53.7 35%
48 Atlanta Technical College (GA) 54.3 54.4 55.2 51.8 61.8 33%
49 Central Carolina Community College (NC) 48.2 52.8 52.9 54.9 54.1 52%
50 Barton County Community College (KS) 45.7 49.7 49.6 49.2 52.2 70%