Montgomery College Ranked The 7th Best Community College in the U.S. in New List

With Americans struggling financially due to rising inflation and a year of community college nearly three times less expensive than a year at a public four-year college, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s Best & Worst Community Colleges, coupled with its state-by-state ranking of the Best & Worst Community-College Systems, Montgomery College was ranked 7th out of over 650 community colleges, coming it at 19th in the ‘Career Outcomes’ category, while Maryland was ranked 2nd in “States With the Best Community College System.”

Per the article: “Other than serving as an affordable, and in some cases free, option for education, community colleges have a number of attractive qualities. They often provide more flexible schedules, smaller class sizes and rigorous coursework. Some even go beyond two-year programs to offer four-year bachelor’s degrees. These qualities advantages appeal especially to students who need to balance their studies with other commitments, such as family and work.

Individual community colleges, however, vary in quality and affordability. To determine where students can receive the best education at the lowest price, WalletHub compared more than 650 community colleges across 19 key indicators of cost and quality. The data set ranges from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio to graduation rate. In addition to this ranking, they also conducted a state-level analysis of the Best & Worst Community College Systems.”

To determine where students can receive the best education at the cheapest rates, WalletHub compared more than 650 community colleges across 19 key indicators of cost and quality. The data set ranges from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio to graduation rate.

Top 20 Community Colleges
1. State Technical College of Missouri (MO) 11. Northwestern Connecticut Community College (CT)
2. Northwest Iowa Community College (IA) 12. Manchester Community College (CT)
3. Alexandria Technical & Community College (MN) 13. Irvine Valley College (CA)
4. Manhattan Area Technical College (KS) 14. Kauai Community College (HI)
5. Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NE) 15. Capital Community College (CT)
6. Mitchell Technical College (SD) 16. Moraine Park Technical College (WI)
7. Montgomery College (MD) 17. College of San Mateo (CA)
8. Tillamook Bay Community College (OR) 18. Fox Valley Technical College (WI)
9. Mt. Hood Community College (OR) 19. Blue Mountain Community College (OR)
10. Naugatuck Valley Community College (CT) 20. Clackamas Community College (OR)

 

States with the Best Community-College Systems
1. Connecticut 11. Colorado
2. Maryland 12. Kansas
3. New Mexico 13. Tennessee
4. Washington 14. South Dakota
5. Hawaii 15. Michigan
6. Wisconsin 16. Iowa
7. Minnesota 17. California
8. Wyoming 18. Nebraska
9. North Dakota 19. New York
10. Oregon 20. New Hampshire

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