Kansas’s Best Community Colleges of 2021

The best community colleges provide an effective springboard into higher education, offering students high-quality two-year degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. The top-rated community colleges in Kansas offer a broad selection of associate’s degrees, affordable tuition rates, and strong partnerships with public four-year schools so that students can easily transfer their credits into accredited bachelor’s degree programs.

Kansas’s Best Community Colleges of 2021

Colleges and Universities in Kansas

Beyond the 23 community and technical colleges, Kansas also has nine public universities, the largest being the University of Kansas (KU) with over 28,000 students. The school’s main campus is located in Lawrence, Kansas, but there are four other locations where students can attend KU classes: Overland Park, Kansas City, Wichita, and Salina. Kansas is also home to 22 private higher education institutions, with tuition ranging from $7,000 to $31,000.

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In addition, students can choose from one of 18 religiously affiliated schools, including Newman University, Wichita — a Catholic liberal arts university serving the state’s largest private school student population at just over 2,000. Just under the national tuition average at $9,230, Kansas is also an affordable state in which to earn your degree. The state awards associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in common fields of study, like economics, nursing, business, and education. Specialized degrees include aerospace engineering at the University of Kansas and agribusiness from Kansas State University. Those in the medical and health fields can check out loan forgiveness programs, such as the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program, which awards up to $50,000, tax free, for those who serve two years at an approved site.

Arguably, it was the 1939 cinema classic, The Wizard of Oz, that put Kansas on the map. But The Sunflower State is also known for its mouth-watering barbecue, open plains, and vast sunflower fields. Prospective students can also choose from 50 colleges and universities across this Midwestern state.

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What are Kansas’s Colleges & Universities?

Kansas’s Best Overall


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How do we determine Kansas's best community colleges?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.


There are 25 community colleges in Kansas. The following list shows the best community colleges in the state.

Best Community Colleges in Kansas

  1. #1

    Butler Community College

    #6147 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    5K

    El Dorado, KS

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    What is Butler Community College known for?

    Butler Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Education
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Nursing
    • Law
    • Computer Science
    • Sociology
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Independence Community College

    #5765 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    29%

    Student body

    <1K

    Independence, KS

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    What is Independence Community College known for?

    Independence Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Literature
    • History
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Sociology
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #3

    Haskell Indian Nations University

    #3347 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $0K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    880/17

    Lawrence, KS

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    What is Haskell Indian Nations University known for?

    Haskell Indian Nations University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Social Work
    • Communications
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    Kansas City Kansas Community College

    #7442 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    4K

    Kansas City, KS

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    What is Kansas City Kansas Community College known for?

    Kansas City Kansas Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    Labette Community College

    #9571 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    1K

    Parsons, KS

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    What is Labette Community College known for?

    Labette Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #6

    Dodge City Community College

    #5123 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    1K

    Dodge City, KS

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    What is Dodge City Community College known for?

    Dodge City Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • History
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Computer Science
    • Social Work
    • Psychology
    • Law
    • Physics
  7. #7

    Johnson County Community College

    #7399 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    26%

    Student body

    10K

    Overland Park, KS

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    What is Johnson County Community College known for?

    Johnson County Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Communications
  8. #8

    Coffeyville Community College

    #7260 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    1K

    Coffeyville, KS

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    What is Coffeyville Community College known for?

    Coffeyville Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. #9

    Garden City Community College

    #8965 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    1K

    Garden City, KS

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    What is Garden City Community College known for?

    Garden City Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  10. #10

    Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology

    #11433 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    38%

    Student body

    3K

    Wichita, KS

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    What is Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology known for?

    Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
  11. #11

    Cowley Community College

    #16287 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    2K

    Arkansas City, KS

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    What is Cowley Community College known for?

    Cowley Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. #12

    Neosho County Community College

    #9949 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    1K

    Chanute, KS

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    What is Neosho County Community College known for?

    Neosho County Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  13. #13

    Colby Community College

    #10929 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    1K

    Colby, KS

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    What is Colby Community College known for?

    Colby Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical
  14. #14

    Cloud County Community College

    #10487 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    1K

    Concordia, KS

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    What is Cloud County Community College known for?

    Cloud County Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  15. #15

    Salina Area Technical College

    #12361 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    <1K

    Salina, KS

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    What is Salina Area Technical College known for?

    Salina Area Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
  16. #16

    Manhattan Area Technical College

    #11333 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    <1K

    Manhattan, KS

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    What is Manhattan Area Technical College known for?

    Manhattan Area Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
  17. #17

    Highland Community College

    #12935 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    2K

    Highland, KS

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    What is Highland Community College known for?

    Highland Community College ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  18. #18

    Flint Hills Technical College

    #14891 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    <1K

    Emporia, KS

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    What is Flint Hills Technical College known for?

    Flint Hills Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
  19. #19

    Allen Community College

    #12664 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    1K

    Iola, KS

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    What is Allen Community College known for?

    Allen Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Social Work
    • Medical
  20. #20

    Northwest Kansas Technical College

    #12417 institution's historical influence

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    <1K

    Goodland, KS

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    What is Northwest Kansas Technical College known for?

    Northwest Kansas Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
  21. #21

    Pratt Community College

    #13279 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    <1K

    Pratt, KS

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    What is Pratt Community College known for?

    Pratt Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Medical
  22. #22

    Barton Community College

    #10832 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    4K

    Great Bend, KS

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    What is Barton Community College known for?

    Barton Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • History
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  23. #23

    Seward County Community College

    #8304 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    1K

    Liberal, KS

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    What is Seward County Community College known for?

    Seward County Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  24. #24

    Hutchinson Community College

    #7704 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    3K

    Hutchinson, KS

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    What is Hutchinson Community College known for?

    Hutchinson Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  25. #25

    Fort Scott Community College

    #9208 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    1K

    Fort Scott, KS

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    What is Fort Scott Community College known for?

    Fort Scott Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business

    Most Influential Alumni

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