50 Best Community Colleges 2022

50 Best Community Colleges 2022

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 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.

What is a community college?

A community college is a public two-year college that awards associate degrees as well as some professional certifications. Community colleges typically attract students drawn from the surrounding region. Top community colleges tend to offer a wide selection of associate degrees spanning a variety of disciplines. Community colleges can be especially attractive to students interested in getting an affordable start on a four-year degree. So too, these schools appeal to students seeking professional two-year degrees designed to provide technical and practical skills for immediate entrance into the job market.

We’ve identified 839 community colleges in the US. In order to be included in this list of the best community colleges, a school needs must be fully accredited, and must primarily provide two-year, or associate, degree programs (along with certificate credentials in most cases).

Best Best Community Colleges 2022
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The Best Community Colleges in the U.S.

  1. #6

    Lone Star College System

    The Woodlands , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    12%

    Student body

    49K

    What is Lone Star College System known for?

    Lone Star College System’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

  2. Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Graduation

    27%

    Student body

    7K

    What is Anne Arundel Community College known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #9

    Collin College

    McKinney , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    16%

    Student body

    22K

    What is Collin College known for?

    Collin College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #10

    College of DuPage

    Glen Ellyn , IL

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    15K

    What is College of DuPage known for?

    College of DuPage’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    19%

    Student body

    6K

    What is Bronx Community College known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #15

    Chabot College

    Hayward , CA

    Tuition + fees

    $1K

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    8K

    What is Chabot College known for?

    Chabot College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    3K

    What is East Mississippi Community College known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    29%

    Student body

    30K

    What is Northern Virginia Community College known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. #21

    ASA College

    Brooklyn , NY

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Graduation

    29%

    Student body

    4K

    What is ASA College known for?

    ASA College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

  10. #27

    Palomar College

    San Marcos , CA

    Tuition + fees

    $1K

    Graduation

    31%

    Student body

    14K

    What is Palomar College known for?

    Palomar College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. #29

    Orange Coast College

    Costa Mesa , CA

    Tuition + fees

    $1K

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    13K

  12. #30

    San Antonio College

    San Antonio , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    11K

  13. #32

    LaGuardia Community College

    Long Island City , NY

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    11K

    What is LaGuardia Community College known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  14. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    9K

    What is Kingsborough Community College known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  15. #34

    Los Angeles Pierce College

    Woodland Hills , CA

    Tuition + fees

    $1K

    Graduation

    31%

    Student body

    12K

  16. #36

    Long Beach City College

    Long Beach , CA

    Tuition + fees

    $2K

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    17K

  17. Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    24%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Central Oregon Community College known for?

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

  18. #38

    Salt Lake Community College

    Salt Lake City , UT

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    26%

    Student body

    17K

    What is Salt Lake Community College known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  19. #39

    Weatherford College

    Weatherford , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    20%

    Student body

    5K

    What is Weatherford College known for?

    Weatherford College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  20. #40

    Cabrillo College

    Aptos , CA

    Tuition + fees

    $1K

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    7K

  21. #41

    Manor College

    Jenkintown , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    20%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    855/17

    What is Manor College known for?

    Manor College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

  22. #43

    Santa Rosa Junior College

    Santa Rosa , CA

    Tuition + fees

    $1K

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    11K

  23. Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    16%

    Student body

    10K

    What is Community College of Allegheny County known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  24. #45

    Angelina College

    Lufkin , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    25%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Angelina College known for?

    Angelina College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  25. #47

    East Los Angeles College

    Monterey Park , CA

    Tuition + fees

    $1K

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    18K

  26. #48

    Cecil College

    North East , MD

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Cecil College known for?

    Cecil College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

  27. #50

    Lee College

    Baytown , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    5K


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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Anne Arundel Community College
  2. Roxbury Community College
  3. Eastern Maine Community College
  4. Springfield Technical Community College
  5. College of Marin
  6. Los Angeles City College
  7. Lamar Institute of Technology
  8. Kennedy–King College
  9. West Kentucky Community and Technical College
  10. Lamar State College–Port Arthur
  11. Montgomery College
  12. Mitchell Community College
  13. University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College
  14. Northern Essex Community College
  15. Eastern Arizona College
  16. Massachusetts Bay Community College
  17. County College of Morris
  18. Bunker Hill Community College
  19. Chabot College
  20. Holyoke Community College
  21. Capital Community College
  22. Columbia College
  23. BGSU Firelands
  24. Brookdale Community College
  25. Bossier Parish Community College
  26. Los Angeles Valley College
  27. Butler Community College
  28. Community College of Beaver County
  29. De Anza College
  30. Western Piedmont Community College
  31. Sacramento City College
  32. City College of San Francisco
  33. Nassau Community College
  34. West Valley College
  35. Santa Fe Community College
  36. Fullerton College
  37. Bronx Community College
  38. Merritt College
  39. Trinity Valley Community College
  40. Lassen Community College
  41. Northwest Mississippi Community College
  42. Mesa Community College
  43. North Dakota State College of Science
  44. Scottsdale Community College
  45. Richland Community College
  46. LaGuardia Community College
  47. Central Wyoming College
  48. Lewis and Clark Community College
  49. Cañada College
  50. Baltimore City Community College

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