Scottsdale Community College moved up the list of best community colleges in the nation to number four this year, according to a study by SmartAsset, a personal financial advice platform.
Last year, SCC ranked 6th best in the nation. The ranking was based on four main factors:
- Cost of in-state tuition and fees to attend for a full year;
- Median salary of graduates as ratio of cost to attend school;
- Faculty to student ratio;
- Student graduation and transfer rates.
SCC’s improved ranking reflected improved graduation and transfer rates and the lowest cost to attend among the top 10 community colleges ranked in the study, noted SmartAsset.
“Besides their low cost of attendance, many students attending the institution get the chance to form close relationships with their professors since the student-faculty ratio is 17:1,” SmartAsset noted in an article announcing this year’s results.
Topping the list this year was Rend Lake College in Ina, Illinois. Paradise Valley Community College also finished in the top 20, with a 14th best ranking. The study examined data for 565 community colleges nationwide.
“We are honored to be on this list and encouraged to see our focus on student success being recognized,” said SCC President Jan Gehler.
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