Alexandria Community College Makes List of Best in Country
Alexandria Technical & Community College just made a list of the best community colleges in the nation.
"University education is out of reach for many Americans, especially those from low-income households," writes financial writer Adam McCann. "But thanks to community colleges, higher education is more accessible than ever." With a dramatic shift in how educating operates in 2020 thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, continues McCann, community colleges are especially attractive heading into the fall. "Students who initially planned on attending a private four-year college might want to consider spending two years at a community college and transferring those credits once the economy picks up again."
To determine which community and technical school systems students may want to choose -- and which to avoid -- WalletHub studied a sampling of 698 schools from the list of member institutions in the American Association of Community Colleges. They then compared schools on three key dimensions: 1) Cost & Financing, 2) Education Outcomes and 3) Career Outcomes. Each dimension was broken down into smaller metrics such as Cost of In-State Tuition & Fees, Graduation Rate, and Student-Loan Default Rate.
Overall, Minnesota just missed out on the Top 10 States list for best community college systems in the country, ranking #11.
One Minnesota community college did crack the list of Top 10 Best Community Colleges in the nation, though; Alexandria Technical & Community College ranked 8th best on the list.
|Overall Rank (1 = Best)||Community College||Total Score||'Cost & Financing' Rank||'Education Outcomes' Rank||'Career Outcomes' Rank|
|1||State Technical College of Missouri||74.5||257||5||3|
|2||Arkansas State University-Mountain Home||69.78||127||14||70|
|3||College of San Mateo||69.17||80||307||18|
|4||Northwest Iowa Community College||68.27||376||54||2|
|5||Northern Wyoming Community College District||68.07||158||149||24|
|6||Northwestern Connecticut Community College||68.02||75||215||64|
|8||Alexandria Technical & Community College||67.43||364||40||5|
|10||Orange Coast College||66.96||71||397||55|
WalletHub went on to rank all 698 community colleges, further breaking them down by state. A total of 23 Minnesota community colleges made the list.
Here's how WalletHub broke down Minnesota's 23 community colleges:
|State||Rank (1 = Best)||Community College||Total Score|
|Minnesota||1||Alexandria Technical & Community College||67.43|
|Minnesota||2||Northland Community and Technical College||63.16|
|Minnesota||3||Minnesota State Community and Technical College||63.09|
|Minnesota||4||St Cloud Technical and Community College||62.46|
|Minnesota||5||Vermilion Community College||61.31|
|Minnesota||6||South Central College||61.02|
|Minnesota||7||Hennepin Technical College||60.97|
|Minnesota||8||North Hennepin Community College||60.94|
|Minnesota||10||Lake Superior College||60.51|
|Minnesota||11||Normandale Community College||60.18|
|Minnesota||12||Riverland Community College||60.01|
|Minnesota||13||Central Lakes College-Brainerd||59.9|
|Minnesota||14||Hibbing Community College||59.48|
|Minnesota||15||Century College - MN||59.44|
|Minnesota||16||Rochester Community and Technical College||59.36|
|Minnesota||17||Itasca Community College||57.47|
|Minnesota||18||Minnesota West Community and Technical College||57|
|Minnesota||19||Mesabi Range College||56.74|
|Minnesota||20||Minneapolis Community and Technical College||53.87|
|Minnesota||21||Saint Paul College||53.36|
|Minnesota||22||Rainy River Community College||48|
|Minnesota||23||Leech Lake Tribal College||43.36|
Leech Lake Tribal College was also recognized for having one of the lowest graduation rates in the nation, tying for #693.