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WalletHub releases 2019’s Best & Worst Community Colleges report

With back-to-school season upon us 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 released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst Community Colleges.

To determine where students can receive the best education at the cheapest rates, WalletHub compared 710 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.

Warren County Community College was ranked 49th overall and was also ranked 3rd in New Jersey. Sussex County Community College was ranked 167th overall and ranked 11th in New Jersey.

The following is the top 20 community colleges for 2019 according to WalletHub:

  1. State Technical College of Missouri (MO)
  2. Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (AR)
  3. Southern Arkansas University Tech (AR)
  4. San Joaquin Delta College (CA)
  5. Pierce College-Puyallup (WA)
  6. Minnesota State Community and Technical College (MN)
  7. Alexandria Technical & Community College (MN)
  8. Mitchell Technical Institute (SD)
  9. Northland Community and Technical College (MN)
  10. Columbia-Greene Community College (NY)
  11. SOWELA Technical Community College (LA)
  12. Northwest Iowa Community College (IA)
  13. CUNY Queensborough Community College (NY)
  14. Miles Community College (MT)
  15. Irvine Valley College (CA)
  16. North Hennepin Community College (MN)
  17. Barstow Community College (CA)
  18. Hopkinsville Community College (KY)
  19. Morgan Community College (CO)
  20. Raritan Valley Community College (NJ)

Here are the top 20 states with the Best Community-College Systems:

  • 1. Washington
  • 2. South Dakota
  • 3. Minnesota
  • 4. Colorado
  • 5. Arkansas
  • 6. Maryland
  • 7. New York
  • 8. Wyoming
  • 9. Kentucky
  • 10. Tennessee
  • 11. New Jersey
  • 12. Mississippi
  • 13. Hawaii
  • 14. Iowa
  • 15. Montana
  • 16. West Virginia
  • 17. Oregon
  • 18. California 
  • 19. New Mexico
  • 20. North Dakota

Here are the rankings for New Jersey:

1 Raritan Valley Community College 63.45
2 Burlington County College 63.17
3 Warren County Community College 61.66
4 Ocean County College 61.09
5 Salem Community College 59.82
6 Mercer County Community College 58.81
7 Brookdale Community College 58.74
8 Middlesex County College 58.66
9 Rowan College at Gloucester County 58.61
10 Cumberland County College 58.21
11 Sussex County Community College 57.96
12 Bergen Community College 57
13 Camden County College 56.91
14 Atlantic Cape Community College 53.47
15 Union County College 53.36
16 Essex County College 52.7
17 Passaic County Community College 51.26
18 Hudson County Community College 45.35

To view the complete list click here.

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