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2021 Best Associate's Degree Schools

1,013 Schools Ranked
$17,092 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$17,566 Avg Student Debt

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Also, there are a number of trade schools and bootcamp with offerings that you might find attractive.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Associate's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 1,013 schools in the United States to see which associate's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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Top Associate's Degree Schools in the United States

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#1

Stanbridge University

Irvine, California
$25,649 Avg Student Debt

Our analysis found Stanbridge University to be the best school for students who want to pursue a associate’s degree in the United States.

On average, associate’s degree students take out $25,649 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Online courses are available at Stanbridge, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. During the 2017-2018 year, about 2% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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$9,345 Average Tuition & Fees
$22,186 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Associate’s Degree Schools list.

The average tuition and fees at IWU is $9,345. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. On average, associate’s degree students take out $22,186 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Some students may be able to take online classes at IWU. In fact, around 86% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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$9,912 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,775 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Associate’s Degree Schools list.

Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $9,912. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. Associate’s Degree recipients from Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide accumulate an average of $21,775 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide. In 2017-2018 about 97% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#4

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts

San Mateo, California
$16,604 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts is a great place for students working on their associate’s degree.

On average, associate’s degree students take out $16,604 in loans while pursuing their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts does offer online classes for certain majors. In fact, around 19% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#5

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, Alabama
$5,655 Average Tuition & Fees
$15,540 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Columbia Southern University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Associate’s Degree Schools list.

Columbia Southern University does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $5,655. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $15,540 in student loans.

Since Columbia Southern University is primarily an online school, it is an excellent choice for undergraduate students who need more flexibility than what is offered at some other schools.

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#6

Bismarck State College

Bismarck, North Dakota
$4,160 Average Tuition & Fees
$13,754 Avg Student Debt

Bismarck State College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Associate’s Degree Schools list.

In-state students pay an average of $4,160 in tuition and fees if they attend BSC full time. Out-of-state students pay an average of $5,820. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $13,754 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since BSC does offer online classes for certain majors. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 65% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#7

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia
$7,324 Average Tuition & Fees
$19,064 Avg Student Debt

American Public University System landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree programs.

American Military University does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $7,324. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, associate’s degree students take out $19,064 in loans while pursuing their degree.

American Military University is one of the schools on our list that is primarily online. Each undergraduate student at the school took at least one class online.

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#8

Central Texas College

Killeen, Texas
$3,390 Average Tuition & Fees
$9,137 Avg Student Debt

Central Texas College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree programs.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at Central Texas College is $3,390. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $7,050. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $9,137 in student loans.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at Central Texas College. During the 2017-2018 year, about 57% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#9

Excelsior College

Albany, New York
$8,094 Avg Student Debt

Excelsior College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree programs.

On average, associate’s degree students take out $8,094 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Since Excelsior College is primarily an online school, it is an excellent choice for undergraduate students who need more flexibility than what is offered at some other schools.

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#10

Mount Saint Mary's University

Los Angeles, California
$42,792 Average Tuition & Fees
$15,586 Avg Student Debt

Mount Saint Mary’s University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree programs.

If you want to attend MSMU, expect to pay an average of $42,792 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $15,586 in student loans.

Some students may be able to take online classes at MSMU. In fact, around 42% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#11

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
$13,988 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,452 Avg Student Debt

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree programs.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $13,988 to cover tuition and fees at Penn State World Campus. The school does not offer an in-state discount. Associate’s Degree recipients from Penn State World Campus accumulate an average of $23,452 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, Penn State World Campus is an excellent choice, since the school is online.

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#12

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota
$9,114 Average Tuition & Fees
$12,905 Avg Student Debt

South Dakota State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students to get an associate’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list.

Students from South Dakota who attend South Dakota State full time pay an average of $9,114 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students pay an average of $12,589. On average, associate’s degree students take out $12,905 in loans while pursuing their degree.

South Dakota State does offer online classes for certain degree levels. In fact, around 38% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#13

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
$54,538 Average Tuition & Fees

George Washington University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students to get an associate’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $54,538 to cover tuition and fees at GWU. The school does not offer an in-state discount.

Some students may be able to take online classes at GWU. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 9% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#14

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
$32,000 Average Tuition & Fees
$19,156 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #14, Elizabethtown College did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working on their associate’s degree.

If you want to attend E - town, expect to pay an average of $32,000 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. Associate’s Degree recipients from E - town accumulate an average of $19,156 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

E - town does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 5% took at least some of their classes online.

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#15

Ranken Technical College

Saint Louis, Missouri
$14,889 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,755 Avg Student Debt

Ranken Technical College landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree programs.

If you want to attend Ranken Technical College, expect to pay an average of $14,889 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $14,755 in student loans.

Online courses are available at Ranken Technical College, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. During the 2017-2018 year, about 45% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#16

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
$6,448 Average Tuition & Fees
$15,376 Avg Student Debt

Southeast Technical Institute came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Associate’s Degree Schools ranking.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $6,448 to cover tuition and fees at Southeast Technical Institute. The school does not offer an in-state discount. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $15,376 in student loans.

Some students may be able to take online classes at Southeast Technical Institute. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 38% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#17

Riverside College of Health Careers

Newport News, Virginia
$12,674 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,276 Avg Student Debt

Riverside College of Health Careers did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students to get an associate’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list.

The average tuition and fees at Riverside College of Health Careers is $12,674. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. Associate’s Degree recipients from Riverside College of Health Careers accumulate an average of $14,276 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

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$15,132 Average Tuition & Fees
$20,412 Avg Student Debt

Baptist Health System School of Health Professions ranked #18 on this year’s Best Associate’s Degree Schools list.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $15,132 to cover tuition and fees at Baptist Health System School of Health Professions. The school does not offer an in-state discount. Associate’s Degree recipients from Baptist Health System School of Health Professions accumulate an average of $20,412 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

One thing to take note of is that Baptist Health System School of Health Professions does offer online classes in some areas. In 2017-2018 about 93% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#19

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, New York
$7,990 Average Tuition & Fees
$11,236 Avg Student Debt

Fashion Institute of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students to get an associate’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list.

Full-time students from New York pay an average of $7,990 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend FIT SUNY. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $22,312. On average, associate’s degree students take out $11,236 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at FIT SUNY. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 31% took at least some of their classes online.

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#20

Waldorf University

Forest City, Iowa
$22,352 Average Tuition & Fees
$12,818 Avg Student Debt

Waldorf University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Associate’s Degree Schools list.

The average tuition and fees at Waldorf is $22,352. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $12,818 in student loans.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Waldorf. In 2017-2018 about 77% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#21

Coastline Community College

Fountain Valley, California
$1,150 Average Tuition & Fees
$9,900 Avg Student Debt

Coastline Community College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Associate’s Degree Schools ranking.

Students from California who attend Coastline Community College full time pay an average of $1,150 in tuition and fees. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $6,670. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $9,900 in student loans.

Coastline Community College does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 88% took at least some of their classes online.

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#22

New York University

New York, New York
$53,308 Average Tuition & Fees
$17,061 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #22, New York University did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working on their associate’s degree.

The average tuition and fees at NYU is $53,308. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $17,061 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since NYU does offer online classes for certain majors. During the 2017-2018 year, about 3% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#23

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
$31,136 Average Tuition & Fees
$17,373 Avg Student Debt

Southern New Hampshire University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Associate’s Degree Schools ranking.

If you want to attend SNHU, expect to pay an average of $31,136 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $17,373 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since SNHU does offer online classes for certain majors. During the 2017-2018 year, about 94% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#24

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
$8,250 Average Tuition & Fees
$8,831 Avg Student Debt

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree programs.

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $8,250. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $8,831 in student loans.

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#25

Oregon Institute of Technology

Klamath Falls, Oregon
$10,485 Average Tuition & Fees
$19,029 Avg Student Debt

Oregon Institute of Technology ranked #25 on this year’s Best Associate’s Degree Schools list.

Full-time students from Oregon pay an average of $10,485 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend OIT. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $29,637. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $19,029 in student loans.

OIT does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 29% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Associate's Degree Schools in the United States

Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

The New School

New York, New York
#27

Strayer University - Global Region

Washington, District of Columbia
#28

St Catherine University

Saint Paul, Minnesota
#29

Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton

Hazleton, Pennsylvania
#30

Pennsylvania State University - Dubois

DuBois, Pennsylvania
#31

Dunwoody College of Technology

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#32

Columbia College

Columbia, Missouri
#33

Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown, South Dakota
#35

Santa Fe College

Gainesville, Florida
#37

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana
#38

Pennsylvania State University - Mont Alto

Mont Alto, Pennsylvania
#40

Eastwick College-Ramsey

Ramsey, New Jersey
#41

Lee College

Baytown, Texas
#42

Rasmussen College - Florida

Ocala, Florida
#43

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, Florida
#44

Florida SouthWestern State College

Fort Myers, Florida
#45

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, California
#46

Vermont Technical College

Randolph, Vermont
#48

Sheridan College

Sheridan, Wyoming
#49

Lincoln Land Community College

Springfield, Illinois
#50

Rasmussen College - Minnesota

St. Cloud, Minnesota

Rest of the Top 15% Best Associate's Degree Schools in the United States

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Rank School Location
51 St Cloud Technical and Community College Saint Cloud, MN
52 Strayer University - Georgia Atlanta, GA
53 Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls, MN
54 Weber State University Ogden, UT
55 University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX
56 Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids, MN
57 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
58 Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Erie, PA
59 Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA
60 Normandale Community College Bloomington, MN
61 Asher College Sacramento, CA
62 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
63 Pennsylvania State University - Berks Reading, PA
64 Strayer University - Maryland Suitland, MD
65 Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX
66 Alexandria Technical & Community College Alexandria, MN
67 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
68 Pennsylvania State University - Fayette - Eberly Campus Lemont Furnace, PA
69 Strayer University - South Carolina Greenville, SC
70 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Concord, NC
71 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
72 Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA
73 Foothill College Los Altos Hills, CA
74 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, MN
75 North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton, ND
76 Campbell University Buies Creek, NC
77 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
78 Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute Wooster, OH
79 Champlain College Burlington, VT
80 Middlesex Community College Bedford, MA
81 Rasmussen College - Illinois Rockford, IL
82 Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon, IA
83 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
84 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
85 Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport, PA
86 College of the Mainland Texas City, TX
87 Central Lakes College-Brainerd Brainerd, MN
88 Strayer University - North Carolina Morrisville, NC
89 State Technical College of Missouri Linn, MO
90 DeVry University - California Pomona, CA
91 Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell, SD
92 Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Lancaster, PA
93 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
94 North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park, MN
95 Rasmussen College - North Dakota Fargo, ND
96 River Valley Community College Claremont, NH
97 Strayer University - Virginia Arlington, VA
98 Concordia University - Wisconsin Mequon, WI
99 Strayer University - Florida Tampa, FL
100 New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich, RI
101 Rasmussen College - Wisconsin Green Bay, WI
102 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
103 Valencia College Orlando, FL
104 Central Penn College Summerdale, PA
105 University of Northwestern Ohio Lima, OH
106 Rasmussen College-Kansas Topeka, KS
107 Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Fennimore, WI
108 Pennsylvania State University - Schuylkill Schuylkill Haven, PA
109 Hillsborough Community College Tampa, FL
110 Cuesta College San Luis Obispo, CA
111 St Charles Community College Cottleville, MO
112 Houston Community College Houston, TX
113 Northland Community and Technical College Thief River Falls, MN
114 University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK
115 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
116 DeVry University - Illinois Chicago, IL
117 Harcum College Bryn Mawr, PA
118 Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Altoona, PA
119 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL
120 Massasoit Community College Brockton, MA
121 Pima Medical Institute - Tucson Tucson, AZ
122 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
123 Polk State College Winter Haven, FL
124 Strayer University - District of Columbia Washington, DC
125 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Omaha, NE
126 Century College White Bear Lake, MN
127 Fox College Bedford Park, IL
128 Northwest Vista College San Antonio, TX
129 FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
130 Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL
131 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
132 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA
133 Kent State University at Trumbull Warren, OH
134 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
135 The College of Health Care Professions-Northwest Houston, TX
136 Florida Institute of Technology - Online Melbourne, FL
137 Ridgewater College Willmar, MN
138 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
139 Strayer University - Pennsylvania Trevose, PA
140 Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills, MA
141 Bergen Community College Paramus, NJ
142 CUNY Medgar Evers College Brooklyn, NY
143 Lewis - Clark State College Lewiston, ID
144 Mercy College of Ohio Toledo, OH
145 Park University Parkville, MO
146 Vincennes University Vincennes, IN
147 University of Cincinnati - Clermont College Batavia, OH
148 Pennsylvania State University - York York, PA
149 Connors State College Warner, OK
150 Bryan University Tempe, AZ
151 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
152 ITI Technical College Baton Rouge, LA
153 Bellevue College Bellevue, WA

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our best schools ranking:

Rank School Location
154 Rio Salado College Tempe, AZ
155 Aims Community College Greeley, CO
156 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
157 Swedish Institute a College of Health Sciences New York, NY
158 Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson, KS
159 Southeast Community College Area Lincoln, NE
160 Mercy College of Health Sciences Des Moines, IA
161 Northcentral Technical College Wausau, WI
162 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
163 Lake Superior College Duluth, MN
164 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC
165 McLennan Community College Waco, TX
166 Kent State University at Salem Salem, OH
167 Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids, MI
168 Quinsigamond Community College Worcester, MA
169 FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - San Francisco San Francisco, CA
170 Kent State University at Ashtabula Ashtabula, OH
171 The University of Findlay Findlay, OH
172 Anoka Technical College Anoka, MN
173 Montgomery College Rockville, MD
174 Highline College Des Moines, WA
175 Eastern Florida State College Cocoa, FL
176 Post University Waterbury, CT
177 Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac, WI
178 Florida Gateway College Lake City, FL
179 Northeast Community College Norfolk, NE
180 Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee, FL
181 Georgia State University-Perimeter College Atlanta, GA
182 Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park, MN
183 Herzing University - Kenosha Kenosha, WI
184 Dakota County Technical College Rosemount, MN
185 North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX
186 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI
187 Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
188 San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX
189 Bay State College Boston, MA
190 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
191 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
192 Carrington College-Sacramento Sacramento, CA
193 Ohio University - Main Campus Athens, OH
194 Siena Heights University Adrian, MI
195 NHTI-Concord’s Community College Concord, NH
196 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
197 Macomb Community College Warren, MI
198 Western Technical College La Crosse, WI
199 Capital Community College Hartford, CT
200 Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY
201 Alvin Community College Alvin, TX
202 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH
203 Strayer University - Alabama Birmingham, AL

Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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