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2021 Most Popular Associate's Degree Schools

2,673 Schools Ranked
$3,523 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. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school or bootcamp that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Most Popular Associate's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 2,673 schools in the United States to see which associate's degree programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from each school on the list.

Learn more about these popular schools below:

#1

Miami Dade College

Miami, Florida
10,672 Total Awards
$2,838 Average Tuition & Fees
$15,964 Avg Student Debt

Our 2021 rankings named Miami Dade College the most popular school in the United States for students working on their associate’s degree. This large public school is located in Miami, Florida, and it awarded 10,672 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $2,838 in tuition and fees if they attend MDC full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $9,661. On average, associate’s degree students take out $15,964 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 60% were women.

Online courses are available at MDC, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In fact, around 17% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#2

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
9,066 Total Awards
$4,500 Average Tuition & Fees
$13,573 Avg Student Debt

The excellent associate’s degree programs at Ivy Tech Community College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular schools in the United States. Ivy Tech Community College is a public institution located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The school has a large population, and it awarded 9,066 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $4,500 in tuition and fees if they attend Ivy Tech Community College full time. Out-of-state students pay an average of $8,661. Associate’s Degree recipients from Ivy Tech Community College accumulate an average of $13,573 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 61% of those degree recipients were women.

Ivy Tech Community College does offer online classes for certain degree levels. During the 2017-2018 year, about 54% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#3

Valencia College

Orlando, Florida
8,516 Total Awards
$2,474 Average Tuition & Fees
$16,717 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Valencia College is a great place for students working on their associate’s degree. Located in Orlando, Florida, the large public school handed out 8,516 associate’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Florida pay an average of $2,474 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Valencia College. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $9,383. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $16,717 in student loans. Around 58% of those degree recipients were women.

One thing to take note of is that Valencia College does offer online classes in some areas. In 2017-2018 about 44% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#4

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, Texas
7,941 Total Awards
$4,244 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,607 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Lone Star College System. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools list. North Harris Montgomery is a public institution located in The Woodlands, Texas. The school has a large population, and it awarded 7,941 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at North Harris Montgomery is $4,244. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $5,564. Associate’s Degree recipients from North Harris Montgomery accumulate an average of $14,607 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 63% were women.

Online courses are available at North Harris Montgomery, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In fact, around 39% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#5

Golden West College

Huntington Beach, California
6,939 Total Awards
$1,180 Average Tuition & Fees
$8,504 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Golden West College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools list. This fairly large public school is located in Huntington Beach, California, and it awarded 6,939 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $1,180 in tuition and fees if they attend Golden West College full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $7,804. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $8,504 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 54% were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Golden West College does offer online classes for certain majors. In fact, around 38% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#6

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
6,436 Total Awards
$2,830 Average Tuition & Fees
$9,212 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #6, Broward College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their associate’s degree. BC is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,436 associate’s degrees to qualified students.

In-state students pay an average of $2,830 in tuition and fees if they attend BC full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $8,952. Associate’s Degree recipients from BC accumulate an average of $9,212 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 62% of those degree recipients were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at BC. In 2017-2018 about 30% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#7

Pasadena City College

Pasadena, California
6,015 Total Awards
$1,168 Average Tuition & Fees
$7,463 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #7, Pasadena City College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their associate’s degree. Located in Pasadena, California, the large public school handed out 6,015 associate’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at Pasadena City College is $1,168. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $7,552. On average, associate’s degree students take out $7,463 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 56% were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Pasadena City College. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 20% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#8

Tarrant County College District

Fort Worth, Texas
6,002 Total Awards
$3,402 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,121 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #8, Tarrant County College District did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their associate’s degree. This large public school is located in Fort Worth, Texas, and it awarded 6,002 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $3,402 in tuition and fees if they attend Tarrant County College full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $8,235. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $14,121 in student loans. Around 63% of those degree recipients were women.

Online courses are available at Tarrant County College, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 23% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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5,712 Total Awards
$20,898 Avg Student Debt

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Clearwater, Florida, and it awarded 5,712 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Associate’s Degree recipients from UMA Clearwater accumulate an average of $20,898 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 95% of those degree recipients were women.

UMA Clearwater does offer online classes for certain degree levels. In 2017-2018 about 99% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#10

Houston Community College

Houston, Texas
5,703 Total Awards
$4,152 Average Tuition & Fees
$18,296 Avg Student Debt

Houston Community College ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools list. Houston Community College is a public institution located in Houston, Texas. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,703 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $4,152 in tuition and fees if they attend Houston Community College full time. Out-of-state students pay an average of $5,268. Associate’s Degree recipients from Houston Community College accumulate an average of $18,296 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 62% of those degree recipients were women.

Houston 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. In 2017-2018 about 38% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#11

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale, Virginia
5,273 Total Awards
$5,610 Average Tuition & Fees
$15,699 Avg Student Debt

Northern Virginia Community College landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree programs. Northern Virginia Community College is a large public school located in Annandale, Virginia that handed out 5,273 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at Northern Virginia Community College is $5,610. Out-of-state students pay an average of $11,693. Associate’s Degree recipients from Northern Virginia Community College accumulate an average of $15,699 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 52% were women.

Online courses are available at Northern Virginia Community College, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In fact, around 24% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#12

Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth, Florida
4,904 Total Awards
$2,444 Average Tuition & Fees
$12,185 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #12, Palm Beach State College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their associate’s degree. Palm Beach State College is a public institution located in Lake Worth, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,904 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from Florida who attend Palm Beach State College full time pay an average of $2,444 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students pay an average of $8,732. Associate’s Degree recipients from Palm Beach State College accumulate an average of $12,185 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 63% were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Palm Beach State College. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 28% took at least some of their classes online.

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#13

Central New Mexico Community College

Albuquerque, New Mexico
4,704 Total Awards
$1,650 Average Tuition & Fees
$10,133 Avg Student Debt

Central New Mexico Community College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Central New Mexico Community College is a large public school located in Albuquerque, New Mexico that handed out 4,704 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at CNM is $1,650. Out-of-state students pay an average of $7,410. Associate’s Degree recipients from CNM accumulate an average of $10,133 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 63% were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at CNM. In fact, around 42% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#14

San Jacinto Community College

Pasadena, Texas
4,694 Total Awards
$3,240 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,220 Avg Student Debt

San Jacinto Community College came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. San Jacinto College is a large public school situated in Pasadena, Texas. It awarded 4,694 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at San Jacinto College is $3,240. Out-of-state students pay an average of $5,040. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $14,220 in student loans. Around 61% of those degree recipients were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since San Jacinto College does offer online classes for certain majors. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 33% took at least some of their classes online.

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4,360 Total Awards
$5,170 Average Tuition & Fees
$10,987 Avg Student Debt

Borough of Manhattan Community College landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree programs. Located in New York, New York, the large public school awarded 4,360 diplomas to qualifed associate’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from New York pay an average of $5,170 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend BMCC. Out-of-state students pay an average of $8,050. On average, associate’s degree students take out $10,987 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 64% were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at BMCC. In 2017-2018 about 13% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#16

Riverside City College

Riverside, California
4,348 Total Awards
$1,420 Average Tuition & Fees
$8,844 Avg Student Debt

Riverside City College landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree programs. This large public school is located in Riverside, California, and it awarded 4,348 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from California pay an average of $1,420 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Riverside City College. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $9,370. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $8,844 in student loans. Around 63% of those degree recipients were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Riverside City College. In fact, around 23% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#17

South Texas College

McAllen, Texas
4,347 Total Awards
$4,440 Average Tuition & Fees

South Texas College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for students to get an associate’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. This large public school is located in McAllen, Texas, and it awarded 4,347 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at South Texas College is $4,440. Out-of-state students pay an average of $7,830. Around 63% of those degree recipients were women.

Online courses are available at South Texas College, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In fact, around 27% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#18

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, Florida
4,013 Total Awards
$2,682 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,680 Avg Student Debt

St Petersburg College landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree programs. SPC is located in Clearwater, Florida and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,013 associate’s degrees to qualified students.

Students from Florida who attend SPC full time pay an average of $2,682 in tuition and fees. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $9,286. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $23,680 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 62% were women.

SPC does offer online classes for certain degree levels. During the 2017-2018 year, about 58% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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3,950 Total Awards
$9,552 Average Tuition & Fees
$19,716 Avg Student Debt

University of Phoenix - Arizona did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for students to get an associate’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. UOPX - Arizona is a large private for-profit school situated in Tempe, Arizona. It awarded 3,950 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UOPX - Arizona does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $9,552. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. Associate’s Degree recipients from UOPX - Arizona accumulate an average of $19,716 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 61% of those degree recipients were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at UOPX - Arizona. In 2017-2018 about 99% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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3,933 Total Awards
$2,506 Average Tuition & Fees
$16,625 Avg Student Debt

Hillsborough Community College landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree programs. HCC is located in Tampa, Florida and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,933 associate’s degrees to qualified students.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at HCC is $2,506. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $9,111. On average, associate’s degree students take out $16,625 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 61% of those degree recipients were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at HCC. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 43% took at least some of their classes online.

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#21

Chaffey College

Rancho Cucamonga, California
3,803 Total Awards
$1,172 Average Tuition & Fees

Chaffey College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Rancho Cucamonga, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out associate’s degrees to 3,803 students in 2018-2019.

Students from California who attend Chaffey College full time pay an average of $1,172 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students pay an average of $8,012. Around 62% of those degree recipients were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Chaffey College. In 2017-2018 about 20% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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3,799 Total Awards
$10,830 Average Tuition & Fees
$10,923 Avg Student Debt

Austin Community College District came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Austin Community College District is a public institution located in Austin, Texas. The school has a large population, and it awarded 3,799 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Texas pay an average of $10,830 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Austin Community College District. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $13,020. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $10,923 in student loans. Around 58% of those degree recipients were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at Austin Community College District. During the 2017-2018 year, about 29% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#23

Portland Community College

Portland, Oregon
3,785 Total Awards
$4,558 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,187 Avg Student Debt

Portland Community College ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools list. This large public school is located in Portland, Oregon, and it awarded 3,785 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from Oregon who attend Portland Community College full time pay an average of $4,558 in tuition and fees. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $9,418. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $21,187 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 57% were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at Portland Community College. In 2017-2018 about 41% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#24

Mt. San Antonio College

Walnut, California
3,688 Total Awards
$1,350 Average Tuition & Fees
$8,584 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #24, Mt. San Antonio College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their associate’s degree. Mt. SAC is a large public school situated in Walnut, California. It awarded 3,688 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from California who attend Mt. SAC full time pay an average of $1,350 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students pay an average of $9,610. On average, associate’s degree students take out $8,584 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 56% were women.

Some students may be able to take online classes at Mt. SAC. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 17% took at least some of their classes online.

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#25

El Camino College

Torrance, California
3,648 Total Awards
$1,144 Average Tuition & Fees

El Camino College ranked #25 on this year’s Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools list. Torrance, California is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out associate’s degrees to 3,648 students in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $1,144 in tuition and fees if they attend El Camino College full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $6,880. Of those students who received their degree, 58% were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since El Camino College does offer online classes for certain majors. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 20% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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

#26

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Florida
#27

El Paso Community College

El Paso, Texas
#28

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica, California
#29

Los Angeles Pierce College

Woodland Hills, California
#30

Suffolk County Community College

Selden, New York
#31

College of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada
#32

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
#33

Bakersfield College

Bakersfield, California
#34

LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, New York
#35

Central Texas College

Killeen, Texas
#36

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, Utah
#38

Moorpark College

Moorpark, California
#39

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, California
#40

Sierra College

Rocklin, California
#43

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara, California
#44

San Antonio College

San Antonio, Texas
#45

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina
#46

Northwest Vista College

San Antonio, Texas
#47

Mt. San Jacinto College

San Jacinto, California
#49

Fullerton College

Fullerton, California
#50

Eastern Florida State College

Cocoa, Florida

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Rank School Location
51 College of the Canyons Santa Clarita, CA
52 Nassau Community College Garden City, NY
53 San Joaquin Delta College Stockton, CA
54 Santa Fe College Gainesville, FL
55 Montgomery College Rockville, MD
56 Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL
57 American River College Sacramento, CA
58 East Los Angeles College Monterey Park, CA
59 Weber State University Ogden, UT
60 Citrus College Glendora, CA
61 Tidewater Community College Norfolk, VA
62 College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL
63 Grossmont College El Cajon, CA
64 Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn, NY
65 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
65 Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee, FL
67 Florida SouthWestern State College Fort Myers, FL
67 Macomb Community College Warren, MI
69 Queensborough Community College Bayside, NY
70 Tulsa Community College Tulsa, OK
71 Long Beach City College Long Beach, CA
72 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
73 Ventura College Ventura, CA
74 Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL
75 Cerritos College Norwalk, CA
76 Palomar College San Marcos, CA
77 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
78 Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, NC
79 Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA
80 Coastline Community College Fountain Valley, CA
81 Irvine Valley College Irvine, CA
82 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
83 Georgia State University-Perimeter College Atlanta, GA
84 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
85 Glendale Community College Glendale, AZ
86 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
87 Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA
88 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS
89 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
90 De Anza College Cupertino, CA
91 Richland College Dallas, TX
92 Bergen Community College Paramus, NJ
93 Sacramento City College Sacramento, CA
93 Bellevue College Bellevue, WA
95 Rio Hondo College Whittier, CA
96 Texas State Technical College Waco, TX
97 Columbia Southern University Orange Beach, AL
98 Antelope Valley College Lancaster, CA
99 Santa Ana College Santa Ana, CA
100 Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill, CA
101 MiraCosta College Oceanside, CA
102 ECPI University Virginia Beach, VA
103 Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO
104 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
105 Community College of Rhode Island Warwick, RI
106 Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
107 Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX
108 Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids, MI
109 Georgia Military College Milledgeville, GA
110 Sinclair Community College Dayton, OH
110 Excelsior College Albany, NY
112 William Rainey Harper College Palatine, IL
113 Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY
114 Modesto Junior College Modesto, CA
115 Imperial Valley College Imperial, CA
116 Fresno City College Fresno, CA
117 Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville, NC
118 Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield, MO
119 Cabrillo College Aptos, CA
120 Front Range Community College Westminster, CO
121 Clark College Vancouver, WA
122 Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA
123 Southwestern College Chula Vista, CA
124 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
125 Erie Community College Buffalo, NY
126 Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, CO
127 Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI
128 Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills, IL
129 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS
130 Brookdale Community College Lincroft, NJ
131 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
132 Community College of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
133 Monroe Community College Rochester, NY
134 Mt. Hood Community College Gresham, OR
135 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
136 City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
137 College of the Sequoias Visalia, CA
138 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
139 Bronx Community College Bronx, NY
140 Pasco-Hernando State College New Port Richey, FL
141 Polk State College Winter Haven, FL
142 Delaware Technical Community College - Terry Dover, DE
143 Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
144 Santiago Canyon College Orange, CA
145 Los Angeles Harbor College Wilmington, CA
146 Merced College Merced, CA
147 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK
148 Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY
149 Union County College Cranford, NJ
150 Cypress College Cypress, CA
151 San Diego Mesa College San Diego, CA
152 Vincennes University Vincennes, IN
153 Moreno Valley College Moreno Valley, CA
153 Pensacola State College Pensacola, FL
155 Lorain County Community College Elyria, OH
156 Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL
157 Norco College Norco, CA
158 Cochise County Community College District Sierra Vista, AZ
159 SUNY Westchester Community College Valhalla, NY
160 Los Medanos College Pittsburg, CA
161 Los Angeles Valley College Valley Glen, CA
162 Solano Community College Fairfield, CA
163 Allan Hancock College Santa Maria, CA
163 Green River College Auburn, WA
165 Hartnell College Salinas, CA
166 Rowan College at Burlington County Mount Laurel, NJ
167 Lane Community College Eugene, OR
168 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
168 Rasmussen College - Florida Ocala, FL
170 Chemeketa Community College Salem, OR
171 Ocean County College Toms River, NJ
172 Butte College Oroville, CA
173 State College of Florida - Manatee - Sarasota Bradenton, FL
174 Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX
175 Amarillo College Amarillo, TX
175 Pellissippi State Community College Knoxville, TN
177 Metropolitan Community College Omaha, NE
178 Ohlone College Fremont, CA
179 Middlesex County College Edison, NJ
179 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
181 Jefferson Community and Technical College Louisville, KY
182 Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor, MI
183 New York City College of Technology Brooklyn, NY
184 Victor Valley College Victorville, CA
184 College of Lake County Grayslake, IL
186 Palo Alto College San Antonio, TX
187 Wayne County Community College District Detroit, MI
188 McLennan Community College Waco, TX
189 Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ
190 Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown, NC
191 Los Angeles Mission College Sylmar, CA
192 Everett Community College Everett, WA
193 San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia Visalia, CA
194 Blinn College Brenham, TX
195 Truckee Meadows Community College Reno, NV
196 Lansing Community College Lansing, MI
197 North Lake College Irving, TX
198 Howard Community College Columbia, MD
199 Trident Technical College Charleston, SC
200 Greenville Technical College Greenville, SC
201 Eastfield College Mesquite, TX
202 Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC
203 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
204 Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lexington, KY
204 Chabot College Hayward, CA
206 San Bernardino Valley College San Bernardino, CA
207 National University College Bayamon, PR
208 Olympic College Bremerton, WA
209 Baker College Flint, MI
210 County College of Morris Randolph, NJ
211 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
211 Century College - White Bear Lake White Bear Lake, MN
213 Bunker Hill Community College Boston, MA
214 Hostos Community College Bronx, NY
215 Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA
215 St Philip’s College San Antonio, TX
217 Henry Ford College Dearborn, MI
218 Lee College Baytown, TX
219 Columbia College Columbia, MO
220 Highline College Des Moines, WA
221 University of Northwestern Ohio Lima, OH
222 Southeast Community College Area Lincoln, NE
223 West Los Angeles College Culver City, CA
224 Rasmussen College - Minnesota St. Cloud, MN
225 Pitt Community College Winterville, NC
226 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS
227 Mountain View College Dallas, TX
228 Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids, MN
229 Midlands Technical College West Columbia, SC
230 College of Central Florida Ocala, FL
231 Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale, AZ
232 Tacoma Community College Tacoma, WA
232 Volunteer State Community College Gallatin, TN
234 Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom Lakewood, WA
235 Los Angeles City College Los Angeles, CA
236 Foothill College Los Altos Hills, CA
237 Northampton County Area Community College Bethlehem, PA
238 Butler Community College El Dorado, KS
239 SUNY Broome Binghamton, NY
240 Rowan College at Gloucester County Sewell, NJ
241 Camden County College Blackwood, NJ
242 Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
243 Mott Community College Flint, MI
243 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS
245 Normandale Community College Bloomington, MN
246 Delaware County Community College Media, PA
247 Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove, IL
248 Cuyamaca College El Cajon, CA
249 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
250 City Colleges of Chicago - Harold Washington College Chicago, IL
251 San Diego Miramar College San Diego, CA
252 Cuesta College San Luis Obispo, CA
252 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH
254 Stark State College North Canton, OH
255 College of the Desert Palm Desert, CA
256 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
257 Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ
258 Raritan Valley Community College Branchburg, NJ
259 Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN
260 Southwestern Illinois College Belleville, IL
261 South Puget Sound Community College Olympia, WA
262 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS
263 Owens Community College Perrysburg, OH
264 College of Southern Maryland La Plata, MD
265 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
266 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
267 Elgin Community College Elgin, IL
268 Brookhaven College Farmers Branch, TX
269 Utah State University Logan, UT
270 Cosumnes River College Sacramento, CA
271 Monroe College Bronx, NY
272 Forsyth Technical Community College Winston-Salem, NC
273 Oxnard College Oxnard, CA
273 Seattle Central College Seattle, WA
275 John C Calhoun State Community College Tanner, AL
276 Clovis Community College Fresno, CA
277 Folsom Lake College Folsom, CA
278 Essex County College Newark, NJ
279 Edmonds Community College Lynnwood, WA
280 Motlow State Community College Tullahoma, TN
281 Spokane Falls Community College Spokane, WA
282 Bristol Community College Fall River, MA
283 Onondaga Community College Syracuse, NY
284 Reedley College Reedley, CA
285 Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR
286 ASA College Brooklyn, NY
287 Spokane Community College Spokane, WA
288 Glendale Community College Glendale, CA
289 Illinois Central College East Peoria, IL
290 Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville, NC
291 Navarro College Corsicana, TX
292 Shoreline Community College Shoreline, WA
293 NorthWest Arkansas Community College Bentonville, AR
294 Kent State University at Stark Canton, OH
294 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
296 Delta College University Center, MI
297 Dutchess Community College Poughkeepsie, NY
298 Middlesex Community College Bedford, MA
299 City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College Chicago, IL
300 Wallace State Community College, Hanceville Hanceville, AL
300 Columbia Basin College Pasco, WA
302 Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conway, SC
303 San Diego City College San Diego, CA
304 Lakeland Community College Kirtland, OH
304 Snow College Ephraim, UT
306 Laredo Community College Laredo, TX
307 Skyline College San Bruno, CA
308 Northeast State Community College Blountville, TN
308 Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Salisbury, NC
310 Kapiolani Community College Honolulu, HI
311 Prince George’s Community College Largo, MD
312 John Tyler Community College Chester, VA
313 Roane State Community College Harriman, TN
313 Triton College River Grove, IL
315 Rock Valley College Rockford, IL
316 Trinity Valley Community College Athens, TX
316 New Mexico State University - Dona Ana Las Cruces, NM
318 Walters State Community College Morristown, TN
319 Quinsigamond Community College Worcester, MA
319 Alvin Community College Alvin, TX
321 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
321 Reynolds Community College Richmond, VA
323 Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park, NY
323 Northwest Florida State College Niceville, FL
325 College of San Mateo San Mateo, CA
325 Odessa College Odessa, TX
327 Eastern Gateway Community College Steubenville, OH
327 Whatcom Community College Bellingham, WA
329 Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale, AZ
329 Lake Land College Mattoon, IL
331 Lake-Sumter State College Leesburg, FL
332 Southern Utah University Cedar City, UT
332 College of Western Idaho Nampa, ID
334 Bucks County Community College Newtown, PA
334 North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX
334 Harford Community College Bel Air, MD
337 Niagara County Community College Sanborn, NY
338 Saint Johns River State College Palatka, FL
338 Thomas Nelson Community College Hampton, VA
340 Nashville State Community College Nashville, TN
341 Dixie State University Saint George, UT
342 Rockland Community College Suffern, NY
343 Kalamazoo Valley Community College Kalamazoo, MI
344 College of Staten Island CUNY Staten Island, NY
345 Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS
346 Mercer County Community College West Windsor, NJ
346 El Centro College Dallas, TX
348 Germanna Community College Locust Grove, VA
349 Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson, KS
349 Arizona Western College Yuma, AZ
349 The University of West Florida Pensacola, FL
352 Contra Costa College San Pablo, CA
353 Mohawk Valley Community College Utica, NY
354 Jefferson State Community College Birmingham, AL
354 Orange County Community College Middletown, NY
356 Shasta College Redding, CA
357 Bismarck State College Bismarck, ND
358 Hudson County Community College Jersey City, NJ
358 Yakima Valley College Yakima, WA
360 Leeward Community College Pearl City, HI
361 Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport, PA
362 Frederick Community College Frederick, MD
362 Universal Technical Institute - Avondale Avondale, AZ
364 Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa, OK
364 Paradise Valley Community College Phoenix, AZ
366 Lord Fairfax Community College Middletown, VA
367 Tri-County Technical College Pendleton, SC
368 FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
368 Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City Oklahoma City, OK
370 Springfield Technical Community College Springfield, MA
370 Southwest Tennessee Community College Memphis, TN
372 Southwest Texas Junior College Uvalde, TX
372 St Clair County Community College Port Huron, MI
374 College of Southern Idaho Twin Falls, ID
375 Yuba College Marysville, CA
376 Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls, MN
377 St Charles Community College Cottleville, MO
378 Napa Valley College Napa, CA
379 North Shore Community College Danvers, MA
380 Evergreen Valley College San Jose, CA
381 Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL
382 Jones County Junior College Ellisville, MS
383 Wenatchee Valley College Wenatchee, WA
383 Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis, MN
385 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
386 Northeast Community College Norfolk, NE
387 South Plains College Levelland, TX
388 Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge, IA
389 Massasoit Community College Brockton, MA
390 Los Angeles Southwest College Los Angeles, CA
390 Community College of Denver Denver, CO
390 Eastern Iowa Community College District Davenport, IA
393 East Mississippi Community College Scooba, MS
394 West Valley College Saratoga, CA
395 Las Positas College Livermore, CA
396 Lehigh Carbon Community College Schnecksville, PA
397 Gulf Coast State College Panama City, FL
398 Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA
399 University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK
400 Lincoln Land Community College Springfield, IL
400 Columbia State Community College Columbia, TN
402 Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon, WA
402 Arkansas State University - Beebe Beebe, AR

Honorable Mentions

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Rank School Location
404 Holyoke Community College Holyoke, MA
405 St Cloud Technical and Community College Saint Cloud, MN
405 Central Oregon Community College Bend, OR
405 Kilgore College Kilgore, TX
405 Crafton Hills College Yucaipa, CA
409 McHenry County College Crystal Lake, IL
410 Parkland College Champaign, IL
410 Wharton County Junior College Wharton, TX
412 Rose State College Midwest City, OK
413 University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock, AR
414 Weatherford College Weatherford, TX
415 Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA
415 Coastal Alabama Community College Bay Minette, AL
417 Southern Maine Community College South Portland, ME
418 Hawkeye Community College Waterloo, IA
419 Georgia Highlands College Rome, GA
420 New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich, RI
421 Gaston College Dallas, NC
422 Gadsden State Community College Gadsden, AL
422 San Juan College Farmington, NM
424 Clackamas Community College Oregon City, OR
425 Moberly Area Community College Moberly, MO
426 West Hills College-Lemoore Lemoore, CA
426 Laney College Oakland, CA
428 Passaic County Community College Paterson, NJ
429 Red Rocks Community College Lakewood, CO
430 Pierce College-Puyallup Puyallup, WA
431 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
432 Naugatuck Valley Community College Waterbury, CT
433 University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College Blue Ash, OH
434 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
435 Jackson College Jackson, MI
436 Rio Salado College Tempe, AZ
437 West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah, KY
438 Finger Lakes Community College Canandaigua, NY
439 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Daytona Beach, FL
439 North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park, MN
441 State Fair Community College Sedalia, MO
442 Manchester Community College Manchester, CT
443 Genesee Community College Batavia, NY
444 Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville, GA
445 Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Bowling Green, KY
445 Virginia Western Community College Roanoke, VA
445 Walla Walla Community College Walla Walla, WA
448 Mission College Santa Clara, CA
449 Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville, NC
449 Monterey Peninsula College Monterey, CA
449 San Jose City College San Jose, CA
452 Owensboro Community and Technical College Owensboro, KY
452 Crowder College Neosho, MO
454 Somerset Community College Somerset, KY
455 Porterville College Porterville, CA
456 Alfred State College Alfred, NY
456 Jefferson College Hillsboro, MO
458 Western Technical College La Crosse, WI
459 Arapahoe Community College Littleton, CO
459 Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Elizabethtown, KY
461 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI
462 Catawba Valley Community College Hickory, NC
463 North Idaho College Coeur d’Alene, ID
464 Cedar Valley College Lancaster, TX
465 Compton College Compton, CA
466 Gateway Technical College Kenosha, WI
467 Pueblo Community College Pueblo, CO
468 Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Hudson, NC
469 Chattahoochee Technical College Marietta, GA
469 Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey, IL
471 Linn-Benton Community College Albany, OR
471 Heartland Community College Normal, IL
473 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
474 York Technical College Rock Hill, SC
474 Gateway Community College New Haven, CT
476 GateWay Community College - Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
477 Grayson College Denison, TX
477 Lake Superior College Duluth, MN
479 Central Community College Grand Island, NE
480 Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa, IA
480 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
482 Temple College Temple, TX
483 Southwest University at El Paso El Paso, TX
484 Los Angeles Film School Hollywood, CA
485 Medgar Evers College Brooklyn, NY
486 Davidson County Community College Thomasville, NC
487 Northeast Mississippi Community College Booneville, MS
487 Atlantic Cape Community College Mays Landing, NJ
489 Bryant & Stratton College - Online Orchard Park, NY
490 Kellogg Community College Battle Creek, MI
491 Jersey College Teterboro, NJ
492 Piedmont Technical College Greenwood, SC
493 Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wesson, MS
493 Wayne Community College Goldsboro, NC
495 Northern Essex Community College Haverhill, MA
496 Sandhills Community College Pinehurst, NC
496 NHTI-Concord’s Community College Concord, NH
498 Luzerne County Community College Nanticoke, PA
498 Carrington College, Sacramento Sacramento, CA
500 Bossier Parish Community College Bossier City, LA
501 Aims Community College Greeley, CO
502 City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College Chicago, IL
503 Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD
504 Norwalk Community College Norwalk, CT
505 Adirondack Community College Queensbury, NY
505 Alamance Community College Graham, NC
507 Universidad del Turabo Gurabo, PR
508 Grantham University Lenexa, KS
509 Canada College Redwood City, CA
509 Craven Community College New Bern, NC
511 Tompkins Cortland Community College Dryden, NY
511 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA
511 Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology Okmulgee, OK
514 Wallace Community College, Dothan Dothan, AL
515 Cascadia College Bothell, WA
515 Durham Technical Community College Durham, NC
517 Full Sail University Winter Park, FL
517 Western Nevada College Carson City, NV
519 Central Arizona College Coolidge, AZ
520 Eastern Arizona College Thatcher, AZ
521 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
521 Gavilan College Gilroy, CA
521 Jamestown Community College Jamestown, NY
524 Johnston Community College Smithfield, NC
524 Meridian Community College Meridian, MS
526 Lake Area Technical Institute Watertown, SD
526 Independence University Salt Lake City, UT
528 Florida Gateway College Lake City, FL
528 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, MN
530 Shelton State Community College Tuscaloosa, AL
531 Community College of Aurora Aurora, CO
532 Honolulu Community College Honolulu, HI
533 Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, MA
534 Southern Union State Community College Wadley, AL
535 Barton County Community College Great Bend, KS

Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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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