Top 10 Community Colleges in California - Article, Office of College Advancement
For many Americans, a bachelor's degree is still a common stop along the way to better paying jobs. As college tuition rates continue to rise, many students consider transferring from a community college to a four-year college or university a practical option. While community colleges are a great way to earn college credit at home before going to a bigger school, there are a number of factors to consider before choosing a community college that is right for you.
If a major university is your end goal, the success rate and transfer rate of a college should be your number one priority. These two rates are representative of how well students do in the school, and whether or not they are able to transfer from community college to four-year school. Higher success rates may indicate a better quality of education, and a good relationship with local universities. Keep an eye out for schools that have honors programs. Even if a community college has a lower success rate, these honors program that will make transferring easier.
Another factor to consider is whether or not courses and credits will transfer from community college to four-year school programs. Many community colleges have transfer programs and arrangements to universities in their area, with some even offering guaranteed transfers. These programs are an easier path than traditional transfer methods, saving time and money in the long run.
The state of California has a program named "Assist" [assist.org] that is geared towards providing equivalency information for all colleges and universities in the state. If at all possible, find out beforehand if the university you want to go to will accept class credits from a community college.
California Community College Rankings 2013
California as a whole ranks 24th nationally in community college graduation and transfer rates. Don't let this number fool you though. Ultimately, the ability to transfer from community college to university falls on you as a student. Your performance in getting good grades does make a difference.
The following is a list of some of the top community colleges in California based on graduation and transfer rates, as well as academic standard.
[See full article for information about colleges other than Ohlone.]
- De Anza College
- Foothill College
- Santa Barbara City College
- Irvine Valley College
- Orange Coast College
- Pasadena City College
- Cuesta College
- Sierra College
Ohlone College is a multi-campus college found in Fremont, California—better known as San Francisco's East Bay. Its proximity to top schools Stanford and UC Berkeley attracts many students to this college. In fact, Ohlone College is an incredibly diverse college with students from 30 different countries. Ohlone is also known for its Center for Deaf Studies, an outstanding program to help deaf and hard of hearing students obtain an education.
- Mount San Antonio College