Aerial view of Fremont Campus
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

With Americans struggling financially due to COVID-19 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 2020’s Best & Worst Community Colleges, coupled with its state-by-state ranking of the Best & Worst Community-College Systems, as well as accompanying videos. Ohlone ranks seventh in the Top 20 Community Colleges in the nation. 

To determine where students can receive the best education at the cheapest rates, WalletHub compared more than 650 community colleges across 18 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.

Top 20 Community Colleges

1. State Technical College of Missouri (MO)
2. Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (AR)
3. College of San Mateo (CA)
4. Northwest Iowa Community College (IA)
5. Northern Wyoming Community College District (WY)
6. Northwestern Connecticut Community College (CT)
7. Ohlone College (CA)
8. Alexandria Technical & Community College (MN)
9. Casper College (WY)
10. Orange Coast College (CA)
11. Moreno Valley College (CA)
12. Shoreline Community College (WA)
13. Santa Fe Community College (NM)
14. Las Positas College (CA)
15. Saddleback College (CA)
16. Irvine Valley College (CA)
17. Pierce College-Puyallup (WA)
18. Los Angeles Harbor College (CA)
19. De Anza College (CA)
20. Glendale Community College (CA)

States with the Best Community-College Systems

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

To read the full reports, please visit:

· Individual Schools: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-community-colleges/15076/

· School Systems: https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-best-worst-community-college-systems/15073/

This story was also covered nationally on CNBC: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/28/the-10-best-community-colleges-in-the-country-according-to-wallethub.html