Study Ranks Community Colleges and State Systems


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – A new study by the personal finance website WalletHub ranks which states have the best and worst community college systems and also ranks individual colleges. South Carolina’s community college and technical college system ranks 37th. Georgia ranks 11th and North Carolina is 35th. South Dakota is ranked number one.

The study looked at costs, education outcomes, and career outcomes. For example on costs, it looked at the cost of tuition, how much schools are spending per student, and financial aid available.

WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez says, “We also looked at education outcomes, so that takes into consideration the first-year retention rate, the graduation rate, the faculty/staff-to-student ratio. And then finally we looked at the career outcomes. So what’s the return on your educational investment and what are the student loan default rates per school?”

The return on educational investment looks at starting salary of graduates compared to the cost of their education.

The study also ranked 821 community colleges and technical colleges nationwide. The top rated in the nation is the Helene Fuld College of Nursing in New York.

In South Carolina, not every community college and technical college was ranked, but here are the rankings for those that were:

300. Spartanburg Community College

Serving: Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Union counties

363. Northeastern Technical College

Serving: Chesterfield, Dillon, and Marlboro counties

403. Aiken Technical College

Serving: Aiken county

473. York Technical College

Serving: Chester, Lancaster, and York counties

483. Midlands Technical College

Serving: Fairfield, Lexington, and Richland counties

512. Greenville Technical College

Serving: Greenville county

609. Tri-County Technical College

Serving: Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties

648. Williamsburg Technical College

Serving: Williamsburg County

659. Trident Technical College

Serving: Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties

682. Florence-Darlington Technical College

Serving: Darlington, Florence, and Marion counties

721. Piedmont Technical College

Serving: Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda counties

810. Denmark Technical College

Serving: Allendale, Bamberg, and Barnwell counties

You can read the entire state rankings here.

You can read the community and technical college rankings here.

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