NEW YORK, NY - Back-to-school season is upon us once again. And with the U.S. community-college industry undergoing major changes — such as the prospect of a free associate’s degree and 22 states authorizing their community colleges to offer bachelor’s degree programs — the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best & Worst Community Colleges then drew upon its results to identify the States with the Best & Worst Community College Systems.

To help students weigh their community-college prospects, WalletHub’s analysts compared 821 schools across 12 key metrics. Our data set ranges from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio to graduation rate.  
      Top 20 Community Colleges           
      1     Helene Fuld College of Nursing (NY)
      2     Ilisagvik College (AK)
      3     Pamlico Community College (NC)
      4     Cochise County Community College District (AZ)
      5     State Technical College of Missouri (MO)
      6     Fashion Institute of Technology (NY)
      7     Rend Lake College (IL)
      8     Lake Area Technical Institute (SD)
      9     Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NE)
    10     North Central Missouri College (MO)
    11     Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (WI)
    12     Mesalands Community College (NM)
    13     Moorpark College (CA)
    14     Pratt Community College (KS)
    15     Coastline Community College (CA)
    16     Northern Oklahoma College (OK)
    17     Whatcom Community College (WA)
    18     Barstow Community College (CA)
    19     Manhattan Area Technical College (KS)
    20               Turtle Mountain Community College (ND)

      States with the Best Community College Systems           
      1     South Dakota
      2     Alaska
      3     North Dakota
      4     Florida
      5     Montana
      6     Wyoming
      7     Washington
      8     Wisconsin
      9     Connecticut
    10     New Hampshire
    11     Georgia
    12     New Mexico
    13     Nebraska
    14     California
    15     Iowa
    16     Arizona
     17     Arkansas
     18     Mississippi
    19     New York
     20     Maine

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