The Best Junior College In Each State for 2019

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Are your college applications looming large?

If you are trying to decide, do not overlook junior colleges.

Turns out, there are plenty of advantages to attending junior colleges.

Cost, of course, is the big one most of us are aware of, but there are other advantages like flexibility in terms of schedule and pace that should also be taken into consideration.

Plus, Junior Colleges grant you a degree in two years, so can join the workforce, if you don’t want to continue for four years.

Wondering which junior college is the best in your state? We, at Zippia, did the research for you, so you can focus your time on writing a spectacular college essay.

Below is a list of the top 50 junior colleges, but first, here are the very best of the best:

  1. New Mexico Military Institute – New Mexico
  2. Georgia State University – Perimeter College – Georgia
  3. Foothill College – California
  4. University of Arkansas Community College – Morrilton – Arkansas
  5. Florida College – Florida
  6. Oakton Community College – Illinois
  7. Spartanburg Methodist College – South Carolina
  8. Fashion Institute of Technology – New York
  9. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology – Pennsylvania
  10. Collin College – Texas

It is not surprising that the majority of junior colleges on our top 10 list are community colleges.

What is surprising, however, is that there are two private schools — Florida College and Spartanburg Methodist College — in the top 10. One thing to note is that both of these junior colleges are affiliated with religious organizations.


Using the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) andDepartment of Education College Scorecard Data, we searched for the best college in each state based on the following criteria:

  • Highest Job Placement Ratings
  • Lowest Tuition
  • Lowest Annual Cost of Attendance
  • Lowest Debt at Graduation
  • Admission Rates
  • Graduation Rates

Then, we looked at the ratings themselves and ranked each state’s top school according to their ratings. For the purposes of readability, the top schools’ ratings were then rounded down to the last three decimal places, and we included the city the top ten colleges are located in.

Ok, that’s it! Now, onto the list.

1. New Mexico Military Institute

  • Location: Roswell, NM
  • Admissions Rate: 40.3%
  • New Mexico Military Institute is the only state-supported military college located in the western United States, and it has many notable alumni that have served at senior levels both in the government and the private sector.

    In my opinion, Owen Wilson is the most well-known alumnus.

2. Georgia State University-Perimeter College

  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Admissions Rate: 53.3%
  • This Georgia school has an 84% employment rate, low tuition costs and low debt, and it is based in Atlanta, which is great, if you want to be in a big city with lots of things to do.

    There is also the added advantage of choosing Perimeter College–they have a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program, and 40 universities have signed the TAG agreement with them.

3. Foothill College

  • Location: Los Altos Hills, CA
  • Admissions Rate: N/A
  • Foothill College boasts award winning professors, 79 Associate degree programs, 1 Bachelor degree program, and 107 certificate programs.

    This California school has the 12th highest population of international students of all community colleges in America.

4. University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton

  • Location: Morrilton, AR
  • Admissions Rate: 66.4%
  • The next college on our list is the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.

    This school offers credit for life experiences, which is a huge advantage to people who have taken some time after high school and are going back to school.

    The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton was ranked as one of the “Top 50 Fastest-Growing Public Two-Year Colleges in the United States” in the category of colleges with enrollments of fewer than 2,500 students.

5. Florida College

  • Location: Temple Terrace, FL
  • Admissions Rate: 81.1%
  • Florida College is a small, Christian college in the beautiful town of Temple Terrace, a suburb of Tampa.

    Florida College is the only private, liberal arts school on our top 10 list. It also has a range for Bachelor’s degree options for its students to choose from.

6. Oakton Community College

  • Location: Des Plaines, IL
  • Admissions Rate: N/A
  • This Illinois college is one of the most environmentally friendly colleges on our list. The community college is currently seeking certification with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design due to its features, which include self shading windows that provide natural lighting to 75 percent of the classrooms during the day.

7. Spartanburg Methodist College

  • Location: Spartanburg, SC
  • Admissions Rate: 69.6%
  • Spartanburg Methodist College is the only independent, regionally accredited, residential two-year college in South Carolina.

    A 90.9% employment rate, competitive admissions, low cost, and low debt put SMC at number 7 on our list.

8. Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)

  • Location: New York City, NY
  • Admissions Rate: 40.9%
  • FIT seems like a dream school for budding fashionistas. First off, it is located right in Manhattan, one of the most fashionable cities in the world.

    Secondly, it is part of the prestigious State University of New York (SUNY) and focuses on art, business, design, mass communication, and technology connected to the fashion industry, so it is an incredible school to attend, if you want to be the next Vogue writer.

    Finally, if you need more proof, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors went to FIT.

9. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

  • Location: Lancaster, PA
  • Admissions Rate: 29.8%
  • Thaddeus Stevens College is a technical college that is one of the most competitive junior colleges on our list. Its high employment rate and the fact that the majority of students pay no tuition and receive room and board without any cost should convince any of you tech savvy people to consider this as a serious option.

10. Collin College

  • Location: McKinney, TX
  • Admissions Rate: N/A
  • Number ten on our list of best junior colleges is Collin College formerly known as Collin County Community College District. Low tuition and low debt along with an open admissions policy make this Texas community college a good option for a diverse population.

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