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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.
Below is a list of the top 50 junior colleges, but first, here are the very best of the best:
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:
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.
In my opinion, Owen Wilson is the most well-known alumnus.
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.
This California school has the 12th highest population of international students of all community colleges in America.
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.
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.
A 90.9% employment rate, competitive admissions, low cost, and low debt put SMC at number 7 on our list.
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.
These are the best junior colleges in each state:
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