The Alexandria Technical and Community College did it again.
It cracked a top 10 list of the Best Community Colleges in the nation for offering the best education at the least expensive cost, as determined by the online financial advice website, WalletHub.
The ATCC ranked number 8 in WalletHub’s report, 2020’s Best & Worst Community Colleges, released this week.
“It’s well known that ATCC provides value to its students, but this recognition proves just how valuable an in-depth, hands-on education can be when it comes to job placement and career earnings,” said Jeff Wild, executive director of the ATCC Foundation. “We’re honored to be recognized nationally by WalletHub again this year!”
WalletHub noted that the report takes on added importance this year with Americans struggling financially due to COVID-19 and with a year of community college nearly three times less expensive than a year at a public four-year college.
To determine the rankings, WalletHub compared more than 650 community colleges in the U.S. 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.
No other community colleges in Minnesota made the top 20 list. However, Minnesota ranked as the 11th best state for community college systems.
Last year, the ATCC ranked seventh on WalletHub’s list and in 2018, the college was ranked fourth.
The latest recognition continues a long tradition of excellence for the ATCC. Its graduation job placement rates are consistently in the 98th percentile and it's been recognized for eight consecutive years as a community college of excellence.
In 2019, the ATCC was selected as one of 150 community colleges nationwide that was eligible for a $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
Only 15 percent of U.S. community colleges have been invited by The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program to apply for the Aspen Prize, which recognizes high achievement and performance among America's community colleges. The selections were based on strong and improving student outcomes — including in learning, completion rates, employment rates, earnings and equity.
The ATCC is one of only two Minnesota colleges consistently named eligible since the Aspen Prize began in 2011.
The ATCC has also been recognized by CNN Money, listed as the 27th top community college in 2012 and earned eighth place in the Washington Monthly ranking of 100 U.S. community colleges in 2010.
It also placed 24th in a rating conducted by TheBestSchools.org in 2013-2018, based on completion of an associate degree or transfer to a four-year college, active student engagement in academics, strong rates of employment, student diversity and reasonable tuition costs.