Best for Vets: Colleges 2016

2-Year Schools

These schools told us they offer only associate degrees, certificates or diplomas.

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2014 Enrollment
 
Policy Agreement
Post-9/11 GI Bill
 
Retention Rate
Graduation Rate (Transfer Rate)
 
After 6 Years
Rank School Headquarters Type Total Military Veterans Office Principles of Excellence 8 Keys DoD MOU Charged At or Below Limits Yellow Ribbon Charged At or Below TA Cap Staff Support Academic Support Extracurriculars School Accreditation Student-Faculty Ratio Money Per Student on Instruction Course Completion Total Military Total Military Default Rate Employed Salary
1 Central Community College-Nebraska Grand Island, Neb. Public 6,377 184
n/a All Central Community College-Nebraska HLC [R] 14:1 $6,540 77% 55% 53% 33% (20%) 50% 13% 90% $31,000
2 Georgia Perimeter College Decatur, Ga. Public 21,371 507[2]
All Georgia Perimeter College SACS [R] 19:1 $3,699 68% 55% 47% 6% (13%) 9% 13% 86% $32,600
3 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, Minn. Public 5,958 353
n/a All Inver Hills Community College HLC [R] 24:1 $4,245 79% 48% 53% 19% (26%) 19% 11% 92% $48,500
4 Clackamas Community College Oregon City, Ore. Public 7,974 490
n/a All Clackamas Community College NCCU [R] 21:1 $7,307 88% 42% 41% 22% (26%) 19% 21% 78% $26,700
5 Northwestern Michigan College Traverse City, Mich. Public 3,720 254
n/a All Northwestern Michigan College HLC [R] 18:1 $6,634 no data no data 89% 19% (38%) no data 17% 86% $33,200
6 Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, Mass. Public 4,336 186
n/a All Mount Wachusett Community College NEASC [R] 13:1 $5,489 no data 52% 53% [4] 16% (17%) no data 11% 85% $29,600
7 Pasadena City College Pasadena, Calif. Public 25,886 845
n/a All Pasadena City College WASC-ACCJC [R] 20:1 $5,161 74% 58% 53% [4] 32% (10%) no data 17% 80% no data
8 Middlesex County College Edison, N.J. Public 12,064 128
n/a All Middlesex County College MSCHE [R] 20:1 $4,552 76% 55% 76% 14% (21%) 3% 6% 87% $28,200
9 Tidewater Community College Norfolk, Va. Public 39,530 7,917
n/a All Tidewater Community College SACS [R] 22:1 $4,492 no data 48% no data 13% (17%) no data 13% 85% $27,700
10 Monroe Community College Rochester, N.Y. Public 15,335 934
n/a All Monroe Community College MSCHE [R] 22:1 $4,931 76% 51% 48% 24% (20%) 17% 17% 87% $33,400
11 Hopkinsville Community College Hopkinsville, Ky. Public 3,568 839
n/a All Hopkinsville Community College SACS [R] 19:1 $4,892 no data 48% no data 21% (18%) no data 21% 81% $33,100
12 Collin College McKinney, Texas Public 40,692[3] 1,494[3]
n/a All Collin College SACS [R] 26:1 $3,955 69% 59% no data 11% (36%) no data 15% 85% $42,600
13 Pierce College District Lakewood, Wash. Public 16,431[3] 3,262[3]
n/a All Pierce College District NCCU [R] 18:1 $4,376 76% 48% 49% 24% (36%) 19% 13% 80% $34,200
14 Southwestern lllinois College Belleville, Ill. Public 10,545 1,283
n/a All Southwestern lllinois College HLC [R] 20:1 $4,174 78% 56% no data 25% (22%) no data 25% 84% no data
15 Shoreline Community College Shoreline, Wash. Public 6,726 262
All Shoreline Community College NCCU [R] 17:1 $5,145 74% 58% 60% 30% (23%) no data 14% 84% $32,900
16 Montgomery College Rockville, Md. Public 25,517 1,075
n/a All Montgomery College MSCHE [R] 18:1 $6,151 no data 59% no data 14% (22%) no data 10% 86% $34,400
17 Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, Colo. Public 13,947 2,356
n/a All Pikes Peak Community College HLC [R] 23:1 $3,375 70% 43% 38% 12% (17%) 19% 18% 80% $35,700
18 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City Public 24,253 1,288
n/a All Salt Lake Community College NCCU [R] 21:1 $4,803 no data 50% no data 16% (14%) no data 13% 82% $35,800
19 Olympic College Bremerton, Wash. Public 13,315[3] 1,673[3]
n/a All Olympic College NCCU [R] 19:1 $4,184 no data no data no data 28% (19%) no data 17% 75% $43,500
20 Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills, Mass. Public 5,369 140
n/a All Massachusetts Bay Community College NEASC [R] 18:1 $4,830 no data 56% 49% 15% (32%) 36% 9% 86% $27,800
21 North Lake Community College Irving, Texas Public 10,998 373
n/a All North Lake Community College SACS [R] 26:1 $4,673 57% 53% 67% 11% (32%) 76% 12% 85% $42,000
22 San Jacinto Community College District Pasadena, Texas Public 27,911 880
n/a All San Jacinto Community College District SACS [R] 19:1 $6,654 no data 59% no data 15% (22%) no data 17% 85% $30,000
23 Northern Essex Community College Haverhill, Mass. Public 6,963 159
n/a All Northern Essex Community College NEASC [R] 20:1 $5,407 63% 60% 55% 19% (18%) 19% 15% 85% $45,800
24 Western Nebraska Community College Scottsbluff, Neb. Public 1,836 53[2]
n/a All Western Nebraska Community College HLC [R] 15:1 $6,494 30% 44% no data 27% (19%) 44% 17% 86% $30,100
25 Southwest Virginia Community College Cedar Bluff, Va. Public 2,546 61
n/a All [1] Southwest Virginia Community College SACS [R] 24:1 $5,469 no data 52% 47% 35% (7%) 23% no data 74% $35,000
    Footnotes
  • 1 - Military students not charged above TA cap, but nonmilitary may be
  • 2 - Based on number of Defense Department and Veterans Affairs Department benefit users, as reported by the schools on our survey
  • 3 - Based on 12-month unduplicated headcount for 2014-15 school year
  • 4 - Data from 2013