Best for Vets: Colleges 2017

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Full-time (Part-time) Retention Rate
Graduation Rate (Transfer Rate)
 
Rank Institution Headquarters Type Overall Military Vet center Principles of Excellence 8 Keys DoD MOU Charged at or below limits Yellow Ribbon Charged at or below TA cap Staff support Extracurriculars Accreditation Student-faculty ratio Money per student on instruction Overall Military Overall Military Default rate
1 Central Community College Grand Island, Neb. Public 6,227 102
n/a All HLC [R] 14:1 $7,125 65% (44%) 55% (41%) 33% (20%) 55% 15%
2 Clackamas Community College Oregon City, Ore. Public 12,691 383
n/a All NCCU [R] 21:1 $7,770 50% (33%) 48% 22% (26%) 20% 21%
3 Pierce College Lakewood, Wash. Public 15,905 1 2,358 1
n/a All NCCU [R] 18:1 $4,377 52% (43%) 50% (63%) 27% (43%) 28% 16%
4 Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, Mass. Public 4,074 152
n/a All NEASC [R] 13:1 $5,924 61% (43%) 55% 16% (17%) no data 13%
5 Pasadena City College Pasadena, Calif. Public 27,776 734
n/a All WASC-ACCJC [R] 20:1 $4,364 61% (55%) 74% (46%) 32% (10%) no data 17%
6 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, Minn. Public 5,515 258
n/a All HLC [R] 24:1 $4,480 53% (42%) 43% (52%) 19% (26%) 19% 12%
7 SUNY Jefferson (Jefferson Community College) Watertown, N.Y. Public 3,928 788
n/a All MSCHE [R] 18:1 $5,078 57% (37%) 51% (22%) 27% (19%) 15% 14%
8 Hawkeye Community College Waterloo, Iowa Public 5,371 165
n/a All HLC [R] 15:1 $6,420 74% (44%) 91% (63%) 28% 22% 16%
9 Southwest Virginia Community College Cedar Bluff, Va. Public 2,546 5 61 5
n/a All SACS [R] 24:1 $5,429 64% (40%) 50% (52%) 35% (7%) no data no data
10 Middlesex County College Edison, N.J. Public 11,673 141
n/a All MSCHE [R] 20:1 $4,903 62% (47%) 59% (17%) 14% (21%) 5% 9%
11 Hopkinsville Community College Hopkinsville, Ky. Public 3,120 871
n/a All SACS [R] 19:1 $4,257 58% (32%) no data 21% (18%) no data 23%
12 Tidewater Community College Norfolk, Va. Public 27,646 6,879
n/a All SACS [R] 22:1 $4,352 59% (37%) no data 13% (17%) no data 15%
13 Collin College McKinney, Texas Public 28,187 977
n/a All SACS [R] 26:1 $3,872 66% (52%) no data 11% (36%) no data 15%
14 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City Public 61,800 1,126
n/a All NCCU [R] 21:1 $4,955 56% (43%) no data 16% (14%) 55% 14%
15 North Lake College Irving, Texas Public 10,326 356
n/a All SACS [R] 26:1 $4,712 61% (45%) 46% (23%) 11% (32%) 28% 17%
16 Norco College Norco, Calif. Public 9,516 1 618 1
n/a WASC-ACCJC [R] 34:1 $3,291 75% (45%) 72% (69%) 25% (14%) 66% 2%
17 Northern Essex Community College Haverhill, Mass. Public 6,628 113
n/a All NEASC [R] 20:1 $6,509 62% (57%) 63% (70%) 19% (18%) 14% 14%
18 Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills, Mass. Public 5,369 5 140 5
n/a All NEASC [R] 18:1 $4,740 62% (49%) 54% (50%) 15% (32%) 22% 11%
19 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore Public 32,119 744
n/a All MSCHE [R] 17:1 $6,967 52% (41%) no data 7% (15%) no data 16%
20 Montgomery College Rockville, Md. Public 25,517 5 1,075 5
n/a All MSCHE [R] 18:1 $6,749 69% (48%) no data 14% (22%) no data 10%
21 Niagara County Community College Sanborn, N.Y. Public 6,133 133
n/a All MSCHE [R] 17:1 $6,119 62% (49%) 67% (22%) 24% (14%) 39% 16%
22 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, Md. Public 15,274 5 896 5
n/a All MSCHE [R] 18:1 $7,785 66% (49%) no data 16% (30%) no data 13%
23 Monroe Community College Rochester, N.Y. Public 14,586 808
n/a All MSCHE [R] 22:1 $5,259 61% (40%) 55% (49%) 24% (20%) 19% 16%
24 Western Nebraska Community College Scottsbluff, Neb. Public 1,548 49 3
n/a All HLC [R] 15:1 $7,717 59% (28%) 40% (13%) 27% (19%) 26% 19%
25 Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, Pa. Public no data 349
n/a All MSCHE [R] 20:1 $5,585 63% (48%) 84% (45%) 16% (24%) 21% 16%
    Footnotes
  • 1 - Based on 12-month unduplicated headcount for 2015-16 academic year
  • 2 - Military students not charged above TA cap, but nonmilitary may be
  • 3 - Based on number of Defense Department and Veterans Affairs Department benefit users, as reported by the institutions on our survey
  • 4 - Based on 12-month unduplicated headcount for 2014-15 academic year
  • 5 - Data from fall 2014