HUDSON, N.Y. – Columbia-Greene Community College, a campus of the State University System of New York, has been named one of the best community colleges in the country by WalletHub®: a personal finance research, surveying, and review body.
C-GCC ranked 27th out of 728 community colleges in the U.S., and second in the state of New York, placing it in the 96th percentile for cost and financing, education outcomes, and career outcomes. The college’s strongest showing was in the latter category, which measures the ratio of starting salary for graduates to the cost of their education, as well as the student-loan default rate. C-GCC ranked 40th in the country.
C-GCC President James R. Campion said the results of the WalletHub report are both encouraging and proof of a long-standing mission to provide the programs and services most needed by the surrounding communities.
“C-GCC has always been focused on our student opportunity and success,” he said. “This ranking is great news for us, because it proves on many levels that we are achieving our goals. At the same time, it offers us some actionable data points to make further improvements to the campus and its programs.”
Data used to create this ranking were collected from the National Center for Education Statistics, Council for Community and Economic Research, and College Measures, and analyzed using 14 different metrics ranging from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to retention rates and overall return on investment. The report also underscored the overall affordability of a community-college education.
“During the 2016 to 2017 academic year, tuition and fees for full-time, in-state enrollment at a public two-year college averaged $1,760 per semester versus $4,825 at a public four-year institution and $16,740 at a four-year private school,” the report states. “Based on those rates, students who earn their general-education credits at a community college before transferring to an in-state public four-year university would save $12,260 over two years on tuition and fees alone.”
A comprehensive two-year college offering a variety of transfer and career programs leading to associate degrees in Arts, Science, Applied Science, and Occupational Studies, C-GCC also offers one-year certificate programs and both credit- and non-credit courses geared toward community interest. Approximately 80 percent of entering students receive some form of financial aid, and those who transfer from C-GCC to a four-year college save up to 40 percent on the overall cost-per-year of their education.