NVC Ranked No. 2 Among Best Colleges in Texas

Four of our five Alamo Colleges have been named in an Intelligent.com list of Best Community Colleges in Texas in 2023. 

Palo Alto College, Northwest Vista College, St. Philip’s College and San Antonio College were all named as part of the list whose research identified the top 46 community colleges in the state. Northwest Vista College ranked best for student success. 

Each school was evaluated on tuition costs, admission, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the student resources provided for students. 

An associate degree can open up more job opportunities and lead the way to higher pay. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average person with an associate degree makes $963 per week. This is an average of $154 more per week than someone with only a high school diploma, which nets out to a more than $8,000 difference per year. If you’re ready to take your education to the next level, check out our list of the best community colleges in Texas.

There are 117 community colleges throughout the state of Texas to choose from. According to data from College Board, the average in-district student in Texas paid just under $3,000 in tuition and fees for the 2022-2023 school year. 80.6% of students, or 452,493 students, enrolled in two-year community colleges were able to get some type of financial aid for the 2019-2020 school year.

To see the full list, click here. 

Intelligent provided research on how they came up with the rankings: 

This list features some of the best community colleges in Texas. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality for post-secondary institutions. We included small, midsize, and large colleges as well as trade, technical, and vocational programs. Next, we compared this comprehensive list to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications like the U.S. News & World Report among others to simplify a student’s college search. We pored through these rankings so students don’t have to.

The colleges on our list are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), a reputable organization that examines objectives, quality and overall effectiveness of education programs in the southern United States.

We evaluated each school on tuition costs, admission, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the student resources provided for students. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

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