Four Maricopa Community Colleges in College Choice’s Top 50 Best Community Colleges

Jan, 11 2018

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Colleges recognized for diversity, innovation, and job training.

College Choice has ranked four Maricopa Community Colleges among the top 50 best community colleges in the United States. South Mountain Community College (SMCC), Scottsdale Community College (SCC), GateWay Community College (GWCC), and Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) are recognized for their excellence in education and workforce readiness.

“Our mission is to provide access to excellent education and opportunities for our diverse students to achieve their educational and career goals,” said Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Chancellor of Maricopa County Community College District.  “This recognition is a reflection of the competence and dedication of our innovative faculty and staff, and their collective commitment to serving our students and communities.”

SMCC is ranked number 11 and is lauded for its diversity and intimate class settings. SCC came in at 28 for preparing students in dominant workforce fields that do not require four-year degrees. GWCC placed 33rd, excelling in their healthcare programs and entrepreneurial innovation. At number 34, EMCC is recognized for providing a variety of accessible degree tracks, job training, and community education courses in the expanding Southwest Valley.

College Choice is dedicated to helping students find colleges that best fit their interest and needs by ranking colleges. To compile their top 50 list, College Choice scored colleges based on retention, graduation rates, awards, minority students, grants, tuition rates, and potential salary.

Congratulations to our four colleges. 

See the complete top 50 list.