Riverside County’s community colleges did not rank among the top two-year schools in the country based on costs and quality, but at least one rated high up on the scale compared to other campuses in California, according to results of a survey released Monday.
The personal finance website WalletHub.com published its 2018 “Best & Worst Community Colleges” rankings just as many two-year higher education institutions begin their fall terms.
The survey did not place any Riverside County schools within the top 100 nationwide out of 715 campuses that were analyzed based on a variety of metrics. However, most of the in-county community college systems ranked above 300.
Riverside City College netted the best results overall, landing at No. 160. Mt. San Jacinto Community College — combining both the Menifee and San Jacinto campuses — was next best countywide at No. 219, followed by Moreno Valley College at No. 235, and College of the Desert at No. 393.
Palo Verde College in Blythe ranked at the bottom of the county’s two-year academic institutions, landing at No. 663.
Norco College was not included in the WalletHub profile for reasons not immediately clear.
When rankings were broken down by state, Riverside City College moved closer to the head of the pack at No. 20, with Mt. San Jacinto College at No. 35 and Moreno Valley College at No 42. College of the Desert was at No. 64, and of the 75 campuses listed in the statewide component of the survey, Palo Verde College was in last place.
The survey factored in tuition and fees, per-pupil spending, teacher-student ratios, graduation rates, loan default rates and overall return on educational investment as key metrics in making evaluations.
According to WalletHub.com, the average cost of attending a community college in the 2017-18 academic year was $3,570, compared to $9,970 at four-year colleges.
Under Assembly Bill 19, signed into law by the governor last year, first-year community college students in California are eligible to receive tuition waivers. That was among the reasons WalletHub.com ranked California No. 12 in the U.S. for top-tier community college systems.
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