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2019 Best 2-Year Colleges for Adult Learners

Nearly a third of all undergraduates are twenty-five or older. Yet no publication ranks colleges based on how well they serve adult students—except the Washington Monthly. We rank two-year colleges (defined as awarding more certificates or associate’s degrees than bachelor’s degrees) according to factors that specifically affect adult students, including ease of transfer, flexibility of schedule, and services for adults.

Click here for detailed methodology, here for the rest of our rankings, and here to download the data set.

RankNameEase of transfer (4 pts max)Flexibility of programs (9 pts max)Services for adult students (6 pts max)% of students over age 25Part-time student grad rateMean earnings of independent studentsLoan repayment rate of independent studentsIn-district tuition and fees
1Renton Technical College (WA)*48667%50% $40,938 49% $5,377
2Lakeshore Technical College (WI)*48649%55% $35,570 61% $4,184
3Penn State–Shenango (PA)*47541%50% $54,925 56% $13,324
4Vermont Technical College (VT)*46439%64% $46,897 77% $14,690
5Harcum College (PA)47653%60% $49,542 53% $23,670
6Fox Valley Technical College–Appleton (WI)*48636%55% $35,239 52% $4,497
7Pacific Union College (CA)47514%62% $67,105 62% $29,469
8Foothill College (CA)*36541%13% $65,687 56% $1,554
9St. Joseph's College of Nursing (NY)33539%79% $57,623 72% $19,700
10Univ. of Cinncinati–Blue Ash (OH)*49620%26% $49,652 52% $6,010
11Raritan Valley Community College (NJ)*48627%20% $46,719 59% $4,416
12County College of Morris (NJ)*48522%28% $46,318 66% $4,830
13North Shore Community College (MA)*48639%30% $36,827 59% $4,944
14Ranken Technical College (MO)*48538%63% $45,469 46% $14,457
15Inver Hills Community College (MN)*49534%31% $45,395 50% $5,333
16Mount Wachusett Community College (MA)*48641%23% $36,980 61% $5,428
17Penn State University–Mont Alto (PA)*46518%57% $54,925 56% $13,694
18Walla Walla Community College (WA)*47654%47% $36,235 42% $4,455
19Massachusetts Bay Community College (MA)*46539%21% $47,763 66% $5,088
20Mid-State Technical College (WI)*48543%53% $34,788 48% $4,371
21Capital Community College (CT)*38655%23% $38,793 59% $4,356
22Bismarck State College (ND)*46532%30% $46,477 63% $3,832
23Montgomery College (MD)*47633%15% $48,114 55% $4,974
24Northcentral Technical College (WI)*48438%57% $36,810 51% $3,497
25Naugatuck Valley Community College (CT)*47635%20% $40,374 62% $4,316
26Penn State–DuBois (PA)*47516%44% $54,925 56% $13,632
27Middlesex Community College (MA)*48533%21% $39,982 67% $4,752
28Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (WI)47526%64% $34,698 56% $4,340
29Penn State–Hazleton (PA)*4759%50% $54,925 56% $14,460
30Howard Community College (MD)*48635%16% $46,212 47% $4,363
31Montana State University–Northern (MT)*48530%34% $37,165 64% $5,861
32Napa Valley College (CA)*37631%15% $47,844 61% $1,142
33Skagit Valley College (WA)*47645%34% $36,092 50% $4,200
34Quincy College (MA)*48449%19% $46,512 55% $6,306
35Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WI)38545%59% $33,520 53% $4,662
36SUNY Delhi (NY)*46625%53% $38,743 55% $8,120
37Bunker Hill Community College (MA)*47643%17% $38,947 55% $4,224
38ECPI University (VA)°37570%74% $41,614 33% $15,051
39Diablo Valley College (CA)*47631%15% $46,223 46% $1,312
40Orange Coast College (CA)*39630%18% $42,759 51% $1,186
41Olympic College (WA)*46643%39% $36,574 46% $3,693
42Rockland Community College (NY)*48625%21% $42,789 50% $5,037
43Waukesha County Technical College (WI)*47636%35% $37,756 46% $4,211
44Bucks County Community College (PA)*48628%8% $43,312 55% $4,418
45Lewis-Clark State College (ID)*47632%31% $38,161 54% $6,334
46University of Pittsburgh–Titusville (PA)*47517%19% $55,826 60% $11,788
47University of South Carolina–Lancaster (SC)*45513%19% $60,317 59% $6,948
48Lower Columbia College (WA)*49544%42% $35,945 36% $4,275
49Community College of Rhode Island (RI)*47637%22% $34,686 60% $4,564
50Illinois Eastern Comm. College–Wabash Vall. (IL)*47573%17% $28,243 58% $3,810
51Montgomery County Community College (PA)*49633%12% $42,689 45% $5,730
52Mesa Community College (AZ)*49636%13% $41,730 38% $2,094
53College of the Canyons (CA)*47634%11% $48,010 40% $1,154
54Shoreline Community College (WA)*35639%34% $46,308 54% $3,802
55Cape Cod Community College (MA)*47643%23% $37,706 48% $4,536
56Southern Arkansas University Tech (AR)*48624%57% $33,285 38% $4,810
57Nassau Community College (NY)*47625%25% $45,840 46% $5,632
58Pensacola State College (FL)*48635%29% $31,698 50% $2,704
59Gateway Community College (AZ)*47651%21% $37,658 39% $2,094
60Bellingham Technical College (WA)*35455%54% $44,526 48% $3,461
61Hagerstown Community College (MD)*48631%26% $36,389 47% $3,616
62Bellevue College (WA)*27531%36% $49,812 60% $3,699
63University of Cincinatti–Clermont (OH)*46527%25% $49,652 52% $5,316
64City College of San Francisco (CA)*37659%14% $41,634 45% $1,598
65Sheridan College (WY)*48534%22% $36,558 56% $3,120
66Skyline College (CA)*36633%14% $43,260 64% $1,446
67Gateway Community College (CT)*38640%19% $36,960 59% $4,316
68Miami Dade College (FL)*48630%30% $34,443 46% $2,838
69Springfield Technical Community College (MA)*46640%23% $35,492 60% $6,066
70Fashion Institute of Technology (NY)*36422%44% $50,250 66% $7,463
71Illinois Eastern Community College–Frontier (IL)*47552%33% $30,054 53% $3,810
72Milwaukee Area Technical College (WI)*48653%29% $33,259 36% $4,491
73Nicolet Area Technical College (WI)*47536%54% $30,523 50% $4,877
74CUNY Hostos Community College (NY)*48541%24% $36,289 52% $5,208
75Oakton Community College (IL)*37638%16% $40,976 60% $3,985
76Suffolk County Community College (NY)*47620%20% $42,742 54% $5,600
77Westmoreland County Community College (PA)*49632%20% $33,692 49% $5,190
78Northampton County Community College (PA)*48632%18% $36,192 50% $4,230
79Erie Community College (NY)*49632%22% $36,490 43% $5,575
80Peirce College (PA)47278%34% $52,602 42% $15,060
81CUNY NYC College of Technology (NY)*37628%27% $48,197 51% $6,920
82Northwest Florida State College (FL)*47636%29% $34,346 47% $3,133
83Santa Rosa Junior College (CA)*36639%23% $43,437 51% $1,282
84Delgado Community College (LA)*38652%21% $34,371 52% $4,079
85Central Texas College (TX)*48654%10% $36,365 39% $2,700
86Normandale Community College (MN)*47626%15% $44,403 50% $5,790
87Spokane Community College (WA)*28669%39% $36,382 36% $3,460
88Moraine Park Technical College (WI)*38462%34% $36,323 51% $4,461
89Portland Community College (OR)*46649%14% $41,069 44% $4,088
90Tacoma Community College (WA)*45645%35% $40,284 40% $4,146
91Quinsigamond Community College (MA)*38539%26% $39,673 58% $5,538
92Pennsylvania College of Technology (PA)*49619%34% $42,065 48% $16,350
93Florida State College–Jacksonville (FL)*38643%34% $36,214 41% $2,657
94College of DuPage (IL)*39634%19% $40,326 47% $4,050
95Ohlone College (CA)*47532%11% $48,321 42% $1,162
96Saddleback College (CA)*36635%16% $45,891 53% $1,328
97Bristol Community College (MA)*39636%24% $33,065 55% $4,656
98Broward College (FL)*38635%30% $39,172 44% $2,830
99Whatcom Community College (WA)*38626%39% $36,298 50% $4,460
100Lake Superior College (MN)*45634%39% $38,840 47% $5,153
Definitions:
Median earnings of independent students: median annual earnings 10 years after entering college for all adult students, as well as younger students who are veterans or have children of their own—people who benefit from additional flexibility.
Loan repayment rate: percent of independent students who pay back at least $1 in loan principal within 5 years of leaving college.
* = public
° = for-profit