The Washington Monthly is the first and only publication to rank America’s best colleges for vocational certificates. To build the rankings, we pulled numbers for the ten most common undergraduate certificate programs from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard dataset. For each program, we rank colleges according to the median earnings of their students one year after graduation. For informational purposes, we also show the median federal student loan debt and a debt-to-earnings ratio.

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RankNameMedian debt of graduatesMedian annual earningsTotal debt as a percentage of annual earnings
1McLennan Community College (TX)*145817723419%
2Ferris State University (MI)*286346092447%
3Eastern Iowa Community College District (IA)*149324546433%
4Madison Area Technical College (WI)*159064110239%
5Santa Barbara City College (CA)*183744014046%
6Millennium Training Institute (MA)°69753923818%
7Gwinnett Technical College (GA)*104113848127%
8Northeast Iowa Community College (IA)*206253617757%
9Rochester Community and Technical College (MN)*150993554642%
10Anoka Technical College (MN)*126943538236%
10Ultimate Medical Academy (FL)88551857748%
9Unitech Training Academy (LA)°104991837957%
8Technical Learning Centers Inc (DC)°85981792948%
7American National University-Pikeville (KY)°1771117612101%
6Career Technical Institute (DC)°88811737451%
5Concorde Career College-Grand Prairie (TX)°94851648958%
4Learning Bridge Career Institute (LA)°77761647547%
3Diversified Vocational College (CA)°81811636450%
2Fortis College-Foley (AL)°104241558367%
1Trident University International (CA)°43321257534%
* = public
° = for-profit