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 % of annual earnings
1Quinsigamond Community College (MA)*186605946031%
2Shawsheen Valley School of Practical Nursing (MA)*73745719413%
3Eastern Center for Arts & Technology (PA)*100065567318%
4Blake Austin College (CA)°161975355330%
5North Shore Community College (MA)*90445348917%
6Detroit Business Institute–Downriver (MI)°117665345722%
7Harmony Health Care Institute (NH)°104395311320%
8Unitek College (CA)°135235222426%
9Western Suffolk BOCES (NY)*110155197021%
10Eastwick College–Hackensack (NJ)°194865157238%
10Florida Career College (FL)°90951950747%
9Southern Technical College (FL)°99911877153%
8Florida Vocational Institute (FL)°56501844631%
7Abcott Institute (MI)°58081808532%
6West Virginia Northern Community College (WV)*79201781044%
5McHenry County College (IL)*54681771131%
4University of Arkansas–Monticello (AR)*105461700162%
3International Training Careers (FL)75301699744%
2Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (WI)*54121661833%
1Southwestern Illinois College (IL)*40131594725%
* = public
° = for-profit