EDsmart.org, a nationally recognized publisher of college resources and rankings, has released the 2024 edition of the Best Community Colleges in California, with Irvine Valley College (IVC) ranked third on the list.
EDsmart's ranking of the Best Community Colleges in California is the most comprehensive and well-rounded to date. The ranking includes only fully accredited schools. Rankings are based on affordability, academic quality, student satisfaction, and median earnings, according to data gathered from the U.S. Department of Education.
"As online degrees become more prevalent, it is important to recognize the colleges and universities that go above and beyond," said Tyson Stevens, managing editor of EDsmart. "Our goal is to highlight these schools and their commitment to higher education."
"The Best Community Colleges in California ranking allows students to compare accredited programs and find those that best fit their education interests and career goals," said EDsmart's spokesperson. "Beyond providing affordable education, a college is not successful if it does not graduate its students, which is why EDsmart rankings place a high value on outcomes, including graduation and retention rates, and post-graduation earnings."
The EDsmart 2024 ranking for the Best Community Colleges in California ranks Mt San Antonio College #1 as the best college offering online degrees with Moorpark College and Irvine Valley College following.
The complete rankings are as follows:
Mt San Antonio College
Irvine Valley College
Golden West College
College of San Mateo
Imperial Valley College
Santiago Canyon College
College of the Sequoias
The rankings and data were produced for EDsmart, a leading higher education research organization. All evaluated data was gathered from IPEDs, the U.S. Department of Higher Education, school websites, and other reputable sources.