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ICC among "Top 25" U.S. community colleges

ICC among "Top 25" U.S. community colleges

(Independence, Kansas) - SmartAsset, a web-based financial advisory company, has named Independence Community College (ICC) in Independence, Kansas, among the “Best Community Colleges in America” in its 2018 report.

The company recently published its fifth-annual report on quality community colleges based on the criteria of graduation and transfer success; affordability; and student-to-faculty ratio. In the report, ICC ranked number 24 among 798 institutions reviewed across the nation. The report noted ICC’s graduation/transfer rate of 66 percent; a student-to-faculty ratio of 13; and an average annual cost of $4,096 for tuition and fees.

“We are truly honored that the SmartAsset organization has acknowledged the value of Independence Community College and recognized our school as a national standout,” said ICC President Dan Barwick.

The full 2018 SmartAsset community college report is available at:

Also this year, ICC was named the Lowest Net Price College in Kansas by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center, which studied the 90 two-year public institutions in the United States.

Additionally, ICC currently ranks eighth among the Most Affordable Community Colleges in the United States, according to the American Association of Community Colleges.

Other significant ICC rankings in recent years include: 2017 - Number one in Kansas for “success of transfer students,” according to a study published by the Center of Science, Technology & Economic Policy at the Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas; 2016 – Top 1 percent of Community Colleges in the U.S. for Student Educational Goal Attainment as ranked by the National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute.