(Independence, Kansas) – Schools.com, an online higher education resource, has ranked Independence Community College (ICC) first in its 2018 report, “Best Community Colleges in Kansas.”
The company ranked 21 community colleges in Kansas based on multiple factors, including percentage of students enrolled in distance education; cost of attendance; student-to-faculty ratio; graduation rate; transfer-out rate; and flexibility. The report cited ICC’s intimate campus environment, the nearly 50 degree and certificate program, and the unique opportunities the Fab Lab offers students.
The full 2018 schools.com community college ranking is available at: https://www.schools.com/community-colleges/top-community-colleges-in-kansas
In recent weeks, ICC also was ranked in the Top 25 “Best Community Colleges in America” by the web-based financial advisory company SmartAsset.
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.
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.