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Germanna ranked No. 1 community college in Virginia in survey

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Germanna Community College is the top-ranked two-year institution in Virginia, in a statistical tie with Northern Virginia Community College, according to a survey published Monday by WalletHub. GCC was also ranked 24th in the nation in student career outcomes out of 710 community colleges evaluated. The survey also considered tuition cost and quality, including class sizes.

“We believe this recognition is an indication that our efforts to support student success are having an impact,” said GCC President Janet Gullickson. “Every person at Germanna earned this ranking by providing top-notch, caring attention to our students and communities while keeping college affordable.  Germanna loves our students! ”

An excerpt from 2019’s Best & Worst Community Colleges:

Community colleges offer students the ability to get higher education without having as much financial strain. During the 2018 to 2019 academic year,  tuition and fees for full-time, in-state enrollment at a public two-year college averaged $3,660 per year versus $10,320 at a public four-year institution and $35,830 at a four-year private school. Students who earn their general-education credits at a community college before transferring to an in-state public four-year university can potentially save a lot of money.

Other than serving as an affordable … option for education, community colleges have a number of attractive qualities. They often provide more flexible schedules, smaller class sizes and rigorous coursework …  These qualities advantages appeal especially to students who need to balance their studies with other commitments, such as family and work.

Individual community colleges, however, vary in quality and affordability. To determine where students can receive the best education at the lowest price, WalletHub compared more than 700 community colleges across 19 key indicators of cost and quality. Our data set ranges from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio to graduation rate.