Wallethub ranks College of San Mateo third best in nation

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The College of San Mateo ranked third in the nation and first in the state for Best Community Colleges in an analysis done by Wallethub.

Wallethub ranked more than 650 community colleges based upon 18 key indicators of cost and quality, including the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio to graduation rate and career outcome. Skyline and Canada colleges were not among the 77 California community colleges analyzed in the rankings.

The College of San Mateo came in third in the U.S. with an overall score of 69.78, ranking 80th overall in cost and financing and 18th overall in career outcomes.

The State Technical College of Missouri earned the top overall score at 74.5, followed by Arkansas State University-Mountain Home at 69.78.

“During the 2019 to 2020 academic year, tuition and fees for full-time, in-state enrollment at a public two-year college averaged $3,730 per year versus $10,440 at a public four-year institution and $36,880 at a four-year private school,” Wallethub reported. “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.”

To view Wallethub’s full list of best and worst community college systems and to learn more about its methodology, go here.