The 2017 SmartAsset rankings of community colleges place five North Carolina community colleges in the top 10 in the nation, and have Pamlico Community College in Grantsboro as number one in the country.
The rankings were based on data gathered from 808 community colleges. Metrics analyzed included graduation rate, transfer rate, cost and student-to-teacher ratio. The ratio of graduates’ median starting salaries to the overall cost of attendance was also taken into consideration in the ranking methodology. In 2016 no North Carolina community colleges made the top ten list.
Our community college system includes 58 public community colleges.