Making a decision on which college to attend means weighing a lot of factors, and according to a new study by EDsmart, community colleges in our area make the grade. Gateway, Housatonic, and Norwalk Community Colleges all ranked among the top 15 of all of Connecticut’s higher education institutions for affordability and value.
Using the criteria of cost, academic quality, student satisfaction and salary after attending, EDsmart ranked colleges and universities, both public and private, on these factors to help students make informed decisions. Data was gathered from the U.S. Dept of Education websites, College Scorecard, and College Navigator.
On the list, Norwalk Community College, which serves southwest Fairfield County, ranked seventh in the state. New Haven-based Gateway Community College, the largest community college in our region, came in at number eleven. Housatonic Community College, which serves Bridgeport and beyond, ranked thirteenth across Connecticut.
“This study serves to underscore that community colleges in our region are high-caliber learning institutions that offer an exceptional value. Today, in light of the unprecedented challenges students are facing due to COVID-19, the cost of higher education is being fiercely debated. Our region’s community colleges deliver top-tier education, both in-person and virtually, at an affordable price,” said Dr. Thomas Coley, President of Shoreline-West Region, CSCU.
All three of our region’s community colleges grant associate degrees designed to be transferred to larger postsecondary institutions for further advancement and strive to create an environment where students can achieve their full potential. Student success is priority one, so that when a student graduates, they are prepared for the next level in their journey.