Area community colleges receive low marks in rankings

Walltehub has released its list of the best and worst community colleges for 2017 and Ohio’s did not fare well.

None of Ohio's 23 community colleges made Wallethub's top 200 and all of the schools of southwest Ohio fell in the lower half of the rankings, according to the report. Wallethub ranked 728 community colleges.

Clark State Community College came in at 567, while Edison State Community College was ranked 622 and Sinclair Community College ranked 641. Cincinnati State Technical and Community College ranked 544 and Columbus State Community College came in at 669.

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The rankings were decided based equally on three factors including a cost and financing category which considered tuition price and some states that offer free community college. The other two main factors were educational outcomes which included retention and graduation rates and career outcomes which considered loan default rates and salaries of grads, according to Wallethub.

Below is a list of how Ohio’s community colleges ranked.

207. Washington State Community College, Marietta

251. James A Rhodes State College, Lima

384. Belmont College, St. Clairsville

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417. Southern State Community College, Hillsboro

420. Lorain County Community College, Elyria

424. Marion Technical College, Marion

443. Central Ohio Technical College, Newark

501. North Central State College, Mansfield

523. Zane State College College, Zanesville

524. Hocking College, Nelsonville

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532. Lakeland Community College, Kirtland

544. Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Cincinnati

567. Clark State Community College, Springfield

610. Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland

622. Edison State Community College, Piqua

641. Sinclair Community College, Dayton

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643. Northwest State Community College, Archbold

669. Columbus State Community College, Columbus

691. Stark State College, North Canton

712. Terra State Community College, Fremont

716. Owens Community College, Perrysburg

720. Eastern Gateway Community College, Steubenville

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