According to a new WalletHub ranking survey, three New Mexico community colleges have been ranked in the top 20 among all others across the nation.
Santa Fe Community College ranked 12th, Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque ranked 13th, and San Juan College in Farmington ranked 16th.
Although not in the top 20, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus ranked 26th among all other community colleges.
The number one community college nationwide was State Technical College of Missouri in Linn, MO.
“In order to determine the best and worst community-college systems in the U.S., we drew upon our analysis of 2023’s Best & Worst Community Colleges, which was conducted at the individual-school level across a sample of 668 institutions and 19 key metrics,” wrote WalletHub.
New Mexico ranked number one overall for the state with the best community college system, according to WalletHub’s nationwide system survey.
New Mexico was followed by Connecticut, Maryland, Oregon, and Minnesota.
“For our state-by-state analysis, we calculated a weighted average of the scores earned by the community colleges in each state and the number of students enrolled in each school. The state with the highest average corresponds with a rank of No. 1, or the best community-college system. We also took into account only the states that had at least two community colleges present in our sample of the Best & Worst Community Colleges in order to ensure comparability of results,” the outlet noted.