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2021 Most Popular Associate's Degree Trade Schools

1,898 Schools Ranked
$9,764 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$17,566 Avg Student Debt

It's not easy to decide which trade school program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Trade College Search has developed this Most Popular Associate's Degree Trade Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 1,898 schools in the United States to see which associate's degree programs were the most popular for trade school students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from each school on the list.

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5,111 Total Awards
$20,898 Avg Student Debt

Our 2021 rankings named Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater the most popular school in the United States for trade school students working on their associate’s degree. Located in Clearwater, Florida, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 5,111 associate’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $20,898 in student loans. Around 95% of those degree recipients were women.

UMA Clearwater does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In fact, around 99% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#2

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
3,079 Total Awards
$4,500 Average Tuition & Fees
$13,573 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 1,898 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Ivy Tech Community College landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, the large public school handed out 3,079 associate’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

Students from Indiana who attend Ivy Tech Community College full time pay an average of $4,500 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students pay an average of $8,661. Associate’s Degree recipients from Ivy Tech Community College accumulate an average of $13,573 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 47% were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Ivy Tech Community College does offer online classes for certain majors. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 54% took at least some of their classes online.

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#3

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1,951 Total Awards
$21,008 Average Tuition & Fees
$22,273 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 1,898 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale landed the # 3 spot on the list. Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale is a private not-for-profit institution located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,951 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale is $21,008. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. On average, associate’s degree students take out $22,273 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 81% were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale. In fact, around 41% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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1,389 Total Awards
$5,877 Average Tuition & Fees
$13,767 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 1,898 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Texas State Technical College landed the # 4 spot on the list. TSTC is a public institution located in Waco, Texas. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,389 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at TSTC is $5,877. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $10,191. On average, associate’s degree students take out $13,767 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 15% of those degree recipients were women.

TSTC does offer online classes for certain degree levels. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 19% took at least some of their classes online.

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#5

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
1,210 Total Awards
$16,639 Average Tuition & Fees
$20,611 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means ECPI University is a great place for trade school students working on their associate’s degree. Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the fairly large private for-profit school awarded 1,210 diplomas to qualifed associate’s degree students in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $16,639 to cover tuition and fees at ECPI University. The school does not offer an in-state discount. Associate’s Degree recipients from ECPI University accumulate an average of $20,611 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 71% were women.

Online courses are available at ECPI University, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 55% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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1,042 Total Awards
$11,670 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,392 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #6, University of Northwestern Ohio did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for trade school students working on their associate’s degree. University of Northwestern Ohio is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Lima, Ohio. It awarded 1,042 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

University of Northwestern Ohio does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $11,670. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. Associate’s Degree recipients from University of Northwestern Ohio accumulate an average of $21,392 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 8% of those degree recipients were women.

Some students may be able to take online classes at University of Northwestern Ohio. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 14% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#7

San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia

Visalia, California
928 Total Awards
$17,777 Avg Student Debt

San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for trade school students to get an associate’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia is a medium-sized private for-profit school situated in Visalia, California. It awarded 928 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $17,777 in student loans. Around 70% of those degree recipients were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia does offer online classes for certain majors. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 38% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#8

Culinary Institute of America

Hyde Park, New York
923 Total Awards
$33,690 Average Tuition & Fees
$13,023 Avg Student Debt

Culinary Institute of America ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. The Culinary Institute of America is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Hyde Park, New York. It awarded 923 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Culinary Institute of America does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $33,690. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. Associate’s Degree recipients from The Culinary Institute of America accumulate an average of $13,023 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 52% were women.

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#9

San Jacinto Community College

Pasadena, Texas
904 Total Awards
$3,240 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,220 Avg Student Debt

San Jacinto Community College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Located in Pasadena, Texas, the large public school awarded 904 diplomas to qualifed associate’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at San Jacinto College is $3,240. Out-of-state students pay an average of $5,040. On average, associate’s degree students take out $14,220 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 52% were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at San Jacinto College. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 33% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#10

Central New Mexico Community College

Albuquerque, New Mexico
901 Total Awards
$1,650 Average Tuition & Fees
$10,133 Avg Student Debt

Central New Mexico Community College ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. This large public school is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and it awarded 901 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from New Mexico who attend CNM full time pay an average of $1,650 in tuition and fees. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $7,410. On average, associate’s degree students take out $10,133 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 63% were women.

Some students may be able to take online classes at CNM. During the 2017-2018 year, about 42% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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855 Total Awards
$19,406 Avg Student Debt

Universal Technical Institute - Avondale did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for trade school students to get an associate’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. Avondale, Arizona is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private for-profit school handed out associate’s degrees to 855 students in 2018-2019.

Associate’s Degree recipients from UTI Avondale accumulate an average of $19,406 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 4% were women.

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#12

Baker College

Flint, Michigan
804 Total Awards
$9,920 Average Tuition & Fees
$22,114 Avg Student Debt

Baker College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for trade school students to get an associate’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in Flint, Michigan, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 804 diplomas to qualifed associate’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Baker College is $9,920. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. On average, associate’s degree students take out $22,114 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 78% of those degree recipients were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Baker College does offer online classes for certain majors. In fact, around 56% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#13

National University College

Bayamon, Puerto Rico
690 Total Awards
$6,675 Average Tuition & Fees
$11,056 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #13, National University College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for trade school students working on their associate’s degree. National University College is a fairly large private for-profit school situated in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. It awarded 690 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at National University College is $6,675. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. Associate’s Degree recipients from National University College accumulate an average of $11,056 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 80% were women.

Online courses are available at National University College, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. During the 2017-2018 year, about 50% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#14

California University of Pennsylvania

California, Pennsylvania
648 Total Awards
$11,108 Average Tuition & Fees
$19,727 Avg Student Debt

California University of Pennsylvania came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. California University of Pennsylvania is a medium-sized public school located in California, Pennsylvania that handed out 648 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $11,108 in tuition and fees if they attend Cal U full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $15,726. Associate’s Degree recipients from Cal U accumulate an average of $19,727 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 52% were women.

Online courses are available at Cal U, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. During the 2017-2018 year, about 56% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#15

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Williamsport, Pennsylvania
642 Total Awards
$17,160 Average Tuition & Fees
$19,813 Avg Student Debt

Pennsylvania College of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for trade school students to get an associate’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. Pennsylvania College of Technology is a small public school located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania that handed out 642 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at Penn College is $17,160. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $24,510. On average, associate’s degree students take out $19,813 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 28% were women.

Some students may be able to take online classes at Penn College. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 33% took at least some of their classes online.

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598 Total Awards
$16,000 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,603 Avg Student Debt

Southwest University at El Paso did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for trade school students to get an associate’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Southwest University at El Paso is a small private for-profit school situated in El Paso, Texas. It awarded 598 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Southwest University at El Paso does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $16,000. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. Associate’s Degree recipients from Southwest University at El Paso accumulate an average of $21,603 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 70% were women.

Southwest University at El Paso does offer online classes for certain degree levels. In fact, around 1% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#17

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, Alabama
591 Total Awards
$5,655 Average Tuition & Fees
$15,540 Avg Student Debt

Columbia Southern University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Located in Orange Beach, Alabama, the large private for-profit school awarded 591 diplomas to qualifed associate’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Columbia Southern University is $5,655. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. On average, associate’s degree students take out $15,540 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 32% were women.

Since Columbia Southern University is primarily an online school, it is an excellent choice for undergraduate students who need more flexibility than what is offered at some other schools.

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#18

Sonoran Desert Institute

Scottsdale, Arizona
570 Total Awards
$9,440 Average Tuition & Fees
$11,569 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #18, Sonoran Desert Institute did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for trade school students working on their associate’s degree. Scottsdale, Arizona is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private for-profit school handed out associate’s degrees to 570 students in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Sonoran Desert Institute is $9,440. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. Associate’s Degree recipients from Sonoran Desert Institute accumulate an average of $11,569 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 1% were women.

Interested in an online degree? Then you definitely want to check out Sonoran Desert Institute. Every undergraduate student at the school took at least one class online.

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563 Total Awards
$9,912 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,775 Avg Student Debt

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree trade school programs. Embry-Riddle Worldwide is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Daytona Beach, Florida. It awarded 563 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Embry-Riddle Worldwide does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $9,912. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, associate’s degree students take out $21,775 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 9% of those degree recipients were women.

One thing to take note of is that Embry-Riddle Worldwide does offer online classes in some areas. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 97% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#20

Sinclair Community College

Dayton, Ohio
559 Total Awards
$4,004 Average Tuition & Fees
$13,955 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #20, Sinclair Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for trade school students working on their associate’s degree. Located in Dayton, Ohio, the fairly large public school awarded 559 diplomas to qualifed associate’s degree students in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $4,004 in tuition and fees if they attend Sinclair Community College full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $7,271. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $13,955 in student loans. Around 58% of those degree recipients were women.

Some students may be able to take online classes at Sinclair Community College. In 2017-2018 about 37% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#20

Carrington College, Sacramento

Sacramento, California
559 Total Awards
$21,434 Avg Student Debt

Carrington College, Sacramento came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. This small private for-profit school is located in Sacramento, California, and it awarded 559 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $21,434 in student loans. Around 89% of those degree recipients were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Carrington College, Sacramento. During the 2017-2018 year, about 80% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#22

Houston Community College

Houston, Texas
555 Total Awards
$4,152 Average Tuition & Fees
$18,296 Avg Student Debt

Houston Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for trade school students to get an associate’s degree. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in Houston, Texas, the large public school awarded 555 diplomas to qualifed associate’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Texas pay an average of $4,152 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Houston Community College. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $5,268. Associate’s Degree recipients from Houston Community College accumulate an average of $18,296 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 59% were women.

Houston Community College does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In fact, around 38% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#23

Southeast Community College Area

Lincoln, Nebraska
548 Total Awards
$2,592 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,929 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #23, Southeast Community College Area did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for trade school students working on their associate’s degree. Southeast Community College Area is a medium-sized public school located in Lincoln, Nebraska that handed out 548 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from Nebraska who attend Southeast Community College full time pay an average of $2,592 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students pay an average of $3,096. Associate’s Degree recipients from Southeast Community College accumulate an average of $14,929 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 27% of those degree recipients were women.

Online courses are available at Southeast Community College, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 41% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#24

Miami Dade College

Miami, Florida
544 Total Awards
$2,838 Average Tuition & Fees
$15,964 Avg Student Debt

Miami Dade College ranked #24 on this year’s Most Popular Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Miami, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out associate’s degrees to 544 students in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at MDC is $2,838. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $9,661. On average, associate’s degree students take out $15,964 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 54% were women.

MDC does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 17% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#25

New York City College of Technology

Brooklyn, New York
537 Total Awards
$7,320 Average Tuition & Fees
$12,885 Avg Student Debt

New York City College of Technology came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. City Tech is a public institution located in Brooklyn, New York. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 537 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $7,320 in tuition and fees if they attend City Tech full time. Out-of-state students pay an average of $15,270. On average, associate’s degree students take out $12,885 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 39% were women.

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Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Johnson & Wales University - Providence

Providence, Rhode Island
#27

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, Texas
#28

Weber State University

Ogden, Utah
#29

Del Mar College

Corpus Christi, Texas
#31

Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte, North Carolina
#32

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina
#33

Washtenaw Community College

Ann Arbor, Michigan
#34

St Philip's College

San Antonio, Texas
#35

Universidad del Turabo

Gurabo, Puerto Rico
#36

Universal Technical Institute - Rancho Cucamonga

Rancho Cucamonga, California
#38

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, Michigan
#41

Portland Community College

Portland, Oregon
#42

Macomb Community College

Warren, Michigan
#43

Erie Community College

Buffalo, New York
#43

New England Institute of Technology

East Greenwich, Rhode Island
#45

Alfred State College

Alfred, New York
#46

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
#46

Greenville Technical College

Greenville, South Carolina
#50

Tidewater Community College

Norfolk, Virginia

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Rank School Location
51 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
52 Universal Technical Institute - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
52 Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville, NC
54 Vincennes University Vincennes, IN
54 Delaware Technical Community College - Terry Dover, DE
56 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH
57 Bates Technical College Tacoma, WA
58 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
59 Queensborough Community College Bayside, NY
60 Ranken Technical College Saint Louis, MO
61 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX
61 Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown, NC
61 ASA College Brooklyn, NY
64 Pima Medical Institute - Tucson Tucson, AZ
65 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
66 Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology Okmulgee, OK
67 Community College of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
68 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
69 Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
70 South Texas College McAllen, TX
70 Clover Park Technical College Lakewood, WA
72 West Coast Ultrasound Institute Beverly Hills, CA
73 Stark State College North Canton, OH
74 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS
74 Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA
76 Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA
77 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
78 Pitt Community College Winterville, NC
79 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
80 Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX
80 Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA
80 Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield, MO
83 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
84 Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville, NC
85 State Technical College of Missouri Linn, MO
85 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
87 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
88 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA
89 Honolulu Community College Honolulu, HI
89 Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte Charlotte, NC
91 Columbus Technical College Columbus, GA
92 Lee College Baytown, TX
92 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
92 Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park, MN
95 College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL
96 North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton, ND
96 Spokane Community College Spokane, WA
98 Excelsior College Albany, NY
99 LaGuardia Community College Long Island City, NY
99 Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, CA
101 Lake Area Technical Institute Watertown, SD
101 Pittsburgh Technical College Oakdale, PA
103 San Juan College Farmington, NM
104 SUNY Delhi Delhi, NY
104 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
106 Olympic College Bremerton, WA
106 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS
108 Metropolitan Community College Omaha, NE
109 Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lexington, KY
110 Western Technical College La Crosse, WI
111 Monroe College Bronx, NY
112 Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL
113 The College of Health Care Professions - Northwest Houston, TX
114 Bismarck State College Bismarck, ND
114 Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts San Mateo, CA
114 Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Lancaster, PA
117 Bryant & Stratton College - Online Orchard Park, NY
118 Owens Community College Perrysburg, OH
118 Universidad del Este Carolina, PR
120 Bellingham Technical College Bellingham, WA
120 Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA
122 Eastwick College - Ramsey Ramsey, NJ
123 Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS
124 Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD
124 Independence University Salt Lake City, UT
126 St Catherine University Saint Paul, MN
127 Valencia College Orlando, FL
127 SOWELA Technical Community College Lake Charles, LA
127 Mildred Elley NYC New York, NY
127 River Parishes Community College Gonzales, LA
131 University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK
131 Amarillo College Amarillo, TX
133 Forsyth Technical Community College Winston-Salem, NC
134 Fox College Bedford Park, IL
134 Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids, MI
136 Sullivan University Louisville, KY
136 Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn, NY
138 Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
138 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
140 El Paso Community College El Paso, TX
141 Cypress College Cypress, CA
142 Monroe Community College Rochester, NY
143 Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO
143 Dunwoody College of Technology Minneapolis, MN
145 Century College - White Bear Lake White Bear Lake, MN
146 South College Knoxville, TN
146 Northampton County Area Community College Bethlehem, PA
148 Lamar Institute of Technology Beaumont, TX
149 Rowan College at Gloucester County Sewell, NJ
150 Suffolk County Community College Selden, NY
151 Western Technical College El Paso, TX
152 Stratford University Fairfax, VA
152 St Cloud Technical and Community College Saint Cloud, MN
154 Pasadena City College Pasadena, CA
155 Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL
155 Dakota County Technical College Rosemount, MN
157 Hillsborough Community College Tampa, FL
157 Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, CO
159 Tulsa Community College Tulsa, OK
159 Pueblo Community College Pueblo, CO
159 Central Community College Grand Island, NE
159 Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN
163 Stanbridge University Irvine, CA
164 Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC
165 DeVry University - Illinois Chicago, IL
166 Pima Medical Institute - Mesa Mesa, AZ
166 Nassau Community College Garden City, NY
166 Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell, SD
169 Henry Ford College Dearborn, MI
170 Springfield Technical Community College Springfield, MA
171 GateWay Community College - Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
172 New Castle School of Trades New Castle, PA
172 Mt. Hood Community College Gresham, OR
172 San Joaquin Delta College Stockton, CA
172 Rasmussen College - Florida Ocala, FL
172 Southwestern Illinois College Belleville, IL
177 Gadsden State Community College Gadsden, AL
177 Idaho State University Pocatello, ID
179 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
180 John C Calhoun State Community College Tanner, AL
180 Bryan University Tempe, AZ
182 Lorain County Community College Elyria, OH
182 Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA
182 Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville, GA
182 Gateway Technical College Kenosha, WI
186 University of Akron Main Campus Akron, OH
186 Niagara County Community College Sanborn, NY
188 Pima Medical Institute - Houston Houston, TX
188 Anoka Technical College Anoka, MN
190 CBD College Los Angeles, CA
191 Delaware County Community College Media, PA
191 Fresno City College Fresno, CA
193 North Shore Community College Danvers, MA
194 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
195 Green River College Auburn, WA
196 Jefferson Community and Technical College Louisville, KY
196 NHTI-Concord’s Community College Concord, NH
196 Santa Fe College Gainesville, FL
196 Northeast Community College Norfolk, NE
200 Mandl School - The College of Allied Health New York, NY
200 Shelton State Community College Tuscaloosa, AL
202 Pima Medical Institute - Denver Denver, CO
202 Swedish Institute a College of Health Sciences New York, NY
204 Platt College - Riverside Riverside, CA
204 Foothill College Los Altos Hills, CA
204 Lake Washington Institute of Technology Kirkland, WA
207 Borough of Manhattan Community College New York, NY
208 Edgecombe Community College Tarboro, NC
209 Owensboro Community and Technical College Owensboro, KY
210 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
210 Chattahoochee Technical College Marietta, GA
212 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI
213 Cerritos College Norwalk, CA
213 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
213 Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR
216 Charter College Vancouver, WA
217 Linn-Benton Community College Albany, OR
217 Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI
219 Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL
219 Platt College - Ontario Ontario, CA
221 Trident Technical College Charleston, SC
221 Triton College River Grove, IL
223 Lehigh Carbon Community College Schnecksville, PA
223 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS
225 Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology Flushing, NY
225 Hawkeye Community College Waterloo, IA
227 Northcentral Technical College Wausau, WI
227 Illinois Central College East Peoria, IL
227 ITI Technical College Baton Rouge, LA
230 Delta College University Center, MI
230 George Washington University Washington, DC
230 Sacramento City College Sacramento, CA
230 Eastern Florida State College Cocoa, FL
230 Pierpont Community and Technical College Fairmont, WV
235 Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL
236 SUNY Broome Binghamton, NY
236 Clark College Vancouver, WA
236 Gaston College Dallas, NC
236 Rasmussen College - Minnesota St. Cloud, MN
236 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
241 Community College of Denver Denver, CO
242 Bradford School Columbus, OH
242 Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills, IL
242 Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson, KS
245 Florence-Darlington Technical College Florence, SC
245 Grantham University Lenexa, KS
245 Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls, MN
248 Concorde Career College - Aurora Aurora, CO
248 William Rainey Harper College Palatine, IL
248 Northeast State Community College Blountville, TN
251 Vet Tech Institute Pittsburgh, PA
251 Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa, IA
251 Piedmont Technical College Greenwood, SC
251 Lansing Community College Lansing, MI
251 Jefferson State Community College Birmingham, AL
256 Community College of Rhode Island Warwick, RI
256 BridgeValley Community & Technical College South Charleston, WV
256 Montgomery College Rockville, MD
256 Concorde Career College - Memphis Memphis, TN
260 Camden County College Blackwood, NJ
261 Bergen Community College Paramus, NJ
261 Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City Oklahoma City, OK
261 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
261 Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Bowling Green, KY
265 Northeast Mississippi Community College Booneville, MS
265 American River College Sacramento, CA
265 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
268 Reynolds Community College Richmond, VA
268 Augusta Technical College Augusta, GA
270 Mott Community College Flint, MI
270 Southern Maine Community College South Portland, ME
272 Odessa College Odessa, TX
272 Antelope Valley College Lancaster, CA
272 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL
275 Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome, GA
276 Central Carolina Community College Sanford, NC
276 Lake Superior College Duluth, MN
276 Ross College-Sylvania Sylvania, OH
276 Harcum College Bryn Mawr, PA
280 Parkland College Champaign, IL
280 Rosedale Technical College Pittsburgh, PA
280 Arapahoe Community College Littleton, CO
280 College of Western Idaho Nampa, ID
284 Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology Broomfield, CO
285 Eastfield College Mesquite, TX
285 East Mississippi Community College Scooba, MS
285 Long Beach City College Long Beach, CA
285 Northern Wyoming Community College District Sheridan, WY

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our most popular trade school schools ranking:

Rank School Location
289 City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College Chicago, IL
289 Mech-Tech College Caguas, PR
289 Lincoln College of Technology - Melrose Park Melrose Park, IL
292 Westmoreland County Community College Youngwood, PA
292 Midlands Technical College West Columbia, SC
292 Middlesex County College Edison, NJ
295 Johnson & Wales University - Denver Denver, CO
295 Carrington College, Phoenix North Phoenix, AZ
297 Universal Technical Institute - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
297 College of Lake County Grayslake, IL
297 Kapiolani Community College Honolulu, HI
300 Eastern Iowa Community College District Davenport, IA
300 Alvin Community College Alvin, TX
300 Savannah Technical College Savannah, GA
303 Wayne Community College Goldsboro, NC
303 San Diego Mesa College San Diego, CA
303 Naugatuck Valley Community College Waterbury, CT
303 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
303 Allegany College of Maryland Cumberland, MD
308 Johnston Community College Smithfield, NC
308 Berkeley College - Woodland Park Woodland Park, NJ
308 Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology Tulsa, OK
308 Roane State Community College Harriman, TN
312 YTI Career Institute-York York, PA
312 Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Elizabethtown, KY
312 Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA
315 Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conway, SC
315 Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara, CA
317 West Virginia Junior College - Morgantown Morgantown, WV
317 Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga, CA
317 Tri-County Technical College Pendleton, SC
317 McLennan Community College Waco, TX
321 Laramie County Community College Cheyenne, WY
321 Lanier Technical College Oakwood, GA
321 James A Rhodes State College Lima, OH
321 Skyline College San Bruno, CA
325 Southwestern Community College Sylva, NC
325 Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Hudson, NC
325 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS
328 Platt College - Los Angeles Alhambra, CA
328 Elgin Community College Elgin, IL
328 Intellitec College - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
331 Goodwin College East Hartford, CT
331 Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge, IA
333 Kalamazoo Valley Community College Kalamazoo, MI
333 Virginia Western Community College Roanoke, VA
333 Front Range Community College Westminster, CO
333 Chemeketa Community College Salem, OR
333 Mountwest Community and Technical College Huntington, WV
338 West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah, KY
339 Kennebec Valley Community College Fairfield, ME
339 Somerset Community College Somerset, KY
339 Eastern Maine Community College Bangor, ME
342 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA
342 Spartanburg Community College Spartanburg, SC
342 New Mexico State University - Dona Ana Las Cruces, NM
345 Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Salisbury, NC
345 University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock, AR
347 Bryant & Stratton College - Buffalo Buffalo, NY
347 Platt College - Anaheim Anaheim, CA
347 Volunteer State Community College Gallatin, TN
347 Middlesex Community College Bedford, MA
347 Polk State College Winter Haven, FL
347 Ohio Technical College Cleveland, OH
347 Albany State University Albany, GA
354 City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
354 American Career College - Ontario Ontario, CA
354 Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles, CA
357 Luzerne County Community College Nanticoke, PA
357 Red Rocks Community College Lakewood, CO
357 Davidson County Community College Thomasville, NC
357 Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology Delray Beach, FL
361 Ridgewater College Willmar, MN
361 Pima Medical Institute - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
361 Bakersfield College Bakersfield, CA
361 Paris Junior College Paris, TX
365 El Camino College Torrance, CA
365 Shawnee State University Portsmouth, OH
365 Truckee Meadows Community College Reno, NV
368 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
368 Vermont Technical College Randolph, VT
368 EDIC College Caguas, PR
368 Wichita Area Technical College Wichita, KS
372 American Career College - Anaheim Anaheim, CA
372 Quinsigamond Community College Worcester, MA
372 Casper College Casper, WY
372 College of Southern Idaho Twin Falls, ID
372 Seattle Central College Seattle, WA
377 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
377 Sandhills Community College Pinehurst, NC
377 Johnson & Wales University - North Miami North Miami, FL
377 South Central College North Mankato, MN

Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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