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South Mountain Community College Ranks in College Choice’s Top 50 Best Community Colleges

College Choice has ranked South Mountain Community College (SMCC) among the top 50 best community colleges in the United States. Coming in at number 11, SMCC is lauded for serving a diverse region and its flexible class schedules and community library.

Three other Maricopa Community Colleges, Scottsdale Community College (SCC), GateWay Community College (GWCC), and Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), also made the top 50. SCC ranked 28 for preparing students in dominant workforce fields that do not require four-year degrees. GWCC placed 33rd, excelling in their healthcare programs and entrepreneurial innovation. At number 34, EMCC is recognized for providing a variety of accessible degree tracks, job training, and community education courses in the expanding Southwest Valley.

“Our mission is to provide access to excellent education and opportunities for our diverse students to achieve their educational and career goals,” said Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Chancellor of Maricopa County Community College District.  “This recognition is a reflection of the competence and dedication of our innovative faculty and staff, and their collective commitment to serving our students and communities.”

College Choice is dedicated to helping students find colleges that best fit their interest and needs by ranking colleges. To compile their top 50 list, College Choice scored colleges based on retention, graduation rates, awards, minority students, grants, tuition rates, and potential salary.

See the complete top 50 list.