College-bound students looking to get the best education for their money may be interested in learning that Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) is among the top 25 best value community colleges in the nation.
In terms of best value, PCCUA has been ranked 13th among 25 institutions who offer students the better deal, according to Bankrate.com, and was the only Arkansas community college named in the ranking.
“I am very pleased that we have been recognized as one of the best value two-year colleges,” said PCCUA Chancellor Dr. Steven Murray, “but I am not surprised. While college rates are continually rising, our commitment to keeping our quality high and our costs reasonable hasn't faltered. We stand by our commitment to provide outstanding educational value for students and families.”
Bankrate selected the top best value 2-year colleges based on institutional data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics. Over 900 2-year public colleges were ranked using the following criteria: graduation rate; student retention rate; student-faculty ratio; in-state tuition and fees; percentage of first-time, full-time undergrads receiving financial aid; and the average amount of aid they received from various sources.
The first community college established in Arkansas, PCCUA is a multi-campus institution with locations in Helena- West Helena, DeWitt and Stuttgart. Offering accessible, affordable education and an associate's degree in more than 25 different programs, PCCUA provides the in-depth knowledge, high-tech skills, and hands-on experience students need for successful careers. Its transfer guarantee ensures that its courses will transfer to most colleges and universities. This allows PCCUA's students to stay home for their first two years, saving them roughly half the cost of attending a 4-year college or university for four years. And financial aid and scholarships help make PCCUA even more affordable.
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Phillips Community College. The National League accredits its Associate Degree Nursing program for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and programs accredit its business programs.
Students entering college should consider the best value for their buck. PCCUA continues to be one of the best value two-year colleges in the country and is definitely worth checking out.