For the sixth time since 2015, Butler County Community College has been selected as the No. 1 community college in Pennsylvania, this time by a different organization that assesses institutions of higher education.
Niche.com of Pittsburgh analyzed information from the U.S. Department of Education, the Brookings Institution and other sources in areas such as academics, value and professors in ranking BC3 first in its 2022 Best Community Colleges in Pennsylvania report.
BestColleges.com and Schools.com also analyzed information from the U.S. Department of Education in their rankings of BC3 since 2015.
In its most recent report, BestColleges.com ranked BC3 as the No. 1 community college in Pennsylvania for 2020. BestColleges.com also ranked BC3 as No. 1 in 2017, as did Schools.com in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
“What this latest ranking tells us is that our position as the No. 1 community college has been sustainable,” said Nick Neupauer, BC3 president. “It's been several years now. It also tells us that there is not just one organization that is validating us as the top-ranked community college.”
Seventy percent of BC3's Class of 2021 graduated debt-free, and about 70% of the students in the spring 2021 semester were enrolled in transfer programs.
BC3 was named a Military Friendly School this year for a sixth time since 2013 and was also ranked by WalletHub as the No. 2 community college in Pennsylvania in 2021.