VC ranked fifth among best colleges in Texas
VC ranked fifth among best colleges in Texas

BestColleges.com recently ranked Victoria College fifth on its list of the 25 Best Two-Year Colleges in Texas.

Affordable tuition and key performance indicators such as enrollment, retention and graduation rates were among the factors that propelled VC to one of the top spots. Student loan default percentages as a measure of graduates’ success after college were also analyzed using the Department of Education website.

“This ranking highlights what Victoria College is – an institution that, above all other things, cares about and is focused on student success,” said Dr. Tom Butler, VC president. “The ranking is also a testament to the outstanding efforts of VC faculty and staff, who consistently provide high quality learning experiences that lead to student success.”

Ryan Gleason, editor-in-chief of BestColleges.com, explained why he considers this year's rankings to be a cut above.

“We were tired of looking at annual lists that heap praise on a few well-known schools,” Gleason said. “There are a number of excellent Texas schools that tend to go unnoticed by students and parents. Our 2015 methodology ignores reputation, purely valuing a school's academic merits and student support, traits that truly make a school great.”

Gleason pointed to Victoria College as an example of a small school that deserved more acclaim for its academics and retention rate. A public two-year college with an enrollment of about 4,000 students, Victoria College had a first-to-second-year retention rate of 65 percent for first-time degree-seeking undergraduates in Fall 2013.

BestColleges.com provides data on more than 7,000 colleges in the country, including more than 150 two-year colleges in Texas. Visitors to the website can find college rankings, a searchable database of schools and financial planning guides.

For more information about the best colleges list, visit BestColleges.com/Features/Best-Colleges-In-Texas.

Published: Friday, 07 August 2015
 

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