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Website ranks Scottsdale fourth-best community college in country

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PHOENIX — Two Phoenix-area two-year institutions have landed on a list of the best community colleges in the United State.

Scottsdale Community College moved up to fourth place and Paradise Valley Community College came in at No. 14.

The rankings have been done yearly since 2014 by SmartAsset, a financial advice website, and last year the school came in at No. 6.

The rankings work by taking 565 community colleges across the country and calculating a number out of their student-faculty ratios, graduation and transfer rates, costs of in-state tuition and fees and ratios of graduates’ median starting salaries to the full cost of attendance.

One of the characteristics that set Scottsdale apart from the other top 10 schools list was its low price tag.

According to the list, tuition and fees for two semesters at the school (between 2014 and 2015) would set an in-state student back a little over $2,000.

Only two schools in the top 25 matched this deal, one being Phoenix’s Paradise Valley Community College at the exact same price, and the other being Tallahassee Community College in Florida, which was $20 less expensive.

The other highlight for Scottsdale cited on the list was it student-teacher ratio at were 17 students to every teacher, leading to more individual interaction.

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