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QCC Named 5th Best Online Associate Degree Program in the Nation

October, 2020
  • QCC's online degree programs were named fifth best in the nation.
    QCC's online degree programs were named fifth best in the nation.

Quinsigamond Community College’s online associate degree programs have been named the fifth best return on investment (ROI) for online associate degrees nationwide, according to OnlineU, an unbiased rankings organization that compares all online colleges and universities in the country.

QCC was the only community college listed in the top five, and one of only two community colleges in the top 10 of its recent 2020 rankings list. 

College and university online programs are ranked based on:

  • median salary and mean debt numbers found in the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard
  • graduates’ salaries and debt payments for 10 years after graduation, accounting for standard salary growth and interest on debt payments

Each school is given an "ROI score" that reflects how the salary and debt of the programs compare to similar ones. The rankings also include an annual tuition comparison of each school, based on out-of-state tuition rates unless in-state rates are offered to all students.

QCC’s ROI ranking of 95.9% is based on its out of state annual tuition. Fall 2020 out of state tuition is $411 per credit, as compared to in-state tuition of $205 per credit.

“Our programs are some of the most affordable and lucrative in the country as shown in this national ranking study. Our online programs are as robust as our in-person programs, without any additional cost differential. At QCC, our goal is 100 percent student success for all, and part of that success means making sure our students have an affordable education that leads them into a productive future,” President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. said.