For the fifth time since 2015, Butler County Community College, serving 24,000 credit and noncredit students in eight western Pennsylvania counties and online, has been ranked as the No. 1 community college in the state. BestColleges.com analyzed the most recent U.S. Department of Education statistics in assessing academic quality, affordability, and online competency and rated BC3 atop all Pennsylvania two-year colleges for 2020, as it did in 2017. Schools.com also used U.S. Department of Education data in ranking BC3 as the No. 1 community college in Pennsylvania in 2015, 2017 and in 2019.
“This speaks to our quality,” said Dr. Nick Neupauer, president of BC3. “Competition for students now is as fierce as it has ever been. And there’s really not much in terms of blurring the lines between all of the different sectors of higher education. “As the parents and the students, the consumers of higher education, are looking to make decisions, this really validates not only how special we are, but the quality that we have at BC3. The fact that this is our fifth No. 1 ranking in five years is extra special. It’s a real tribute to our faculty, to our terrific students, board of trustees and (the BC3 Education) foundation that we have achieved such great success.”
It is a “high honor” to again be recognized as Pennsylvania’s No. 1 community college, said Joseph E. Kubit, chairman of BC3’s board of trustees, a BC3 graduate, and BC3 distinguished alumnus. “We are blessed to have a faculty, administration, and staff who focus upon and are committed to providing our students with the highest quality and most affordable education and training possible,” Kubit said.
Twenty-five percent of first-time, full-time students who began at BC3 in fall 2014 earned an associate degree within the three years considered to be 150 percent of “normal time,” the College Navigator reported. The average among the Top 15 schools listed in BestColleges.com’s ranking was 21 percent. The BC3 Education Foundation awards more than $200,000 in scholarships annually. Seventy percent of BC3 graduates are debt-free.
The Butler County Chamber of Commerce is proud to once again congratulate BC3, our partner in Leadership Butler County, Butler County Youth Leadership Program and “Lunch and Learn” Seminar Series, on having attained this honor once again, and we look forward to numerous future cooperative endeavors.