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Lakeland ranked among the nation’s Best Community Colleges

Posted: April 28, 2020

Lakeland Community College has been recognized as one of the nation’s Best Community Colleges 2020 by College Consensus, a unique college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews.

Lakeland ranked 36th on the organization’s list of the 50 best community colleges across the country and one of only two ranked in the state of Ohio (Cincinnati State Technical and Community College ranked #45).

To identify the Best Community Colleges 2020, College Consensus focused exclusively on regionally accredited, reputable institutions identified as community colleges or technical colleges.

Editors then ranked programs according to three equally-weighted factors:

• Cost (current IPEDS* data)

• Reputation (Niche** data)

• Success (PayScale*** data)

With these three factors, College Consensus ranked colleges according to their success in providing a return on investment. “These are the Community Colleges that show the best combination of market reputation, educational quality and rewarding income” said the editors.

College Consensus noted that Lakeland’s online, evening and weekend classes give nontraditional students “the flexibility that some working adults require in order to study.” It also highlighted Lakeland’s tuition as one of the lowest in Ohio and noted resources such as a child care center, campus health clinic and Hispanic program.

Earlier this year, Lakeland was named No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in Ohio for students reaching educational goals by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the leading publication for the higher education sector.

To view the entire list of the Best Community Colleges 2020 visit

About Lakeland

Located in Northeast Ohio, Lakeland Community College has impacted thousands of lives through learning. Founded in 1967, Lakeland was the first college in Ohio created by a vote of the people. True to its mission, the college provides quality learning opportunities to more than 10,000 credit students to meet the needs of the community at its Kirtland campus and online. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, Lakeland offers more than 130 associate degree and certificate programs that may lead to high-demand careers or transfer to four-year institutions. The college also provides access to bachelor’s, graduate and doctorate degrees along with certificates and endorsements on campus through the Holden University Center of Lakeland in partnership with 11 four-year institutions. Visit for more information.


* Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (

** Niche (

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