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OCC Ranked No. 1 Community College in Illinois

Best LogoOlney Central College once again has been ranked the No. 1 Community College in Illinois by the career and education website

The 48 schools in the Illinois Community College System were ranked on multiple factors related to educational opportunity, student performance and student services. Colleges were scored on a 10-point scale based on the percentage of students enrolled in distance education, cost of attendance, student-to-faculty ratio, graduation rate, transfer rate to a senior institution and a flexibility score derived from National Center for Education Statistics data.

According to, “The best community colleges in Illinois share a common trait in that they strive to make higher education accessible and affordable to all.”

This is the second time Olney Central College has topped the annual list since first reaching the No. 1 spot in 2016. OCC also has been recognized nationally as an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College since 2011.

“I’m excited OCC is being celebrated again for providing a quality and affordable education to the residents of the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District,” said OCC President Rodney Ranes. “As stated before, the college wouldn’t be successful without the stellar faculty and Student Services staff who strive to provide excellent experiences for our students.”

Another IECC school, Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, also made the list of Top 10 Community Colleges in Illinois, ranking No. 2.

“While this list celebrates OCC and LTC, we wouldn’t be able to provide a quality education without the cooperation and work of all four colleges and the district administration and staff,” Ranes added. “Our ability to work together as a district is one of our greatest strengths.”

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