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OCC Makes List of Best Community Colleges in Illinois

Top College PHotoOlney Central College made WalletHub’s list of the Best Community Colleges in Illinois.

The personal finance site ranked OCC fourth in the state. Two other Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, Lincoln Trail in Robinson and Frontier in Fairfield, also made the Top 20 list at No. 11 and No. 20, respectively.

Rankings were based on key factors including cost and financing, educational outcomes and career outcomes. According to WalletHub, OCC placed 26th in the nation for educational outcomes, which measures an institution’s first-year retention rate, graduation rate, transfer-out rate, student-faculty ratio and degrees and certificates awarded.

OCC continues to receive national recognition for its outstanding educational quality and affordability. OCC was named a 2017 Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College. In 2016, USA Today and ranked OCC the No. 1 community college in Illinois. OCC also made the list of Best Community Colleges in Illinois released by

Individual programs also have been singled out for recognition. included OCC’s Medical Office Assistant Program in its list of Best Online Medical Assisting Programs, ranking it No. 2 in the nation. OCC’s School of Cosmetology made the Top 50 U.S. Beauty and Cosmetology Schools list released by The program was one of only three cosmetology schools in Illinois to be included and at No. 27 was the highest-ranked program in the state.

Visit to view WalletHub’s 2017 list of Best Community Colleges in Illinois.

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