Pamlico Community College: Ranked No. 2 in America!

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Dr. Jim Ross, president of PCC, with recent graduate Richard R. Watson III during the school’s 2019 Commencement ceremony.

GRANTSBORO – Pamlico Community College has been notified that it is now nationally ranked as the second-best community college in America. This is an improvement over this past year when the college was rated the nation’s third-best community college. Pamlico Community College is the only community college in America to be rated one of the nation’s top three two years in a row.

SmartAsset, a New York-based personal finance technology company, utilized data from the U.S. Department of Education from 796 community colleges representing every state across America. The company reviewed the colleges on their graduation/transfer rates, student-to-teacher ratios and cost to compile its rankings.

PCC received outstanding scores for the graduation/transfer rate of its students of 69 percent; its excellent student-instructor ratio of 9-to-1; and its extremely low cost and affordability, according to SmartAsset.


PCC achieved an exceptionally high graduation/transfer rate more than 60% higher than the national average. SmartAsset stated the following: “Using 2017-2018 school year data, we found that from last year, when they ranked third, their graduation and transfer rate increased by almost 8%. For the 2016-2017 school year, 64% of students graduated or transferred to a four-year university. For 2017-2018, 69% of students graduated or transferred…”

PCC President Dr. Jim Ross said he is thrilled and humbled the college is now recognized as among the nation’s very best community colleges, and he credited current and former employees as the reasons for this exceptional national achievement.

“We are extremely pleased with this news, and I give total credit for this honor to the outstanding work of our faculty and staff and our supportive community,” he said. “The reason we are the second-best community college in America is because our employees and supportive community are among our nation’s very best. Most importantly, this honor shows our faculty and staff members are providing extraordinary service helping students succeed so they can improve their lives and the lives of their families for our wonderful community.”

News of PCC’s No. 2 ranking by SmartAsset coincides with registration for the Fall 2019 semester gets underway. It also comes amid several other state and national honors Pamlico Community College has received in recent years.

For more information about enrolling at Pamlico Community College, call 252-249-1851, ext. 3001.