BestColleges.com has selected Holmes Community College as one of the Best Community Colleges in Mississippi for 2017. Holmes was ranked No. 5 out the 15 community colleges in the state.
"Holmes stands out as one of the best of the best in Mississippi," said Katelyn Baker, outreach coordinator for BestColleges.com. "A place on this ranking demonstrates to BestColleges.com's 100,000 weekly visitors that the institution's programs provide a quality education that students can afford in their home state of Mississippi."
Mississippi offers a wide range of educational opportunities and the BestColleges.com staff realizes that a number of factors go into the school selection process. According to their website, to aid in this decision-making process, BestColleges.com applied their rigorous methodology to the latest education data to rank the best colleges in Mississippi, including the top four-year and two-year schools.
"We have included essential factors in our database creation, including acceptance, retention, graduation and enrollment rates," BestColleges.com states. "Keeping in mind today's students' growing concern over post-graduation debt, we have also included the metric of student loan default percentages. Using these critical elements in our algorithm, we provide you with the best of the best."
Since opening its doors 92 years ago, more than 20,000 alumni have received an education and/or trained for the workforce at Holmes Community College. Holmes has grown from an agricultural junior college in Goodman into a multi-campus institution that offers the Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Applied Science degree, technical and career certificates, and workforce training. The college now offers more than 50 academic majors, approximately 30 professional programs, over 50 extracurricular activities, 10 athletic sports, and a variety of student support services.
"Holmes gives students the opportunity to receive a quality education that will improve their quality of life," said Holmes Director of Admissions and Records Kay Bates. "We have employees that go above and beyond to make sure that our students are successful. We do this by creating an atmosphere that will encourage lifelong learning, responsible citizenship and leadership. When we make a positive difference in a student's life this consequently makes a positive difference in our community and our country."
To learn more about BestColleges.com and view Holmes' ranking, visit http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/best-colleges-in-mississippi/.