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Delgado Recognized as One of Top 50 Community Colleges Nationwide

NEW ORLEANS — Delgado Community College is recognized as one of the nation’s Top 50 community colleges by the higher education research firm The rankings are published online to serve as a resource for potential students and their families to obtain unbiased information when comparing higher education opportunities.

In addition to the national ranking, one Delgado academic division and two Delgado degree programs are spotlighted by

Science and Mathematics—Best community college in the nation for all programs in these disciplines.

Hospitality Management Associate Degree—Number 1 program among all schools nationwide including four-year universities.

Business Administration Associate Degree—Number 2 program among all two-year schools nationwide; best associate degree program in the Southeast region.

The company conducted an assessment of 2,277 accredited colleges and universities, including 1,187 community colleges. Each program at the schools is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation and post-graduate employment. Those data are also used to determine the overall quality rating for each institution.

Delgado came in at Number 37 nationwide among all community colleges included in the study. No other community college in Louisiana is among the national Top 50.

“This national recognition of the academic quality at Delgado Community College is greatly appreciated, and we trust that the availability of these rankings online will be helpful to those looking to Delgado to prepare for a career, additional study, and all of the other opportunities that a strong educational foundation opens up for Delgado students,” said Larissa Littleton-Steib, Ph.D., chancellor of Delgado Community College.

The website states that the median annual salary for people with associate degrees is $52,830. By comparison, individuals whose highest level of education is a high school degree earn a median annual salary of $36,100.

Additionally, six percent of occupations require a professional certification as the minimum level of education for entry today, but that number will nearly double by 2024 to 11.5 percent of all occupations. Delgado Community College provides professional certifications as well as associate degrees in dozens of academic programs.

The 2021 academic program rankings are calculated through a unique scoring system which includes student engagement, potential return on investment and leading third-party evaluations. The firm’s methodology uses an algorithm that collects and analyzes multiple rankings into one score to easily compare each college’s degree program. The listed sources present each program’s complete ranking.

About Delgado Community College
Delgado Community College celebrates 100 years of service to the New Orleans region in 2021. The oldest and largest community college in Louisiana, Delgado provides instruction online and at seven locations. Delgado offers students the most comprehensive array of education and training services available in the New Orleans region. Additionally, Delgado has articulation agreements with most of the state’s four-year colleges and universities that allow students to transfer their Delgado credits to bachelor’s degree programs. As well as offering degrees and transferable college credits, Delgado provides diplomas and certificates in many professional and technical areas. Workforce development is a priority at Delgado, hence the college’s well-known motto: “Education that works!”

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