Minnesota State Community and Technical College is ranked sixth best in the nation and the top community college in Minnesota in WalletHub’s The Best and Worst Community Colleges of 2019.

In compiling its listing, the personal finance website surveyed more than 700 colleges nationwide and based its rankings on 19 different indicators of cost and quality, including tuition, graduation rate and the median salary after attending.

"We’re pleased that M State's affordability remains highly competitive, said M State President Carrie Brimhall. “More importantly, we’re proud of our students’ achievements, as they result from the quality of education and services M State's faculty and staff provide."

The entire Minnesota State system of colleges and universities was ranked No. 3 in WalletHub’s ranking of Best & Worst Community College Systems, behind only Washington and South Dakota. Minnesota State includes seven universities and 30 two-year colleges, including M State and its campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena.

In addition to being more affordable than four-year institutions, WalletHub noted that community colleges often provide more flexible schedules, have smaller class sizes and offer rigorous coursework.

At M State, annual tuition and fees for full-time students is $5,500, compared to nearly $8,000 at state universities. With scholarships and grants, more than half of the college’s 8,000 students attended M State tuition-free in 2018-19.

Also ranked in the Top 10 among Minnesota State community colleges were Alexandria Technical & Community College and Northland Community and Technical College. The top college nationally is State Technical College of Missouri.

As a member of the Minnesota State system, M State serves more than 8,000 students in credit courses each year in more than 80 career and liberal arts programs online and at its campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena. By partnering with communities, the college also provides workforce development services and other responsive training programs.