Brookdale earns No. 1 community college distinction in N.J.

Brookdale Community College earned the No. 1 community college distinction in New Jersey on Niche’s 2023 Best Community Colleges in New Jersey list.

Brookdale received the top grade from Niche among the state’s 19 community colleges based on acceptance rate, quality of professors, diversity, student life, safety and location. Nationally, the Lincroft-based community college earned a place in the Top 20%, earning spot No. 177 of 906 institutions on Niche’s list.

Rounding out the Top 5 on the 2023 Best Community Colleges in New Jersey list were:

2. Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg
3. Salem Community College, Carneys Point
4. County College of Morris, Randolph
5. Bergen Community College, Paramus

“Even before the pandemic, high school students and their families were questioning the value of higher education, in large part due to how expensive it’s become in the past 20 years or so,” said Niche Principal Strategist Ryan Bell. “Our updates to our value methodology come at a time when prospective college students are more intent on choosing a school that will yield a good return on investment than ever before.”

Niche is known for its comprehensive rankings of schools, universities and communities. With updated data for 4,050 colleges nationwide, it has released rankings this year focusing on the value of education.

Niche’s rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education, the American Community Survey, a postsecondary education data system, and student and alumni surveys regarding academics at the school. The 2023 rankings feature an updated methodology to better evaluate students’ earnings immediately after graduation and in years to come.