LaGuardia Community College is Named Among Best in New York by

Higher education resource guide announces top accolades for 2024

LaGuardia Community College is Named Among Best in New York by

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY (April 5, 2024) — LaGuardia Community College/CUNY is named among the best community colleges in New York, according to 2024 rankings from LaGuardia is ranked among the top 10 statewide with a 92.24 score (out of 100), reflecting the school’s affordability and availability of resources to help students graduate and successfully establish careers in their fields of interest.

The annual rankings from examined 93 schools offering two-year associate degree programs in New York State. Each institution received a score between 0–100 based on quantitative measures, including tuition, admission, retention and graduation rates, faculty, reputation, and student resources. The methodology is based upon, “the most current information from the U.S. News & World Report,, and other pertinent ranking sites. We [pull] information from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, the National Center of Education Statistics’ College Navigator, College Board, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

Compared to other community colleges in New York State, the ranking shows LaGuardia students pay less in tuition while also receiving more financial aid. LaGuardia students pursuing associate degrees full-time and who meet New York City residency requirements pay $4,800 per year; while the average tuition and fees for in-state New Yorkers at public community colleges is $5,746, according to College Board. Among LaGuardia students, 99% of full-time degree students were awarded some form of grant, scholarship, or financial aid in 2021–22, and 82% of full-time degree students were awarded financial aid in 2022–23. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 80.6% of students attending two-year institutions during the 2020–21 school year received some type of financial aid,

“An associate degree from a community college will certainly pay off in the future,” reports Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that associate degree holders earn about $1,005 per week, while people with high school diplomas earn about $853 per week. Overall, lifetime earnings increase more than $400,000 for students with an associate degree.

For those interested, applications are being accepted for LaGuardia Community College’s Fall 2024 semester; classes begin on Thursday, September 5, 2024. To apply or for more information, please visit Apply – LaGuardia Community College.

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LaGuardia Community College (LAGCC), a Hispanic-Serving Institution, located in Long Island City, Queens offers more than 50 degrees and certificates, and more than 65 continuing education programs to educate New Yorkers seeking new skills and careers. As an institution of the City University of New York (CUNY), the College reflects the legacy of our namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, the former NYC mayor beloved for his advocacy of underserved populations. Since 1971, LaGuardia’s academic programs and support services have advanced the socioeconomic mobility of students while providing them with access to a high quality, affordable college education. provides research to help students make informed decisions about higher education programs.


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