Colby Community College ranked 12th out of 798 community colleges nationwide in the Best Community Colleges of 2018 study by SmartAsset, a financial advising company.

To determine the best community college investments, SmartAsset used three metrics: the graduation and transfer rate, cost, and student-to-faculty ratio.

Colby has a 68 percent graduation and transfer rate, which measures students who either graduate from a community college or transfer to a four-year institution. CCC has 13 students for every faculty member and students pay about $3,600 per year in tuition and fees.

“Colby Community College being ranked in the top 1.5 percent of the nation by SmartAsset further validates that CCC is providing a high-quality education at an affordable rate to our students,” said college president Dr. Seth Carter.

Other Kansas colleges in the top 25 include Cloud County (16) and Independence (24).

The full study is available on the SmartAsset website.