What Are the Best Community Colleges in New York?

North Country Community College, located in Saranac Lake, N.Y., was ranked the best community college in New York in 2010, according to the Washington Monthly magazine. The 2-year school was ranked the 22nd best community college in the United States in 2010 by the same publication.

Kingsborough Community College, located in Brooklyn, N.Y., was ranked the third-best community college in the country in 2013 by the Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit organization. It beat out more than 1,000 other community colleges across the nation. A factor for the high ranking was the school's especially high transfer rate of minority students to 4-year colleges, and its high transfer rate of all students, in general. More than 50 percent of all students transferred versus the national average of about 25 percent.

The transfer rate is frequently used as a criterion, or barometer, to measure the quality of a school. Another school located in New York that has an impressive transfer rate that surpasses the national average is Queensborough Community College, a 2-year school in Queens, N.Y. The school boasts it has the highest transfer rate to a 4-year City University of New York college than any of its sister schools in the City University of New York network of community colleges.