LFCC is #2 in a Recent Ranking of Virginia Community Colleges

For Immediate Release:
April 4, 2017

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
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Phone: 540-868-7134

LFCC has been ranked Virginia’s No. 2 community college by LearnHowToBecome.org, which researches careers and their accompanying educational requirements.

The organization divided colleges by whether they are two-year or four-year institutions.

“The schools on our list have shown that they offer the educational experience and resources that leave their students career-ready,” LearnHowToBecome.org Senior Vice President Wes Ricketts says.

LearnHowToBecome.org looked at colleges that are regionally-accredited and not-for-profit. Factors that were considered when ranking schools were employment and academic resources, salaries among graduates 10 years after starting college, financial aid opportunities, graduation rates and student/teacher ratios.

Tidewater Community College received a score of 99.81, and was followed in the No. 2 spot by LFCC with a score of 99.23. LFCC scored better than Tidewater when it comes to graduation rate, student/teacher ratio, alumni salaries and financial aid, but Tidewater offers a higher number of programs.

Rounding out the top 5 list were Southwest Virginia Community College, Danville Community College and Central Virginia Community College.

“While this stellar ranking is gratifying, it really confirms what we here at LFCC already know – our students are able to take advantage of small classes taught by highly-qualified professors while receiving the individualized academic guidance that will steer them onto the pathway to a successful career,” LFCC President Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy says.

LearnHowToBecome.Org’s ranking of community colleges can be seen here:  http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/college/virginia/.




Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.