Cochise College ranks #1 in Arizona for Online Community Colleges

Optimal (formerly SR Education Group) released its 2020 Best Online Community College rankings on Guide to Online Schools. Cochise College was named the #1 online community college in Arizona and the #12 online community college in the nation. 

The study researched 550 community colleges and analyzed the overall retention rate, graduation rate, percentage of online enrollment data, and the variety of programs available. With the COVID-19 pandemic, “many students are rethinking the traditional model of education and considering the benefits and safety of online degrees,” noted in the news release. “Online community colleges offer an affordable option for students who want to begin their education path at home and bypass the unpredictability of what the fall semester may bring. Additionally, this choice can eliminate the financial strain of a four-year, on-campus degree at a traditional university, an important consideration as students face an uncertain economy.”

Cochise College began offering online courses in 1998. Today students benefit from over 80 degrees and certificates, including many online courses. Some of the popular online degrees offered at Cochise College include Economics, Social and Behavioral Science, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, and Computer Programming. Online classes include Composition, English Composition, College Mathematics, Business Statistics, Business Communications, Introduction to Information Systems, Introduction to Sociology, and Introduction to Psychology. Anyone can attend an online class to reinvent themselves during this time of social distancing and remote education. Cochise College offered online courses this summer and is planning on providing classes this fall with integrated learning methods, which include online, hybrid, real-time technology and face to face. 

To learn more about the degrees and certificates offered at Cochise College, visit

For more information about the rankings, visit the 2020 Best Online Community Colleges in Arizona website.