College of the Siskiyous earned the number one ranking with a graduation and transfer rate of 54 percent.

College of the Siskiyous was recently named the number one-ranked small college in the state for graduation and transfer rates by Education Reference Desk.

“There are many different rankings of colleges out there, but it doesn’t get any better than to be ranked #1 in California for our student success in graduating and transferring for small colleges,” said COS president Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker. “When it comes to attending a community college with the goal of transferring to a 4-year institution, the name of the game is to pay attention to graduation and transfer rates. These rates represent how well students do in school and their chance of successfully transferring into schools of their choice.”

College of the Siskiyous earned the number one ranking with a graduation and transfer rate of 54 percent.

The Top 33 list has been broken into three areas – Large Schools, Medium Schools and Small Schools – and is based on graduation and transfer rates. COS is listed as number one of the 10 small schools on the list.

Due to the rising cost of education, more students are starting their post-secondary education in community college as a money saving factor. By taking the first two years of a four-year degree at a community college, students take out fewer loans and usually don’t carry as large of a debt as those who attend a four-year school.

The cost to attend one year of community college costs approximately $1,192 compared to a California State University ($5,742) or the University of California ($13,900).

Comprised of 73 districts and 115 colleges, the California Community Colleges make up the largest higher education system in the nation—providing a gateway to higher education for over two million students per year. Community Colleges offer associate's degrees, prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions, provide opportunities for lifelong learning, and train the workforce that sustains California’s economy.

Registration for 2019 summer session and fall semester classes at College of the Siskiyous is open. The class schedule is available for viewing online at

Education Reference Desk’s study can be found at