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2022 Best Economics Associate Degree Schools

10 Colleges in the United States
2,948 Associate Degrees
an associate degree in economics is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #52 out of 312 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 10 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Economics Associate Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 2,948 associate degrees in economics during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Economics School for Your Associate Degree

Best Economics Associate Degree Schools Your choice of economics for getting your associate degree school matters. Important measures of a quality economics program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To account for this we consider a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 45% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 574 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Early-Career Earnings

Average early-career salary of those graduating with their associate degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. That is, everyone wants their associate degree to be worth something, and salaries are one measure of determining that.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to economics students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of economics students who choose to seek a associate degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How much debt economics students go into to obtain their associate degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized economics related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for economics students working on their associate degree.

More Ways to Rank Economics Schools

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Economics Associate Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

Best Schools for Associate Students to Study Economics in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing an associate degree in economics.

10 Top Schools for an Associate in Economics

#1

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, CA
54 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in an associate degree in economics needs to look into East Los Angeles College. East Los Angeles College is a fairly large public college located in the large suburb of Monterey Park. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #29 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means East Los Angeles College is a great college overall.

There were about 54 economics individuals who graduated with this degree at East Los Angeles College in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a associate in economics from East Los Angeles College

#2

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, CA
5 Annual Graduates

College of the Canyons is a wonderful option for individuals pursuing an associate degree in economics. College of the Canyons is a very large public college located in the large suburb of Santa Clarita. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #9 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means College of the Canyons is a great college overall.More information about a associate in economics from College of the Canyons

#3

Merritt College

Oakland, CA
6 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in an associate degree in economics needs to take a look at Merritt College. Merritt College is a medium-sized public college located in the large city of Oakland. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #205 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means Merritt College is a great college overall.

With 6 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent year we have data available, Merritt College is one of the most popular colleges to study economics in the United States.

More information about a associate in economics from Merritt College

#4

Ventura College

Ventura, CA
12 Annual Graduates

Ventura College is a good decision for individuals pursuing an associate degree in economics. Located in the medium-sized city of Ventura, Ventura College is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 60th out of 114 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of California.

Ventura College is a fairly popular college to study economics in the United States with about 12 graduates in the most recent data year.

More information about a associate in economics from Ventura College

#5

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA
12 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Santa Rosa, SRJC is a public college with a large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #104 out of 1,539 colleges nationwide means SRJC is a great college overall.

There were approximately 12 economics individuals who graduated with this degree at SRJC in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a associate in economics from Santa Rosa Junior College

#6

Palomar College

San Marcos, CA
8 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of San Marcos, Palomar College is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Associate Degree Schools rank of #160 out of 1,539 schools nationwide means Palomar College is a great college overall.

There were about 8 economics students who graduated with this degree at Palomar College in the most recent data year.

More information about a associate in economics from Palomar College

#7

American River College

Sacramento, CA
26 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Sacramento, American River is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 47th out of 114 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of California.

There were about 26 economics individuals who graduated with this degree at American River in the most recent data year.

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#8

Mt. San Jacinto College

San Jacinto, CA
12 Annual Graduates

MSJC is a fairly large public college located in the suburb of San Jacinto. This college ranks 77th out of 114 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of California.

Mt. San Jacinto College is one of the most popular colleges to study economics in the United States with roughly 12 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a associate in economics from Mt. San Jacinto College

#9

Crafton Hills College

Yucaipa, CA
6 Annual Graduates

Located in the rural area of Yucaipa, CHC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 92nd out of 114 schools for overall associate degree quality in the state of California.

With 6 students who completed this degree in the most recent year we have data available, Crafton Hills College is one of the most popular colleges to study economics in the United States.

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#10

Antelope Valley College

Lancaster, CA
17 Annual Graduates

Antelope Valley College is a fairly large public college located in the large suburb of Lancaster. This college ranks 71st out of 114 colleges for overall associate degree quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 17 economics students who graduated with this degree at Antelope Valley College in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a associate in economics from Antelope Valley College

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Economics is one of 12 different types of Social Sciences programs to choose from.

Economics Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
General Economics 2,948

Related Major Annual Graduates
General Social Sciences 12,328
Sociology 6,288
Political Science & Government 2,265
Anthropology 1,031
Geography & Cartography 427
Criminology 224
Other Social Sciences 137
International Relations & National Security 54
Urban Studies 19
Archeology 7

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to pixabay. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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