A leading college and career resource site has named Blinn College one of five “awesome” community colleges in the state of Texas.
Schools.com recognized Blinn for its high transfer rate, low teacher-student ratio and nationally-recognized community service programs.
In 2013, Blinn’s academic transfer rate was the highest in the state and more than 20 percent higher than the state average, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
Its Transfer Enrollment at Texas A&M (TEAM) Program, a unique co-enrollment program that allows hundreds of additional students to qualify for Texas A&M’s freshman class each year, recently received the THECB’s “Recognition of Excellence.”
Blinn’s community service efforts are spearheaded by its Service Learning Program, which combines community service with classroom instruction or student club activities, focusing on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility to engage students.
Service Learning involves students in activities that address local needs while developing their academic or professional skills and commitment to their community. Since 2004, Blinn students have documented more than 372,000 hours of community service valued at more than $7.1 million by the Points of Light Foundation.
Blinn has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest accolade an educational institution can receive from the federal government for its commitment to service and civic engagement, five of the last seven years.
In addition to being named to the President’s Honor Roll, Blinn received Carnegie Classification in January 2011 from the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching. That honor places Blinn among the top five percent of colleges and universities in the nation in terms of documented public service.
Earlier this year, Blinn released a study showing that the College makes a $345.3 million economic impact on its community. That figure includes $239.5 million in added income by former students employed in the regional workforce, $61.3 million in College operations spending and $44.5 million in student spending.
Schools.com offers college and career resources for students seeking accredited colleges, universities and online schools. This marks the second consecutive year that Schools.com has recognized Blinn after recognizing it as one of the top 10 community colleges in the state of Texas last March.
Blinn enrolled 18,413 students this Fall and has experienced 31.1 percent growth since 2006. Founded in 1883, the College’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick