As the student-to-teacher ratio increases, student performance decreases, even at the college level. Dallas County, Texas offers 21 community colleges, with an average student-to-teacher ratio of 46-to-1. However, a number of these schools are significantly more student-friendly, with much lower ratios.

El Centro College

With three campuses in Dallas, El Centro College has 11,296 students at the time of publication. The college offers over 100 certification and associate degree programs and a student-teacher ratio of 23-to-1. The college has an open-enrollment policy, but once admitted, you must take assessment exams and if indicated, you will have to take college-readiness courses in reading, math, writing, computer literacy or learning strategies. Dallas county residents pay $59 per credit hour, other Texas residents pay $111 and out-of-state students pay $174. Coursework is guaranteed to transfer to Texas colleges and universities.

Mountain View College

Following a student-centered philosophy, Mountain View College boasts a number of academic divisions, including science, humanities, nursing, business and computers. At the time of publication, Dallas County residents pay $177 for a three-credit-hour course. Students living in other counties of Texas pay $333 and out-of-state students pay $523. The college has 13 scholarship funds, each with different requirements. Mountain View College offers open enrollment and a student-teacher ratio of 28-to-1.

Eastfield College

Located in Mesquite, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, Eastfield College has a student-instructor ratio of 27-to-1. The school offers associate degrees in 16 areas, including liberal arts, engineering, humanities, mechanics and repair technologies. The full-time student-retention rate is 52 percent. Fifty-four percent of students receive grants or scholarships averaging $2,751 per year. The school also offers career and counseling services. To help students succeed, Eastfield College has an academic skills center with services in math, language learning and science.

Remington College

A private nonprofit institution, Remington College offers certifications, associate and bachelor’s degrees. Associate degrees are awarded in criminal justice, business administration, office management and computer and network administration. The school, in Garland, Texas, a northeast suburb of Dallas, has 987 students at the time of publication and a student-instructor ratio of 14-to-1. Tuition is based on the program you choose. For example, the medical assistant certification program costs $19,990, including tuition, fees and books.