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2021 Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate's Degree Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

5 Colleges
$16,570 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$30,365 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Computer Information Systems Associate's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 76,482 degrees and certificates were awarded to computer information systems students, making the major the most popular in the country.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for computer science students. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

The Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate's Degree Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking is one of many tools that Computer Science Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 5 schools in the Rocky Mountains Region to see which associate's degree programs offered the best value experiences for CIS students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate's Degree Colleges.

Best Rocky Mountains Region Schools for Affordable Quality for an Associate's in CIS

#1

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, UT

Our 2021 rankings named Salt Lake Community College the best value school in the Rocky Mountains Region for computer information systems students working on their associate’s degree. Salt Lake Community College is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Salt Lake Community College are $12,460 a year. On average, CIS graduates from Salt Lake Community College take out $12,411 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $114, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

Salt Lake Community College also took the #1 spot in our Best Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region rankings.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Utah Valley University is a great value for computer information systems students working on their associate’s degree. UVU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Orem.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UVU are $16,570 a year. While working on their Associate's Degree, CIS majors at UVU accumulate an average of around $21,973 in student debt.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Located in the large city of Colorado Springs, Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs are $12,529 per year. After completing their Associate's Degree, CIS graduates from Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs carry an average student debtload of $22,269. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $180, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Front Range Community College

Westminster, CO

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Front Range Community College. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Computer Information Systems Associate’s Degree Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Located in the large suburb of Westminster, FRCC is a public school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at FRCC are $15,074 per year. The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at FRCC take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $23,024. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $231.

In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, FRCC is ranked #5 for overall quality for CIS in the Rocky Mountains Region .

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The excellent associate’s degree programs at The University of Montana helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best value computer information systems schools in the Rocky Mountains Region . UM is a large public school located in the small city of Missoula.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UM are $26,218 a year. After completing their Associate's Degree, CIS graduates from UM carry an average student debtload of $26,062.

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Best Computer Information Systems Colleges by State

Explore the best computer information systems colleges for a specific state in the Rocky Mountains region.

State Degrees Awarded
Utah 1,867
Wyoming 6
Colorado 2,079
Montana 39
Idaho 171

Computer Information Systems is one of 10 different types of computer science programs to choose from.

CIS Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Computer & Information Sciences 46,489
Information Technology 26,468
Informatics 2,056
Other Computer & Information Sciences 1,143
Artificial Intelligence 326

Majors Similar to CIS

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Science 47,906
Information Technology 33,399
Information Science 17,779
Computer Systems Networking 14,055
Computer Software & Applications 12,793

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 5 schools only.

  • 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).

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