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2021 Best Value Computer Information Systems Undergraduate Certificate Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

25 Colleges
$13,188 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$27,290 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Computer Information Systems Undergraduate Certificate School for You

Computer Information Systems is the most popular major in the United States with 76,482 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019.

With all the computer science programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Computer Science Degree Search has created the Best Value Computer Information Systems Undergraduate Certificate Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 25 schools in the United States to see which undergraduate certificate 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.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. 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.

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

2021 Best Value Computer Information Systems Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the United States

Check out the CIS undergraduate certificate programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 10 Best Computer Information Systems Undergraduate Certificate Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Collin County Community College District the best value school in the United States for computer information systems students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the midsize suburb of McKinney, Collin County Community College District is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Collin County Community College District are $5,014 a year.

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The excellent undergraduate certificate programs at San Jacinto Community College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best value computer information systems schools in the United States. San Jacinto College is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Pasadena.

San Jacinto College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,040 in tuition and fees each year.

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Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Lone Star College System. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Computer Information Systems Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the small city of The Woodlands, North Harris Montgomery is a public college with a very large student population.

North Harris Montgomery undergraduate students pay an average of $5,564 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, CIS majors at North Harris Montgomery accumulate an average of around $13,297 in student debt.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Des Moines Area Community College. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Computer Information Systems Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. DMACC is a very large public school located in the suburb of Ankeny.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at DMACC are $9,600 per year.

In addition to its great value ranking, DMACC is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Computer Information Systems Undergraduate Certificate Schools list.

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The excellent undergraduate certificate programs at Jefferson State Community College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best value computer information systems schools in the United States. Jeff State is a moderately-sized public school located in the midsize city of Birmingham.

Jeff State undergraduate students pay an average of $8,790 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, CIS graduates from Jeff State carry an average student debtload of $11,526.

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Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Ivy Tech Community College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Value Computer Information Systems Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the large city of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Ivy Tech Community College are $8,661 per year. CIS majors at Ivy Tech Community College take out an average of $11,627 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $106, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Tarrant County College District landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate computer information systems programs. Located in the large city of Fort Worth, Tarrant County College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Tarrant County College undergraduate students pay an average of $8,235 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, CIS graduates from Tarrant County College carry an average student debtload of $12,804. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $109.

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With a ranking of #8, University of Nebraska at Omaha did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer information systems students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the city of Omaha, UNOMAHA is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UNOMAHA are $21,244 a year. CIS majors at UNOMAHA take out an average of $18,398 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $224.

In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UNOMAHA is ranked #1 for overall quality for CIS in the United States.

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With a ranking of #9, University of Maryland Global Campus did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer information systems students working on their undergraduate certificate. UMGC is a very large public school located in the suburb of Adelphi.

UMGC undergraduate students pay an average of $12,336 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, UMGC also did well on our Best Computer Information Systems Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Harrisburg Area Community College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Computer Information Systems Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the city of Harrisburg, HACC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

HACC undergraduate students pay an average of $9,585 in tuition and fees each year.

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Computer Information Systems by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
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Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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

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 25 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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