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Bachelor’s Degrees in Computer Programming

1,560 Yearly Graduations
$51,300 Median Salary
$38,738 Median Debt
There are 98 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a bachelor's degree in programming. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were men, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 3.0% of programming graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Programming Majors

In 2018-2019, 1,560 earned their bachelor's degree in programming. This earns it the #6 spot on the list of the most popular bachelor's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in programming at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 3,860
Associate’s Degree 3,787
Bachelor’s Degree 1,560
Undergraduate Certificate 1,334
Master’s Degree 145
Graduate Certificate 2

Earnings of Programming Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in programming is $51,300. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $50,900 and the high is $51,300.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in programming is $38,738. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $38,738 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $31,844.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $402.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue bachelor's degrees in programming. About 85.1% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,328
Women 232
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Programming

The racial-ethnic distribution of programming bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 100
Black or African American 100
Hispanic or Latino 193
White 914
International Students 47
Other Races/Ethnicities 206
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Programming Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 98 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in programming. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
378 Yearly Graduations
11% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for programming students seekinga bachelor's degree is Western Governors University. Roughly 136,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,380 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,500 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 378 people received their bachelor's degree in programming from WGU. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 11% were women.

#2

Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale, New York
138 Yearly Graduations
16% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for programming majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Farmingdale State College. Each year, around 9,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,792 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 138 people received their bachelor's degree in programming from SUNY College of Technology at Farmingdale. Around 45% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 16% were women.

#3

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
88 Yearly Graduations
26% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for programming majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is ECPI University. Each year, around 13,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,584 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,960 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 88 people received their bachelor's degree in programming from ECPI University. Around 34% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 26% were women.

#4

Rowan University

Glassboro, New Jersey
70 Yearly Graduations
21% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rowan University is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in programming. Roughly 19,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,076 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,879 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 70 bachelor's degrees were handed out to programming majors at Rowan. About 21% of this group were women, and 43% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

DigiPen Institute of Technology

Redmond, Washington
61 Yearly Graduations
7% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for programming majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is DigiPen Institute of Technology. Each year, around 1,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $32,400 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $27,000 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 61 bachelor's degrees were handed out to programming majors at Digipen. Around 10% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 7% were women.

#6

Green River College

Auburn, Washington
59 Yearly Graduations
20% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for programming majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Green River College. Roughly 8,400 attend the school each year. The programming program at Green River College awarded 59 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 20% were women and 37% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

53 Yearly Graduations
13% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Phoenix - Arizona is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in programming. Roughly 94,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,552 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,752 per year.

The programming program at University of Phoenix - Arizona awarded 53 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 13% of this group were women, and 45% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida
51 Yearly Graduations
16% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Full Sail University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in programming. Each year, around 21,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $20,667 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,498 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 51 bachelor's degrees were handed out to programming majors at Full Sail University. Of these students, 16% were women and 51% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

47 Yearly Graduations
11% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in programming. Roughly 39,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,476 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,790 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 47 bachelor's degrees were handed out to programming majors at UC. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 11% were women.

#10

Bellevue University

Bellevue, Nebraska
44 Yearly Graduations
23% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bellevue University comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in programming. Roughly 11,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,176 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,530 per year.

The programming program at Bellevue University awarded 44 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 23% of this group were women, and 36% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, Georgia
39 Yearly Graduations
5% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Kennesaw State University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in programming. Each year, around 37,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,450 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,328 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 people received their bachelor's degree in programming from KSU Georgia. Of these students, 5% were women and 36% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
33 Yearly Graduations
9% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

DePaul University is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in programming. Each year, around 22,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,551 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,584 per year.

The programming program at DePaul University awarded 33 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 9% were women.

#13

University of Michigan - Dearborn

Dearborn, Michigan
31 Yearly Graduations
19% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Michigan - Dearborn comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in programming. Each year, around 9,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,729 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,770 per year.

The programming program at University of Michigan - Dearborn awarded 31 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 19% were women.

#13

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana
31 Yearly Graduations
23% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tulane University of Louisiana comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in programming. Each year, around 12,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,760 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,918 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 31 bachelor's degrees were handed out to programming majors at Tulane. Of these students, 23% were women and 48% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

29 Yearly Graduations
3% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Advancing Technology comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in programming. Roughly 700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,823 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,000 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 29 bachelor's degrees were handed out to programming majors at University of Advancing Technology. Of these students, 3% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Southwestern College

Winfield, Kansas
29 Yearly Graduations
21% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southwestern College is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in programming. Each year, around 1,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,340 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 29 people received their bachelor's degree in programming from SC. About 21% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Fort Hays State University

Hays, Kansas
26 Yearly Graduations
12% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fort Hays State University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in programming. Each year, around 15,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $3,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,582 per year.

The programming program at Fort Hays State University awarded 26 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 12% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Becker College

Worcester, Massachusetts
25 Yearly Graduations
12% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Becker College is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in programming. Each year, around 1,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $36,300 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,142 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 bachelor's degrees were handed out to programming majors at Becker College. Of these students, 12% were women and 16% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, New York
25 Yearly Graduations
24% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rochester Institute of Technology comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in programming. Each year, around 16,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,049 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,522 per year.

The programming program at Rochester Institute of Technology awarded 25 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 24% were women.

#18

New England Institute of Technology

East Greenwich, Rhode Island
25 Yearly Graduations
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New England Institute of Technology is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in programming. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,100 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,320 per year.

The programming program at New England Institute of Technology awarded 25 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

Programming Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Computer Programming 1,101
Specific Application Programming 352
Other Computer Programming 106
Computer Certifications 1

Below are some popular majors that are similar to programming that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Computer Information Systems 36,674
Computer Science 31,737
Information Science 9,118
Information Technology 7,229
Computer Software Applications 3,499

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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