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Bachelor’s Degree 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

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,560 students 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 Degree

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 degree 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 Degree 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. Each year, around 98,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 378 bachelor's degree were handed out to programming majors at 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*

Farmingdale State College is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in programming. Each year, around 9,500 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. Roughly 11,900 attend the school each year. 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 East Coast Polytechnic Institute. 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 comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in programming. Each year, around 18,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 degree 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 61 people received their bachelor's degree in programming from 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*

Green River College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in programming. Each year, around 8,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The programming program at Green River College awarded 59 bachelor's degree 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*

The 7th most popular school in the country for programming majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Phoenix - Arizona. Each year, around 103,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 53 bachelor's degree were handed out to programming majors at UOPX - Arizona. 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*

The 8th most popular school in the country for programming majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Full Sail University. Each year, around 18,600 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.

The programming program at Full Sail University awarded 51 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 16% were women and 51% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

The 9th most popular school in the country for programming majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Cincinnati - Main Campus. Roughly 37,100 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.

The programming program at University of Cincinnati - Main Campus awarded 47 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. 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 degree in programming. Roughly 8,600 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 degree 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*

The 11th most popular school in the country for programming majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Kennesaw State University. Each year, around 35,800 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.

The programming program at Kennesaw State University awarded 39 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. 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 comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in programming. Each year, around 22,700 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 33 people received their bachelor's degree in programming from DePaul. 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 degree in programming. Roughly 9,300 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 31 people received their bachelor's degree in programming from UM Dearborn. 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 is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in programming. Roughly 12,300 attend the school each year. 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 degree 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*

The 15th most popular school in the country for programming majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Advancing Technology. 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 degree 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*

The 15th most popular school in the country for programming majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Southwestern College. Each year, around 1,300 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.

The programming program at Southwestern College awarded 29 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. 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 is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in programming. Each year, around 15,100 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 degree 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 comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in programming. Each year, around 1,800 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 people received their bachelor's degree in programming from 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 is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in programming. Roughly 16,500 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 people received their bachelor's degree in programming from RIT. 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*

The 18th most popular school in the country for programming majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is New England Institute of Technology. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 people received their bachelor's degree in programming from New England Tech.

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 degree.

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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