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2021 Best Computer Programming Schools

484 Colleges
$45,886 Avg Salary
$26,222 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Computer Programming School for You

In 2018-2019, 10,688 computer programming students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #7 most popular in the country.

With all the computer science programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

The Best Computer Programming Schools ranking is one of many tools that Computer Science Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 484 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for computer science students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Computer Programming Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for programming majors pursuing a .

Top 15% Best Computer Programming Schools

#1

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Our 2021 rankings named Yale University the best school in the United States for computer programming students. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of New Haven.

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The excellent programs at DigiPen Institute of Technology helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best computer programming schools in the United States. Located in the city of Redmond, Digipen is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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#3

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Southeast Technical Institute is a great place for computer programming students. Southeast Technical Institute is a small public school located in the rural area of Sioux Falls.

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Out of the 131 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Neumont College of Computer Science landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the midsize city of Salt Lake City, Neumont is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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Out of the 131 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Des Moines Area Community College landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the large suburb of Ankeny, DMACC is a public college with a very large student population.

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Rochester Institute of Technology came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Programming Schools ranking. RIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Rochester.

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Northcentral Technical College landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer programming programs. North Central Technical College is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Wausau.

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#8

Champlain College

Burlington, VT

Champlain College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer programming programs. Champlain is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Burlington.

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University of Massachusetts - Lowell landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer programming programs. UMass Lowell is a large public school located in the suburb of Lowell.

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With a ranking of #10, Indian Hills Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer programming students. IHCC is a small public school located in the town of Ottumwa.

Programming majors at IHCC take out an average of $14,796 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $154.

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#11

New England Institute of Technology

East Greenwich, RI

New England Institute of Technology came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Programming Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of East Greenwich, New England Tech is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

After completing their degree, programming graduates from New England Tech carry an average student debtload of $29,247. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $304, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Fox Valley Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer programming students. It came in at #12 on the list. FVTC is a large public school located in the suburb of Appleton.

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#13

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA

Gwinnett Technical College ranked #13 on this year’s Best Computer Programming Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Lawrenceville, GTC is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that programming majors at GTC take out is $16,334. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $170.

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#14

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN

With a ranking of #14, Hennepin Technical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer programming students. Hennepin Technical College is a small public school located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park.

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With a ranking of #15, Sinclair Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer programming students. Sinclair Community College is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Dayton.

After completing their degree, programming graduates from Sinclair Community College carry an average student debtload of $10,603. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $110, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Michigan - Dearborn did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer programming students. It came in at #16 on the list. UM Dearborn is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Dearborn.

On average, programming graduates from UM Dearborn take out $24,675 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $256, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Programming Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Eau Claire, CVTC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#18

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Clemson University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Computer Programming Schools list. Clemson is a very large public school located in the suburb of Clemson.

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#19

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Western Governors University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer programming students. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the suburb of Salt Lake City, WGU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Computer Programming Schools award.

Rank College Location
20 Century College White Bear Lake, MN
21 State Technical College of Missouri Linn, MO
22 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
23 Herzing University - Birmingham Birmingham, AL
24 University of Maryland - University College Adelphi, MD
25 Herzing University - Atlanta Atlanta, GA
26 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN

Computer Programming by Region

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

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

Programming Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Computer Programming 7,925
App Specific Computer Programming 2,227
Computer Programming Certifications 319
Other Computer Programming 217

Majors Similar to Programming

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Computer Science 47,906
Information Technology 33,399
Information Science 17,779
Computer Systems Networking 14,055

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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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