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2021 Best Computer Programming Associate's Degree Schools

300 Colleges
$37,300 Avg Salary
$16,288 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Computer Programming Associate's Degree 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.

There are so many computer science programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one 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 Associate's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Computer Science Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 300 schools in the United States to see which associate's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for computer science students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the programming associate's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 10 Best Computer Programming Associate's Degree Schools

#1

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

Our 2021 rankings named Southeast Technical Institute the best school in the United States for computer programming students working on their associate’s degree. Southeast Technical Institute is a small public school located in the rural area of Sioux Falls.

While working on their Associate's Degree, programming majors at Southeast Technical Institute accumulate an average of around $18,446 in student debt.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northcentral Technical College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools list. North Central Technical College is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Wausau.

After completing their Associate's Degree, programming graduates from North Central Technical College carry an average student debtload of $10,332. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $75, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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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 #3 on this year’s Best Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Ankeny, DMACC is a public college with a very large student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend New England Institute of Technology. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of East Greenwich, New England Tech is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, programming graduates from New England Tech take out $16,839 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $208, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Gwinnett Technical College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Lawrenceville, GTC is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Programming majors at GTC take out an average of $15,775 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $170.

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Indian Hills Community College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. IHCC is a small public school located in the remote town of Ottumwa.

While working on their Associate's Degree, programming majors at IHCC accumulate an average of around $16,621 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $154.

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#7

Champlain College

Burlington, VT

Champlain College landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree computer programming programs. Champlain is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Burlington.

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Sinclair Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer programming students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Sinclair Community College is a fairly large public school located in the city of Dayton.

After completing their Associate's Degree, programming graduates from Sinclair Community College carry an average student debtload of $12,273. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $110, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN

Hennepin Technical College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree computer programming programs. Hennepin Technical College is a small public school located in the suburb of Brooklyn Park.

Programming majors at Hennepin Technical College take out an average of $17,545 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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Fox Valley Technical College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. FVTC is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Appleton.

Programming majors at FVTC take out an average of $11,680 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $120.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Computer Programming students that almost earned our Best Computer Programming Associate's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
12 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
13 State Technical College of Missouri Linn, MO
14 Austin Community College District Austin, TX

Computer Programming by Region

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New England
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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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