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2021 Best Value Computer Programming Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

131 Colleges
$6,250 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$45,886 Avg Salary

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.

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 Value 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 131 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value programs for programming students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Computer Programming Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Computer Programming Colleges.

Top 15% Best Computer Programming Schools

#1

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

Our analysis found Southeast Technical Institute to be the best value school for computer programming students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Southeast Technical Institute is a small public school located in the rural area of Sioux Falls.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Southeast Technical Institute are $6,448 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Southeast Technical Institute is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Computer Programming Schools list.

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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 Value Computer Programming Schools list. North Central Technical College is a moderately-sized public school located in the small city of Wausau.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at North Central Technical College are $5,247 per year.

North Central Technical College also claimed a spot on our Best Computer Programming Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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$4,208 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Brigham Young University - Idaho. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Computer Programming Schools list. BYU - I is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the town of Rexburg.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at BYU - I are $4,208 a year.

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#4

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Hennepin Technical College is a great value for computer programming students. Hennepin Technical College is a small public school located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park.

Hennepin Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,248 in tuition and fees each year.

Hennepin Technical College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Computer Programming Schools list.

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$5,760 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 131 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Indian Hills Community College landed the # 5 spot on the list. IHCC is a small public school located in the town of Ottumwa.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at IHCC are $5,760 a year. 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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#6

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA

Gwinnett Technical College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Value Computer Programming Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Lawrenceville, GTC is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at GTC are $5,636 a year. 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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#7

Century College - White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake, MN

With a ranking of #7, Century College - White Bear Lake did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer programming students. Century College - White Bear Lake is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of White Bear Lake.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Century College - White Bear Lake are $5,578 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Century College - White Bear Lake also did well on our Best Computer Programming Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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$5,040 Average Tuition & Fees

San Jacinto Community College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Computer Programming Schools list. Located in the suburb of Pasadena, San Jacinto College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at San Jacinto College are $5,040 a year.

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With a ranking of #9, Fox Valley Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer programming students. FVTC is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Appleton.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at FVTC are $6,688 a year.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value computer programming programs. Located in the city of Eau Claire, CVTC is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

CVTC undergraduate students pay an average of $6,481 in tuition and fees each year.

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#11

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Western Governors University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Programming Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City, WGU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at WGU are $6,670 a year.

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$5,864 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #12, Dakota County Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer programming students. Located in the rural area of Rosemount, DCTC is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at DCTC are $5,864 a year.

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$5,545 Average Tuition & Fees

Minneapolis Community and Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for computer programming students. It came in at #13 on the list. Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,545 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their degree, programming majors at Minneapolis Community and Technical College accumulate an average of around $20,000 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $208, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Sinclair Community College landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value computer programming programs. Sinclair Community College is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Dayton.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Sinclair Community College are $7,271 per year. 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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#15

Saint Paul College

Saint Paul, MN
$5,736 Average Tuition & Fees

Saint Paul College came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Programming Schools ranking. Saint Paul College is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Saint Paul.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Saint Paul College are $5,736 a year.

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#16

Moraine Park Technical College

Fond du Lac, WI
$5,885 Average Tuition & Fees

Moraine Park Technical College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Computer Programming Schools list. Moraine Park Technical College is a small public school located in the small city of Fond du Lac.

Moraine Park Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,885 in tuition and fees each year.

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#17

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS
$6,690 Average Tuition & Fees

Johnson County Community College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Programming Schools ranking. Located in the city of Overland Park, JCCC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

JCCC undergraduate students pay an average of $6,690 in tuition and fees each year.

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With a ranking of #18, Waukesha County Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer programming students. Located in the large suburb of Pewaukee, WCTC is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

WCTC undergraduate students pay an average of $6,395 in tuition and fees each year.

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$6,625 Average Tuition & Fees

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value Computer Programming Schools list. NWTC is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Green Bay.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at NWTC are $6,625 a year.

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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 Value Computer Programming Schools award.

Rank College Location
20 Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA
21 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS
22 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
23 Mott Community College Flint, MI
24 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
25 Georgia Piedmont Technical College Clarkston, GA
26 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA

Computer Programming by Region

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Region
Southeast
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.

  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to luis gomes.

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