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2021 Most Popular Online Computer Programming Schools

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

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.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Computer Science Degree Search has created its Most Popular Online Computer Programming Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 134 schools in the United States to see which online programs were the most popular for computer science students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Online Computer Programming Colleges.

Our 2021 rankings named University of Phoenix - Arizona the most popular online school in the United States for computer programming students. Located in the city of Tempe, UOPX - Arizona is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#2

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

The excellent online programs at Western Governors University 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 suburb of Salt Lake City, WGU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#3

Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill, CA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Diablo Valley College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Most Popular Online Computer Programming Schools list. Diablo Valley is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Pleasant Hill.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Seminole State College of Florida. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Computer Programming Schools list. Seminole State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Sanford.

While working on their degree, programming majors at Seminole State accumulate an average of around $12,159 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $126.

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#5

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, FL

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means St Petersburg College is a great place for computer programming students pursuing an online degree. Located in the small city of Clearwater, SPC is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, programming graduates from SPC take out $21,750 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $226, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, VA

ECPI University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer programming students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the city of Virginia Beach, ECPI University is a private for-profit school with a large student population.

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#7

Santa Fe College

Gainesville, FL

With a ranking of #7, Santa Fe College did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer programming students. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Gainesville, Santa Fe College is a public school with a large student population.

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Sinclair Community College ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Online Computer Programming Schools list. Sinclair Community College is a fairly large public school located in the 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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Mt. San Antonio College ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Online Computer Programming Schools list. Mt. SAC is a very large public school located in the suburb of Walnut.

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San Jacinto Community College ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular Online Computer Programming Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Pasadena, San Jacinto College is a public college with a very large student population.

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With a ranking of #11, Austin Community College District did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer programming students. Located in the city of Austin, Austin Community College District is a public school with a very large student population.

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#12

Portland Community College

Portland, OR

Portland Community College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Computer Programming Schools ranking. Portland Community College is a fairly large public school located in the city of Portland.

Programming majors at Portland Community College take out an average of $18,130 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $188.

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#12

North Hennepin Community College

Brooklyn Park, MN

North Hennepin Community 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. North Hennepin Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Brooklyn Park.

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#14

De Anza College

Cupertino, CA

De Anza College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer programming students. It came in at #14 on the list. De Anza College is a large public school located in the small city of Cupertino.

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#15

Champlain College

Burlington, VT

Champlain College ranked #15 on this year’s Most Popular Online Computer Programming Schools list. Champlain is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Burlington.

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#16

Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL

Full Sail University ranked #16 on this year’s Most Popular Online Computer Programming Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Winter Park, Full Sail University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, programming graduates from Full Sail University carry an average student debtload of $28,125. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $292, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Solano Community College

Fairfield, CA

Solano Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer programming students. It came in at #17 on the list. Solano College is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Fairfield.

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#18

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Ivy Tech Community College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Computer Programming Schools ranking. Ivy Tech Community College is a very large public school located in the city of Indianapolis.

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#19

Central Georgia Technical College

Warner Robins, GA

Central Georgia Technical College ranked #19 on this year’s Most Popular Online Computer Programming Schools list. CGTC is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Warner Robins.

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#20

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE

Bellevue University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Computer Programming Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Bellevue, Bellevue University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

After completing their degree, programming graduates from Bellevue University carry an average student debtload of $21,219. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $220.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Computer Programming students that almost earned our Most Popular Online Computer Programming Schools award.

Rank College Location
21 Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH
22 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
23 Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA
24 University of Advancing Technology Tempe, AZ
25 Hillsborough Community College Tampa, FL
25 Central Texas College Killeen, TX

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Southwest
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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 26 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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