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2021 Most Popular Computer Programming Schools

614 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.

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 Most Popular Computer Programming 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 614 schools in the United States to see which programs were the most popular for computer science students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Computer Programming program at each school on the list.

Check out the programming programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

Our analysis found University of Phoenix - Arizona to be the most popular school for computer programming students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. 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

Out of the 614 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Western Governors University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City, WGU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#3

Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill, CA

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Diablo Valley College is a great place for computer programming students. Diablo Valley is a large public school located in the suburb of Pleasant Hill.

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#4

Valencia College

Orlando, FL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Valencia College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Most Popular Computer Programming Schools list. Located in the large city of Orlando, Valencia College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, programming graduates from Valencia College carry an average student debt load of $10,775. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $112, 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 Edmonds Community College. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Programming Schools list. Located in the suburb of Lynnwood, Edmonds Community College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Ozarks Technical Community College landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular computer programming programs. Located in the midsize city of Springfield, OTC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, programming majors at OTC accumulate an average of around $14,403 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $149.

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#7

Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale, NY

Farmingdale State College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Programming Schools ranking. SUNY College of Technology at Farmingdale is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Farmingdale.

After completing their degree, programming graduates from SUNY College of Technology at Farmingdale carry an average student debt load of $14,944. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $155.

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Portland Community College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular computer programming programs. Portland Community College is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Portland.

The average amount in student loans that programming majors at Portland Community College take out is $18,130. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $188.

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Renton Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for computer programming students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Renton, Renton Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

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#10

Green River College

Auburn, WA

Green River College landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular computer programming programs. GRC is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Auburn.

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Seminole State College of Florida came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Programming Schools ranking. Seminole State is a large public school located in the city of Sanford.

On average, programming graduates from Seminole State take out $12,159 in student loans while working on their degree. 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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#12

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, FL

St Petersburg College ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Programming Schools list. Located in the small city of Clearwater, SPC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, programming graduates from SPC carry an average student debt load of $21,750. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $226, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#12

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA

With a ranking of #12, Gwinnett Technical College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer programming students. Located in the large suburb of Lawrenceville, GTC is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

While working on their degree, programming majors at GTC accumulate an average of around $16,334 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $170.

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#14

Mt. San Antonio College

Walnut, CA

Mt. San Antonio College landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular computer programming programs. Mt. SAC is a very large public school located in the suburb of Walnut.

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#14

Amarillo College

Amarillo, TX

Amarillo College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for computer programming students. It came in at #14 on the list. Amarillo College is a moderately-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Amarillo.

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#16

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, VA

With a ranking of #16, ECPI University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer programming students. Located in the large city of Virginia Beach, ECPI University is a private for-profit school with a large student population.

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#17

Santa Fe College

Gainesville, FL

Santa Fe College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for computer programming students. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Gainesville, Santa Fe College is a public college with a large student population.

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#18

Brookhaven College

Farmers Branch, TX

Brookhaven College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Programming Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Farmers Branch, Brookhaven College is a public college with a large student population.

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Sinclair Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for computer programming students. It came in at #19 on the list. Sinclair Community College is a large public school located in the midsize city of Dayton.

On average, programming graduates from Sinclair Community College take out $10,603 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $110, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

College of San Mateo

San Mateo, CA

With a ranking of #20, College of San Mateo did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer programming students. CSM is a medium-sized public school located in the city of San Mateo.

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#21

ASA College

Brooklyn, NY

ASA College landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular computer programming programs. ASA Institute is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Brooklyn.

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Chattahoochee Technical College landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular computer programming programs. Chattahoochee Technical College is a large public school located in the suburb of Marietta.

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San Jacinto Community College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Programming Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Pasadena, San Jacinto College is a public college with a very large student population.

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#24

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, IA

Kirkwood Community College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Programming Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Cedar Rapids, Kirkwood Community College is a public college with a large student population.

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DigiPen Institute of Technology landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular computer programming programs. Located in the small city of Redmond, Digipen is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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#26

Cascadia College

Bothell, WA
#26

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, IL
#28

City College of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
#30

De Anza College

Cupertino, CA
#32

El Centro College

Dallas, TX
#33

North Hennepin Community College

Brooklyn Park, MN
#34

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ
#35

Champlain College

Burlington, VT
#37

Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL
#38

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#40

New England Institute of Technology

East Greenwich, RI
#40

Riverside City College

Riverside, CA
#40

DSDT

Detroit, MI
#44

Bellevue College

Bellevue, WA
#44

Solano Community College

Fairfield, CA
#47

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN
#47

Richland College

Dallas, TX
#49

St Charles Community College

Cottleville, MO
#50

Parkland College

Champaign, IL

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Computer Programming Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 614 different United States computer programming schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Lake Washington Institute of Technology Kirkland, WA
52 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
52 Hillsborough Community College Tampa, FL
52 William Rainey Harper College Palatine, IL
55 Palomar College San Marcos, CA
55 Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor, MI
55 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA
55 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
55 University of Michigan - Dearborn Dearborn, MI
60 Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA
60 Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL
62 Hartnell College Salinas, CA
63 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
64 Augusta Technical College Augusta, GA
64 Pasco-Hernando State College New Port Richey, FL
64 DePaul University Chicago, IL
64 Atlanta Technical College Atlanta, GA
64 Santa Monica College Santa Monica, CA
64 Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH
70 Athens Technical College Athens, GA
70 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI
70 Red Rocks Community College Lakewood, CO
73 American River College Sacramento, CA
74 Lansing Community College Lansing, MI
74 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
76 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
76 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
76 Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA
79 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
80 Stark State College North Canton, OH
80 Clover Park Technical College Lakewood, WA
80 Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA
83 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
84 Pittsburgh Technical College Oakdale, PA
84 Sierra College Rocklin, CA
84 Southwestern Illinois College Belleville, IL
87 Massasoit Community College Brockton, MA
87 North Idaho College Coeur d’Alene, ID
87 University of Advancing Technology Tempe, AZ
90 Central Texas College Killeen, TX
90 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS
92 Missouri Southern State University Joplin, MO

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
93 James A Rhodes State College Lima, OH
93 Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis, MN
93 Southwestern College Winfield, KS
93 Miami Dade College Miami, FL
93 Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland, WI
93 ABCO Technology Inglewood, CA
93 Weber State University Ogden, UT
100 Eastern Florida State College Cocoa, FL
100 Grayson College Denison, TX
100 Mercer County Community College West Windsor, NJ
100 Lakeland Community College Kirtland, OH
100 Norco College Norco, CA
100 University of Chicago Chicago, IL
100 Mountainland Technical College Lehi, UT
100 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
108 North Lake College Irving, TX
108 Northcentral Technical College Wausau, WI
108 Baker College Flint, MI
108 LaGuardia Community College Long Island City, NY
112 San Jose City College San Jose, CA
112 University of Akron Main Campus Akron, OH
112 Houston Community College Houston, TX
112 Macomb Community College Warren, MI
112 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
112 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
112 Gavilan College Gilroy, CA
112 Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin, GA
120 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS
120 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
120 Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee, FL
120 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH
120 Henry Ford College Dearborn, MI
120 Community College of Rhode Island Warwick, RI
120 Essex County College Newark, NJ
120 Becker College Worcester, MA
120 Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, 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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