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2021 Most Popular Computer Programming Associate's Degree Schools

375 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.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Computer Science Degree Search has created its Most Popular Computer Programming Associate's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 375 schools in the United States to see which associate's degree 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.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Computer Programming Associate's Degree Colleges.

#1

Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill, CA

Our 2021 rankings named Diablo Valley College the most popular school in the United States for computer programming students working on their associate’s degree. Diablo Valley is a large public school located in the suburb of Pleasant Hill.

About 21% of the students majoring in programming at the school are women while 79% are male.

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#2

ASA College

Brooklyn, NY

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend ASA College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Most Popular Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools list. ASA Institute is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Brooklyn.

About 32% of the students majoring in programming at the school are women while 68% are male.

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The in-demand associate’s degree programs at San Jacinto Community College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular computer programming schools in the United States. Located in the suburb of Pasadena, San Jacinto College is a public school with a very large student population.

Of the 87 students majoring in programming at San Jacinto College, 90% are male and 10% are female.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Portland Community College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Most Popular Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools list. Portland Community College is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Portland.

About 22% of the students majoring in programming at the school are women while 78% are male.

On average, programming graduates from Portland Community College take out $19,986 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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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Columbus State Community College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Columbus, Columbus State is a public college with a very large student population.

About 17% of the students majoring in programming at the school are women while 83% are male.

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With a ranking of #6, Wayne County Community College District did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer programming students working on their associate’s degree. WCCCD is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Detroit.

Of the 58 students majoring in programming at WCCCD, 57% are male and 43% are female.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Eau Claire, CVTC is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Women make up 16% of the programming majors at the school.

While working on their Associate's Degree, programming majors at CVTC accumulate an average of around $15,687 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $161.

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#8

Valencia College

Orlando, FL

Valencia College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Orlando, Valencia College is a public school with a very large student population.

Of the 51 students majoring in programming at Valencia College, 80% are male and 20% are female.

On average, programming graduates from Valencia College take out $12,820 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. 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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Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer programming students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. MCC is a large public school located in the large city of Kansas City.

Of the 50 students majoring in programming at MCC, 84% are male and 16% are female.

On average, programming graduates from MCC take out $10,297 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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Renton Technical College ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Renton, Renton Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

About 20% of the students majoring in programming at the school are women while 80% are male.

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#11

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, FL

St Petersburg College landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree computer programming programs. Located in the city of Clearwater, SPC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

About 26% of the students majoring in programming at the school are women while 74% are male.

Programming majors at SPC take out an average of $24,637 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $226, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA

Gwinnett Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer programming students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the suburb of Lawrenceville, GTC is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Of the 42 students majoring in programming at GTC, 57% are male and 43% are female.

After completing their Associate's Degree, programming graduates from GTC carry an average student debt load of $15,775. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $170.

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#13

Hartnell College

Salinas, CA

Hartnell College ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Salinas, Hartnell College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 40 students majoring in programming at Hartnell College, 75% are male and 25% are female.

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#13

St Charles Community College

Cottleville, MO

With a ranking of #13, St Charles Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer programming students working on their associate’s degree. SCC is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Cottleville.

Of the 40 students majoring in programming at SCC, 88% are male and 12% are female.

Programming majors at SCC take out an average of $14,987 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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Lake Washington Institute of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer programming students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. LWTech is a small public school located in the large suburb of Kirkland.

Women make up 37% of the programming majors at the school.

Programming majors at LWTech take out an average of $15,701 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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Austin Community College District did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer programming students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the large city of Austin, Austin Community College District is a public college with a very large student population.

Of the 38 students majoring in programming at Austin Community College District, 82% are male and 18% are female.

Programming majors at Austin Community College District take out an average of $10,708 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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Ozarks Technical Community College landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree computer programming programs. Located in the midsize city of Springfield, OTC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 36 students majoring in programming at OTC, 86% are male and 14% are female.

Programming majors at OTC take out an average of $18,119 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 $148.

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Fox Valley Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer programming students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #18 on the list. FVTC is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Appleton.

Of the 34 students majoring in programming at FVTC, 79% are male and 21% are female.

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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#18

New England Institute of Technology

East Greenwich, RI

New England Institute of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer programming students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the large suburb of East Greenwich, New England Tech is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Women make up 15% of the programming majors at the school.

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

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#20

Bellevue College

Bellevue, WA

With a ranking of #20, Bellevue College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer programming students working on their associate’s degree. BC is a large public school located in the city of Bellevue.

About 52% of the students majoring in programming at the school are women while 48% are male.

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Pittsburgh Technical College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Pittsburgh Technical College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Oakdale.

Of the 33 students majoring in programming at Pittsburgh Technical College, 91% are male and 9% are female.

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#20

Sierra College

Rocklin, CA

Sierra College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Sierra College is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Rocklin.

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#23

Santa Fe College

Gainesville, FL

Santa Fe College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer programming students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. Located in the suburb of Gainesville, Santa Fe College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 32 students majoring in programming at Santa Fe College, 78% are male and 22% are female.

While working on their Associate's Degree, programming majors at Santa Fe College accumulate an average of around $18,259 in student debt.

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#24

Central Texas College

Killeen, TX

Central Texas College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer programming students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #24 on the list. Central Texas College is a large public school located in the suburb of Killeen.

Of the 31 students majoring in programming at Central Texas College, 74% are male and 26% are female.

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Missouri Southern State University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Joplin, Missouri Southern is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Of the 30 students majoring in programming at Missouri Southern, 80% are male and 20% are female.

On average, programming graduates from Missouri Southern take out $23,408 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $213, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#26

American River College

Sacramento, CA
#28

Mercer County Community College

West Windsor, NJ
#28

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, VA
#32

LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, NY
#34

College of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas, NV
#34

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#37

Essex County College

Newark, NJ
#37

Mt. San Antonio College

Walnut, CA
#42

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica, CA
#42

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, IA
#44

Gavilan College

Gilroy, CA
#44

Palomar College

San Marcos, CA
#44

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids, MI
#44

Brookhaven College

Farmers Branch, TX

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Most Popular Computer Programming Associate's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 375 different United States computer programming schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa, IA
50 Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD
50 South Puget Sound Community College Olympia, WA
50 Owens Community College Perrysburg, OH
50 Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL
50 Amarillo College Amarillo, TX
50 Holyoke Community College Holyoke, MA

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
58 Clover Park Technical College Lakewood, WA
58 College of Staten Island CUNY Staten Island, NY
58 Ranken Technical College Saint Louis, MO
58 Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis, MN
58 Pasco-Hernando State College New Port Richey, FL
63 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
63 Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor, MI
63 Texas State Technical College Waco, TX
66 Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA
66 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS
66 Lane Community College Eugene, OR
66 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
66 James A Rhodes State College Lima, OH
66 Lansing Community College Lansing, MI
66 North Idaho College Coeur d’Alene, ID
66 Henry Ford College Dearborn, MI
74 State Technical College of Missouri Linn, MO
74 Houston Community College Houston, TX

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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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