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2021 Best Computer Science Bachelor's Degree Schools

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$66,348 Avg Salary
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Finding the Best Computer Science Bachelor's Degree School for You

With 47,906 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, computer science is the #2 most popular major in the United States.

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 can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Computer Science Degree Search has created the Best Computer Science Bachelor's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 619 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best bachelor's degree programs 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 Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Computer Science Bachelor's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in CompSci

Our analysis found California Institute of Technology to be the best school for computer science students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Located in the midsize city of Pasadena, Caltech is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#2

Brown University

Providence, RI

Out of the 269 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Brown University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

On average, compsci graduates from Brown take out $12,972 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $134, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Stanford University

Stanford, CA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Stanford University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

On average, compsci graduates from Stanford take out $15,013 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $156, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Harvey Mudd College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best computer science schools in the United States. Located in the suburb of Claremont, Harvey Mudd College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

On average, compsci graduates from Harvey Mudd College take out $20,955 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $250.

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Out of the 269 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Massachusetts Institute of Technology landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

On average, compsci graduates from MIT take out $13,372 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $128.

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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

With a ranking of #6, Harvard University did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their bachelor’s degree. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.

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#7

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Cornell take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $13,134. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $140.

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#8

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

On average, compsci graduates from Carnegie Mellon take out $20,007 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $213.

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Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham.

CompSci majors at Duke take out an average of $9,795 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $82, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, compsci majors at UPenn accumulate an average of around $17,916 in student debt.

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Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Terre Haute.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $21,225. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#12

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Dartmouth College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Hanover.

CompSci majors at Dartmouth take out an average of $13,117 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $127.

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University of California - Berkeley ranked #13 on this year’s Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the city of Berkeley.

On average, compsci graduates from UC Berkeley take out $14,249 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $139.

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#14

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville.

On average, compsci graduates from Vanderbilt take out $13,704 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $125, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #15, Washington University in St Louis did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

On average, compsci graduates from WUSTL take out $14,442 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $141.

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#16

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

With a ranking of #16, Northwestern University did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Northwestern U take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $15,665. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $163, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Worcester, WPI is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, compsci graduates from WPI carry an average student debtload of $23,517. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#18

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Williams College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the fringe town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, compsci majors at Williams accumulate an average of around $13,600 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $156, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ranked #19 on this year’s Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Troy, RPI is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, compsci majors at RPI accumulate an average of around $23,034 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $270, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #20, University of Maryland - College Park did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public school with a very large student population.

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Tufts University

Medford, MA

Tufts University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Tufts take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $14,667. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $166.

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With a ranking of #22, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their bachelor’s degree. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, compsci graduates from UIUC carry an average student debtload of $18,818. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $202.

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Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, compsci graduates from Boston U carry an average student debtload of $22,146. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Norwich University

Northfield, VT

Norwich University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #24 on the list. Located in the town of Northfield, Norwich is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Norwich take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $22,699.

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Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

Bowdoin College came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Bowdoin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Brunswick.

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Rest of the Top Best Computer Science Bachelor's Degree Schools

#27

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
#28

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#29

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#30

Carleton College

Northfield, MN
#31

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#33

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#34

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#36

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#37

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
41 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
42 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
43 George Washington University Washington, DC
44 Simpson College Indianola, IA
45 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
46 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
47 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
48 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
49 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
50 Trident University International Cypress, CA
51 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
52 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
53 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO

Computer Science by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Computer Science is one of 10 different types of computer science programs to choose from.

CompSci Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Computer Science 47,906

Majors Similar to CompSci

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Information Technology 33,399
Information Science 17,779
Computer Systems Networking 14,055
Computer Software & Applications 12,793

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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Negative Space.

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