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2021 Best Value Computer Science Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

312 Colleges
$9,108 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$66,561 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Computer Science 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.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Computer Science Degree Search has developed this Best Value Computer Science Schools ranking. This report analyzed 312 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value programs for compsci 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 Science Schools in the United States

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

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in CompSci

#1

Century College - White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake, MN

Our analysis found Century College - White Bear Lake to be the best value school for computer science students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Century College - White Bear Lake is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of White Bear Lake.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Century College - White Bear Lake are $5,578 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Century College - White Bear Lake is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Computer Science Schools list.

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$5,014 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Collin County Community College District. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Computer Science Schools list. Collin County Community College District is a very large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of McKinney.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Collin County Community College District are $5,014 a year.

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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 Science 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. After completing their degree, compsci graduates from BYU - I carry an average student debtload of $10,571. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $110.

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$5,207 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 312 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Anoka-Ramsey Community College landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the suburb of Coon Rapids, Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus undergraduate students pay an average of $5,207 in tuition and fees each year.

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$5,790 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 312 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Brigham Young University - Provo landed the # 5 spot on the list. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Provo.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at BYU are $5,790 a year.

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#6

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX
$5,564 Average Tuition & Fees

Lone Star College System ranked #6 on this year’s Best Value Computer Science Schools list. North Harris Montgomery is a fairly large public school located in the small city of The Woodlands.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at North Harris Montgomery are $5,564 per year.

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#7

Saint Paul College

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

Saint Paul College landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value computer science programs. Saint Paul College is a medium-sized public school located in the large 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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$14,020 Average Tuition & Fees

Northwest Missouri State University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Computer Science Schools list. Northwest is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Maryville.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Northwest are $14,020 a year.

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#9

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

With a ranking of #9, Western Governors University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer science students. Located in the 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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$9,240 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #10, Trident University International did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer science students. Located in the large suburb of Cypress, TUI is a private for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

TUI undergraduate students pay an average of $9,240 in tuition and fees each year.

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#11

Southern Maine Community College

South Portland, ME
$6,604 Average Tuition & Fees

Southern Maine Community College ranked #11 on this year’s Best Value Computer Science Schools list. Located in the small city of South Portland, SMCC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at SMCC are $6,604 per year.

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$10,935 Average Tuition & Fees

Rasmussen College - Florida ranked #12 on this year’s Best Value Computer Science Schools list. Located in the small city of Ocala, Rasmussen College - Florida is a private for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Rasmussen College - Florida are $10,935 a year. After completing their degree, compsci graduates from Rasmussen College - Florida carry an average student debtload of $27,250. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $283, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN
$8,661 Average Tuition & Fees

Ivy Tech Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for computer science students. It came in at #13 on the list. Ivy Tech Community College is a very large public school located in the city of Indianapolis.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Ivy Tech Community College are $8,661 a year.

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#14

Tyler Junior College

Tyler, TX
$4,392 Average Tuition & Fees

Tyler Junior College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Value Computer Science Schools list. Located in the city of Tyler, Tyler Junior College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Tyler Junior College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,392 in tuition and fees each year.

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#15

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN
$8,940 Average Tuition & Fees

Bemidji State University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Value Computer Science Schools list. Bemidji State University is a small public school located in the town of Bemidji.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Bemidji State University are $8,940 a year. The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Bemidji State University take out is $20,500. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $213.

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$9,541 Average Tuition & Fees

West Texas A&M University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Computer Science Schools list. West Texas A&M University is a medium-sized public school located in the fringe town of Canyon.

West Texas A&M University undergraduate students pay an average of $9,541 in tuition and fees each year.

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#17

Nassau Community College

Garden City, NY
$11,730 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #17, Nassau Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer science students. Located in the suburb of Garden City, Nassau Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Nassau Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $11,730 in tuition and fees each year.

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$13,757 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #18, North Dakota State University - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer science students. Located in the medium-sized city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

North Dakota State University undergraduate students pay an average of $13,757 in tuition and fees each year. On average, compsci graduates from North Dakota State University take out $20,500 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $213.

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$11,265 Average Tuition & Fees

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value computer science programs. Located in the large suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at SIUE are $11,265 a year. The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at SIUE take out is $24,275. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $252.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for computer science students. It came in at #20 on the list. USF Tampa is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Tampa.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at USF Tampa are $17,324 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, USF Tampa also did well on our Best Computer Science Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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$15,969 Average Tuition & Fees

Weber State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for computer science students. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the small city of Ogden, WSU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

WSU undergraduate students pay an average of $15,969 in tuition and fees each year.

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$8,050 Average Tuition & Fees

Borough of Manhattan Community College ranked #22 on this year’s Best Value Computer Science Schools list. Located in the city of New York, BMCC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

BMCC undergraduate students pay an average of $8,050 in tuition and fees each year.

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#23

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC
$8,277 Average Tuition & Fees

Western Carolina University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Value Computer Science Schools list. WCU is a large public school located in the distant town of Cullowhee.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at WCU are $8,277 a year. On average, compsci graduates from WCU take out $26,095 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $271, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$9,585 Average Tuition & Fees

Harrisburg Area Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for computer science students. It came in at #24 on the list. HACC is a large public school located in the city of Harrisburg.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at HACC are $9,585 per year.

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$15,632 Average Tuition & Fees

University of Minnesota - Morris ranked #25 on this year’s Best Value Computer Science Schools list. Located in the remote town of Morris, UMN Morris is a public school with a small student population.

UMN Morris undergraduate students pay an average of $15,632 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their degree, compsci majors at UMN Morris accumulate an average of around $15,980 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $166.

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Rest of the Top Best Value Computer Science Schools

#26

Winona State University

Winona, MN
#30

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ
#34

National University

La Jolla, CA
#37

Metropolitan State University

Saint Paul, MN
#40

Franklin University

Columbus, OH
#41

Baker College

Flint, MI
#44

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great value schools for Computer Science students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Computer Science Schools award.

Rank College Location
47 Stanford University Stanford, CA
47 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
49 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
50 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
50 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
52 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
52 University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL
52 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
55 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
56 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
57 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
57 Harvard University Cambridge, MA
59 Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH
60 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA
61 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
62 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
62 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH

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.

  • 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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