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2021 Best Value Computer Science Bachelor's Degree Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

269 Colleges
$13,352 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$66,348 Avg Salary

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.

The Best Value Computer Science Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Computer Science Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 269 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value bachelor's degree 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 Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for compsci majors pursuing a bachelor's degree.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for a Bachelor's in CompSci

Our 2021 rankings named Brigham Young University - Idaho the best value school in the United States for computer science students working on their bachelor’s degree. BYU - I is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the distant 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 Bachelor's Degree, compsci graduates from BYU - I carry an average student debtload of $13,381. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $110.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Brigham Young University - Provo helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best value computer science schools in the United States. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Provo.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at BYU are $5,790 a year. CompSci majors at BYU take out an average of $16,434 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 $104.

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#3

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Western Governors University is a great value for computer science students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the suburb of Salt Lake City, WGU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at WGU are $6,670 a year.

WGU excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list.

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Out of the 269 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Trident University International landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the large suburb of Cypress, TUI is a private for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

TUI undergraduate students pay an average of $9,240 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, compsci graduates from TUI carry an average student debtload of $12,931.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, TUI also did well on our Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Rasmussen College - Florida helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best value computer science schools in the United States. Located in the city of Ocala, Rasmussen College - Florida is a private for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Rasmussen College - Florida are $10,935 a year. The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Rasmussen College - Florida take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $28,263. 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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With a ranking of #6, Bemidji State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer science students working on their bachelor’s degree. Bemidji State University is a small public school located in the town of Bemidji.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Bemidji State University are $8,940 per year. The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Bemidji State University take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $20,673. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $213.

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With a ranking of #7, West Texas A&M University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer science students working on their bachelor’s degree. West Texas A&M University is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Canyon.

West Texas A&M University undergraduate students pay an average of $9,541 in tuition and fees each year. CompSci majors at West Texas A&M University take out an average of $22,070 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree computer science programs. Located in the large suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public college with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at SIUE are $11,265 a year. On average, compsci graduates from SIUE take out $23,159 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 $252.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree computer science programs. Located in the midsize city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at North Dakota State University are $13,757 a year. The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at North Dakota State University take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $19,193. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $213.

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Franklin University

Columbus, OH

Franklin University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree computer science programs. Located in the city of Columbus, Franklin University is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Franklin University undergraduate students pay an average of $9,577 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Franklin University take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $30,592. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $324, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

Western Carolina University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree computer science programs. WCU is a large public school located in the distant town of Cullowhee.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at WCU are $8,277 per year. On average, compsci graduates from WCU take out $24,625 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $271, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Minnesota - Morris landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree computer science programs. Located in the town of Morris, UMN Morris is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UMN Morris are $15,632 per year. On average, compsci graduates from UMN Morris take out $15,923 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 $166.

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#13

National University

La Jolla, CA

National University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree computer science programs. Located in the large city of La Jolla, National University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at National University are $13,320 per year. The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at National University take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $37,961. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $390, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Winona State University

Winona, MN

Winona State University landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree computer science programs. Winona State is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Winona.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Winona State are $15,766 a year. The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Winona State take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $21,557. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $228, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of North Carolina at Pembroke ranked #15 on this year’s Best Value Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the distant town of Pembroke, UNC Pembroke is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UNC Pembroke are $7,490 per year. CompSci majors at UNC Pembroke take out an average of $20,899 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 $224.

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Rasmussen College - North Dakota came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Rasmussen College - North Dakota is a small private for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Fargo.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Rasmussen College - North Dakota are $10,935 per year.

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Northern Illinois University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at NIU are $14,610 a year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, compsci majors at NIU accumulate an average of around $23,550 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $234, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rasmussen College - Minnesota 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 #18 on the list. Located in the city of St. Cloud, Rasmussen College - Minnesota is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Rasmussen College - Minnesota are $10,935 per year. The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Rasmussen College - Minnesota take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $28,263. 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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University of Illinois at Springfield landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree computer science programs. Located in the midsize city of Springfield, UIS is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UIS are $18,356 per year. CompSci majors at UIS take out an average of $20,603 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 $198.

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#20

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI

Eastern Michigan University landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree computer science programs. Located in the large suburb of Ypsilanti, Eastern Michigan is a public school with a large student population.

Eastern Michigan undergraduate students pay an average of $13,758 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, compsci graduates from Eastern Michigan carry an average student debtload of $24,966.

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Metropolitan State University

Saint Paul, MN

Metropolitan State 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 #20 on the list. Metro State is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of Saint Paul.

Metro State undergraduate students pay an average of $15,428 in tuition and fees each year. CompSci majors at Metro State take out an average of $19,988 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $174, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Minnesota - Duluth came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Duluth, UMN Duluth is a public college with a fairly large student population.

UMN Duluth undergraduate students pay an average of $18,880 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, compsci graduates from UMN Duluth carry an average student debtload of $22,459. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $262, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #23, California Institute of Technology did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer science students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Pasadena, Caltech is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Caltech are $54,600 per year.

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Weber State University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Ogden, WSU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at WSU are $15,969 per year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, compsci majors at WSU accumulate an average of around $18,111 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 $149.

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#25

Baker College

Flint, MI

Baker College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Value Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Baker College is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Flint.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Baker College are $9,920 per year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, compsci majors at Baker College accumulate an average of around $30,686 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $312.

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

#26

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI
#28

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY
#29

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
#30

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#30

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN
#33

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
#36

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH
#37

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA
#38

Brown University

Providence, RI
#39

Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Computer Science Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
41 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
42 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
43 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
43 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
43 Illinois State University Normal, IL
46 Harvey Mudd College Claremont, CA
47 Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN
47 Iowa State University Ames, IA
49 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
50 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
51 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
52 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
52 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA

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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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