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2021 Most Popular Online Computer Science Schools

63 Colleges
$66,561 Avg Salary
$23,565 Avg Student Debt

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 Most Popular Online Computer Science Schools ranking is one of many tools that Computer Science Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 63 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular online programs for computer science students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

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

#1

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Our 2021 rankings named Oregon State University the most popular online school in the United States for computer science students. Oregon State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Corvallis.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Oregon State take out is $21,875. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $227.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means University of Colorado Boulder is a great place for computer science students pursuing an online degree. Located in the city of Boulder, CU - Boulder is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, compsci graduates from CU - Boulder take out $22,500 in student loans while working on their degree. 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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#3

Boston University

Boston, MA

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Boston University is a great place for computer science students pursuing an online degree. Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

After completing their degree, compsci graduates from Boston U carry an average student debtload of $25,000. 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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Out of the 63 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, California State University - Monterey Bay landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the midsize suburb of Seaside, CSUMB is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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#5

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Lewis University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Computer Science Schools list. Located in the suburb of Romeoville, Lewis is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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University of Illinois at Springfield came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Computer Science Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Springfield, UIS is a public college with a small student population.

CompSci majors at UIS take out an average of $24,038 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $268, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Grantham University

Lenexa, KS

Grantham University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer science programs. Grantham University is a medium-sized private for-profit school located in the small city of Lenexa.

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Trident University International came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Computer Science Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Cypress, TUI is a private for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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With a ranking of #9, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students. UWM is a very large public school located in the city of Milwaukee.

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With a ranking of #10, Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students. Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Colorado Springs.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs take out is $51,027. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $580, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Computer Science students that almost earned our Most Popular Online Computer Science Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 Regis University Denver, CO
12 Davenport University Grand Rapids, MI

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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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