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2021 Most Popular Computer Science Schools

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

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.

The Most Popular Computer Science Schools ranking is one of many tools that Computer Science Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 915 schools in the United States to see which programs were the most popular for computer science students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Computer Science program at each school on the list.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Computer Science Colleges.

Our analysis found University of Southern California to be the most popular school for computer science students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at USC take out is $28,029. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $314.

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#2

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Oregon State University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Most Popular Computer Science Schools list. Oregon State is a fairly large public school located in the small 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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Out of the 915 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of California - Berkeley landed the # 3 spot on the list. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Berkeley.

After completing their degree, compsci graduates from UC Berkeley carry an average student debt load of $13,389. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $139.

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Out of the 915 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Maryland - College Park landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of California - San Diego. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Computer Science Schools list. Located in the city of La Jolla, UCSD is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at UCSD take out is $20,542. 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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With a ranking of #6, Massachusetts Institute of Technology did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, compsci graduates from MIT carry an average student debt load of $12,292. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $128.

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Columbia University in the City of New York landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular computer science programs. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

CompSci majors at Columbia take out an average of $29,750 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $338.

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Arizona State University - Tempe landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular computer science programs. ASU - Tempe is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tempe.

While working on their degree, compsci majors at ASU - Tempe accumulate an average of around $19,500 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 $202.

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With a ranking of #8, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Champaign.

On average, compsci graduates from UIUC take out $19,500 in student loans while working on their degree. 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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University of California - Irvine came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Schools ranking. UC Irvine is a very large public school located in the city of Irvine.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at UC Irvine take out is $15,107. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $157, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford University ranked #11 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Schools list. UNC Charlotte is a fairly large public school located in the city of Charlotte.

CompSci majors at UNC Charlotte take out an average of $22,812 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $237.

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#13

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Schools list. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca.

CompSci majors at Cornell take out an average of $21,580 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $243, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of California - Santa Cruz did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for computer science students. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the small city of Santa Cruz, UC Santa Cruz is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, compsci graduates from UC Santa Cruz take out $19,000 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $197.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ranked #15 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Schools list. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at UMN Twin Cities take out is $20,092. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $209, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus ranked #16 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Schools list. Purdue is a very large public school located in the city of West Lafayette.

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North Carolina State University landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular computer science programs. NC State is a very large public school located in the city of Raleigh.

While working on their degree, compsci majors at NC State accumulate an average of around $20,500 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $213.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Schools ranking. UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the suburb of Amherst.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at UMass Amherst take out is $23,250. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $241, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Colorado Boulder landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular computer science programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Boulder, CU - Boulder is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at CU - Boulder take out is $22,500. 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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University of Illinois at Chicago came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Schools ranking. Located in the city of Chicago, UIC is a public school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, compsci majors at UIC accumulate an average of around $20,000 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $208.

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University of California - Los Angeles did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for computer science students. It came in at #21 on the list. UCLA is a very large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

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Maharishi International University landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular computer science programs. Located in the town of Fairfield, MIU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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University of California - Davis came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Schools ranking. UC Davis is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Davis.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular computer science programs. Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#25

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for computer science students. It came in at #25 on the list. Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

While working on their degree, compsci majors at Boston U accumulate an average of around $25,000 in student debt. 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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#27

Duke University

Durham, NC
#32

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, GA
#32

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#34

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
#35

Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA
#35

Brown University

Providence, RI
#39

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA
#42

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA
#44

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
#44

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX
#47

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
#48

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#49

Queens College

Queens, NY
#50

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Computer Science Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 915 different United States computer science schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
52 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
53 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
54 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
55 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
55 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
57 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
58 Portland State University Portland, OR
58 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
60 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
61 Tufts University Medford, MA
62 Weber State University Ogden, UT
63 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
64 George Washington University Washington, DC
65 Princeton University Princeton, NJ
66 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
66 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
68 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
69 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
70 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
71 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
72 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
73 Washington State University Pullman, WA
74 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
75 University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
75 Pace University - New York New York, NY
77 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
78 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
79 Towson University Towson, MD
80 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
81 California State University - Monterey Bay Seaside, CA
82 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
83 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
84 LaGuardia Community College Long Island City, NY
85 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
86 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
87 Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
88 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
89 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
90 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
91 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
92 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
93 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
93 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
93 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
93 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
97 Iowa State University Ames, IA
98 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
99 Saint Martin’s University Lacey, WA
100 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
101 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
102 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
103 Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL
104 Seattle University Seattle, WA
104 Boise State University Boise, ID
106 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
106 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
106 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
109 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
110 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
111 Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston, MA
112 Hunter College New York, NY
113 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
113 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO
113 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
116 Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, TN
116 Montana State University Bozeman, MT
116 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
119 Borough of Manhattan Community College New York, NY
120 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
120 Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA
122 Emory University Atlanta, GA
123 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
123 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
123 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
126 The City College of New York New York, NY
127 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
128 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX
129 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
129 University of Missouri - St Louis Saint Louis, MO
129 Full Sail University Winter Park, FL
132 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA
132 Lehman College Bronx, NY
132 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
135 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
135 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
137 Grantham University Lenexa, KS

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
138 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
139 Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL
139 National University La Jolla, CA
139 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
142 Governors State University University Park, IL
142 Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute, IN
142 Trident University International Cypress, CA
145 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
146 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
146 Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, IL
146 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
149 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
149 University of Bridgeport Bridgeport, CT
149 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
152 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA
153 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
153 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
155 Georgetown University Washington, DC
155 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
155 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
158 College of Staten Island CUNY Staten Island, NY
158 California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA
158 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
161 California College San Diego San Diego, CA
162 California State University - Channel Islands Camarillo, CA
162 University of Denver Denver, CO
162 Radford University Radford, VA
165 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
165 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
165 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
168 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
168 University of Tulsa Tulsa, OK
168 University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA
168 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
172 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
173 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
173 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
173 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
173 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
177 De Anza College Cupertino, CA
178 Monroe College Bronx, NY
178 Davenport University Grand Rapids, MI
180 Wichita State University Wichita, KS
180 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
180 Regis University Denver, CO
180 Southwestern College Chula Vista, CA
180 Illinois State University Normal, IL
180 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA

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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