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2021 Most Popular Computer Science Associate's Degree Schools

234 Colleges
$27,933 Avg Salary
$21,166 Avg Student Debt

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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 Associate's Degree 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 234 schools in the United States to see which associate's degree 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 Associate's Degree Colleges.

Our 2021 rankings named Northern Virginia Community College the most popular school in the United States for computer science students working on their associate’s degree. Northern Virginia Community College is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Annandale.

About 21% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 79% are male.

After completing their Associate's Degree, compsci graduates from Northern Virginia Community College carry an average student debt load of $11,978. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $112, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, NY

Out of the 234 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, LaGuardia Community College landed the # 2 spot on the list. LaGuardia is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Long Island City.

Of the 155 students majoring in compsci at LaGuardia, 83% are male and 17% are female.

While working on their Associate's Degree, compsci majors at LaGuardia accumulate an average of around $8,724 in student debt.

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The in-demand associate’s degree programs at Weber State University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular computer science schools in the United States. Located in the small city of Ogden, WSU is a public school with a very large student population.

Of the 100 students majoring in compsci at WSU, 86% are male and 14% are female.

While working on their Associate's Degree, compsci majors at WSU accumulate an average of around $20,444 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 $173.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Borough of Manhattan Community College is a great place for computer science students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the large city of New York, BMCC is a public college with a very large student population.

About 21% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 79% are male.

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#5

De Anza College

Cupertino, CA

The in-demand associate’s degree programs at De Anza College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular computer science schools in the United States. De Anza College is a large public school located in the small city of Cupertino.

About 25% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 75% are male.

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#6

Southwestern College

Chula Vista, CA

With a ranking of #6, Southwestern College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the city of Chula Vista, SWC Chula Vista is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 18% of the compsci majors at the school.

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Bunker Hill Community College ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools list. BHCC is a large public school located in the large city of Boston.

Women make up 27% of the compsci majors at the school.

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New York City College of Technology ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools list. City Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Brooklyn.

About 30% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 70% are male.

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#9

City College of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

With a ranking of #9, City College of San Francisco did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their associate’s degree. City College of San Francisco is a fairly large public school located in the city of San Francisco.

About 27% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 73% are male.

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#9

Foothill College

Los Altos Hills, CA

With a ranking of #9, Foothill College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their associate’s degree. Foothill College is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Los Altos Hills.

Women make up 40% of the compsci majors at the school.

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#11

South Texas College

McAllen, TX

With a ranking of #11, South Texas College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the city of McAllen, South Texas College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 48 students majoring in compsci at South Texas College, 85% are male and 15% are female.

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#12

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, CA

With a ranking of #12, College of the Canyons did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their associate’s degree. College of the Canyons is a large public school located in the suburb of Santa Clarita.

Women make up 18% of the compsci majors at the school.

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#13

Nassau Community College

Garden City, NY

Nassau Community College ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Garden City, Nassau Community College is a public college with a large student population.

Women make up 12% of the compsci majors at the school.

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#14

Irvine Valley College

Irvine, CA

Irvine Valley College ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Irvine, Irvine Valley College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 39 students majoring in compsci at Irvine Valley College, 79% are male and 21% are female.

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#14

Gateway Community College

New Haven, CT

With a ranking of #14, Gateway Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the medium-sized city of New Haven, Gateway Community College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Of the 39 students majoring in compsci at Gateway Community College, 85% are male and 15% are female.

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#16

Union County College

Cranford, NJ

With a ranking of #16, Union County College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their associate’s degree. Union County College is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Cranford.

Of the 38 students majoring in compsci at Union County College, 92% are male and 8% are female.

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#16

Normandale Community College

Bloomington, MN

Normandale Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Normandale Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Bloomington.

About 13% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 87% are male.

After completing their Associate's Degree, compsci graduates from Normandale Community College carry an average student debt load of $14,537. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $122.

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#18

Georgia Military College

Milledgeville, GA

With a ranking of #18, Georgia Military College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the town of Milledgeville, Georgia Military College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Of the 37 students majoring in compsci at Georgia Military College, 81% are male and 19% are female.

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With a ranking of #19, El Paso Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the large city of El Paso, El Paso Community College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 35 students majoring in compsci at El Paso Community College, 63% are male and 37% are female.

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#20

Grantham University

Lenexa, KS

Grantham University ranked #20 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools list. Grantham University is a moderately-sized private for-profit school located in the city of Lenexa.

About 18% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 82% are male.

On average, compsci graduates from Grantham University take out $15,018 in student loans while working on their Associate'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 $171.

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#20

North Hennepin Community College

Brooklyn Park, MN

With a ranking of #20, North Hennepin Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their associate’s degree. North Hennepin Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park.

About 21% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 79% are male.

CompSci majors at North Hennepin Community College take out an average of $18,692 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $182, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Collin County Community College District came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Collin County Community College District is a fairly large public school located in the midsize suburb of McKinney.

About 16% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 84% are male.

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California College San Diego ranked #22 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools list. California College San Diego is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of San Diego.

Women make up 12% of the compsci majors at the school.

While working on their Associate's Degree, compsci majors at California College San Diego accumulate an average of around $21,960 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 $240.

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#22

Quincy College

Quincy, MA

Quincy College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Quincy College is a small public school located in the large suburb of Quincy.

About 12% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 88% are male.

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South Hills School of Business & Technology ranked #22 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of State College, South Hills School of Business & Technology is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

About 9% of the students majoring in compsci at the school are women while 91% are male.

While working on their Associate's Degree, compsci majors at South Hills School of Business & Technology accumulate an average of around $18,910 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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#27

County College of Morris

Randolph, NJ
#27

American River College

Sacramento, CA
#27

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX
#27

Century College - White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake, MN
#27

Modesto Junior College

Modesto, CA
#34

Folsom Lake College

Folsom, CA

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also popular but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Computer Science Associate's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
36 Long Beach City College Long Beach, CA
37 Houston Community College Houston, TX
37 Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN
37 Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga, CA
40 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA
40 Clovis Community College Fresno, CA
40 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
40 Lake Area Technical Institute Watertown, SD
44 Allan Hancock College Santa Maria, CA
45 Queensborough Community College Bayside, NY
45 Rowan College at Gloucester County Sewell, NJ
45 Monroe Community College Rochester, NY

Computer Science by Region

View the Most Popular Computer Science Associate's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

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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