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2021 Best Value Computer Software & Applications Associate's Degree Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

64 Colleges
$6,863 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$25,897 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Computer Software & Applications Associate's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 12,793 computer software and applications students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #6 most popular in the country.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for computer science students. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

The Best Value Computer Software & Applications Associate'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 64 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value associate's degree programs for computer software 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. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Computer Software & Applications Associate’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for computer software majors pursuing a associate's degree.

Top 10 Best Computer Software & Applications Associate's Degree Schools

Our analysis found Brigham Young University - Idaho to be the best value school for computer software and applications students who want to pursue a associate’s degree in the United States. Located in the town of Rexburg, BYU - I is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at BYU - I are $4,208 per year.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Collin County Community College District is a great value for computer software and applications students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the suburb of McKinney, Collin County Community College District is a public school with a very large student population.

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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Out of the 64 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom landed the # 3 spot on the list. Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Lakewood.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom are $4,483 a year.

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#4

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Gwinnett Technical College is a great value for computer software and applications students working on their associate’s degree. GTC is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Lawrenceville.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at GTC are $5,636 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, GTC also did well on our Best Computer Software & Applications Associate’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Minneapolis Community and Technical College. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Value Computer Software & Applications Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Minneapolis Community and Technical College are $5,545 per year. The average amount in student loans that computer software majors at Minneapolis Community and Technical College take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $20,346. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $197, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Georgia Piedmont Technical College is a great value for computer software and applications students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the suburb of Clarkston, Georgia Piedmont Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Georgia Piedmont Technical College are $5,588 per year. Computer Software majors at Georgia Piedmont Technical College take out an average of $17,314 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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With a ranking of #7, Dakota County Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for computer software and applications students working on their associate’s degree. DCTC is a small public school located in the rural area of Rosemount.

DCTC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,864 in tuition and fees each year.

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#8

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS

Johnson County Community College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Computer Software & Applications Associate’s Degree Schools list. JCCC is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Overland Park.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at JCCC are $6,690 per year.

JCCC also claimed a spot on our Best Computer Software & Applications Associate’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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Saint Paul College

Saint Paul, MN

Saint Paul College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Computer Software & Applications Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Saint Paul, Saint Paul College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Saint Paul College are $5,736 per year.

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Northeast Wisconsin Technical College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Computer Software & Applications Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Green Bay, NWTC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at NWTC are $6,625 a year. Computer Software majors at NWTC take out an average of $16,243 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $122, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

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 Software & Applications Associate's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA
12 Pierce College-Puyallup Puyallup, WA

Computer Software & Applications by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 10 majors within the computer science area of study, computer software and applications has other similar majors worth exploring.

Computer Software Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Web & Multimedia Design 5,607
Computer Graphics 2,807
Data Modeling/Warehousing & Database Administration 2,209
Other Computer Software & Media Applications 1,492
Modeling, Virtual Environments & Simulation 678

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Computer Science 47,906
Information Technology 33,399
Information Science 17,779
Computer Systems Networking 14,055

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).
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