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2021 Best Value Data Processing Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

30 Colleges
$12,284 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$28,900 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Data Processing School for You

With 2,138 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, data processing is the #9 most popular major in the United States.

Today's computer science students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Computer Science Degree Search has created the Best Value Data Processing Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 30 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value programs for data processing students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. 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.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Data Processing Schools in the United States

Check out the data processing programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 10 Best Data Processing Schools

#1

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN

Our 2021 rankings named Hennepin Technical College the best value school in the United States for data processing students. Hennepin Technical College is a small public school located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Hennepin Technical College are $5,248 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Hennepin Technical College also did well on our Best Data Processing Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#2

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA

The excellent programs at Gwinnett Technical College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best data processing schools in the United States. Located in the large suburb of Lawrenceville, GTC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at GTC are $5,636 a year.

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$4,104 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend New Mexico State University - Grants. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Data Processing Schools list. NMSU Grants is a fairly small public school located in the town of Grants.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at NMSU Grants are $4,104 a year. The average amount in student loans that data processing majors at NMSU Grants take out is $8,994. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $93, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$5,664 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend New Mexico State University - Dona Ana. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Data Processing Schools list. NMSU Dona Ana is a moderately-sized public school located in the rural area of Las Cruces.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at NMSU Dona Ana are $5,664 per year. While working on their degree, data processing majors at NMSU Dona Ana accumulate an average of around $8,994 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $93, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$4,108 Average Tuition & Fees

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means New Mexico State University - Carlsbad is a great value for data processing students. NMSU Carlsbad is a small public school located in the rural area of Carlsbad.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at NMSU Carlsbad are $4,108 per year. After completing their degree, data processing graduates from NMSU Carlsbad carry an average student debtload of $8,994. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $93, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$7,324 Average Tuition & Fees

American Public University System came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Data Processing Schools ranking. Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at American Military University are $7,324 per year.

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Greenville Technical College landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value data processing programs. GTC is a large public school located in the small city of Greenville.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at GTC are $9,410 per year. While working on their degree, data processing majors at GTC accumulate an average of around $22,631 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 $235.

In addition to its great value ranking, GTC is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Data Processing Schools list.

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With a ranking of #8, Pennsylvania State University - World Campus did quite well on this year’s best value schools for data processing students. Located in the rural area of University Park, Penn State World Campus is a public school with a fairly small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Penn State World Campus are $13,988 per year.

Penn State World Campus also claimed a spot on our Best Data Processing Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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$5,588 Average Tuition & Fees

Georgia Piedmont Technical College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Data Processing Schools list. Georgia Piedmont Technical College is a small public school located in the suburb of Clarkston.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Georgia Piedmont Technical College are $5,588 per year.

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#10

Piedmont Technical College

Greenwood, SC
$6,593 Average Tuition & Fees

Piedmont Technical College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Data Processing Schools ranking. Located in the distant town of Greenwood, Piedmont Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Piedmont Technical College are $6,593 a year.

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

Data Processing is one of 10 different types of computer science programs to choose from.

Data Processing Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Data Processing Technology 2,138

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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Kenneth Jensen.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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