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2021 Most Popular Data Processing Schools

155 Colleges
$28,900 Avg Salary
$17,482 Avg Student Debt

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.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Computer Science Degree Search has developed this Most Popular Data Processing Schools ranking. This report analyzed 155 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular programs for computer science students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Data Processing program at each school on the list.

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

#1

El Centro College

Dallas, TX

Our analysis found El Centro College to be the most popular school for data processing students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. El Centro College is a large public school located in the city of Dallas.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend South Georgia Technical College. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Most Popular Data Processing Schools list. South Georgia Technical College is a small public school located in the rural area of Americus.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Central Georgia Technical College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Data Processing Schools list. CGTC is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Warner Robins.

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The excellent programs at New Mexico State University - Dona Ana helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best data processing schools in the United States. NMSU Dona Ana is a medium-sized public school located in the rural area of Las Cruces.

After completing their degree, data processing graduates from NMSU Dona Ana carry an average student debt load 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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#5

Trident Technical College

Charleston, SC

Out of the 155 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Trident Technical College landed the # 5 spot on the list. Trident Technical College is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Charleston.

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Georgia Northwestern Technical College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Data Processing Schools ranking. Georgia Northwestern Technical College is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Rome.

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Greenville Technical College ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Data Processing Schools list. GTC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Greenville.

The average amount in student loans that data processing majors at GTC take out is $22,631. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $235.

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American Public University System ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Data Processing Schools list. Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#9

Bellevue College

Bellevue, WA

With a ranking of #9, Bellevue College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for data processing students. BC is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Bellevue.

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#10

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Fordham University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for data processing students. It came in at #10 on the list. Fordham U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bronx.

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With a ranking of #11, Kingsborough Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for data processing students. KCC is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Brooklyn.

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#12

Midlands Technical College

West Columbia, SC

Midlands Technical College landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular data processing programs. MTC is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of West Columbia.

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Horry-Georgetown Technical College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Data Processing Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Conway, Horry-Georgetown Technical College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

While working on their degree, data processing majors at Horry-Georgetown Technical College accumulate an average of around $20,631 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $214, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Oconee Fall Line Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for data processing students. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the rural area of Sandersville, OFTC is a public college with a small student population.

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#14

York Technical College

Rock Hill, SC

York Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for data processing students. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the city of Rock Hill, York Technical College is a public school with a small student population.

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#16

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA

With a ranking of #16, Gwinnett Technical College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for data processing students. Located in the suburb of Lawrenceville, GTC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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Queensborough Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for data processing students. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the city of Bayside, QCC is a public college with a large student population.

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West Georgia Technical College landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular data processing programs. West Georgia Technical College is a medium-sized public school located in the rural area of Waco.

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University of Southern Mississippi ranked #19 on this year’s Most Popular Data Processing Schools list. Located in the small city of Hattiesburg, Southern Miss is a public college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, data processing majors at Southern Miss accumulate an average of around $26,369 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $274.

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#19

Mountain View College

Dallas, TX

Mountain View College ranked #19 on this year’s Most Popular Data Processing Schools list. Located in the city of Dallas, Mountain View College is a public school with a large student population.

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#21

Delgado Community College

New Orleans, LA

With a ranking of #21, Delgado Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for data processing students. Located in the city of New Orleans, Delgado Community College is a public school with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that data processing majors at Delgado Community College take out is $16,000. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $166.

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With a ranking of #21, University of Nevada - Las Vegas did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for data processing students. UNLV is a fairly large public school located in the city of Las Vegas.

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#21

Lee College

Baytown, TX

Lee College ranked #21 on this year’s Most Popular Data Processing Schools list. Located in the city of Baytown, Lee College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
24 Savannah Technical College Savannah, GA
25 Columbus Technical College Columbus, GA
25 Eastfield College Mesquite, TX
27 Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College Orangeburg, SC
27 Bronx Community College Bronx, NY
29 Tri-County Technical College Pendleton, SC
30 Edmonds Community College Lynnwood, WA
30 Athens Technical College Athens, GA
30 Aiken Technical College Graniteville, SC

Data Processing by Region

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Region
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 26 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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