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2021 Best Value Information Science Associate's Degree Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

21 Colleges
$16,032 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$39,957 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Information Science Associate's Degree School for You

With 17,779 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, information science is the #4 most popular major in the United States.

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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Computer Science Degree Search has created the Best Value Information Science Associate's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 21 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value associate's degree programs for IS 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 Information Science Associate’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Information Science Associate's Degree Colleges.

Top 10 Best Information Science Associate's Degree Schools

#1

Century College - White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake, MN

Our analysis found Century College - White Bear Lake to be the best value school for information science students who want to pursue a associate’s degree in the United States. Located in the large suburb of White Bear Lake, Century College - White Bear Lake is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Century College - White Bear Lake are $5,578 per year.

Century College - White Bear Lake excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Information Science Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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Out of the 21 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Alexandria Technical & Community College landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the town of Alexandria, ATCC is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at ATCC are $5,565 a year.

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Out of the 21 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Brigham Young University - Idaho landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the distant 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 #4 on this year’s list means Pennsylvania State University - World Campus is a great value for information science students working on their associate’s degree. Penn State World Campus is a fairly small public school located in the rural area of University Park.

Penn State World Campus undergraduate students pay an average of $13,988 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Associate's Degree, IS graduates from Penn State World Campus carry an average student debtload of $25,052. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $258, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Penn State World Campus not only placed well in our value ranking, but it is also #1 on our Best Information Science Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Hudson Valley Community College. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Value Information Science Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Troy, HVCC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at HVCC are $11,062 per year. After completing their Associate's Degree, IS graduates from HVCC carry an average student debtload of $11,719. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $100.

HVCC excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Information Science Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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Cuyahoga Community College District landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value associate’s degree information science programs. Located in the large city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga Community College District is a public school with a very large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Cuyahoga Community College District are $8,136 per year. The average amount in student loans that IS majors at Cuyahoga Community College District take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $14,851. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $122, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Ivy Tech Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for information science students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the large city of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Ivy Tech Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $8,661 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Associate's Degree, IS graduates from Ivy Tech Community College carry an average student debtload of $12,703. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $109.

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Dakota State University

Madison, SD

With a ranking of #8, Dakota State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for information science students working on their associate’s degree. Dakota State is a small public school located in the town of Madison.

Dakota State undergraduate students pay an average of $12,606 in tuition and fees each year.

Dakota State excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Information Science Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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Pennsylvania State University - Dubois came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Science Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Penn State DuBois is a fairly small public school located in the town of DuBois.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Penn State DuBois are $22,302 a year. While working on their Associate's Degree, IS majors at Penn State DuBois accumulate an average of around $25,052 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $258, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Penn State DuBois did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Information Science Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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With a ranking of #10, Pennsylvania State University - Mont Alto did quite well on this year’s best value schools for information science students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the town of Mont Alto, Penn State Mont Alto is a public college with a fairly small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Penn State Mont Alto are $22,302 a year. While working on their Associate's Degree, IS majors at Penn State Mont Alto accumulate an average of around $25,052 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $258, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Penn State Mont Alto did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Information Science Associate’s Degree Schools list.

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

IS Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Information Science 17,779

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Computer Science 47,906
Information Technology 33,399
Computer Systems Networking 14,055
Computer Software & Applications 12,793

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 21 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 The Opte Project.

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