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2021 Best Information Technology Associate's Degree Schools

410 Colleges
$32,484 Avg Salary
$22,732 Avg Student Debt

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

In 2018-2019, 33,399 information technology students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #3 most popular in the country.

It's not easy to decide which computer science program to enroll in when you have so many options available. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Computer Science Degree Search has developed this Best Information Technology Associate's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 410 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best associate's degree programs for computer science students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for IT majors pursuing a associate's degree.

Top 15% Best Information Technology Associate's Degree Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Anne Arundel Community College the best school in the United States for information technology students working on their associate’s degree. AACC is a large public school located in the large suburb of Arnold.

IT majors at AACC take out an average of $12,664 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $113, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Southeast Technical Institute. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools list. Southeast Technical Institute is a small public school located in the rural area of Sioux Falls.

The average amount in student loans that IT majors at Southeast Technical Institute take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $20,038. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $192.

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Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Hennepin Technical College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools list. Hennepin Technical College is a small public school located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park.

While working on their Associate's Degree, IT majors at Hennepin Technical College accumulate an average of around $18,308 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $162.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Des Moines Area Community College is a great place for information technology students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the large suburb of Ankeny, DMACC is a public school with a very large student population.

While working on their Associate's Degree, IT majors at DMACC accumulate an average of around $19,798 in student debt.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Waukesha County Technical College is a great place for information technology students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the large suburb of Pewaukee, WCTC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

On average, IT graduates from WCTC take out $14,489 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $112.

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Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. IWU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Marion.

On average, IT graduates from IWU take out $24,637 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $252, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Asher College

Sacramento, CA

Asher College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Asher College is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Sacramento.

On average, IT graduates from Asher College take out $13,625 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 $158.

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Century College

White Bear Lake, MN

With a ranking of #8, Century College did quite well on this year’s best schools for information technology students working on their associate’s degree. Century College is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of White Bear Lake.

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#9

MyComputerCareer.edu-Columbus

Westerville, OH

MyComputerCareer.edu-Columbus landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree information technology programs. Located in the suburb of Westerville, MyComputerCareer is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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Community College of Baltimore County came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Baltimore, CCBC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #11, Northcentral Technical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for information technology students working on their associate’s degree. North Central Technical College is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Wausau.

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Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, IA

Kirkwood Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for information technology students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the midsize city of Cedar Rapids, Kirkwood Community College is a public college with a large student population.

After completing their Associate's Degree, IT graduates from Kirkwood Community College carry an average student debtload of $19,518. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $191.

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Collin County Community College District landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree information technology programs. Collin County Community College District is a very large public school located in the midsize suburb of McKinney.

IT majors at Collin County Community College District take out an average of $19,086 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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Dakota State University

Madison, SD

Dakota State University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the distant town of Madison, Dakota State is a public school with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that IT majors at Dakota State take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $24,815.

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Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA

Gwinnett Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for information technology students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the suburb of Lawrenceville, GTC is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

IT majors at GTC take out an average of $15,282 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $130, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Moraine Park Technical College

Fond du Lac, WI

Moraine Park Technical College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Information Technology Associate’s Degree Schools list. Moraine Park Technical College is a small public school located in the city of Fond du Lac.

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Dakota County Technical College landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree information technology programs. Located in the rural area of Rosemount, DCTC is a public college with a small student population.

After completing their Associate's Degree, IT graduates from DCTC carry an average student debtload of $22,159. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $182.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Information Technology students that almost earned our Best Information Technology Associate's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
18 National American University - Rapid City Rapid City, SD
19 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
20 ECPI University Virginia Beach, VA
21 Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis, MN
22 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
23 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI

Information Technology by Region

View the Best Information Technology 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

Information Technology is one of 10 different types of computer science programs to choose from.

IT Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Computer & IS Security 17,695
Network & System Administration/Administrator 5,778
Information Technology Management 3,066
Computer Support Specialist 2,955
Information Technology Project Management 1,614
System, Networking, & LAN/WAN Management/Manager 1,521
Web/Multimedia Management & Webmaster 770

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Computer Science 47,906
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.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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 Craig Dennis.

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