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2021 Best Value Information Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

69 Colleges
$6,899 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$25,414 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Information Technology Undergraduate Certificate 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Computer Science Degree Search has created the Best Value Information Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 69 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value undergraduate certificate programs for IT students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. 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.

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

2021 Best Value Information Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Information Technology Undergraduate Certificate Colleges.

Top 10 Best Information Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools

#1

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA

Our 2021 rankings named Gwinnett Technical College the best value school in the United States for information technology students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the suburb of Lawrenceville, GTC is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at GTC are $5,636 per year. The average amount in student loans that IT majors at GTC take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $14,177. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $150.

GTC also claimed a spot on our Best Information Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Collin County Community College District. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Information Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Collin County Community College District is a fairly large public school located in the midsize suburb of McKinney.

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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#3

Century College - White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake, MN

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Century College - White Bear Lake. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Century College - White Bear Lake is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of White Bear Lake.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Century College - White Bear Lake are $5,578 a year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Century College - White Bear Lake also is in the top 20% of our Best Information Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Anoka-Ramsey Community College. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Coon Rapids, Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus are $5,207 per year.

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#5

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, IA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Kirkwood Community College. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Value Information Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Cedar Rapids, Kirkwood Community College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Kirkwood Community College are $6,970 per year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Kirkwood Community College is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Information Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list.

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#6

Pierce College-Puyallup

Puyallup, WA

Pierce College-Puyallup landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value undergraduate certificate information technology programs. Pierce College-Puyallup is a small public school located in the large suburb of Puyallup.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Pierce College-Puyallup are $4,590 a year.

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Milwaukee Area Technical College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Information Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. MATC is a large public school located in the large city of Milwaukee.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at MATC are $6,706 a year. On average, IT graduates from MATC take out $14,781 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $119.

MATC excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Information Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools list.

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Dakota County Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for information technology students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the rural area of Rosemount, DCTC is a public school with a small student population.

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

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Waukesha County Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for information technology students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Pewaukee, WCTC is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

WCTC undergraduate students pay an average of $6,395 in tuition and fees each year.

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With a ranking of #10, College of Western Idaho did quite well on this year’s best value schools for information technology students working on their undergraduate certificate. CWI is a fairly large public school located in the rural area of Nampa.

CWI undergraduate students pay an average of $7,344 in tuition and fees each year. IT majors at CWI take out an average of $11,395 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $112.

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Honorable Mentions

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 Information Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
12 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS
13 Georgia Piedmont Technical College Clarkston, GA

Information Technology by Region

View the Best Value Information Technology Undergraduate Certificate 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.

  • 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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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