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2021 Best Computer Science Associate's Degree Schools

1,173 Schools Ranked
$13,227 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$17,566 Avg Student Debt

With all the computer science programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. 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. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools and bootcamp 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 Computer Science Associate's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 1,173 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best associate's degree programs for computer science students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school us, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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Top Computer Science Associate's Degree Schools in the United States

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#1

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
197 Total Awards
$13,988 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,452 Avg Student Debt

Our analysis found Pennsylvania State University - World Campus to be the best school for computer science students who want to pursue a associate’s degree in the United States. Penn State World Campus is located in University Park, Pennsylvania and has a very small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 197 associate’s degrees to qualified students.

Penn State World Campus does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $13,988. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. Associate’s Degree recipients from Penn State World Campus accumulate an average of $23,452 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Since Penn State World Campus is primarily an online school, it is an excellent choice for undergraduate students who need more flexibility than what is offered at some other schools.

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58 Total Awards
$13,710 Average Tuition & Fees
$20,609 Avg Student Debt

The excellent associate’s degree programs at Pennsylvania State University - Dubois helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best computer science schools in the United States. Located in DuBois, Pennsylvania, the very small public school awarded 58 diplomas to qualifed associate’s degree students in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $13,710 in tuition and fees if they attend Penn State DuBois full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $22,302. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $20,609 in student loans.

Some students may be able to take online classes at Penn State DuBois. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 32% took at least some of their classes online.

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#3

Dunwoody College of Technology

Minneapolis, Minnesota
330 Total Awards
$23,096 Average Tuition & Fees
$16,661 Avg Student Debt

The excellent associate’s degree programs at Dunwoody College of Technology helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best computer science schools in the United States. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 330 associate’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $23,096 to cover tuition and fees at Dunwoody College of Technology. The school does not offer an in-state discount. On average, associate’s degree students take out $16,661 in loans while pursuing their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Dunwoody College of Technology. During the 2017-2018 year, about 24% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#4

Pennsylvania State University - Mont Alto

Mont Alto, Pennsylvania
70 Total Awards
$13,710 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,707 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Pennsylvania State University - Mont Alto. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools list. Pennsylvania State University - Mont Alto is a very small public school located in Mont Alto, Pennsylvania that handed out 70 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Pennsylvania pay an average of $13,710 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Penn State Mont Alto. Out-of-state students pay an average of $22,302. On average, associate’s degree students take out $21,707 in loans while pursuing their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Penn State Mont Alto does offer online classes for certain majors. During the 2017-2018 year, about 32% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#5

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
627 Total Awards
$6,448 Average Tuition & Fees
$15,376 Avg Student Debt

The excellent associate’s degree programs at Southeast Technical Institute helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best computer science schools in the United States. Sioux Falls, South Dakota is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out associate’s degrees to 627 students in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $6,448 to cover tuition and fees at Southeast Technical Institute. The school does not offer an in-state discount. Associate’s Degree recipients from Southeast Technical Institute accumulate an average of $15,376 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Southeast Technical Institute does offer online classes for certain majors. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 38% took at least some of their classes online.

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#6

Pennsylvania State University - New Kensington

New Kensington, Pennsylvania
24 Total Awards
$13,710 Average Tuition & Fees
$19,963 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #6, Pennsylvania State University - New Kensington did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their associate’s degree. Penn State New Kensington is a public institution located in New Kensington, Pennsylvania. The school has a very small population, and it awarded 24 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at Penn State New Kensington is $13,710. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $22,302. On average, associate’s degree students take out $19,963 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Penn State New Kensington does offer online classes for certain degree levels. During the 2017-2018 year, about 34% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#7

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, Utah
3,220 Total Awards
$3,929 Average Tuition & Fees
$11,527 Avg Student Debt

Salt Lake Community College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools list. Salt Lake Community College is a public institution located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The school has a large population, and it awarded 3,220 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $3,929 in tuition and fees if they attend Salt Lake Community College full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $12,460. On average, associate’s degree students take out $11,527 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Salt Lake Community College does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. During the 2017-2018 year, about 30% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#8

Anne Arundel Community College

Arnold, Maryland
1,785 Total Awards
$8,240 Average Tuition & Fees
$13,169 Avg Student Debt

Anne Arundel Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get an associate’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. AACC is located in Arnold, Maryland and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,785 associate’s degrees to qualified students.

Students from Maryland who attend AACC full time pay an average of $8,240 in tuition and fees. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $13,160. Associate’s Degree recipients from AACC accumulate an average of $13,169 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since AACC does offer online classes for certain majors. In 2017-2018 about 44% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#9

Pennsylvania State University - Berks

Reading, Pennsylvania
43 Total Awards
$15,206 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,048 Avg Student Debt

Pennsylvania State University - Berks landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree computer science programs. Penn State Berks is located in Reading, Pennsylvania and has a very small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 43 associate’s degrees to qualified students.

Students from Pennsylvania who attend Penn State Berks full time pay an average of $15,206 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students pay an average of $24,916. On average, associate’s degree students take out $21,048 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Penn State Berks does offer online classes for certain degree levels. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 28% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#10

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts
50 Total Awards
$15,648 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,959 Avg Student Debt

University of Massachusetts - Lowell ranked #10 on this year’s Best Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools list. Lowell, Massachusetts is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out associate’s degrees to 50 students in 2018-2019.

Students from Massachusetts who attend UMass Lowell full time pay an average of $15,648 in tuition and fees. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $33,574. Associate’s Degree recipients from UMass Lowell accumulate an average of $25,959 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at UMass Lowell. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 26% took at least some of their classes online.

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#11

Iowa Central Community College

Fort Dodge, Iowa
802 Total Awards
$5,700 Average Tuition & Fees
$16,822 Avg Student Debt

Iowa Central Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get an associate’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. Iowa Central Community College is a public institution located in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 802 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from Iowa who attend Iowa Central Community College full time pay an average of $5,700 in tuition and fees. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $8,200. On average, associate’s degree students take out $16,822 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Online courses are available at Iowa Central Community College, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 29% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#12

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
358 Total Awards
$8,250 Average Tuition & Fees
$8,831 Avg Student Debt

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology ranked #12 on this year’s Best Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the small public school awarded 358 diplomas to qualifed associate’s degree students in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $8,250 to cover tuition and fees at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. The school does not offer an in-state discount. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $8,831 in student loans.

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#13

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
521 Total Awards
$5,248 Average Tuition & Fees
$19,155 Avg Student Debt

Hennepin Technical College landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree computer science programs. Hennepin Technical College is a public institution located in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 521 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Hennepin Technical College does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $5,248. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, associate’s degree students take out $19,155 in loans while pursuing their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Hennepin Technical College does offer online classes for certain majors. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 31% took at least some of their classes online.

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#14

Century College

White Bear Lake, Minnesota
1,266 Total Awards
$5,578 Average Tuition & Fees
$20,917 Avg Student Debt

Century College came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,266 associate’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Century College is $5,578. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. Associate’s Degree recipients from Century College accumulate an average of $20,917 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Century College does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In fact, around 40% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#15

Weber State University

Ogden, Utah
2,670 Total Awards
$5,986 Average Tuition & Fees
$19,685 Avg Student Debt

Weber State University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree computer science programs. This large public school is located in Ogden, Utah, and it awarded 2,670 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $5,986 in tuition and fees if they attend WSU full time. Out-of-state students pay an average of $15,969. On average, associate’s degree students take out $19,685 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Online courses are available at WSU, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In fact, around 35% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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2,195 Total Awards
$4,800 Average Tuition & Fees
$15,367 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #16, Des Moines Area Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their associate’s degree. This large public school is located in Ankeny, Iowa, and it awarded 2,195 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from Iowa who attend DMACC full time pay an average of $4,800 in tuition and fees. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $9,600. Associate’s Degree recipients from DMACC accumulate an average of $15,367 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at DMACC. During the 2017-2018 year, about 30% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#17

Champlain College

Burlington, Vermont
50 Total Awards
$41,828 Average Tuition & Fees
$16,284 Avg Student Debt

Champlain College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Champlain College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Burlington, Vermont that handed out 50 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Champlain does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $41,828. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, associate’s degree students take out $16,284 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at Champlain. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 44% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#18

Greenville Technical College

Greenville, South Carolina
1,326 Total Awards
$5,186 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,202 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #18, Greenville Technical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their associate’s degree. This fairly large public school is located in Greenville, South Carolina, and it awarded 1,326 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $5,186 in tuition and fees if they attend GTC full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $9,410. Associate’s Degree recipients from GTC accumulate an average of $23,202 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

GTC does offer online classes for certain degree levels. In 2017-2018 about 45% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#19

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
2,319 Total Awards
$31,136 Average Tuition & Fees
$17,373 Avg Student Debt

Southern New Hampshire University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools list. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Manchester, New Hampshire, and it awarded 2,319 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend SNHU, expect to pay an average of $31,136 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $17,373 in student loans.

Online courses are available at SNHU, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In 2017-2018 about 94% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#20

Pennsylvania State University - Schuylkill

Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania
28 Total Awards
$14,476 Average Tuition & Fees
$22,119 Avg Student Debt

Pennsylvania State University - Schuylkill ranked #20 on this year’s Best Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools list. Penn State Schuylkill is located in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania and has a very small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 28 associate’s degrees to qualified students.

Full-time students from Pennsylvania pay an average of $14,476 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Penn State Schuylkill. Out-of-state students pay an average of $23,466. Associate’s Degree recipients from Penn State Schuylkill accumulate an average of $22,119 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Penn State Schuylkill does offer online classes for certain degree levels. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 49% took at least some of their classes online.

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652 Total Awards
$9,345 Average Tuition & Fees
$22,186 Avg Student Debt

Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for computer science students to get an associate’s degree. It came in at #21 on the list. IWU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Marion, Indiana. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 652 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend IWU, expect to pay an average of $9,345 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. Associate’s Degree recipients from IWU accumulate an average of $22,186 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

IWU does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In fact, around 86% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#22

New England Institute of Technology

East Greenwich, Rhode Island
744 Total Awards
$30,841 Average Tuition & Fees
$16,842 Avg Student Debt

New England Institute of Technology landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree computer science programs. New England Tech is a small private not-for-profit school situated in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. It awarded 744 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

New England Tech does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $30,841. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. Associate’s Degree recipients from New England Tech accumulate an average of $16,842 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at New England Tech. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 25% took at least some of their classes online.

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#23

DeVry University - Ohio

Columbus, Ohio
20 Total Awards
$15,420 Average Tuition & Fees
$33,342 Avg Student Debt

DeVry University - Ohio landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree computer science programs. DeVry University - Ohio is a very small private for-profit school located in Columbus, Ohio that handed out 20 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

DeVry University - Ohio does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $15,420. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $33,342 in student loans.

Some students may be able to take online classes at DeVry University - Ohio. During the 2017-2018 year, about 97% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#24

Asher College

Sacramento, California
139 Total Awards
$13,449 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #24, Asher College did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students working on their associate’s degree. Located in Sacramento, California, the very small private for-profit school handed out 139 associate’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

Associate’s Degree recipients from Asher College accumulate an average of $13,449 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

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1,635 Total Awards
$5,962 Average Tuition & Fees
$11,513 Avg Student Debt

Hudson Valley Community College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Computer Science Associate’s Degree Schools list. Hudson Valley Community College is a fairly large public school located in Troy, New York that handed out 1,635 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from New York who attend Hudson Valley Community College full time pay an average of $5,962 in tuition and fees. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $11,062. On average, associate’s degree students take out $11,513 in loans while pursuing their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Hudson Valley Community College. In fact, around 32% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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Rest of the Top 15% Best Computer Science Associate's Degree Schools in the United States

Not only did these schools make the top 43 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg

Middletown, Pennsylvania
#27

DeVry University - Georgia

Decatur, Georgia
#29

Northcentral Technical College

Wausau, Wisconsin
#30

MyComputerCareer.edu-Columbus

Westerville, Ohio
#31

Southeast Community College Area

Lincoln, Nebraska
#32

Midlands Technical College

West Columbia, South Carolina
#34

Waukesha County Technical College

Pewaukee, Wisconsin
#35

Sinclair Community College

Dayton, Ohio
#36

DeVry University - Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri
#37

Chippewa Valley Technical College

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
#38

DeVry University - California

Pomona, California
#39

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, New York
#40

Herzing University - Winter Park

Winter Park, Florida
#41

Herzing University - Kenner

Kenner, Louisiana
#42

Fox Valley Technical College

Appleton, Wisconsin
#43

DeVry University - Colorado

Westminster, Colorado

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our best computer science schools ranking:

Rank School Location
44 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
45 State Technical College of Missouri Linn, MO
46 Herzing University - Atlanta Atlanta, GA
47 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
48 Herzing University - Birmingham Birmingham, AL
49 Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville, GA
50 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
51 Charter College Vancouver, WA
52 DeVry College of New York New York, NY
53 Herzing University - Madison Madison, WI
54 Dakota State University Madison, SD
55 DeVry University - Florida Miramar, FL
56 DeVry University - Nevada Henderson, NV
57 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS

Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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 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).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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