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2021 Most Popular Online Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools

158 Schools Ranked
$5,711 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$11,735 Avg Student Debt

A computer science student has lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Also, there are a number of trade schools and bootcamps 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 Most Popular Online Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 158 schools in the United States to see which online undergraduate certificate programs were the most popular for computer science students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

Learn more about these popular schools with online programs:

#1

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
312 Total Awards
$4,500 Average Tuition & Fees
$13,190 Avg Student Debt

Our analysis found Ivy Tech Community College to be the most popular school for computer science students who want to pursue a undergraduate certificate in the United States. Ivy Tech Community College is a large public school situated in Indianapolis, Indiana. It awarded 312 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Indiana pay an average of $4,500 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Ivy Tech Community College. Out-of-state students pay an average of $8,661. By the time they get their undergraduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $13,190 in student loans. Around 20% of those degree recipients were women.

In 2017-2018 about 54% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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116 Total Awards
$7,560 Average Tuition & Fees
$19,971 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you attend University of Maryland - University College. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Most Popular Online Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. University of Maryland - University College is a large public school located in Adelphi, Maryland that handed out 116 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $7,560 in tuition and fees if they attend University of Maryland - University College full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $12,336. Undergraduate Certificate recipients from University of Maryland - University College accumulate an average of $19,971 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 21% were women.

Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 90% took at least some of their classes online.

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#3

Hinds Community College

Raymond, Mississippi
85 Total Awards
$3,450 Average Tuition & Fees
$9,402 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Hinds Community College is a great place for computer science students working on their undergraduate certificate. Hinds Community College is a fairly large public school located in Raymond, Mississippi that handed out 85 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Mississippi pay an average of $3,450 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Hinds Community College. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $6,500. Undergraduate Certificate recipients from Hinds Community College accumulate an average of $9,402 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 22% were women.

In 2017-2018 about 36% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#4

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
57 Total Awards
$13,988 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,696 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you attend Pennsylvania State University - World Campus. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Most Popular Online Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Penn State World Campus is located in University Park, Pennsylvania and has a very small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 57 undergraduate certificates 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. On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $23,696 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 18% were women.

If you are interested in distance education, Penn State World Campus is an excellent choice, since the school is online.

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#5

DeVry University - Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
55 Total Awards
$15,303 Average Tuition & Fees
$13,335 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 158 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, DeVry University - Illinois landed the # 5 spot on the list. This fairly large private for-profit school is located in Chicago, Illinois, and it awarded 55 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

DeVry University - Illinois does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $15,303. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. Undergraduate Certificate recipients from DeVry University - Illinois accumulate an average of $13,335 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 44% of those degree recipients were women.

Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 97% took at least some of their classes online.

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#6

Sheridan Technical College

Hollywood, Florida
52 Total Awards

Sheridan Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get an undergraduate certificate. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in Hollywood, Florida, the small public school handed out 52 undergraduate certificate awards in 2018-2019.

Around 12% of those degree recipients were women.

Around 25% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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48 Total Awards
$7,980 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,428 Avg Student Debt

University of Nebraska at Omaha landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate computer science programs. UNOMAHA is a public institution located in Omaha, Nebraska. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 48 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at UNOMAHA is $7,980. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $21,244. On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $25,428 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 15% of those degree recipients were women.

In 2017-2018 about 49% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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39 Total Awards

William T McFatter Technical College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. William T McFatter Technical College is located in Davie, Florida and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 39 undergraduate certificates to qualified students.

Around 23% of those degree recipients were women.

In 2017-2018 about 3% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#9

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, Florida
36 Total Awards
$2,682 Average Tuition & Fees
$28,796 Avg Student Debt

St Petersburg College ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Online Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Located in Clearwater, Florida, the large public school awarded 36 diplomas to qualifed undergraduate certificate students in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at SPC is $2,682. Out-of-state students pay an average of $9,286. On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $28,796 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 22% were women.

Around 58% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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31 Total Awards
$3,131 Average Tuition & Fees
$10,259 Avg Student Debt

Seminole State College of Florida landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate computer science programs. Sanford, Florida is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out undergraduate certificates to 31 students in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Florida pay an average of $3,131 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Seminole State. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $11,456. On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $10,259 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 13% were women.

During the 2017-2018 year, about 48% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#11

New Mexico State University-Dona Ana

Las Cruces, New Mexico
37 Total Awards
$2,160 Average Tuition & Fees

New Mexico State University-Dona Ana did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get an undergraduate certificate. It came in at #11 on the list. NMSU-Dona Ana is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 37 undergraduate certificates to qualified students.

Full-time students from New Mexico pay an average of $2,160 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend NMSU-Dona Ana. Out-of-state students pay an average of $5,664. Of those students who received their degree, 22% were women.

In 2017-2018 about 39% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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30 Total Awards

Pinellas Technical College-Clearwater came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Pinellas Technical College-Clearwater is a very small public school located in Clearwater, Florida that handed out 30 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Of those students who received their degree, 20% were women.

In 2017-2018 about 5% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#11

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Perkinston, Mississippi
71 Total Awards
$3,750 Average Tuition & Fees
$3,020 Avg Student Debt

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College ranked #11 on this year’s Most Popular Online Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is a medium-sized public school situated in Perkinston, Mississippi. It awarded 71 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Mississippi pay an average of $3,750 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $6,850. Undergraduate Certificate recipients from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College accumulate an average of $3,020 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 21% were women.

Around 48% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#14

Fox Valley Technical College

Appleton, Wisconsin
43 Total Awards
$4,640 Average Tuition & Fees
$8,743 Avg Student Debt

Fox Valley Technical College landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate computer science programs. Located in Appleton, Wisconsin, the fairly large public school handed out 43 undergraduate certificate awards in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at FVTC is $4,640. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $6,688. By the time they get their undergraduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $8,743 in student loans. Around 42% of those degree recipients were women.

In 2017-2018 about 26% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#15

Atlantic Technical College

Coconut Creek, Florida
59 Total Awards

Atlantic Technical College landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate computer science programs. This small public school is located in Coconut Creek, Florida, and it awarded 59 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Around 8% of those degree recipients were women.

Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 2% took at least some of their classes online.

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#15

South Texas College

McAllen, Texas
28 Total Awards
$4,440 Average Tuition & Fees

South Texas College ranked #15 on this year’s Most Popular Online Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. South Texas College is located in McAllen, Texas and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 28 undergraduate certificates to qualified students.

In-state students pay an average of $4,440 in tuition and fees if they attend South Texas College full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $7,830. Around 36% of those degree recipients were women.

Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 27% took at least some of their classes online.

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#17

San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia

Visalia, California
26 Total Awards
$9,281 Avg Student Debt

San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get an undergraduate certificate. It came in at #17 on the list. Visalia, California is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private for-profit school handed out undergraduate certificates to 26 students in 2018-2019.

On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $9,281 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 23% were women.

In 2017-2018 about 38% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#18

Rio Salado College

Tempe, Arizona
47 Total Awards
$2,070 Average Tuition & Fees
$12,062 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #18, Rio Salado College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their undergraduate certificate. Rio Salado College is a public institution located in Tempe, Arizona. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 47 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at Rio Salado College is $2,070. Out-of-state students pay an average of $7,854. By the time they get their undergraduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $12,062 in student loans. Around 38% of those degree recipients were women.

Around 58% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#19

Mesa Community College

Mesa, Arizona
40 Total Awards
$2,070 Average Tuition & Fees
$11,295 Avg Student Debt

Mesa Community College came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. This large public school is located in Mesa, Arizona, and it awarded 40 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $2,070 in tuition and fees if they attend Mesa Community College full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $7,854. On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $11,295 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 32% were women.

Around 35% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#20

Marion Technical College

Marion, Ohio
23 Total Awards
$5,222 Average Tuition & Fees
$10,493 Avg Student Debt

Marion Technical College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools ranking. Marion, Ohio is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out undergraduate certificates to 23 students in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at Marion Technical College is $5,222. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $7,142. Undergraduate Certificate recipients from Marion Technical College accumulate an average of $10,493 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 43% were women.

Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 44% took at least some of their classes online.

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#21

Lakeland Community College

Kirtland, Ohio
22 Total Awards
$4,669 Average Tuition & Fees

Lakeland Community College ranked #21 on this year’s Most Popular Online Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools list. Lakeland is a medium-sized public school situated in Kirtland, Ohio. It awarded 22 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Students from Ohio who attend Lakeland full time pay an average of $4,669 in tuition and fees. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $9,962. Of those students who received their degree, 23% were women.

Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 41% took at least some of their classes online.

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#22

Cerro Coso Community College

Ridgecrest, California
26 Total Awards
$1,290 Average Tuition & Fees

Cerro Coso Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get an undergraduate certificate. It came in at #22 on the list. Cerro Coso Community College is a medium-sized public school situated in Ridgecrest, California. It awarded 26 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from California pay an average of $1,290 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Cerro Coso Community College. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $7,702. Of those students who received their degree, 50% were women.

To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 50% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#23

Santa Fe College

Gainesville, Florida
20 Total Awards
$2,563 Average Tuition & Fees
$12,274 Avg Student Debt

Santa Fe College landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate computer science programs. Santa Fe College is a fairly large public school located in Gainesville, Florida that handed out 20 undergraduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Florida pay an average of $2,563 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Santa Fe College. Out-of-state students pay an average of $9,189. On average, undergraduate certificate students take out $12,274 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 10% were women.

During the 2017-2018 year, about 37% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#23

Charter College

Vancouver, Washington
20 Total Awards
$18,161 Average Tuition & Fees
$13,577 Avg Student Debt

Charter College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get an undergraduate certificate. It came in at #23 on the list. Located in Vancouver, Washington, the small private for-profit school awarded 20 diplomas to qualifed undergraduate certificate students in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $18,161 to cover tuition and fees at Charter College. The school does not offer an in-state discount. By the time they get their undergraduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $13,577 in student loans. Around 20% of those degree recipients were women.

Around 94% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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32 Total Awards
$4,588 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #25, Columbus State Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in Columbus, Ohio, the large public school handed out 32 undergraduate certificate awards in 2018-2019.

Students from Ohio who attend Columbus State full time pay an average of $4,588 in tuition and fees. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $9,540. Around 28% of those degree recipients were women.

During the 2017-2018 year, about 35% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our most popular online computer science schools ranking:

Rank School Location
26 City University of Seattle Seattle, WA
26 Jefferson State Community College Birmingham, AL
26 Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH
26 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
30 Miami Dade College Miami, FL
31 Wayne Community College Goldsboro, NC
31 Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC
31 Palomar College San Marcos, CA

Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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