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2021 Most Popular Computer Science Master's Degree Schools

634 Schools Ranked
$42,682 Avg Student Debt

A computer science student has lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. 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 and bootcamps 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 Most Popular Computer Science Master's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 634 schools in the United States to see which master's degree programs were the most popular for computer science students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from each school on the list.

Learn more about these popular schools below:

1,366 Total Awards
$8,910 Average Tuition & Fees
$46,326 Avg Student Debt

Our 2021 rankings named University of Maryland Global Campus the most popular school in the United States for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Located in Adelphi, Maryland, the large public school awarded 1,366 diplomas to qualifed master’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $46,326 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 34% were women.

Online graduate courses are available at UMGC, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. During the 2017-2018 year, about 91% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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1,297 Total Awards
$16,088 Average Tuition & Fees
$45,928 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the large public school awarded 1,297 diplomas to qualifed master’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Master’s Degree recipients from Georgia Tech accumulate an average of $45,928 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 19% were women.

Georgia Tech does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 57% took at least some of their classes online.

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#3

New York University

New York, New York
1,063 Total Awards
$35,562 Average Tuition & Fees
$78,554 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means New York University is a great place for computer science students working on their master’s degree. New York University is a large private not-for-profit school located in New York, New York that handed out 1,063 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $78,554 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 41% were women.

NYU does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 12% took at least some of their classes online.

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#4

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
1,048 Total Awards
$47,107 Average Tuition & Fees
$81,204 Avg Student Debt

The excellent master’s degree programs at University of Southern California helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular computer science schools in the United States. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,048 master’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their master’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $81,204 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 33% were women.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at USC. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 29% took at least some of their classes online.

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#5

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1,024 Total Awards
$45,909 Average Tuition & Fees
$55,669 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Carnegie Mellon University is a great place for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out master’s degrees to 1,024 students in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their master’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $55,669 in student loans. Around 41% of those degree recipients were women.

Carnegie Mellon does have options available for those who want to take online graduate 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 11% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#6

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville, Kentucky
1,019 Total Awards
$12,690 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,649 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #6, Campbellsville University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their master’s degree. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Campbellsville, Kentucky, and it awarded 1,019 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $25,649 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 21% were women.

One thing to take note of is that Campbellsville University does offer online graduate classes in some areas. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 97% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#7

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, Kentucky
969 Total Awards
$5,970 Average Tuition & Fees
$28,545 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #7, University of the Cumberlands did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Williamsburg, Kentucky is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out master’s degrees to 969 students in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their master’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $28,545 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 20% were women.

Interested in an online degree? Then you definitely want to check out Cumberlands. Every graduate student at the school took at least one class online.

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#8

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
914 Total Awards
$7,790 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,394 Avg Student Debt

Western Governors University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. WGU is located in Salt Lake City, Utah and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 914 master’s degrees to qualified students.

Master’s Degree recipients from WGU accumulate an average of $14,394 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 13% were women.

If you are interested in distance education, WGU is an excellent choice, since graduate classes are offered online.

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818 Total Awards
$13,874 Average Tuition & Fees
$32,472 Avg Student Debt

The University of Texas at Dallas landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree computer science programs. This large public school is located in Richardson, Texas, and it awarded 818 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Master’s Degree recipients from UT Dallas accumulate an average of $32,472 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 38% of those degree recipients were women.

UT Dallas does have options available for those who want to take online graduate 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 20% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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762 Total Awards
$49,968 Average Tuition & Fees
$74,333 Avg Student Debt

Columbia University in the City of New York landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree computer science programs. Columbia is located in New York, New York and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 762 master’s degrees to qualified students.

Master’s Degree recipients from Columbia accumulate an average of $74,333 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 44% of those degree recipients were women.

Columbia does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In fact, around 8% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#11

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
601 Total Awards
$55,502 Average Tuition & Fees
$52,162 Avg Student Debt

Boston University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 601 diplomas to qualifed master’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $52,162 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 24% of those degree recipients were women.

Boston U does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In 2017-2018 about 20% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#12

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
536 Total Awards
$19,974 Average Tuition & Fees
$52,512 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #12, DePaul University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their master’s degree. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Chicago, Illinois, and it awarded 536 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $52,512 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 34% of those degree recipients were women.

One thing to take note of is that DePaul does offer online graduate classes in some areas. During the 2017-2018 year, about 26% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#13

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
505 Total Awards
$57,556 Average Tuition & Fees
$42,033 Avg Student Debt

Johns Hopkins University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Johns Hopkins is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Baltimore, Maryland. It awarded 505 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $42,033 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 30% of those degree recipients were women.

One thing to take note of is that Johns Hopkins does offer online graduate classes in some areas. During the 2017-2018 year, about 54% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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499 Total Awards
$19,293 Average Tuition & Fees
$49,440 Avg Student Debt

University of Washington - Seattle Campus landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree computer science programs. Seattle, Washington is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out master’s degrees to 499 students in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their master’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $49,440 in student loans. Around 42% of those degree recipients were women.

UW Seattle does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 7% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#15

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey
450 Total Awards
$37,990 Average Tuition & Fees
$22,673 Avg Student Debt

Stevens Institute of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. Stevens Institute of Technology is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Hoboken, New Jersey that handed out 450 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $22,673 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 25% of those degree recipients were women.

Online graduate courses are available at Stevens, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In fact, around 45% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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448 Total Awards
$25,575 Average Tuition & Fees
$38,883 Avg Student Debt

Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Boston, Massachusetts is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out master’s degrees to 448 students in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $38,883 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 37% were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network. In fact, around 63% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#17

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
427 Total Awards
$40,188 Average Tuition & Fees
$56,202 Avg Student Debt

Syracuse University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Syracuse, New York, and it awarded 427 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their master’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $56,202 in student loans. Around 35% of those degree recipients were women.

Syracuse does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In 2017-2018 about 31% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#18

Wilmington University

New Castle, Delaware
421 Total Awards
$8,834 Average Tuition & Fees
$32,583 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #18, Wilmington University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer science students working on their master’s degree. Wilmington University is located in New Castle, Delaware and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 421 master’s degrees to qualified students.

Master’s Degree recipients from Wilmington University accumulate an average of $32,583 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 25% of those degree recipients were women.

One thing to take note of is that Wilmington University does offer online graduate classes in some areas. During the 2017-2018 year, about 67% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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418 Total Awards
$18,083 Average Tuition & Fees
$39,387 Avg Student Debt

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. UIUC is a public institution located in Champaign, Illinois. The school has a large population, and it awarded 418 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $39,387 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 28% of those degree recipients were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since UIUC does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 33% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#19

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois
418 Total Awards
$30,937 Average Tuition & Fees
$69,896 Avg Student Debt

Illinois Institute of Technology came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit institution located in Chicago, Illinois. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 418 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their master’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $69,896 in student loans. Around 34% of those degree recipients were women.

Online graduate courses are available at Illinois Tech, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 17% took at least some of their classes online.

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#21

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, New Jersey
416 Total Awards
$23,828 Average Tuition & Fees
$33,969 Avg Student Debt

New Jersey Institute of Technology came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Newark, New Jersey is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out master’s degrees to 416 students in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $33,969 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 31% were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at NJIT. In 2017-2018 about 41% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#22

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
411 Total Awards
$11,673 Average Tuition & Fees
$33,103 Avg Student Debt

North Carolina State University landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular master’s degree computer science programs. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, the large public school handed out 411 master’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $33,103 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 29% were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since NC State does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. In 2017-2018 about 32% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#23

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
397 Total Awards
$31,824 Average Tuition & Fees
$57,656 Avg Student Debt

George Washington University ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in Washington, District of Columbia, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 397 master’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

Master’s Degree recipients from GWU accumulate an average of $57,656 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 31% were women.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at GWU. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 36% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#24

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts
391 Total Awards
$25,085 Average Tuition & Fees
$39,078 Avg Student Debt

Northeastern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #24 on the list. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Boston, Massachusetts, and it awarded 391 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, master’s degree students take out $39,078 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 24% were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Northeastern. In 2017-2018 about 10% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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390 Total Awards
$28,530 Average Tuition & Fees
$44,857 Avg Student Debt

Maharishi International University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for computer science students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #25 on the list. MIU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Fairfield, Iowa. The school has a small population, and it awarded 390 master’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Master’s Degree recipients from MIU accumulate an average of $44,857 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 11% were women.

Online graduate courses are available at MIU, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In 2017-2018 about 70% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
#28

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
#29

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
#30

Pace University - New York

New York, New York
#31

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, California
#32

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York
#33

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
#34

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#35

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
#36

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
#37

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
#38

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
#39

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
#41

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
#42

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, New York
#43

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
#44

Stanford University

Stanford, California
#47

University of Illinois at Springfield

Springfield, Illinois
#48

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
#49

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

To learn more about the schools below, just click on their names:

Rank School Location
51 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
52 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
53 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
54 University of Chicago Chicago, IL
55 Fordham University Bronx, NY
56 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
57 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
57 New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY
59 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
60 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
61 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
61 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
63 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
64 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
65 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
66 Regis University Denver, CO
67 Iowa State University Ames, IA
68 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
68 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
70 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
70 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Magnolia, AR
72 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
73 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
74 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
75 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
76 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
77 University at Albany Albany, NY
78 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
79 University of Denver Denver, CO
80 National University La Jolla, CA
81 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
81 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
83 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
84 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
85 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
86 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
86 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL
88 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
89 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
90 Texas A&M University - Kingsville Kingsville, TX
91 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO
92 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
92 Georgetown University Washington, DC
94 University of North Texas Denton, TX
94 University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
96 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank School Location
97 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
98 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
99 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
100 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
100 Brown University Providence, RI
100 Harvard University Cambridge, MA
100 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
100 University of Houston Houston, TX
105 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
106 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
107 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
107 Texas A&M University - Commerce Commerce, TX
109 The New School New York, NY
110 Florida International University Miami, FL
110 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
112 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
112 IGlobal University Vienna, VA
114 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
115 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
116 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
117 Towson University Towson, MD
117 Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, CA
119 University of Georgia Athens, GA
119 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
119 Walden University Minneapolis, MN
122 Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
123 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
124 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
125 Trident University International Cypress, CA
126 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
127 ECPI University Virginia Beach, VA

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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