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2021 Best Computer Information Systems Schools

490 Colleges
$51,664 Avg Salary
$26,071 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Computer Information Systems School for You

Computer Information Systems is the #14 most popular major in the country with 76,482 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right 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. 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, Course Advisor has created the Best Computer Information Systems Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 490 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for 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 Computer Information Systems Schools in the United States

Check out the CIS programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Schools in CIS

#1

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Our analysis found Yale University to be the best school for computer information systems students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the midsize city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#2

Rice University

Houston, TX

Out of the 490 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Rice University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#3

Brown University

Providence, RI

Out of the 490 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Brown University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Providence.

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The excellent programs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best computer information systems schools in the United States. MIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge.

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#5

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Out of the 490 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Harvard University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#6

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

With a ranking of #6, Johns Hopkins University did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer information systems students. Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Baltimore.

While working on their degree, CIS majors at Johns Hopkins accumulate an average of around $22,179 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $250, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer information systems programs. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, CIS graduates from UPenn carry an average student debtload of $30,250. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $340.

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#8

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Information Systems Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

While working on their degree, CIS majors at Notre Dame accumulate an average of around $18,500 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $192.

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Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Information Systems Schools ranking. Georgia Tech is a very large public school located in the large city of Atlanta.

CIS majors at Georgia Tech take out an average of $24,910 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $276.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer information systems students. It came in at #10 on the list. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor.

After completing their degree, CIS graduates from U of Michigan carry an average student debtload of $16,974. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $176.

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#11

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer information systems students. It came in at #11 on the list. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

While working on their degree, CIS majors at Carnegie Mellon accumulate an average of around $60,316 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $703.

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#12

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer information systems programs. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

On average, CIS graduates from Cornell take out $13,678 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $142.

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#13

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer information systems programs. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville.

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#14

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech ranked #14 on this year’s Best Computer Information Systems Schools list. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Blacksburg.

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#15

Duke University

Durham, NC

With a ranking of #15, Duke University did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer information systems students. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#16

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

Wellesley College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Computer Information Systems Schools list. Wellesley is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Wellesley.

While working on their degree, CIS majors at Wellesley accumulate an average of around $9,325 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $97, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Washington University in St Louis did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer information systems students. It came in at #17 on the list. WUSTL is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Louis.

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#18

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

Swarthmore College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Information Systems Schools ranking. Swarthmore is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Swarthmore.

While working on their degree, CIS majors at Swarthmore accumulate an average of around $22,000 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $228.

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Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Information Systems Schools ranking. Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

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Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology ranked #20 on this year’s Best Computer Information Systems Schools list. Located in the city of Terre Haute, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #21, University of Nebraska at Omaha did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer information systems students. Located in the large city of Omaha, UNOMAHA is a public college with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at UNOMAHA take out is $21,600. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $224.

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#22

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Computer Information Systems Schools list. Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

CIS majors at Northeastern take out an average of $31,974 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $355.

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University of California - Berkeley came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Information Systems Schools ranking. Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a very large student population.

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Anne Arundel Community College landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer information systems programs. Located in the large suburb of Arnold, AACC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#25

New York University

New York, NY

New York University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Information Systems Schools ranking. Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, CIS majors at NYU accumulate an average of around $38,862 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $438.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Computer Information Systems Schools

#26

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, UT
#27

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
#29

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#30

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#34

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#36

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#38

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#41

Bentley University

Waltham, MA
#43

Boston University

Boston, MA
#44

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#49

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT
#50

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Computer Information Systems Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 490 different United States computer information systems schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Delaware Newark, DE
52 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
53 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
54 University of New Hampshire at Manchester Manchester, NH
55 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
56 Macalester College Saint Paul, MN
57 Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA
58 Park University Parkville, MO
59 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
60 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Middletown, PA
61 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
62 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
63 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
64 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
65 Villanova University Villanova, PA
66 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
67 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
68 Emory University Atlanta, GA
69 Simpson College Indianola, IA
70 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
71 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
72 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
73 University of Rochester Rochester, NY

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Computer Information Systems students that almost earned our Best Computer Information Systems Schools award.

Rank College Location
74 Southeast Community College Area Lincoln, NE
75 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
76 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
77 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
78 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
79 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
80 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
81 Clemson University Clemson, SC
82 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
83 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
84 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
85 Drake University Des Moines, IA
86 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
87 Emporia State University Emporia, KS
88 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
89 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
90 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
91 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
92 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
93 University of South Florida Sarasota - Manatee Sarasota, FL
94 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
95 University of Maryland - University College Adelphi, MD
96 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
97 Siena College Loudonville, NY
98 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN

Computer Information Systems by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Computer Information Systems is one of 10 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Science 47,906
Information Technology 33,399
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).

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