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2021 Best Computer Information Systems Schools in the Great Lakes Region

69 Colleges
$54,380 Avg Salary
$26,115 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.

Today's students have 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 with offerings that you might find attractive.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Computer Information Systems Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This report analyzed 69 schools in the Great Lakes Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Computer Information Systems Schools in the Great Lakes Region

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

Top 10 Best Computer Information Systems Schools

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Our 2021 rankings named University of Notre Dame the best school in the Great Lakes Region for computer information systems students. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame.

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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Out of the 69 schools in the Great Lakes Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Computer Information Systems Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Terre Haute.

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#4

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Out of the 69 schools in the Great Lakes Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Northwestern University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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Out of the 69 schools in the Great Lakes Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the # 5 spot on the list. Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the city of Madison.

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#6

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Information Systems Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a very large student population.

On average, CIS graduates from Michigan State take out $22,600 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $235, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer information systems students. It came in at #7 on the list. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign.

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#8

Oberlin College

Oberlin, OH

With a ranking of #8, Oberlin College did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer information systems students. Located in the fringe town of Oberlin, Oberlin is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#9

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer information systems programs. Purdue is a very large public school located in the small city of West Lafayette.

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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer information systems programs. Located in the small city of La Crosse, UW - La Crosse is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Computer Information Systems Schools in the Great Lakes Region award.

Rank College Location
11 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
12 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
13 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI

Best Computer Information Systems Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 2,080
Ohio 1,487
Illinois 1,242
Indiana 2,029
Wisconsin 1,519

One of 10 majors within the area of study, computer information systems has other similar majors worth exploring.

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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