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2021 Best Computer Science Schools

312 Colleges
$66,561 Avg Salary
$23,565 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Computer Science School for You

Computer Science is the #24 most popular major in the country with 47,906 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Computer Science Schools ranking. This report analyzed 312 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for 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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2021 Best Computer Science Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Computer Science Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools in CompSci

Our 2021 rankings named California Institute of Technology the best school in the United States for computer science students. Located in the city of Pasadena, Caltech is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#2

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Stanford University is a great place for computer science students. Located in the large suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#3

Brown University

Providence, RI

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Brown University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Computer Science Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

CompSci majors at Brown take out an average of $12,871 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $134, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

The excellent programs at Harvey Mudd College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best computer science schools in the United States. Located in the suburb of Claremont, Harvey Mudd College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

On average, compsci graduates from Harvey Mudd College take out $24,089 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $250.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a great place for computer science students. Located in the city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

CompSci majors at MIT take out an average of $12,292 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $128.

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#6

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Science Schools ranking. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

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Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

With a ranking of #7, Carnegie Mellon University did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students. Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Carnegie Mellon take out is $20,510. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $213.

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#8

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer science students. It came in at #8 on the list. Duke is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham.

CompSci majors at Duke take out an average of $7,890 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $82, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

With a ranking of #9, Cornell University did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca.

On average, compsci graduates from Cornell take out $21,580 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $243, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania ranked #10 on this year’s Best Computer Science Schools list. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

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With a ranking of #11, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students. Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Terre Haute.

On average, compsci graduates from Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology take out $24,979 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Dartmouth College landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer science programs. Dartmouth is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Hanover.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Dartmouth take out is $12,250. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $127.

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University of California - Berkeley ranked #13 on this year’s Best Computer Science Schools list. UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley.

On average, compsci graduates from UC Berkeley take out $13,389 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $139.

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#14

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Computer Science Schools list. Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Nashville.

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With a ranking of #15, Washington University in St Louis did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students. Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

CompSci majors at WUSTL take out an average of $13,625 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $141.

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#16

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer science programs. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

CompSci majors at Northwestern U take out an average of $15,683 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $163, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Williams College landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer science programs. Located in the town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

After completing their degree, compsci graduates from Williams carry an average student debtload of $15,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $156, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #18, Worcester Polytechnic Institute did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer science students. Located in the city of Worcester, WPI is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

CompSci majors at WPI take out an average of $27,000 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Science Schools ranking. Located in the city of Troy, RPI is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

While working on their degree, compsci majors at RPI accumulate an average of around $26,000 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $270, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Missouri University of Science and Technology ranked #20 on this year’s Best Computer Science Schools list. Missouri University of Science and Technology is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Rolla.

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University of Maryland - College Park came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Science Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public college with a very large student population.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign ranked #22 on this year’s Best Computer Science Schools list. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at UIUC take out is $19,500. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $202.

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#23

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Tufts University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Science Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Tufts take out is $16,000. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $166.

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#24

Norwich University

Northfield, VT

Norwich University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Computer Science Schools list. Located in the distant town of Northfield, Norwich is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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

While working on their degree, compsci majors at Columbia accumulate an average of around $29,750 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $338.

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Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME
#29

Boston University

Boston, MA
#30

Century College

White Bear Lake, MN
#31

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#32

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#33

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#34

Carleton College

Northfield, MN
#36

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#37

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#41

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#42

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#43

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

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 Science Schools award.

Rank College Location
47 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
48 Simpson College Indianola, IA
49 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
50 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
51 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
52 University of Chicago Chicago, IL
53 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
54 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
55 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
56 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
57 Trident University International Cypress, CA
58 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
59 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
60 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
61 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
62 University of Portland Portland, OR

Computer Science by Region

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

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Negative Space.

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