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2021 Best Computer Science Schools in the Great Lakes Region

52 Colleges
$63,976 Avg Salary
$24,610 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.

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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Computer Science Schools in the Great Lakes Region to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 52 schools in the Great Lakes Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Computer Science Schools in the Great Lakes Region

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

Top 10 Best Computer Science Schools

Our analysis found Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology to be the best school for computer science students who want to pursue a degree in the Great Lakes Region . Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Terre Haute.

While working on their degree, compsci majors at Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology accumulate an average of around $24,979 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $259.

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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

The excellent programs at Northwestern University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best computer science schools in the Great Lakes Region . Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, compsci graduates from Northwestern U carry an average student debtload of $15,683. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $163.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Computer Science Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Champaign.

CompSci majors at UIUC take out an average of $19,500 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Purdue University - Main Campus. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Computer Science Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Purdue is a very large public school located in the city of West Lafayette.

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#5

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Lewis University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Computer Science Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the large suburb of Romeoville, Lewis is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#6

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Science Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in the large city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

CompSci majors at UChicago take out an average of $37,234 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $423.

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#7

DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

DePauw University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer science students. It came in at #7 on the list. DePauw is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Greencastle.

On average, compsci graduates from DePauw take out $24,625 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 $256.

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Case Western Reserve University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Computer Science Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the city of Cleveland, Case Western is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

After completing their degree, compsci graduates from Case Western carry an average student debtload of $20,000. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $208.

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Michigan Technological University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Computer Science Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the town of Houghton, Michigan Tech is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

On average, compsci graduates from Michigan Tech take out $26,125 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $271.

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Illinois Institute of Technology ranked #10 on this year’s Best Computer Science Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Illinois Tech is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

On average, compsci graduates from Illinois Tech take out $21,781 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 $226.

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Best Computer Science Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 445
Ohio 690
Illinois 3,488
Indiana 1,294
Wisconsin 206

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).
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