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2021 Best Computer Science Schools in Pennsylvania

12 Colleges
$80,689 Avg Salary
$25,480 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Computer Science School for You

With 1,542 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, computer science is the #36 most popular major in Pennsylvania.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. 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 assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Computer Science Schools in Pennsylvania ranking. This report analyzed 12 schools in Pennsylvania to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Computer Science Schools in Pennsylvania

The colleges and universities below are the best for compsci majors pursuing a .

Top 10 Best Computer Science Schools

#1

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Our 2021 rankings named Carnegie Mellon University the best school in Pennsylvania for computer science students. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh.

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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#2

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means University of Pennsylvania is a great place for computer science students. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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Out of the 12 schools in Pennsylvania that were part of this year’s ranking, Pennsylvania State University - University Park landed the # 3 spot on the list. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the small city of University Park.

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#4

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Lehigh University is a great place for computer science students. Located in the city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

CompSci majors at Lehigh take out an average of $22,575 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $234, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Duquesne University is a great place for computer science students. Duquesne is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

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University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer science students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Pitt is a public college with a very large student population.

On average, compsci graduates from Pitt take out $27,000 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel 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. Drexel is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

After completing their degree, compsci graduates from Drexel carry an average student debtload of $29,384. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $305, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown ranked #8 on this year’s Best Computer Science Schools in Pennsylvania list. Located in the small suburb of Johnstown, University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown is a public school with a small student population.

On average, compsci graduates from University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown take out $27,000 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Kutztown University of Pennsylvania came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Science Schools in Pennsylvania ranking. Located in the town of Kutztown, Kutztown University is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer science students. It came in at #10 on the list. Bloomsburg is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Bloomsburg.

After completing their degree, compsci graduates from Bloomsburg carry an average student debtload of $25,925. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $269.

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Best Computer Science Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

Explore all the Best Computer Science Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
New York 4,220
Maryland 1,330
New Jersey 722
District of Columbia 343
Delaware 9

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

Majors Similar to CompSci

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 12 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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