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2021 Best Computer Science Schools in the Plains States Region

34 Colleges
$64,148 Avg Salary
$20,969 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Computer Science School for You

Out of all the majors we analyze each year, computer science was ranked #24 in the country. In fact 47,906 degrees and certificates were handed out in 2018-2019.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best 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.

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 the Plains States Region ranking. Our analysis looked at 34 schools in the Plains States Region to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Computer Science Schools in the Plains States Region

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

Top 10 Best Computer Science Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Washington University in St Louis the best school in the Plains States Region for computer science students. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Louis.

After completing their degree, compsci graduates from WUSTL carry an average student debtload of $13,625. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $141.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Missouri University of Science and Technology. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Computer Science Schools in the Plains States Region list. Located in the town of Rolla, Missouri University of Science and Technology is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#3

Century College

White Bear Lake, MN

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Century College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Computer Science Schools in the Plains States Region list. Located in the large suburb of White Bear Lake, Century College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

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#4

Carleton College

Northfield, MN

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Carleton College is a great place for computer science students. Carleton is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Northfield.

After completing their degree, compsci graduates from Carleton carry an average student debtload of $13,500. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $140.

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#5

Simpson College

Indianola, IA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Simpson College. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Computer Science Schools in the Plains States Region list. Simpson College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Indianola.

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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota ranked #6 on this year’s Best Computer Science Schools in the Plains States Region list. Located in the distant town of Winona, SMU MN is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#7

Saint Johns University

Collegeville, MN

Saint Johns 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. SJU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Collegeville.

While working on their degree, compsci majors at SJU accumulate an average of around $26,703 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $277.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ranked #8 on this year’s Best Computer Science Schools in the Plains States Region list. UMN Twin Cities is a very large public school located in the city of Minneapolis.

On average, compsci graduates from UMN Twin Cities take out $20,092 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $209.

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#9

Luther College

Decorah, IA

Luther College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer science programs. Located in the remote town of Decorah, Luther is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that compsci majors at Luther take out is $27,000. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#10

Creighton University

Omaha, NE

Creighton University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Computer Science Schools in the Plains States Region list. Located in the large city of Omaha, Creighton is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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Best Computer Science Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 1,116
Minnesota 1,221
Kansas 155
Iowa 739
Nebraska 127
North Dakota 107
South Dakota 29

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

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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