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2021 Best Computer Software & Applications Schools

201 Colleges
$34,738 Avg Salary
$32,112 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Computer Software & Applications School for You

In 2018-2019, 12,793 people earned a degree or certificate in computer software and applications, making the major the #89 most popular in the United States.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. This report analyzed 201 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 Software & Applications Schools in the United States

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

Top 25 Top Schools in Computer Software

Our analysis found DigiPen Institute of Technology to be the best school for computer software and applications students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Digipen is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Redmond.

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The excellent programs at North Carolina State University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best computer software and applications schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Raleigh, NC State is a public college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that computer software majors at NC State take out is $29,210. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $340, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a great place for computer software and applications students. Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

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#4

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

The excellent programs at University of Pennsylvania helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best computer software and applications schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Computer Software & Applications Schools list. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

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Dunwoody College of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #7 on the list. Dunwoody College of Technology is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Minneapolis.

While working on their degree, computer software majors at Dunwoody College of Technology accumulate an average of around $16,636 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $173.

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Neumont College of Computer Science did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #8 on the list. Neumont is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Salt Lake City.

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#9

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Computer Software & Applications Schools list. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

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#10

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

With a ranking of #10, Wellesley College did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer software and applications students. Wellesley is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Wellesley.

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With a ranking of #11, Rochester Institute of Technology did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer software and applications students. Located in the large suburb of Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

After completing their degree, computer software graduates from RIT carry an average student debtload of $27,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #12 on the list. Georgia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Atlanta.

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University of Southern California did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #13 on the list. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

While working on their degree, computer software majors at USC accumulate an average of around $20,000 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $208, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #14, Missouri University of Science and Technology did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer software and applications students. Located in the remote town of Rolla, Missouri University of Science and Technology is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#15

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #15 on the list. Northeastern is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

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Boston University

Boston, MA

With a ranking of #16, Boston University did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer software and applications students. Located in the large city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Champlain College

Burlington, VT

Champlain College ranked #17 on this year’s Best Computer Software & Applications Schools list. Located in the city of Burlington, Champlain is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer software and applications programs. WPI is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Worcester.

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#19

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

Duquesne University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #19 on the list. Duquesne is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

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Hudson Valley Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #20 on the list. Hudson Valley Community College is a large public school located in the small city of Troy.

After completing their degree, computer software graduates from Hudson Valley Community College carry an average student debtload of $11,265. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $117.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park ranked #21 on this year’s Best Computer Software & Applications Schools list. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the city of University Park.

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George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer software and applications programs. GWU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

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University of St Thomas Minnesota came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. UST MN is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Paul.

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Des Moines Area Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #24 on the list. DMACC is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Ankeny.

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#25

Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY

Clarkson University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #25 on the list. Clarkson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Potsdam.

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#26

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake City, UT
#28

Towson University

Towson, MD
#29

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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 Software & Applications Schools award.

Rank College Location
31 Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac, WI
32 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
33 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
34 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
35 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
36 Seattle University Seattle, WA
37 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
38 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
39 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
40 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID

Computer Software & Applications by Region

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

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Majors Similar to Computer Software

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Computer Science 47,906
Information Technology 33,399
Information Science 17,779
Computer Systems Networking 14,055

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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