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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.

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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 2021 rankings named DigiPen Institute of Technology the best school in the United States for computer software and applications students. Digipen is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Redmond.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend North Carolina State University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Computer Software & Applications Schools list. Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public school 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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Out of the 201 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network landed the # 3 spot on the list. Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Pennsylvania. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Computer Software & Applications Schools list. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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The excellent programs at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best computer software and applications schools in the United States. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer software and applications programs. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

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Dunwoody College of Technology came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. 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 ranked #8 on this year’s Best Computer Software & Applications Schools list. Neumont is a 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 came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh.

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#10

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

Wellesley College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. Wellesley is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Wellesley.

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Rochester Institute of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit college 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 came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. Georgia Tech is a very large public school located in the large city of Atlanta.

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University of Southern California landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer software and applications programs. USC is a very 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 school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#15

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

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Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. Located in the city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#17

Champlain College

Burlington, VT

With a ranking of #17, Champlain College did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer software and applications students. Located in the small city of Burlington, Champlain is a private not-for-profit school 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 midsize city of Worcester.

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#19

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

Duquesne University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. Duquesne is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

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Hudson Valley Community College landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer software and applications programs. 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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#22

George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #22 on the list. GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large 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 medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Paul.

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Des Moines Area Community College ranked #24 on this year’s Best Computer Software & Applications Schools list. DMACC is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Ankeny.

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#25

Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY

Clarkson University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Computer Software & Applications Schools list. Clarkson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Potsdam.

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Rest of the Top Best Computer Software & Applications Schools

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

Computer Software & Applications is one of 10 different types of programs to choose from.

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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