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2021 Best Value Computer Software & Applications Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

201 Colleges
$6,668 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$34,738 Avg Salary

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 help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Value Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. This report analyzed 201 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value programs for computer software students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Computer Software & Applications Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Computer Software & Applications Colleges.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in Computer Software

$4,208 Average Tuition & Fees

Our 2021 rankings named Brigham Young University - Idaho the best value school in the United States for computer software and applications students. Located in the town of Rexburg, BYU - I is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at BYU - I are $4,208 per year. After completing their degree, computer software graduates from BYU - I carry an average student debtload of $10,939. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $114, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Moraine Park Technical College is a great value for computer software and applications students. Located in the city of Fond du Lac, Moraine Park Technical College is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Moraine Park Technical College are $5,885 per year.

Moraine Park Technical College also claimed a spot on our Best Computer Software & Applications Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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$5,014 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Collin County Community College District. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Computer Software & Applications Schools list. Located in the midsize suburb of McKinney, Collin County Community College District is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Collin County Community College District are $5,014 per year.

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#4

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN
$5,248 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at Hennepin Technical College 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 suburb of Brooklyn Park, Hennepin Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Hennepin Technical College are $5,248 a year.

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$4,483 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Value Computer Software & Applications Schools list. Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom is a moderately-sized public school located in the small city of Lakewood.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom are $4,483 per year.

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#6

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA
$5,636 Average Tuition & Fees

Gwinnett Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #6 on the list. GTC is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Lawrenceville.

GTC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,636 in tuition and fees each year.

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$5,247 Average Tuition & Fees

Northcentral Technical College landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value computer software and applications programs. Located in the city of Wausau, North Central Technical College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at North Central Technical College are $5,247 per year.

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$5,790 Average Tuition & Fees

Brigham Young University - Provo did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at BYU are $5,790 per year.

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$5,545 Average Tuition & Fees

Minneapolis Community and Technical College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Computer Software & Applications Schools list. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College are $5,545 a year. Computer Software majors at Minneapolis Community and Technical College take out an average of $18,954 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $197, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$5,864 Average Tuition & Fees

Dakota County Technical College ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Computer Software & Applications Schools list. DCTC is a small public school located in the rural area of Rosemount.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at DCTC are $5,864 a year.

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#11

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS

Johnson County Community College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. JCCC is a large public school located in the midsize city of Overland Park.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at JCCC are $6,690 a year.

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$6,625 Average Tuition & Fees

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Value Computer Software & Applications Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Green Bay, NWTC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

NWTC undergraduate students pay an average of $6,625 in tuition and fees each year.

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#13

Saint Paul College

Saint Paul, MN
$5,736 Average Tuition & Fees

Saint Paul College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the city of Saint Paul, Saint Paul College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Saint Paul College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,736 in tuition and fees each year.

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#14

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, IA
$6,970 Average Tuition & Fees

Kirkwood Community College landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value computer software and applications programs. Kirkwood Community College is a large public school located in the midsize city of Cedar Rapids.

Kirkwood Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $6,970 in tuition and fees each year.

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#15

Pierce College-Puyallup

Puyallup, WA
$4,590 Average Tuition & Fees

Pierce College-Puyallup came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Puyallup, Pierce College-Puyallup is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Pierce College-Puyallup are $4,590 a year.

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#16

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Western Governors University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Computer Software & Applications Schools list. WGU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at WGU are $6,670 a year.

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$5,588 Average Tuition & Fees

Georgia Piedmont Technical College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Computer Software & Applications Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Clarkston, Georgia Piedmont Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,588 in tuition and fees each year.

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$6,395 Average Tuition & Fees

Waukesha County Technical College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. WCTC is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Pewaukee.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at WCTC are $6,395 a year.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Mankato, Minnesota State Mankato is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Minnesota State Mankato undergraduate students pay an average of $16,730 in tuition and fees each year.

Minnesota State Mankato excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Computer Software & Applications Schools list.

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$9,600 Average Tuition & Fees

Des Moines Area Community College landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value computer software and applications programs. DMACC is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Ankeny.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at DMACC are $9,600 a year.

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$6,706 Average Tuition & Fees

Milwaukee Area Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the city of Milwaukee, MATC is a public school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at MATC are $6,706 a year.

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$11,062 Average Tuition & Fees

Hudson Valley Community College landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value computer software and applications programs. Located in the city of Troy, HVCC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at HVCC are $11,062 per year. The average amount in student loans that computer software majors at HVCC take out is $11,265. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $117.

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$7,344 Average Tuition & Fees

College of Western Idaho did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #23 on the list. Located in the rural area of Nampa, CWI is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at CWI are $7,344 a year.

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$5,740 Average Tuition & Fees

Clover Park Technical College landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value computer software and applications programs. CPTC is a small public school located in the small city of Lakewood.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at CPTC are $5,740 a year.

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American Public University System ranked #25 on this year’s Best Value Computer Software & Applications Schools list. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Charles Town.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at American Military University are $7,324 a year.

American Military University excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Computer Software & Applications Schools list.

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Rest of the Top Best Value Computer Software & Applications Schools

#28

Stark State College

North Canton, OH

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 Value Computer Software & Applications Schools award.

Rank College Location
31 Valencia College Orlando, FL
32 Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN
33 Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL
34 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
35 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
36 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
37 Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale, AZ
38 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
39 Central Ohio Technical College Newark, OH
40 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL

Computer Software & Applications by Region

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Region
Southeast
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.

  • 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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