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2021 Most Popular Online Computer Software & Applications Schools

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

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 Most Popular Online Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. This report analyzed 127 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular online programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for computer software majors pursuing an online .

Our 2021 rankings named Berklee College of Music the most popular online school in the United States for computer software and applications students. Located in the large city of Boston, Berklee College of Music is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#2

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Academy of Art University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Computer Software & Applications Schools list. Academy of Art University is a medium-sized private for-profit school located in the large city of San Francisco.

While working on their degree, computer software majors at Academy of Art University accumulate an average of around $58,463 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $650.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means DeVry University - Illinois is a great place for computer software and applications students pursuing an online degree. DeVry University - Illinois is a large private for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

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Out of the 127 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Southern Careers Institute - Austin landed the # 4 spot on the list. Southern Careers Institute - Austin is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of Austin.

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#5

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

The excellent online programs at Ivy Tech Community College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best computer software and applications schools in the United States. Located in the city of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Mitchell Community College

Statesville, NC

Mitchell Community College ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular Online Computer Software & Applications Schools list. Mitchell Community College is a small public school located in the large suburb of Statesville.

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Brigham Young University - Idaho 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. Located in the town of Rexburg, BYU - I is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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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University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Online Computer Software & Applications Schools list. University of Arizona is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tucson.

While working on their degree, computer software majors at University of Arizona accumulate an average of around $23,500 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $244.

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University of Phoenix - Arizona came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. UOPX - Arizona is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of Tempe.

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With a ranking of #9, Southern New Hampshire University did quite well on this year’s best schools for computer software and applications students. SNHU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Manchester.

After completing their degree, computer software graduates from SNHU carry an average student debtload of $26,899. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $279, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Spokane Community College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. Spokane Community College is a large public school located in the midsize city of Spokane.

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Eastern Washington University ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Online Computer Software & Applications Schools list. EWU is a large public school located in the fringe town of Cheney.

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#13

Peninsula College

Port Angeles, WA

Peninsula College landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer software and applications programs. Peninsula College is a small public school located in the remote town of Port Angeles.

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Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Lakewood, RMCAD is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

After completing their degree, computer software graduates from RMCAD carry an average student debtload of $36,375. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $378.

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Hudson Valley Community College landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best computer software and applications programs. Located in the city of Troy, HVCC is a public college with a large student population.

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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Bluegrass Community and Technical College ranked #16 on this year’s Most Popular Online Computer Software & Applications Schools list. Bluegrass Community and Technical College is a large public school located in the large city of Lexington.

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#17

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, FL

St Petersburg College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #17 on the list. SPC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Clearwater.

While working on their degree, computer software majors at SPC accumulate an average of around $16,478 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $171.

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Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA

Santa Rosa Junior College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. SRJC is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Santa Rosa.

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Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Western Governors University ranked #18 on this year’s Most Popular Online Computer Software & Applications Schools list. WGU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Salt Lake City.

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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 Most Popular Online Computer Software & Applications Schools award.

Rank College Location
20 Santa Fe College Gainesville, FL
21 Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA
22 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
23 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
24 Regis University Denver, CO
24 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL
24 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL

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New England
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Plains States
Middle Atlantic
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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 26 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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