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2021 Most Popular Computer Software & Applications Schools

782 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Most Popular Computer Software & Applications Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 782 schools in the United States to see which programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Computer Software & Applications program at each school on the list.

Check out the computer software programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

#1

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA

Our 2021 rankings named Academy of Art University the most popular school in the United States for computer software and applications students. Academy of Art University is a moderately-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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Out of the 782 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Berklee College of Music landed the # 2 spot on the list. 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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#3

School of Visual Arts

New York, NY

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend School of Visual Arts. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Software & Applications Schools list. SVA is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

The average amount in student loans that computer software majors at SVA take out is $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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#4

Valencia College

Orlando, FL

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Valencia College is a great place for computer software and applications students. Valencia College is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Orlando.

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#5

The New School

New York, NY

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means The New School is a great place for computer software and applications students. Located in the city of New York, New School University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that computer software majors at New School University take out is $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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Rochester Institute of Technology landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular computer software and applications programs. Located in the suburb of Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, computer software majors at RIT accumulate an average of around $27,000 in student debt. 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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Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

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#7

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

With a ranking of #7, Purdue University - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer software and applications students. Located in the small city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public school with a very large student population.

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#9

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Western Governors University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular computer software and applications programs. WGU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Salt Lake City.

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Atlantic University College ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Software & Applications Schools list. Atlantic University College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Guaynabo.

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DeVry University - Illinois came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. DeVry University - Illinois is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

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#12

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. GMU is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax.

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#13

Portland Community College

Portland, OR

Portland Community College landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular computer software and applications programs. Located in the city of Portland, Portland Community College is a public school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, computer software graduates from Portland Community College carry an average student debt load of $22,694. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $236, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Southern Careers Institute - Austin ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular Computer Software & Applications Schools list. Southern Careers Institute - Austin is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of Austin.

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#15

El Centro College

Dallas, TX

With a ranking of #15, El Centro College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer software and applications students. Located in the large city of Dallas, El Centro College is a public school with a large student population.

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#16

Bellevue College

Bellevue, WA

With a ranking of #16, Bellevue College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer software and applications students. Located in the medium-sized city of Bellevue, BC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular computer software and applications programs. Located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public school with a very large student population.

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#18

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Ivy Tech Community College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. Located in the city of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College is a public college with a very large student population.

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#18

New York University

New York, NY

New York University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, computer software majors at NYU accumulate an average of around $110,250 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $1,285.

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Madison Area Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #20 on the list. Madison College is a fairly large public school located in the city of Madison.

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With a ranking of #21, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for computer software and applications students. Located in the city of Fort Smith, UAFS is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#22

Mitchell Community College

Statesville, NC

Mitchell Community College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. Mitchell Community College is a small public school located in the large suburb of Statesville.

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University of St Thomas Minnesota did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for computer software and applications students. It came in at #23 on the list. UST MN is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Paul.

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Southern Crescent Technical College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Griffin, Southern Crescent Technical College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#25

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Computer Software & Applications Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, computer software graduates from DePaul carry an average student debt load of $38,834. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $438, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#30

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#31

Boston University

Boston, MA
#32

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
#33

Universidad del Este

Carolina, PR
#35

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#35

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ
#39

Regis University

Denver, CO
#39

University of Houston

Houston, TX
#42

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
#44

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
#48

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO
#49

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#49

LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, NY

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Computer Software & Applications Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 782 different United States computer software and applications schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
49 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
52 Robert Morris University Moon Township, PA
53 College of Western Idaho Nampa, ID
54 Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL
55 Pittsburgh Technical College Oakdale, PA
56 Leeward Community College Pearl City, HI
57 Pellissippi State Community College Knoxville, TN
58 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
59 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
60 Peninsula College Port Angeles, WA
61 Escondido Adult School Escondido, CA
62 Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS
62 Stark State College North Canton, OH
62 Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville, GA
65 Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design Lakewood, CO
65 Poway Adult School Poway, CA
67 Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY
68 State College of Florida - Manatee - Sarasota Bradenton, FL
68 Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lexington, KY
70 Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon, WA
70 University of California - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
70 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
73 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
73 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
73 Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis, MN
73 Champlain College Burlington, VT
77 Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA
77 Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA
79 Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL
79 Davis Technical College Kaysville, UT
81 Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN
81 Santa Fe College Gainesville, FL
81 Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor, MI
84 Ogden-Weber Technical College Ogden, UT
84 The Art Institute of Atlanta Atlanta, GA
84 South Florida Institute of Technology Miami, FL
84 Quinsigamond Community College Worcester, MA
88 Northland Pioneer College Holbrook, AZ
89 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
89 Digital Film Academy New York, NY
89 Los Angeles Pacific College Los-Angeles, CA
89 Lake Washington Institute of Technology Kirkland, WA
93 Georgia Piedmont Technical College Clarkston, GA
94 Seattle Central College Seattle, WA
94 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA
96 Cosumnes River College Sacramento, CA
96 Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA
98 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
98 Mountainland Technical College Lehi, UT
100 Polk State College Winter Haven, FL
100 Johnson & Wales University - Providence Providence, RI
100 Southern Arkansas University Tech Camden, AR
100 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
100 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
105 Antelope Valley College Lancaster, CA
105 Northeastern University Boston, MA
105 ICPR Junior College - Manati Manatí, PR
105 Pace University - New York New York, NY
105 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
105 Heartland Community College Normal, IL
105 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL
105 Lorain County Community College Elyria, OH
105 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
114 AI Miami International University of Art and Design Miami, FL
114 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
114 Touro College New York, NY
114 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional popular schools for Computer Software & Applications students that almost earned our Most Popular Computer Software & Applications Schools award.

Rank College Location
118 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
118 Santiago Canyon College Orange, CA
118 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
118 Cogswell College San Jose, CA
118 Modesto Junior College Modesto, CA
123 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
123 Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA
123 Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, CA
123 Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport, PA
123 College of Charleston Charleston, SC
123 Wellesley College Wellesley, MA
123 The Art Institute of Dallas Dallas, TX
123 Miami Dade College Miami, FL
123 Portland State University Portland, OR
123 Baker College Flint, MI
133 Art Center College of Design Pasadena, CA
133 College of Lake County Grayslake, IL
133 Northwest Vista College San Antonio, TX
133 Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville, NC
133 Sinclair Community College Dayton, OH
138 Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL
138 Hunter Business School Levittown, NY
138 Florida Institute of Recording Sound and Technology Orlando, FL
138 Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA
138 Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale, AZ
143 County College of Morris Randolph, NJ
143 Rowan College at Gloucester County Sewell, NJ
143 Richland College Dallas, TX
143 Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, CA
143 South Mountain Community College Phoenix, AZ
143 Florida Vocational Institute Miami, FL
143 New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY
143 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
143 DigiPen Institute of Technology Redmond, WA
143 Rappahannock Community College Glenns, VA
153 New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich, RI
153 Vista Adult School Vista, CA
153 California Institute of the Arts Valencia, CA
153 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
153 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
153 Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey, IL
153 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
153 The Art Institute of Houston Houston, TX
153 ICPR Junior College - Arecibo Arecibo, PR
153 University of Baltimore Baltimore, MD
153 Bunker Hill Community College Boston, MA

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

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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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