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2021 Best Information Science Bachelor's Degree Schools

150 Colleges
$53,706 Avg Salary
$27,878 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Information Science Bachelor's Degree School for You

Information Science is the #68 most popular major in the country with 17,779 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. 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 Best Information Science Bachelor's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 150 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best bachelor's degree programs for students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for IS majors pursuing a bachelor's degree.

Top 15% Best Information Science Bachelor's Degree Schools

#1

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Our 2021 rankings named Syracuse University the best school in the United States for information science students working on their bachelor’s degree. Syracuse is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Syracuse.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, IS majors at Syracuse accumulate an average of around $23,625 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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#2

Norwich University

Northfield, VT

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Norwich University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the town of Northfield, Norwich is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#3

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend James Madison University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. JMU is a very large public school located in the city of Harrisonburg.

The average amount in student loans that IS majors at JMU take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $20,322. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $209, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 150 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, IS graduates from U of Michigan take out $16,892 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $194.

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#5

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Boston College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best information science schools in the United States. Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

On average, IS graduates from Boston College take out $14,999 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $171.

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#6

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

On average, IS graduates from Northwestern U take out $14,800 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $157.

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With a ranking of #7, Pennsylvania State University - Dubois did quite well on this year’s best schools for information science students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the town of DuBois, Penn State DuBois is a public college with a fairly small student population.

IS majors at Penn State DuBois take out an average of $24,976 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $277.

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Pennsylvania State University - World Campus came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the rural area of University Park, Penn State World Campus is a public college with a fairly small student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, IS graduates from Penn State World Campus carry an average student debtload of $24,976. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $277.

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University of Maryland - College Park ranked #9 on this year’s Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public college with a very large student population.

IS majors at UMCP take out an average of $18,270 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $194.

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#10

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree information science programs. Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Lubbock.

On average, IS graduates from Texas Tech take out $25,691 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $267, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Massachusetts - Lowell came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. UMass Lowell is a large public school located in the suburb of Lowell.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, IS graduates from UMass Lowell carry an average student debtload of $27,728. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $259.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for information science students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the small city of University Park, Penn State University Park is a public college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, IS majors at Penn State University Park accumulate an average of around $24,976 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 $277.

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Pennsylvania State University - New Kensington came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Penn State New Kensington is a fairly small public school located in the rural area of New Kensington.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, IS majors at Penn State New Kensington accumulate an average of around $24,976 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 $277.

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University of Maryland - University College came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. University of Maryland - University College is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Adelphi.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, IS majors at University of Maryland - University College accumulate an average of around $20,551 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 $180.

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Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton ranked #15 on this year’s Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Penn State Hazleton is a small public school located in the suburb of Hazleton.

The average amount in student loans that IS majors at Penn State Hazleton take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $24,976. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $277.

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Pennsylvania State University - Wilkes - Barre did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for information science students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Penn State Wilkes - Barre is a small public school located in the rural area of Lehman.

IS majors at Penn State Wilkes - Barre take out an average of $24,976 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $277.

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Pennsylvania State University - Greater Allegheny ranked #17 on this year’s Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of McKeesport, Penn State Greater Allegheny is a public college with a small student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, IS graduates from Penn State Greater Allegheny carry an average student debtload of $24,976. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $277.

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Pennsylvania State University - Mont Alto came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Penn State Mont Alto is a fairly small public school located in the fringe town of Mont Alto.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, IS graduates from Penn State Mont Alto carry an average student debtload of $24,976. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $277.

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Pennsylvania State University - Worthington Scranton ranked #19 on this year’s Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Penn State Scranton is a small public school located in the large suburb of Dunmore.

IS majors at Penn State Scranton take out an average of $24,976 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $277.

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Pennsylvania State University - York came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of York, Penn State York is a public school with a small student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, IS graduates from Penn State York carry an average student debtload of $24,976. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $277.

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Pennsylvania State University - Schuylkill ranked #21 on this year’s Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the distant town of Schuylkill Haven, Penn State Schuylkill is a public school with a small student population.

On average, IS graduates from Penn State Schuylkill take out $24,976 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $277.

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#22

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

With a ranking of #22, Northeastern University did quite well on this year’s best schools for information science students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Information Science Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
23 Pennsylvania State University - Brandywine Media, PA
24 Pennsylvania State University - Berks Reading, PA
25 Pennsylvania State University - Beaver Monaca, PA
26 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
27 Pennsylvania State University - Abington Abington, PA
28 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
29 Pennsylvania State University - Lehigh Valley Center Valley, PA
30 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE

Information Science by Region

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

Information Science is one of 10 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to IS

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Computer Science 47,906
Information Technology 33,399
Computer Systems Networking 14,055
Computer Software & Applications 12,793

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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to The Opte Project.

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