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2021 Best Information Science Schools in the Plains States Region

15 Colleges
$60,529 Avg Salary
$23,404 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Information Science School for You

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

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Information Science Schools in the Plains States Region ranking. This report analyzed 15 schools in the Plains States Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Information Science Schools in the Plains States Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Information Science Colleges.

Top 10 Best Information Science Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Missouri University of Science and Technology the best school in the Plains States Region for information science students. Missouri University of Science and Technology is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Rolla.

On average, IS graduates from Missouri University of Science and Technology take out $21,500 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $223.

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The excellent programs at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best information science schools in the Plains States Region . SMU MN is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Winona.

The average amount in student loans that IS majors at SMU MN take out is $18,750. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $195.

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Out of the 15 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Nebraska at Omaha landed the # 3 spot on the list. UNOMAHA is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Omaha.

The average amount in student loans that IS majors at UNOMAHA take out is $19,050. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $198.

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#4

Century College

White Bear Lake, MN

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Century College. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Information Science Schools in the Plains States Region list. Century College is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of White Bear Lake.

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Out of the 15 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Emporia State University landed the # 5 spot on the list. ESU is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Emporia.

On average, IS graduates from ESU take out $22,811 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $237, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for information science students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a very large student population.

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Fort Hays State University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best information science programs. FHSU is a fairly large public school located in the town of Hays.

IS majors at FHSU take out an average of $20,600 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $214, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #8, Alexandria Technical & Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for information science students. ATCC is a small public school located in the remote town of Alexandria.

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#9

Luther College

Decorah, IA

Luther College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Information Science Schools in the Plains States Region ranking. Luther is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Decorah.

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Dakota State University

Madison, SD

Dakota State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for information science students. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the town of Madison, Dakota State is a public college with a small student population.

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Best Information Science Colleges by State

Explore the best information science colleges for a specific state in the Plains States region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 79
Minnesota 151
Kansas 153
Iowa 14
Nebraska 197
North Dakota 3
South Dakota 65

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

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 15 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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