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2021 Best Information Technology Schools

334 Colleges
$39,044 Avg Salary
$25,781 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Information Technology School for You

In 2018-2019, 33,399 people earned a degree or certificate in information technology, making the major the #37 most popular in the United States.

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 Technology Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 334 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Information Technology Schools in the United States

Check out the IT programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Schools in IT

#1

Brown University

Providence, RI

Our analysis found Brown University to be the best school for information technology students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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Out of the 334 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a very large student population.

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#3

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Georgetown University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Information Technology Schools list. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

After completing their degree, IT graduates from Georgetown carry an average student debtload of $42,500. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $495, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Johns Hopkins University is a great place for information technology students. Located in the city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#5

MyComputerCareer.edu-Columbus

Westerville, OH

Out of the 334 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, MyComputerCareer.edu-Columbus landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the suburb of Westerville, MyComputerCareer is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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Rochester Institute of Technology landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best information technology programs. RIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Rochester.

While working on their degree, IT majors at RIT accumulate an average of around $27,000 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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Pennsylvania State University - World Campus came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Information Technology Schools ranking. Located in the rural area of University Park, Penn State World Campus is a public school with a fairly small student population.

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#8

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Information Technology Schools list. Syracuse is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse.

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#9

Norwich University

Northfield, VT

Norwich University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best information technology programs. Located in the distant town of Northfield, Norwich is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Information Technology Schools ranking. Located in the city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Anne Arundel Community College ranked #11 on this year’s Best Information Technology Schools list. AACC is a large public school located in the large suburb of Arnold.

After completing their degree, IT graduates from AACC carry an average student debtload of $10,688. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $111.

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#12

New York University

New York, NY

New York University landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best information technology programs. NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

On average, IT graduates from NYU take out $72,469 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 $844.

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#13

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

Southeast Technical Institute did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for information technology students. It came in at #13 on the list. Southeast Technical Institute is a small public school located in the rural area of Sioux Falls.

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Washington University in St Louis ranked #14 on this year’s Best Information Technology Schools list. Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#15

Asher College

Sacramento, CA

Asher College ranked #15 on this year’s Best Information Technology Schools list. Asher College is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Sacramento.

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#16

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best information technology programs. Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#17

Unitek College

Fremont, CA

With a ranking of #17, Unitek College did quite well on this year’s best schools for information technology students. Unitek College is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Fremont.

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Columbia University in the City of New York came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Information Technology Schools ranking. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park ranked #19 on this year’s Best Information Technology Schools list. Located in the city of University Park, Penn State University Park is a public school with a fairly large student population.

IT majors at Penn State University Park take out an average of $26,936 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#20

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN

Hennepin Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for information technology students. It came in at #20 on the list. Hennepin Technical College is a small public school located in the suburb of Brooklyn Park.

The average amount in student loans that IT majors at Hennepin Technical College take out is $15,609. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $162.

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MyComputerCareer.edu-Raleigh landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best information technology programs. Located in the large city of Raleigh, MyComputerCareer.edu is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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#22

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Information Technology Schools list. Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best information technology programs. Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#24

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA

University of Richmond landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best information technology programs. Located in the medium-sized city of University of Richmond, U of Richmond is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #25, Southern Methodist University did quite well on this year’s best schools for information technology students. SMU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Dallas.

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#30

Bentley University

Waltham, MA
#31

Boston University

Boston, MA
#34

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
#36

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#38

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#40

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#43

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT
#44

Champlain College

Burlington, VT
#45

Century College

White Bear Lake, MN
#47

Charter College

Vancouver, WA
#49

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Information Technology students that almost earned our Best Information Technology Schools award.

Rank College Location
51 Dakota State University Madison, SD
52 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
53 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
54 Northcentral Technical College Wausau, WI
55 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
56 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
57 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
58 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
59 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
60 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
61 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
62 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
63 Collin County Community College District McKinney, TX
64 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
65 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
66 Neumont College of Computer Science Salt Lake City, UT

Information Technology by Region

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

Information Technology 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 Science 17,779
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 Craig Dennis.

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