Best Colleges for Computer Science

31,737

Graduates Per Year

$64K

Average Salary

#19

Most Popular Major

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25

Popularity

Very Popular

31,737

416% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

664

246% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

18

English Language and Literature

34,070

19

Computer Science

31,737

20

Sociology

29,920

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50

Cost

Very Expensive

$52,320

64% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

29

Biology

$52,463

30

Computer Science

$52,320

31

Chemistry

$52,145

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5

Salary

Very High Salary

$73,966

91% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

2

Systems Science and Theory

$74,997

3

Computer Science

$73,966

4

Construction Engineering

$72,673

Professors

Very Bad

3.8/5

5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

289

Agricultural and Domestic Animal Services

290

Computer Science

291

Economics

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50

Students

Very Diverse

4.4/5

19.57% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

36

Computer and Information Sciences

37

Computer Science

38

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SUMMARY

A degree in Computer Science is a valuable choice and generally a necessary first step for pupils hoping to enter a career as a software developer, an offensive cyber security analyst, or a front end developer. In fact, computer science is an extremely popular degree choice, coming in at the 19th most popular major. Last year, there were 31,737 computer science graduates. In-state tuition for computer science at private institutions is, on average, 4.1 times more spendy than their public rivals.

There are 664 schools that offer computer science. This number of institutions is on par with other majors offered in the United States. If you're looking to immerse yourself with other computer science undergrads, consider looking at colleges in California which have more undergraduates admitted to computer science than any other state. Zooming out, the best region to major in computer science is in the Far West region with University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Irvine, and Oregon State University best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the best conference to study computer science is the Pacific-12 Conference with Arizona State University-Tempe, University of California-Berkeley, and Oregon State University representing the conference. Based on our comprehensive list on the best colleges, our choice for the best school for computer science is Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The overall best school does not have to be the 'best' school for every student. There are a bunch of factors to weigh when choosing college. Things such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food might definitely alter one's thoughts on which college to attend. Here at Authority, we have weighed the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which computer science university is home to the top campus, the answer is Harvard University. If you are primarily interested in which school has the finest campus, we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, government databases, professor reviews, and more so we can compare every major in the United States in an unbiased and informative way. You can explore our well researched list for the schools with the best student life here and, from that list, our selection for the school with the best student life for computer science is Cornell University. Are you curious why? Keep scrolling to find out more about our top recommendations. Many of our decisions will probably surprise you.

If cost is a significant factor in your choice of where you attend university, you might consider avoiding Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia University in the City of New York appears to be our most expensive college for computer science, at least for out of state attendance. We do have a page for the most expensive schools that could put the price tag of Columbia University in the City of New York into perspective. You could also care to know that computer science is the 30th most expensive major in America, with an average associated cost of $52,300. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for computer science in the nation is Vermont with tuition and fees at the primary three colleges equalling $41,728 at Champlain College, adding up to $55,790 at Middlebury College, and costs of $55,790 at Landmark College. Even more broadly, the most expensive region of the country for computer science is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Amherst College with a cost of $57,640, Tufts University with a cost of $57,324, and Landmark College with a cost of $59,100.

Our cheapest region for computer science is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Brigham Young University-Idaho with a cost of $4,208, Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790, and Western Governors University with a cost of $6,380. In better news, the most affordable college for computer science is Purdue University-Main Campus. Authority.org's full list of the most affordable schools can be explored here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying about $9,700 for a degree in computer science. The price balloons by a lot to a median of $22,600 for an out-of-state public-school undergraduate. Our selection for the college with the best value for computer science: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Here you can find our comprehensive list of the schools we believe to be the best value overall. Bear in mind, this discussion is based on being an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition is considered, but as we do not know what state(s) you might qualify for in-state tuition, we are approaching this discussion through out-of-state tuition costs.

Earnings for computer science majors vary a lot, but two-years after graduation students will often earn around $64,200. While there can be a lot of variation in earnings; highest paid earners can enjoy pay up to $109,500. Even right out of school, the lowest earning opportunities within the computer science field earn $38,000, which could be worse. The top earning graduates from computer science studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and if you are looking for schools with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The overall diversity of computer science sits quite high, ranking within the 91st percentile of all majors. The college with the highest composite diversity for computer science is Massachusetts Institute of Technology and here you can find our general list of the colleges with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the Computer Science major only is in the 50th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is greater than financial diversity, in the 93rd percentile. Students who are not white, black, latino, or asian compose the largest proportion at 37% of those majoring in computer science. Additionally, 77% of scholars seeking a computer science degree are men.

The median rating of computer science professors is 3.8 stars, a rating that is 5% worse than the median score across all majors; this is a subpar score. If you are looking for the most popular computer science instructor nationally, look no further than Michael Rahni at Los Angeles Valley College. This might be shocking, but the highest ranked professors for computer science by student are at Southeastern Louisiana University. If we consider data beyond basic rankings it becomes clear that the college possessing comprehensively the best professors for computer science is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You will find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, as well as some of the top examples of professors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult university to get into for computer science is Stanford University. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we have a general list of the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, here at Authority we hope you believe that considering the higher education world through a lens mainly informed by superlatives could be said to be the root of many of higher education's fundamental issues. We at Authority hope you read our more focused pages on individual colleges and read a few of our insightful background pages on important things to consider as you continue your college search.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

#1 Best Colleges for Computer Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a large private university located in Cambridge, MA ranked 1st in the US. It has a total of 4,698 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 6.7% of applicants. Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers 114 different majors and is best known for its Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $53,450 per year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is extremely expensive. 90% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to generate near $104,700 per year, which is 152% greater than the national median.

Cambridge, MA

web.mit.edu/

A+

Rating

7%

Acceptance

12,321

Students

#1

Ranking

$53,450

Tuition

Stanford University

#2 Best Colleges for Computer Science

Stanford University is a large private university located in Stanford, CA ranked 2nd in the nation. It has a total of 8,290 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 4.34% of applicants. Stanford University offers 227 different majors and is best known for its Human Biology, Industrial Management, and Earth Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $52,857 per year, Stanford University is exceptionally pricey. 89.2% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make roughly $94,000 per year, which is 126% above the national median.

Stanford, CA

www.stanford.edu/

A+

Rating

4%

Acceptance

20,993

Students

#2

Ranking

$52,857

Tuition

University of California-Berkeley

#3 Best Colleges for Computer Science

University of California-Berkeley is a very large public university located in Berkeley, CA ranked 68th in the United States. It has a total of 32,700 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 16.25% of applicants. University of California-Berkeley offers 315 different majors and is best known for its Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Natural Resources and Conservation, and Environmental Studies programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $11,442 for students from California and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-Berkeley is rather costly. 58.68% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home roughly $64,700 per year, which is 56% above the national median.

Berkeley, CA

www.berkeley.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

45,183

Students

#68

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

University of Southern California

#4 Best Colleges for Computer Science

University of Southern California is a very large private university located in Los Angeles, CA ranked 24th in the United States. It has a total of 21,909 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 11.42% of applicants. University of Southern California offers 527 different majors and is best known for its Communication and Media Studies, Film, and Gerontology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $57,256 per year, University of Southern California is very high-priced. 87.78% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After college, alumni go on to take home around $74,000 per year, which is 78% over the national median.

Los Angeles, CA

www.usc.edu/

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

53,186

Students

#24

Ranking

$57,256

Tuition

Cornell University

#5 Best Colleges for Computer Science

Cornell University is a very large private university located in Ithaca, NY ranked 11th in America. It has a total of 15,464 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 10.85% of applicants. Cornell University offers 323 different majors and is best known for its Human Resources, Agricultural Business and Management, and Agriculture programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $56,550 per year, Cornell University is very high-priced. 89.35% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to take home roughly $77,200 per year, which is 86% above the national median.

Ithaca, NY

www.cornell.edu

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

24,189

Students

#11

Ranking

$56,550

Tuition

Columbia University in the City of New York

#6 Best Colleges for Computer Science

Columbia University in the City of New York is a very large private university located in New York, NY ranked 9th in the United States. It has a total of 8,628 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 5.45% acceptance rate. Columbia University in the City of New York offers 467 different majors and is best known for its Sustainability Studies, Art History, and Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $58,920 per year, Columbia University in the City of New York is exceptionally high-priced. 78.72% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to bring home around $83,300 per year, which is 101% greater than the national median.

New York, NY

www.columbia.edu

A+

Rating

5%

Acceptance

33,301

Students

#9

Ranking

$58,920

Tuition

University of Maryland-College Park

#7 Best Colleges for Computer Science

University of Maryland-College Park is a very large public university located in College Park, MD ranked 100th in America. It has a total of 33,022 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 44.18% of applicants. University of Maryland-College Park offers 432 different majors and is best known for its Criminology, Preschool Education and Teaching, and Family and Community Services programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,824 for students from Maryland and $34,936 for those from out-of-state, University of Maryland-College Park is somewhat moderately pricey. 75.08% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to make around $62,900 per year, which is 51% greater than the national median.

College Park, MD

www.umd.edu

A

Rating

44%

Acceptance

44,486

Students

#100

Ranking

$34,936

Tuition

Princeton University

#8 Best Colleges for Computer Science

Princeton University is a mid-sized private university located in Princeton, NJ ranked 5th in the nation. It has a total of 5,535 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 5.78% of applicants. Princeton University offers 125 different majors and is best known for its Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology, and Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $51,870 per year, Princeton University is extremely costly. 88.56% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $74,700 per year, which is 80% greater than the national median.

Princeton, NJ

www.princeton.edu

A+

Rating

6%

Acceptance

8,720

Students

#5

Ranking

$51,870

Tuition

Duke University

#9 Best Colleges for Computer Science

Duke University is a large private university located in Durham, NC ranked 6th in America. It has a total of 7,338 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.6% acceptance rate. Duke University offers 242 different majors and is best known for its Public Policy Analysis, Computer Engineering, and Education programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,880 per year, Duke University is very expensive. 94.41% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn close to $84,400 per year, which is 103% above the national median.

Durham, NC

WWW.DUKE.EDU

A+

Rating

8%

Acceptance

18,159

Students

#6

Ranking

$55,880

Tuition

Harvard University

#10 Best Colleges for Computer Science

Harvard University is a very large private university located in Cambridge, MA ranked 3rd in America. It has a total of 14,467 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 4.64% of applicants. Harvard University offers 375 different majors and is best known for its History, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $47,730 per year, Harvard University is very high-priced. 77.7% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make more or less $89,700 per year, which is 116% above the national median.

Cambridge, MA

www.harvard.edu

A+

Rating

5%

Acceptance

41,987

Students

#3

Ranking

$47,730

Tuition

University of California-San Diego

#11 Best Colleges for Computer Science

University of California-San Diego is a very large public university located in La Jolla, CA ranked 66th in America. It has a total of 31,840 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, with a 31.48% acceptance rate. University of California-San Diego offers 228 different majors and is best known for its Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Global Studies, and Cognitive Science programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $11,442 for students from California and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-San Diego is quite pricey. 78.44% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, entering the workforce. After graduation, alumni go on to bring home about $59,900 per year, which is 44% above the national median.

La Jolla, CA

www.ucsd.edu

A+

Rating

31%

Acceptance

39,811

Students

#66

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

University of California-Irvine

#12 Best Colleges for Computer Science

University of California-Irvine is a very large public university located in Irvine, CA ranked 116th in the nation. It has a total of 31,386 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 26.54% acceptance rate. University of California-Irvine offers 291 different majors and is best known for its Managerial Economics, Social Psychology, and Criminology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,442 for students from California and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-Irvine is rather high-priced. 46.45% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, joining the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home near $58,400 per year, which is 41% above the national median.

Irvine, CA

www.uci.edu/

A

Rating

27%

Acceptance

38,105

Students

#116

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

Brown University

#13 Best Colleges for Computer Science

Brown University is a large private university located in Providence, RI ranked 12th in the US. It has a total of 7,428 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 7.07% of applicants. Brown University offers 265 different majors and is best known for its Entrepreneurship, African Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $57,112 per year, Brown University is very high-priced. 87.69% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn about $67,500 per year, which is 63% greater than the national median.

Providence, RI

www.brown.edu

A+

Rating

7%

Acceptance

10,760

Students

#12

Ranking

$57,112

Tuition

Carnegie Mellon University

#14 Best Colleges for Computer Science

Carnegie Mellon University is a large private university located in Pittsburgh, PA ranked 21st in the nation. It has a total of 7,068 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting hardly above 1/7 of applicants. Carnegie Mellon University offers 321 different majors and is best known for its Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Statistics, and Information Technology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $55,816 per year, Carnegie Mellon University is extremely high-priced. 78.26% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn around $83,600 per year, which is 101% over the national median.

Pittsburgh, PA

www.cmu.edu/

A+

Rating

15%

Acceptance

15,143

Students

#21

Ranking

$55,816

Tuition

University of California-Santa Cruz

#15 Best Colleges for Computer Science

University of California-Santa Cruz is a large public university located in Santa Cruz, CA ranked 175th in the United States. It has a total of 18,774 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 51.31% of applicants. University of California-Santa Cruz offers 155 different majors and is best known for its Comparative Literature, Women's Studies, and Hispanic-American Studies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,442 for students from California and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-Santa Cruz is quite costly. 72.4% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to take in roughly $46,900 per year, which is 13% over the national median.

Santa Cruz, CA

www.ucsc.edu/

A

Rating

51%

Acceptance

20,839

Students

#175

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

#16 Best Colleges for Computer Science

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a very large public university located in Champaign, IL ranked 117th in the US. It has a total of 35,883 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting nearly three out of every five applicants. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers 372 different majors and is best known for its Civil Engineering, Food Science, and Architectural Technology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,036 for in-state students and $29,178 for those from out-of-state, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is reasonably costly. 80.23% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to draw about $61,500 per year, which is 48% greater than the national median.

Champaign, IL

www.illinois.edu/

A

Rating

59%

Acceptance

54,985

Students

#117

Ranking

$29,178

Tuition

University of California-Los Angeles

#17 Best Colleges for Computer Science

University of California-Los Angeles is a very large public university located in Los Angeles, CA ranked 33rd in America. It has a total of 33,703 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 12.32% of applicants. University of California-Los Angeles offers 333 different majors and is best known for its Psychology, Sociology, and Political Science and Government programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $11,442 for students from California and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-Los Angeles is quite expensive. 80.62% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn more or less $60,700 per year, which is 46% above the national median.

Los Angeles, CA

www.ucla.edu/

A+

Rating

12%

Acceptance

47,103

Students

#33

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

Washington University in St Louis

#18 Best Colleges for Computer Science

Washington University in St Louis is a large private university located in Saint Louis, MO ranked 15th in the nation. It has a total of 8,774 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 13.85% of applicants. Washington University in St Louis offers 291 different majors and is best known for its Anthropology, Design and Visual Communications, and Environmental Biology programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $54,250 per year, Washington University in St Louis is exceptionally costly. 88.9% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring in approximately $70,100 per year, which is 69% greater than the national median.

Saint Louis, MO

www.wustl.edu

A+

Rating

14%

Acceptance

17,794

Students

#15

Ranking

$54,250

Tuition

Oregon State University

#19 Best Colleges for Computer Science

Oregon State University is a very large public university located in Corvallis, OR ranked 9th in Oregon. It has a total of 31,233 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting a little shy of 5/6 of applicants. Oregon State University offers 265 different majors and is best known for its Natural Resources Management and Policy, Construction Engineering, and Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,846 for in-state students and $29,346 for those from out-of-state, Oregon State University is somewhat moderately expensive. 56.12% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring in near $49,600 per year, which is 19% greater than the national median.

Corvallis, OR

https://oregonstate.edu

B

Rating

82%

Acceptance

38,110

Students

#453

Ranking

$29,346

Tuition

University of Chicago

#20 Best Colleges for Computer Science

University of Chicago is a large private university located in Chicago, IL ranked 10th in the nation. It has a total of 7,674 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 6.17% of applicants. University of Chicago offers 218 different majors and is best known for its Econometrics and Quantitative Economics, Economics, and Counseling Psychology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $57,642 per year, University of Chicago is exceptionally expensive. 79.52% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $68,100 per year, which is 64% over the national median.

Chicago, IL

WWW.UCHICAGO.EDU

A+

Rating

6%

Acceptance

19,659

Students

#10

Ranking

$57,642

Tuition

California Institute of Technology

#21 Best Colleges for Computer Science

California Institute of Technology is a small private university located in Pasadena, CA ranked 19th in the United States. It has a total of 989 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting slightly north of 1 in 20 applicants. California Institute of Technology offers 93 different majors and is best known for its Computational Mathematics, Astrophysics, and Physics programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,506 per year, California Institute of Technology is very expensive. After college, alumni go on to take home near $85,900 per year, which is 107% over the national median.

Pasadena, CA

www.caltech.edu

A+

Rating

6%

Acceptance

2,334

Students

#19

Ranking

$52,506

Tuition

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

#22 Best Colleges for Computer Science

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a mid-sized private university located in Troy, NY ranked 70th in the United States. It has a total of 6,706 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 47.41% acceptance rate. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute offers 145 different majors and is best known for its Computer Engineering Technologies, Game and Interactive Media Design, and Nuclear Engineering programs (nationally ranked 1st, 4th, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,000 per year, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is exceptionally expensive. 82.28% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to take home about $82,000 per year, which is 97% greater than the national median.

Troy, NY

www.rpi.edu

A+

Rating

47%

Acceptance

8,156

Students

#70

Ranking

$54,000

Tuition

Purdue University-Main Campus

#23 Best Colleges for Computer Science

Purdue University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in West Lafayette, IN ranked 133rd in America. It has a total of 35,481 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 59.83% acceptance rate. Purdue University-Main Campus offers 382 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Technologies, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Computer Graphics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,208 for students from Indiana and $28,010 for those from out-of-state, Purdue University-Main Campus is reasonably expensive. 69.04% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take in more or less $55,100 per year, which is 33% greater than the national median.

West Lafayette, IN

https://www.purdue.edu

A

Rating

60%

Acceptance

47,412

Students

#133

Ranking

$28,010

Tuition

Boston University

#24 Best Colleges for Computer Science

Boston University is a very large private university located in Boston, MA ranked 35th in the US. It has a total of 23,235 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting about one in five applicants. Boston University offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Counseling Psychology, Athletic Training, and Archeology programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $54,720 per year, Boston University is extremely high-priced. 77.85% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw about $65,300 per year, which is 57% above the national median.

Boston, MA

www.bu.edu

A+

Rating

19%

Acceptance

42,779

Students

#35

Ranking

$54,720

Tuition

University of Pennsylvania

#25 Best Colleges for Computer Science

University of Pennsylvania is a very large private university located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 8th in the US. It has a total of 14,000 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.66% acceptance rate. University of Pennsylvania offers 355 different majors and is best known for its Finance, Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, and Philosophy programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $51,156 per year, University of Pennsylvania is exceptionally pricey. 81.13% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn more or less $85,900 per year, which is 107% greater than the national median.

Philadelphia, PA

www.upenn.edu

A+

Rating

8%

Acceptance

29,813

Students

#8

Ranking

$51,156

Tuition