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2022 Best Colleges for Network and System Administration

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412

Graduates Per Year

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$59K

Average Salary

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#294

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

412

93% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

54

72% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

294

Network and System Administration

412

295

Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management

405

Cost

Very Affordable

$9,750

70% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

393

Talmudic Studies

$10,200

394

Network and System Administration

$9,750

395

Data Modeling and Database Administration

$9,636

Salary

High Salary

$51,794

34% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

67

Economics

$51,851

68

Network and System Administration

$51,794

69

Computer and Information Systems Security

$51,794

Professors

Very Bad

3.7/5

7.5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

293

Information Technology Administration and Management

294

Network and System Administration

295

Industrial Management

Students

Not Diverse

2.7/5

25.6% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

360

Pre-Dentistry Studies

361

Network and System Administration

362

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SUMMARY

Choosing to study Network and System Administration is a valuable choice and often a required first step for undergraduates hoping to begin a career as a business systems senior analyst, a system technician, or an information systems technology specialist. In fact, network and system administration is a ​unique major being the 294th most popular area of study. Last year alone, there were 412 network and system administration graduates. In-state tuition for network and system administration at private institutions are more pricey than their public fellows by 0.01%.

With just 54 schools having programs for this degree you may have a smaller selection of institutions that will have an option for you. If you're looking to surround yourself with other network and system administration undergrads, consider looking at schools in Utah which have more undergrads admitted to network and system administration than any other state. More generally, the top region to get a degree in network and system administration is in the Rocky Mountains region with Lewis-Clark State College, Western Governors University, and Neumont College of Computer Science best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the best conference to major in network and system administration is the North Star Athletic Association with Bellevue University representing the conference. On that topic, our choice for the best university for network and system administration is Michigan Technological University, and here you can find our comprehensive list for the best colleges.

The overall best school does not mean it is the best school for every student. There might be a bunch more facets to think about when deciding on college. External stuff such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food could affect your choice on where to go to university. At authority.org, we've examined the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are interested in which network and system administration college boasts the best campus, the answer is Central Connecticut State University. If, for example, you are very interested in which college has the top campus, we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, student reviews, government databases, and more to compare all U.S. majors in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our well researched list for the schools with the best student life and from that list, our pick for the school with the best student life for network and system administration is Michigan Technological University. Curious why? Continue scrolling to learn more about Authority's top selections. Many of our picks will probably shock you.

If price is a primary factor in your choice of where you attend school, you might consider avoiding Michigan Technological University. Michigan Technological University appears to be the most expensive university for network and system administration, at least for out of state attendance. That being said, we have an entire list of the most expensive colleges that might put the expense of Michigan Technological University into perspective. You may also be interested to know that network and system administration is the 394th most expensive degree in the nation, with an average expense of $9,800. On a broader scale, the most costly state for network and system administration in the country is Michigan with expenses at the primary institution, Michigan Technological University, of $36,688. Even more broadly, the most costly region for network and system administration is the Great Lakes region which is best demonstrated with Michigan Technological University with a cost of $36,688, and Herzing University-Madison with a cost of $13,320.

Our cheapest region for network and system administration is the Far West region which is represented by Whatcom Community College with a cost of $9,750 and Yakima Valley College with a cost of $4,243. In better news, the most affordable school for network and system administration is Yakima Valley College. Authority's comprehensive list of the most affordable universities can be found here.

In-state students can expect to pay about $9,000 for a degree in network and system administration. That cost grows a little to a median of $18,500 for the out-of-state public-school student. As such, you might be interested in our choice for the university with the best value for network and system administration: Michigan Technological University. Through this link you will see our comprehensive list of the colleges we see as being the best value overall. Do know, this discussion is predicated on being an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when it comes to in-state tuition, 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 network and system administration majors can cover a wide range, but within two years graduation students will typically earn around $58,800. While there can be much variation in earnings potential; top positions can make up to $96,700. Even right out of college, the lowest earning jobs within the network and system administration field make $36,100, which could be worse. The top earning grads for network and system administration come from Michigan Technological University and if you want to find the schools with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The general diversity of network and system administration is near the bottom, ranking in only the 9th percentile of all programs. The university with the most composite diversity for network and system administration is Bellevue University and here you can find our comprehensive list for the universities which have the most diversity. The financial diversity of the Network and System Administration major only ranks in the 6th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is greater than financial diversity, in the 21st percentile. White students compose the largest share, 74%, of those studying network and system administration. Additionally, 92% of students pursuing a network and system administration degree are men.

The median ranking for network and system administration professors is 3.7 stars, a score which is 7% worse than the median for all majors; which is a subpar ranking. If you are interested in the most popular network and system administration instructor in the country, consider looking up Glenn Downing from The University of Texas at Austin. This may surprise you, but the best rated instructors for network and system administration from student rankings come from University of Central Florida. If we incorporate data beyond basic rankings we find that the school with comprehensively the best instructors for network and system administration is Michigan Technological University. One will find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with many of the top instructors nationwide.

Finally, the hardest college to get into for network and system administration is Central Connecticut State University. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we have a general page of the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, here at Authority we do hope you believe that looking at higher education from context only formed from superlatives could be said to be the root of many of higher education's fundamental issues. We at Authority hope you read our other pages on different topics and peruse a couple of our insightful background articles on essential things to look out for as you progress with your university search.

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Michigan Technological University

#1 Best Colleges for Network and System Administration

Michigan Technological University is a mid-sized public university located in Houghton, MI ranked 282nd in America. It has a total of 6,081 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 74.31% acceptance rate. Michigan Technological University offers 142 different majors and is best known for its Network and System Administration, Mechanical Engineering, and Geological Engineering programs (nationally ranked 1st, 5th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $15,660 for in-state students and $34,896 for those from out-of-state, Michigan Technological University is somewhat moderately costly. 63.3% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw near $66,400 per year, which is 60% above the national median.

Houghton, MI

https://www.mtu.edu

A-

Rating

74%

Acceptance

7,657

Students

#282

Ranking

$34,896

Tuition

Western Governors University

#2 Best Colleges for Network and System Administration

Western Governors University is a very large private university located in Salt Lake City, UT ranked 6th in Utah. It has a total of 124,327 full-time undergraduate students. Western Governors University offers 65 different majors and is best known for its Biology Teacher Education, Earth Science Teacher Education, and Physics Teacher Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $6,380 per year, Western Governors University is very cheap. 45.57% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw approximately $41,900 per year, which is 1% greater than the national median.

Salt Lake City, UT

www.wgu.edu

C

Rating

100%

Acceptance

174,699

Students

#1379

Ranking

$6,380

Tuition

Whatcom Community College

#3 Best Colleges for Network and System Administration

Whatcom Community College is a small public associates college located in Bellingham, WA ranked 42nd in Washington. It has a total of 5,784 full-time undergraduate students. Whatcom Community College offers 47 different majors and is best known for its Network and System Administration and Information Technology Administration and Management programs, which are respectively ranked 3rd and 42nd in the United States. With an annual tuition of $4,305 for students from Washington and $9,750 for those from out-of-state, Whatcom Community College is relatively affordable. 25.2% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor market. After finishing college, alumni go on to make close to $32,400 per year, which is 22% below the national median.

Bellingham, WA

whatcom.edu

C-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

5,784

Students

#1958

Ranking

$9,750

Tuition

Neumont College of Computer Science

#4 Best Colleges for Network and System Administration

Neumont College of Computer Science is a very small for-profit university located in Salt Lake City, UT ranked 4th in Utah. It has a total of 532 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting about nine tenths of applicants. Neumont College of Computer Science offers 7 different majors and is best known for its Network and System Administration, Web Design, and Computer Programming programs (nationally ranked 4th, 13th, and 15th respectively). With an annual tuition of $22,950 per year, Neumont College of Computer Science is reasonably pricey. 46.04% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to take in approximately $69,400 per year, which is 67% greater than the national median.

Salt Lake City, UT

www.neumont.edu

C

Rating

91%

Acceptance

532

Students

#1348

Ranking

$22,950

Tuition

Bellevue University

#5 Best Colleges for Network and System Administration

Bellevue University is a large private institution located in Bellevue, NE ranked 14th in Nebraska. It has a total of 8,674 full-time undergraduate students. Bellevue University offers 84 different majors and is best known for its Customer Service Management, Retailing and Retail Operations, and Network and System Administration programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,176 per year, Bellevue University is quite low-priced. 43.69% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn around $53,600 per year, which is 29% above the national median.

Bellevue, NE

www.bellevue.edu

C

Rating

100%

Acceptance

12,588

Students

#1340

Ranking

$7,176

Tuition

Central Connecticut State University

#6 Best Colleges for Network and System Administration

Central Connecticut State University is a large public institution located in New Britain, CT ranked 20th in Connecticut. It has a total of 10,873 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting barely shy of 2/3 of applicants. Central Connecticut State University offers 136 different majors and is best known for its Network and System Administration, Technology Teacher Education, and Computer Engineering Technologies programs (nationally ranked 6th, 12th, and 14th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,924 for in-state students and $17,726 for those from out-of-state, Central Connecticut State University is moderately priced. 53.06% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to take home more or less $47,900 per year, which is 15% over the national median.

New Britain, CT

www2.ccsu.edu/

C+

Rating

66%

Acceptance

13,866

Students

#812

Ranking

$17,726

Tuition

Yakima Valley College

#8 Best Colleges for Network and System Administration

Yakima Valley College is a small public associates college located in Yakima, WA ranked 45th in Washington. It has a total of 6,247 full-time undergraduate students. Yakima Valley College offers 96 different majors and is best known for its Network and System Administration program, which is ranked 8th in America. With an annual tuition of $3,799 for students from Washington and $4,243 for those from out-of-state, Yakima Valley College is very cheap. 26.85% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to take home around $33,300 per year, which is 20% less than the national median.

Yakima, WA

https://www.yvcc.edu

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Rating

100%

Acceptance

6,247

Students

#1987

Ranking

$4,243

Tuition

Columbia Central University-Caguas

#9 Best Colleges for Network and System Administration

Columbia Central University-Caguas is a small for-profit institution located in Caguas, PR ranked 52nd in Puerto Rico. It has a total of 1,271 full-time undergraduate students. Columbia Central University-Caguas offers 17 different majors and is best known for its Network and System Administration program, which is ranked 9th in the US. With an annual tuition of $6,540 per year, Columbia Central University-Caguas is quite cheap. 44.42% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to bring home roughly $21,300 per year, which is 49% below the national median.

Caguas, PR

www.columbiacentral.edu

F

Rating

100%

Acceptance

1,461

Students

#3125

Ranking

$6,540

Tuition

Herzing University-Madison

#10 Best Colleges for Network and System Administration

Herzing University-Madison is a small private school of engineering and technology located in Madison, WI ranked 54th in Wisconsin. It has a total of 3,200 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 90.55% acceptance rate. Herzing University-Madison offers 36 different majors and is best known for its Network and System Administration and Computer Programming programs, which are respectively ranked 10th and 33rd in the United States. With an annual tuition of $13,320 per year, Herzing University-Madison is pretty inexpensive. 31.55% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to take in close to $37,800 per year, which is 9% below the national median.

Madison, WI

https://www.Herzing.edu

D-

Rating

91%

Acceptance

3,948

Students

#2957

Ranking

$13,320

Tuition