Computer Information Systems

2021 Best Value Colleges for Computer Information Systems

262 Colleges
36,674 Bachelor's Degrees
$21,975 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Computer Information Systems School for You

Best Value Colleges for Computer Information SystemsIn 2018-2019, 36,674 people earned their bachelor's in computer information systems, making the major the #16 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Computer Information Systems ranking analyzed 262 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in CIS. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. We are more focused on CIS schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

One Size Does Not Fit All

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Value CIS Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Value Computer Information Systems Schools in the United States

Check out the CIS programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 25 Best Value CIS Schools

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Brigham Young University - Provo. Located in the city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. In addition to its great value ranking, BYU is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems list.

At BYU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $12,239. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from BYU be around $64,132. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at BYU take out while working on their bachelor's is $16,742. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $140.

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Grand Valley State University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to its great value ranking, GVSU is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems list.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at GVSU to complete their degree, and it costs about $23,233 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from GVSU is about $105,245. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

CIS majors at GVSU take out an average of $25,320 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 $280.

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#3

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

University of North Florida earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Jacksonville, UNF is a public college with a large student population. UNF excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNF is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,266. This means that the average student pays around $105,395 to get a bachelor’s degree from UNF. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, CIS majors at UNF accumulate an average of around $21,992 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $228.

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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Florida State is a very large public school located in the city of Tallahassee. Florida State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

The average student at Florida State graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,233. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Florida State is about $115,196. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

CIS majors at Florida State take out an average of $22,276 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 $231.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville, U of F is a public school with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, U of F also did well on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average student at U of F graduates in less than 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,230. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of F be around $120,542. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, CIS graduates from U of F carry an average student debtload of $18,296. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $191.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, USF Tampa also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems ranking.

It takes the average student at USF Tampa about 4.3 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,095. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa is $99,309. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at USF Tampa take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,604. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $246.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. UW - La Crosse is a fairly large public school located in the city of La Crosse.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UW - La Crosse is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $19,185. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW - La Crosse is about $85,373. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, CIS graduates from UW - La Crosse take out $21,864 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $230, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Illinois State University. Illinois State is a very large public school located in the midsize suburb of Normal. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Illinois State also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems ranking.

It takes the average student at Illinois State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,958. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State is about $108,817. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, CIS graduates from Illinois State carry an average student debtload of $22,823. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $234.

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Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a very large student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Texas Tech to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,296. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Texas Tech is $105,298. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

CIS majors at Texas Tech take out an average of $27,373 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $301, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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South Dakota State University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer information systems schools. Located in the town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public school with a large student population.

It takes the average student at South Dakota State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,370. This means that the average student pays around $89,628 to get a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, CIS graduates from South Dakota State carry an average student debtload of $28,504. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Located in the midsize suburb of Utica, SUNY Poly is a public school with a small student population.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at SUNY Poly to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,848. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SUNY Poly is $101,592. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, CIS graduates from SUNY Poly take out $17,216 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $156.

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Our rankings recognize University of Central Florida as the #12 school in this year's rankings. UCF is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Orlando. In addition to its great value ranking, UCF is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems list.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UCF to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,064. This means that the average student pays around $120,976 to get a bachelor’s degree from UCF. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at UCF take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,756. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $213.

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#13

Harding University

Searcy, AR

Harding University earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Harding is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Searcy.

At Harding, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,917. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Harding is about $90,989. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, CIS graduates from Harding carry an average student debtload of $24,389. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $284, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Houston, U of H is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, U of H also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems ranking.

At U of H, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,217. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of H is $116,503. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at U of H take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,595. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $195.

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Brigham Young University - Idaho landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer information systems schools. Located in the town of Rexburg, BYU - I is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

At BYU - I, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.0 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $6,396. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from BYU - I be around $31,724. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at BYU - I take out while working on their bachelor's is $15,501. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $147.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. SIUE is a large public school located in the large suburb of Edwardsville.

At SIUE, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and it costs about $17,498 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SIUE be around $79,091. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, CIS graduates from SIUE take out $20,803 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 $213.

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Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Slippery Rock, SRU is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average student at SRU graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,713. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SRU is $93,149. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, CIS majors at SRU accumulate an average of around $24,740 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $259.

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Northwest Missouri State University comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Maryville, Northwest is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Northwest is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $17,341. This means that the average student pays around $78,035 to get a bachelor’s degree from Northwest. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, CIS majors at Northwest accumulate an average of around $19,629 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 $208.

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#19

The College at Brockport

Brockport, NY

The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The College at Brockport. SUNY Brockport is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Brockport.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SUNY Brockport is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,959. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport be around $107,074. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

CIS majors at SUNY Brockport take out an average of $19,886 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $205.

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Our rankings recognize University of South Alabama as the #20 school in this year's rankings. USA is a large public school located in the medium-sized city of Mobile.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at USA is 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,523. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from USA is $99,867. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at USA take out while working on their bachelor's is $26,262. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $265.

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California University of Pennsylvania landed the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer information systems schools. Located in the suburb of California, Cal U is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Cal U is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,767. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Cal U be around $101,485. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, CIS graduates from Cal U take out $29,485 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $301, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY

Stony Brook University landed the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer information systems schools. Located in the large suburb of Stony Brook, SUNY Stony Brook is a public college with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, SUNY Stony Brook also did well on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

At SUNY Stony Brook, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,701. This means that the average student pays around $132,321 to get a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Stony Brook. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

CIS majors at SUNY Stony Brook take out an average of $20,684 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $218, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Dakota State University

Madison, SD

Dakota State University earned the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings. Dakota State is a small public school located in the town of Madison.

At Dakota State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,631. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Dakota State be around $95,315. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, CIS graduates from Dakota State take out $22,428 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $250, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Florida International University comes in at #24 in this year's ranking. FIU is a very large public school located in the suburb of Miami.

At FIU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,777. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from FIU is about $124,513. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that CIS majors at FIU take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,720. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $195.

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Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University comes in at #25 in this year's ranking. Ferris is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Big Rapids.

The average student at Ferris graduates in less than 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $15,909. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Ferris is $73,022. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, CIS graduates from Ferris take out $19,684 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 $192.

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SUNY Oswego

Oswego, NY

#33

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

#35

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Colleges for Computer Information Systems award.

Rank College Location
40 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
41 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
42 Simpson College Indianola, IA
43 Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR
44 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
45 Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL
46 SUNY Fredonia Fredonia, NY
47 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
48 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
49 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
50 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
51 University at Albany Albany, NY
52 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI

Computer Information Systems by Region

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Region
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New England
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Plains States
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Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 10 majors within the Computer & Information Sciences area of study, Computer Information Systems has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Science 31,737
Information Science 9,118
Information Technology 7,229
Computer Software & Applications 3,499
Computer Programming 1,560

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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