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2021 Best Computer Information Systems Colleges for Veterans in the United States

299 Colleges
36,674 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,728 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Computer Information Systems Schools for Vets

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

For this year's Best Computer Information Systems Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking, we looked at 299 colleges that offer a bachelor's in CIS. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent computer information systems programs, but they also offer a lot of support to veterans and active service members.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the computer information systems program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The CIS school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best CIS Schools for Veterans.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

2021 Best Computer Information Systems Schools for Veterans in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Computer Information Systems Colleges for Veterans.

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Computer Information Systems Schools

New Jersey Institute of Technology landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer information systems schools. NJIT is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Newark. NJIT not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 142 of the 11,423 students enrolled at NJIT were GI Bill® students, of which 99 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,685. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#2

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. UPenn also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States rankings.

According to our most recent data, UPenn supports 25,860 students, and 272 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 153 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,428. To help with additional expenses, 106 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Our rankings recognize Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Georgia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Atlanta. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Georgia Tech has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States ranking.

Among the 32,723 students enrolled at Georgia Tech, 383 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 294 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,277. During this same period, 2 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Rice University

Houston, TX

Our rankings recognize Rice University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Rice has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 120 of the 7,124 students enrolled at Rice were GI Bill® students, of which 98 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $26,808. On top of their other funding sources, 72 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Our rankings recognize Northeastern University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. Northeastern also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States rankings.

Of the 21,627 students enrolled at Northeastern, 700 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 515 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $14,457. During this same period, 171 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Baltimore. Johns Hopkins not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States list.

Among the 26,152 students enrolled at Johns Hopkins, 583 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 556 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,073. During this same period, 49 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. UW Seattle is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Seattle. UW Seattle excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States list.

Of the 47,400 students enrolled at UW Seattle, 1,278 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 780 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,461. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

Our rankings recognize University of North Florida as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Jacksonville, UNF is a public college with a fairly large student population. UNF excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States list.

Among the 16,776 students enrolled at UNF, 1,093 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 864 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,651. UNF does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Our rankings recognize George Mason University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, GMU also did well on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 2,265 of the 37,316 students enrolled at GMU were GI Bill® students, of which 1,599 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,143. To help with additional expenses, 44 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. GMU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public college with a fairly large student population. Wisconsin also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Among the 43,463 students enrolled at Wisconsin, 554 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 346 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,489. On top of their other funding sources, 21 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer information systems schools. Located in the city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, JMU is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, JMU supports 21,751 students, and 800 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 637 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,908. To help with additional expenses, 3 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Yale also made our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States list, coming in at #5.

According to our most recent data, Yale supports 13,433 students, and 60 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 58 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $18,964. To help with additional expenses, 29 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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New York University

New York, NY

New York University earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. NYU also made our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States list, coming in at #8.

According to our most recent data, NYU supports 51,847 students, and 681 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 482 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $21,831. To help with additional expenses, 265 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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The University of Texas at Austin earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UT Austin also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, UT Austin supports 51,832 students, and 1,201 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 843 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,949. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg. Virginia Tech not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 1,159 of the 34,683 students enrolled at Virginia Tech were GI Bill® students, of which 809 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,824. During this same period, 14 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of South Carolina - Columbia. Carolina is a very large public school located in the city of Columbia. Carolina excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States list.

Among the 34,795 students enrolled at Carolina, 1,523 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 897 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,738. In addition to receiving other benefits, 38 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Carolina does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Texas at Dallas. UT Dallas is a very large public school located in the city of Richardson. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UT Dallas also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 733 of the 28,755 students enrolled at UT Dallas were GI Bill® students, of which 575 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,434. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick landed the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer information systems schools. Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public school located in the city of New Brunswick. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Rutgers New Brunswick also did well on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Among the 50,254 students enrolled at Rutgers New Brunswick, 442 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 256 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $12,136. To help with additional expenses, 4 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida landed the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer information systems schools. Located in the city of Gainesville, U of F is a public school with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, U of F also did well on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Among the 52,218 students enrolled at U of F, 1,109 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 752 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,193. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY

The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Stony Brook University. Located in the large suburb of Stony Brook, SUNY Stony Brook is a public school with a fairly large student population. SUNY Stony Brook excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 205 of the 26,256 students enrolled at SUNY Stony Brook were GI Bill® students, of which 137 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,824. SUNY Stony Brook does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Virginia Commonwealth University landed the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer information systems schools. VCU is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Richmond. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, VCU is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, VCU supports 30,697 students, and 1,464 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 977 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,871. During this same period, 4 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Grand Valley State University earned the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, GVSU also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, GVSU supports 24,677 students, and 482 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 309 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,102. GVSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #23 in this year's ranking. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor. U of Michigan also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Among the 46,716 students enrolled at U of Michigan, 509 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 321 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $26,841. U of Michigan does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Central Florida. UCF is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Orlando. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, UCF also did well on our Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, UCF supports 68,475 students, and 2,247 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,137 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,197. During this same period, 1 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Trident University International comes in at #25 in this year's ranking. TUI is a moderately-sized private for-profit school located in the suburb of Cypress.

Of the 6,861 students enrolled at TUI, 2,634 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 2,084 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,624. To help with additional expenses, 1 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#26

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT
#29

University of Houston

Houston, TX
#32

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#35

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#37

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
#43

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#44

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

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 Computer Information Systems Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
45 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
46 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
47 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
48 Clemson University Clemson, SC
49 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
50 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
51 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
52 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
53 Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
54 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
55 Towson University Towson, MD
56 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
57 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
58 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
59 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA

Computer Information Systems by Region

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Computer Science 31,737
Information Science 9,118
Information Technology 7,229
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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

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