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2023 Best Computer Science Schools

386 Colleges in the United States
59,565 CompSci Degrees Awarded
$67,538 Avg Early-Career Salary
Computer Science is of the hottest degree programs in the United States, coming in as the #12 most popular major in the country. So, there are lots of possibilities to explore when you're trying to determine where you want to get your degree.

College Factual reviewed 386 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of computer science. Combined, these schools handed out 59,565 degrees in computer science to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Computer Science School

Best Computer Science Schools The compsci program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Computer Science rankings. For our Best Overall Computer Science School rankings, we roll up the results of our degree-level rankings, weighted by the number of degrees awarded at that level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Computer Science Rankings by Degree Level

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Computer Science Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Best Schools for Computer Science in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of compsci degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in CompSci

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
628 CompSci Degrees Awarded

It's difficult to beat Stanford University if you wish to pursue a degree in computer science. Stanford is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Stanford. A Best Colleges rank of #2 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were approximately 628 computer science students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent year we have data available. Computer Science degree recipients from Stanford University receive an earnings boost of around $80,390 above the average income of computer science graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
692 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a wonderful option for students interested in a degree in computer science. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #1 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

There were approximately 692 computer science students who graduated with this degree at MIT in the most recent year we have data available. Those computer science students who get their degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology make $50,653 more than the standard compsci graduate.

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#3

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
404 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in computer science has to check out Duke University. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #3 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 404 computer science students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year. Those computer science students who get their degree from Duke University make $47,597 more than the typical compsci grad.

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#4

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
744 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Cornell University is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in computer science. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of #13 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were approximately 744 computer science students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available. Those computer science students who get their degree from Cornell University earn $69,965 more than the average compsci grad.

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#5

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
319 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #11 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 319 computer science students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent year we have data available. Computer Science degree recipients from Brown University get an earnings boost of around $62,563 above the typical earnings of computer science graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
340 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #8 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great university overall.

There were about 340 computer science students who graduated with this degree at Carnegie Mellon in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the computer science program at Carnegie Mellon University make $94,185 above the typical college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
84 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Caltech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Pasadena. This school ranks 5th out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 84 computer science students who graduated with this degree at Caltech in the most recent data year. Those computer science students who get their degree from California Institute of Technology receive $62,155 more than the average compsci grad.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
856 CompSci Degrees Awarded

UC Berkeley is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Berkeley. A Best Colleges rank of #17 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

There were roughly 856 computer science students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the computer science major at University of California - Berkeley make $57,712 above the average college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#9

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
187 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Cambridge. A Best Colleges rank of #12 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were approximately 187 computer science students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the computer science degree program at Harvard University earn $72,534 more than the average college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#10

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
199 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #4 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were about 199 computer science students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year. Computer Science degree recipients from University of Pennsylvania earn a boost of around $60,085 above the average earnings of computer science majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
898 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #14 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were about 898 computer science students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent year we have data available. Computer Science degree recipients from Columbia University in the City of New York get an earnings boost of approximately $53,839 over the average earnings of computer science graduates.

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#12

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
337 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #7 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 337 computer science students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year. Computer Science degree recipients from University of Chicago get an earnings boost of around $33,468 above the average earnings of computer science majors.

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#13

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
229 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Nashville. This university ranks 1st out of 45 colleges for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were about 229 computer science students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent year we have data available. Computer Science degree recipients from Vanderbilt University receive an earnings boost of around $34,176 above the typical income of computer science majors.

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#14

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
141 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Dartmouth is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit college located in the town of Hanover. This college ranks 1st out of 17 schools for overall quality in the state of New Hampshire.

There were roughly 141 computer science students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent year we have data available. Computer Science degree recipients from Dartmouth College get an earnings boost of around $43,721 over the average earnings of computer science graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
280 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 48 colleges for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

There were roughly 280 computer science students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the computer science degree program at Washington University in St Louis get $27,311 above the average college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
470 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 51 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were about 470 computer science students who graduated with this degree at UW Seattle in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the computer science degree program at University of Washington - Seattle Campus get $34,172 more than the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,386 CompSci Degrees Awarded

USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. This university ranks 4th out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 1386 computer science students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the computer science degree program at University of Southern California make $40,009 more than the average college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MD
929 CompSci Degrees Awarded

UMCP is a very large public university located in the large suburb of College Park. This university ranks 2nd out of 34 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There were approximately 929 computer science students who graduated with this degree at UMCP in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
901 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 87 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were roughly 901 computer science students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the computer science degree program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign make $55,193 more than the average college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#20

Tufts University

Medford, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
237 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Tufts is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Medford. This university ranks 4th out of 63 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were approximately 237 computer science students who graduated with this degree at Tufts in the most recent data year. Those computer science students who get their degree from Tufts University earn $28,811 more than the average compsci student.

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#21

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
227 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Evanston. A Best Colleges rank of #5 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were roughly 227 computer science students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year. Those computer science students who get their degree from Northwestern University earn $25,066 more than the typical compsci student.

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#22

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
572 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Purdue is a fairly large public university located in the city of West Lafayette. This university ranks 2nd out of 42 schools for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

There were approximately 572 computer science students who graduated with this degree at Purdue in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the computer science program at Purdue University - Main Campus earn $14,211 more than the average college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#23

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
46 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Located in the fringe town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 3rd out of 63 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 46 computer science students who graduated with this degree at Williams in the most recent data year. Computer Science degree recipients from Williams College get an earnings boost of approximately $41,932 above the typical earnings of computer science graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
868 CompSci Degrees Awarded

UCSD is a fairly large public university located in the large city of La Jolla. This university ranks 9th out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 868 computer science students who graduated with this degree at UCSD in the most recent data year. Those computer science students who get their degree from University of California - San Diego make $40,215 more than the typical compsci student.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
461 CompSci Degrees Awarded

UNC Chapel Hill is a very large public university located in the small city of Chapel Hill. This university ranks 2nd out of 93 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were about 461 computer science students who graduated with this degree at UNC Chapel Hill in the most recent year we have data available. Those computer science students who get their degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill receive $6,624 more than the standard compsci graduate.

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Rest of the Top Best Computer Science Schools

#27

Boston University

Boston, MA
#29

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#31

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

#32

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

#33

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#39

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

#42

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#43

Pomona College

Claremont, CA
#45

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
#47

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#49

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

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Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Computer Science Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 386 different United States computer science schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 University of California - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
51 Carleton College Northfield, MN
52 Villanova University Villanova, PA
53 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
54 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
55 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
56 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
57 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
58 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
59 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
60 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
61 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
62 Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute, IN
63 Seattle University Seattle, WA
64 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
65 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
66 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
67 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
68 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
69 Iowa State University Ames, IA
70 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
71 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
72 William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
73 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
74 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
75 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
76 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
77 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 88,434
Information Technology 40,555
Information Science 18,325
Computer Systems Networking 14,700
Computer Software & Applications 14,336
Computer Programming 11,939
Computer Systems Analysis 2,338
Data Processing 1,955
Other Computer & Information Sciences 1,755
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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Negative Space.

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