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2023 Best Computer Science Schools in California

40 Colleges in California
13,342 CompSci Degrees Awarded
$72,080 Avg Early-Career Salary
If you pursue a degree in computer science, you won't be alone. The field of study is the #12 most popular program in the country. This means there are lots of options to choose from when you decide to get your degree.

College Factual reviewed 40 schools in California to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of computer science. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 13,342 degrees in computer science during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Computer Science School

Best Computer Science Schools in California 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. We derive our Best Overall Computer Science School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

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 in California ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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If you want to learn more about how we derive our rankings, see College Factual's Methodology.

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Best Schools for Computer Science in California

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the compsci degree levels they offer.

10 Top California Schools in CompSci

#1

Stanford University

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

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

There were roughly 628 computer science students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent data year. Computer Science degree recipients from Stanford University receive an earnings boost of approximately $75,848 above the typical income of computer science graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
84 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in computer science needs to check out California Institute of Technology. Caltech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Pasadena. A Best Colleges rank of #28 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Caltech is a great school overall.

There were about 84 computer science students who graduated with this degree at Caltech in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the computer science major at California Institute of Technology make $57,613 above the typical college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
856 CompSci Degrees Awarded

It's hard to beat University of California - Berkeley if you wish to pursue a degree in computer science. 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 colleges nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

There were approximately 856 computer science students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent data year. Computer Science degree recipients from University of California - Berkeley earn a boost of about $53,170 above the typical income of computer science graduates.

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

University of Southern California is a great decision for students pursuing a degree in computer science. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of #18 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 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 program at University of Southern California earn $35,467 above the standard college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
868 CompSci Degrees Awarded

UCSD is a fairly large public university located in the city of La Jolla. A Best Colleges rank of #49 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UCSD is a great university overall.

There were approximately 868 computer science students who graduated with this degree at UCSD in the most recent data year. Computer Science degree recipients from University of California - San Diego get an earnings boost of about $35,673 over the average earnings of computer science majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,007 CompSci Degrees Awarded

UC Irvine is a very large public university located in the city of Irvine. A Best Colleges rank of #77 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UC Irvine is a great university overall.

There were about 1007 computer science students who graduated with this degree at UC Irvine in the most recent data year. After graduating, compsci degree recipients generally earn an average of $70,796 at the beginning of their careers.

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#7

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
48 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Harvey Mudd College is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Claremont. A Best Colleges rank of #31 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Harvey Mudd College is a great college overall.

There were approximately 48 computer science students who graduated with this degree at Harvey Mudd College in the most recent year we have data available. Computer Science degree recipients from Harvey Mudd College receive an earnings boost of about $51,259 over the typical income of computer science majors.

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#8

Pomona College

Claremont, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
33 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Claremont, Pomona is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of #46 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Pomona is a great college overall.

There were approximately 33 computer science students who graduated with this degree at Pomona in the most recent data year. Those computer science students who get their degree from Pomona College receive $38,658 more than the average compsci grad.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
215 CompSci Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #50 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UCSB is a great university overall.

There were roughly 215 computer science students who graduated with this degree at UCSB in the most recent year we have data available. Computer Science degree recipients from University of California - Santa Barbara get an earnings boost of approximately $14,196 above the typical income of computer science majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
729 CompSci Degrees Awarded

UC Santa Cruz is a large public university located in the small city of Santa Cruz. A Best Colleges rank of #135 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UC Santa Cruz is a great university overall.

There were roughly 729 computer science students who graduated with this degree at UC Santa Cruz in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the compsci program state that they receive average early career wages of $63,040.

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Best Computer Science Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Computer Science Schools in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Washington 300 1,481
Oregon 266 1,282
Nevada 192 152
Hawaii 164 152
Alaska 119 31

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Computer Science is one of 10 different types of Computer & Information Sciences programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 4,053
Information Technology 2,283
Computer Programming 1,440
Computer Software & Applications 1,379
Computer Systems Networking 1,117
Information Science 516
Data Entry 277
Data Processing 109
Computer Systems Analysis 105
Other Computer & Information Sciences 83

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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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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