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2020 Best Colleges for Computer Science in North Carolina

Computer Science is a popular major and North Carolina is the 5th most popular state for students studying this major. 2,264 of the 44,313 Computer Science degrees awarded last year were given by colleges in North Carolina. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Computer Science in North Carolina ranking analyzed 16 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in computer science. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 2 schools for Computer Science students in North Carolina.

Choosing a Great Computer Science School

Best Colleges for Computer Science in North Carolina The compsci program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A computer science degree from colleges on this list usually translates into above average earnings following graduation. A computer science bachelors degree from a college in North Carolina helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $63,854 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Computer Science students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other computer science students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized computer science related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Computer Science students in North Carolina.

Best Schools to Study Computer Science in North Carolina

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for computer science majors.

Top 10 Best CompSci Colleges in North Carolina

Every student who is interested in computer science has to check out North Carolina State University. Located in the large city Raleigh, NC State is a public college with a very large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, NC State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in computer science, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. North Carolina State University computer science graduates earn $9,745 more than the average compsci student.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a wonderful decision for students interested in a Computer Science major. UNC Chapel Hill is a very large public school located in the small city of Chapel Hill.

For those interested in something more advanced, UNC Chapel Hill also offers 2 different higher degree levels in computer science, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Computer Science majors from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill receive an earnings boost of around $10,945 over the average earnings of computer science majors.

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Any student who is interested in computer science has to take a look at Appalachian State University. Appalachian State is a large public school located in the distant town of Boone.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Appalachian State offers a Master's Degree in computer science. Graduates of the compsci program report average early career wages of $58,800.

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Every student pursuing a degree in computer science needs to check out University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Located in the midsize city Wilmington, UNCW is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After graduating, compsci students generally earn about $61,300 in the first five years of their career.

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Elon University

Elon, NC

Elon is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Elon.More…

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UNC Greensboro is a very large public school located in the city of Greensboro.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, UNC Greensboro offers a Master's Degree in computer science. Computer Science students from University of North Carolina at Greensboro receive an earnings boost of about $6,945 above the typical earnings of computer science graduates.

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Located in the large city Charlotte, UNC Charlotte is a public school with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, UNC Charlotte also offers a Master's Degree in computer science. Students who graduate from the compsci program earn an average of $56,000 in their early career salary.

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NC A&T is a fairly large public school located in the city of Greensboro.

For those interested in something more advanced, NC A&T also offers 2 different higher degree levels in computer science, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates from the computer science major at North Carolina A & T State University make $2,745 above the standard college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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High Point University

High Point, NC

High Point is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of High Point.More…

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East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

ECU is a very large public school located in the city of Greenville.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, ECU offers a Master's Degree in computer science. Soon after graduating, compsci students typically earn an average of $60,700 in the first five years of their career.

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Best Computer Science Colleges in the Southeast Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 300 1,143
Florida 291 452
Virginia 289 673
Tennessee 266 657
Kentucky 257 50
South Carolina 254 63
Louisiana 254 549
Alabama 250 51
Arkansas 249 117
Mississippi 239 57
West Virginia 222 90

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 74,454
Information Technology 30,179
Information Science 17,384
Computer Systems Networking 13,791
Computer Software & Applications 11,900

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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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