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2021 Best Value Colleges for Computer Software & Applications

19 Colleges
3,499 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,327 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Computer Software & Applications School for You

Best Value Colleges for Computer Software & ApplicationsIn 2018-2019, 3,499 people earned their bachelor's in computer software and applications, making the major the #97 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Computer Software & Applications ranking looked at 19 colleges that offer a bachelor's in computer software. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. Instead, we are looking at those computer software schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

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. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Computer Software Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Value Computer Software & Applications Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Computer Software & Applications Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Computer Software & Applications Schools

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Neumont College of Computer Science. Located in the medium-sized city of Salt Lake City, Neumont is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population. Neumont also made our Best Colleges for Computer Software & Applications list, coming in at #2.

At Neumont, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,432. 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 Neumont is $109,428. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The average amount in student loans that computer software majors at Neumont take out while working on their bachelor's is $30,280. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Brigham Young University - Idaho. BYU - I is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Rexburg.

It takes the average student at BYU - I about 5.0 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $6,396. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from BYU - I be around $31,724. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, computer software majors at BYU - I accumulate an average of around $15,944 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 $114.

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Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Purdue University - Main Campus. Purdue is a fairly large public school located in the small city of West Lafayette. Purdue not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Computer Software & Applications list.

It takes the average student at Purdue about 4.4 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,495. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Purdue is $124,238. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Computer Software majors at Purdue take out an average of $20,197 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 $212.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Stevens Point, UW - Stevens Point is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

It takes the average student at UW - Stevens Point about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $19,927. This means that the average student pays around $90,070 to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - Stevens Point. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Computer Software majors at UW - Stevens Point take out an average of $22,051 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 $252.

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Our rankings recognize Northwest Missouri State University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Northwest is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Maryville.

The average student at Northwest graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $17,341. 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 Northwest is $78,034. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that computer software majors at Northwest take out while working on their bachelor's is $27,894. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $291, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Wisconsin - Stout landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer software and applications schools. Located in the town of Menomonie, UW - Stout is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

It takes the average student at UW - Stout about 4.6 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,392. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW - Stout be around $99,045. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, computer software graduates from UW - Stout carry an average student debtload of $23,320. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

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Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

Duquesne University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Duquesne is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. Duquesne not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Computer Software & Applications list.

The average student at Duquesne graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $35,475. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Duquesne is $146,866. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, computer software majors at Duquesne accumulate an average of around $22,798 in student debt.

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Rochester Institute of Technology earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. RIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Rochester. RIT also made our Best Colleges for Computer Software & Applications list, coming in at #3.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at RIT to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $40,724. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from RIT is $193,032. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that computer software majors at RIT take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,077. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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University of Houston

Houston, TX

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Houston. U of H is a very large public school located in the large city of Houston.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of H is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,217. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of H be around $116,503. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, computer software graduates from U of H carry an average student debtload of $22,047. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $215.

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University of Southern California earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. USC not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Computer Software & Applications list.

At USC, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and it costs about $39,750 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from USC is about $165,758. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Computer Software majors at USC take out an average of $20,064 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $208, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 36,674
Computer Science 31,737
Information Science 9,118
Information Technology 7,229
Computer Programming 1,560

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 19 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).
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