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2021 Best Colleges for Computer Software & Applications

Approximately 8,237 computer software and applications degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Computer Software & Applications ranking analyzed 29 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in computer software and applications. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of schools for Computer Software & Applications students.

Choosing a Great Computer Software & Applications School

Best Colleges for Computer Software & Applications The computer software program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality computer software program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

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 collection of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 36% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 621 to 54 )
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Graduates Earn More After College

Computer Software & Applications graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average computer software and applications bachelors degree from U.S. schools results in an average starting salary of $36,645, graduates of colleges on this list average $64,275.

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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 Software & Applications students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other computer software and applications students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized computer software and applications related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Computer Software & Applications students.

Best Schools to Study Computer Software & Applications in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study computer software and applications.

Top 10 Best Computer Software Colleges

University of Southern California is a great option for individuals pursuing a Computer Software & Applications major. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of 40 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means USC is a great college overall.

There are about 116 computer software and applications undergraduates studying this program at USC. Graduates from the computer software and applications program at University of Southern California get $50,112 above the typical graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Neumont College of Computer Science is a good choice for individuals pursuing a Computer Software & Applications major. Neumont is a small private for-profit school located in the midsize city of Salt Lake City. This college ranks 656th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Utah.

With 17 students enrolled, Neumont College of Computer Science is one of most popular schools to study computer software in United States. Neumont College of Computer Science computer software and applications majors receive $30,512 more than the average computer software student.

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Rochester Institute of Technology is a great decision for students interested in a Computer Software & Applications degree. RIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Rochester. A Best Colleges rank of 178 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means RIT is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, RIT offers a Master's Degree in computer software and applications. Students from the computer software and applications major at Rochester Institute of Technology get $20,612 above the standard college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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School of Visual Arts

New York, NY

School of Visual Arts is a wonderful option for individuals pursuing a Computer Software & Applications degree. SVA is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of New York. This school ranks 498th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, SVA offers a Master's Degree in computer software and applications. Students who complete this program report average early career earnings of $31,700.

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Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue is a very large public school located in the small city of West Lafayette. A Best Colleges rank of 84 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Purdue is a great college overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Purdue also offers a Master's Degree in computer software and applications. Grads of the computer software program report average early career wages of $35,000.

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Located in the midsize city College Station, Texas A&M is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 102 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Texas A&M is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Texas A&M offers a Master's Degree in computer software and applications. After getting their bachelor's degree, computer software students typically make around $37,000 at the beginning of their careers.

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Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

Duquesne is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh. A Best Colleges rank of 236 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Duquesne is a great school overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Duquesne also offers a Master's Degree in computer software and applications. Students who graduate from this degree report average early career earnings of $39,800.

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Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA

Academy of Art University is a medium-sized private for-profit school located in the city of San Francisco. This school ranks 1025th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There are roughly 551 computer software and applications undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Academy of Art University. Students from the computer software and applications degree program at Academy of Art University get $5,112 more than the standard graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Champlain College

Burlington, VT

Located in the small city Burlington, Champlain is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 701st out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Vermont.

For those interested in shorter degree, Champlain also offers a Associate's Degree in computer software and applications. Computer Software & Applications graduates from Champlain College get a earnings boost of around $14,912 above the average earnings of computer software and applications majors.

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University of Houston

Houston, TX

Located in the large city Houston, U of H is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 360th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There are approximately 76 computer software and applications undergrads studying this degree at U of H. Graduates of the computer software program state that they receive average early career wages of $33,500.

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Computer Software & Applications by Region

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

Majors Similar to Computer Software

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Computer Science 47,906
Information Technology 33,399
Information Science 17,779
Computer Systems Networking 14,055

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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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