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2024 Best Computer Software & Applications Schools

176 Colleges in the United States
14,312 Computer Software Degrees Awarded
$40,420 Avg Early-Career Salary
Computer Software & Applications is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #84 most popular degree program in the country. So, you have a fair amount of options to choose from when looking for a school.

College Factual reviewed 176 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of computer software & applications. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 14,312 degrees in computer software & applications during the 2021-2022 academic year.

What's on this page: * Degree-Level Rankings

Choosing a Great Computer Software & Applications School

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

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Computer Software & Applications Rankings by Degree Level

Associate Degrees in Computer Software
Bachelor's Degrees in Computer Software
Master's Degrees in Computer Software
Doctor's Degrees in Computer Software

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Computer Software & Applications Schools list to help you make the college 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 Software & Applications in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the computer software degree levels they 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 Computer Software

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
51 Computer Software Degrees Awarded
15.7% Growth in Graduates

Madison Area Technical College is a good option for students pursuing a degree in computer software & applications. Madison College is a large public college located in the large city of Madison. This college ranks 8th out of 46 colleges for overall quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were roughly 51 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at Madison College in the most recent data year. Those computer software & applications students who get their degree from Madison Area Technical College receive $15,810 more than the average computer software student.

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Graduate Certificate Highest Degree Type
$82,297 Median Starting Salary
$19,230 Median Student Debt

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is a great option for students interested in a degree in computer software & applications. Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #29 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were roughly 3 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent data year. Computer Software & Applications degree recipients from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor earn a boost of approximately $41,877 over the average income of computer software & applications majors.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In PA
36.7% Growth in Graduates

University of Pennsylvania is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in computer software & applications. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia. A Best Colleges rank of #4 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 30 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In PA
43 Computer Software Degrees Awarded

Every student pursuing a degree in computer software & applications needs to take a look at Carnegie Mellon University. Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Pittsburgh. A Best Colleges rank of #9 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great university overall.

There were roughly 43 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at Carnegie Mellon in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
88 Computer Software Degrees Awarded
$72,085 Median Starting Salary

It is difficult to beat University of Southern California if you wish to pursue a degree in computer software & applications. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #11 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 88 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available. Computer Software & Applications degree recipients from University of Southern California receive an earnings boost of about $31,665 above the typical earnings of computer software & applications majors.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
125 Computer Software Degrees Awarded
$98,462 Median Starting Salary

UST MN is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Saint Paul. This university ranks 3rd out of 52 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were roughly 125 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at UST MN in the most recent year we have data available. Those computer software & applications students who get their degree from University of St Thomas Minnesota make $58,042 more than the standard computer software grad.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
153 Computer Software Degrees Awarded
17.0% Growth in Graduates

DePaul is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago. This university ranks 7th out of 85 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were about 153 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at DePaul in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the computer software & applications program at DePaul University earn $21,658 more than the standard college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In GA
4.0% Growth in Graduates

Georgia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Atlanta. A Best Colleges rank of #24 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Georgia Tech is a great school overall.

There were about 25 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at Georgia Tech in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
251 Computer Software Degrees Awarded
0.4% Growth in Graduates

Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #40 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Purdue is a great university overall.

There were approximately 251 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at Purdue in the most recent year we have data available. Students who receive their degree from the computer software program make an average of $35,435 for their early career.

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9
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
58 Computer Software Degrees Awarded
$102,047 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #49 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means GWU is a great university overall.

There were approximately 58 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at GWU in the most recent data year. Computer Software & Applications degree recipients from George Washington University receive an earnings boost of approximately $61,627 above the typical earnings of computer software & applications majors.

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10
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
241 Computer Software Degrees Awarded
22.4% Growth in Graduates

NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York. A Best Colleges rank of #27 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means NYU is a great university overall.

There were about 241 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent data year. Computer Software & Applications degree recipients from New York University earn a boost of around $11,656 above the average income of computer software & applications graduates.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
799 Computer Software Degrees Awarded
20.7% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City, WGU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 13 colleges for overall quality in the state of Utah.

There were approximately 799 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at WGU in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the computer software & applications major at Western Governors University earn $52,856 more than the average college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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12
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In MA
129 Computer Software Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #54 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Boston U is a great university overall.

There were approximately 129 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent data year.

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Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
$70,490 Median Starting Salary

Wellesley is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Wellesley. A Best Colleges rank of #88 out of 2,217 colleges nationwide means Wellesley is a great college overall.

There were approximately 22 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at Wellesley in the most recent data year. Computer Software & Applications degree recipients from Wellesley College get an earnings boost of approximately $30,070 above the average earnings of computer software & applications majors.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
153 Computer Software Degrees Awarded
$97,471 Median Starting Salary

Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 5th out of 63 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 153 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at GMU in the most recent data year. Those computer software & applications students who get their degree from George Mason University earn $57,051 more than the average computer software graduate.

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15
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In WA
47 Computer Software Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Kirkland, LWTech is a public school with a small student population. This school ranks 11th out of 51 colleges for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were about 47 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at LWTech in the most recent year we have data available.

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BC crest
Bellevue College
Bellevue, WA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In WA
70 Computer Software Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Bellevue, BC is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 12th out of 51 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were about 70 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at BC in the most recent data year.

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17
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MA
137 Computer Software Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #59 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means Northeastern is a great university overall.

There were about 137 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at Northeastern in the most recent data year.

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18
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In MA
43.8% Growth in Graduates

BHCC is a moderately-sized public college located in the city of Boston. This college ranks 22nd out of 63 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 16 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at BHCC in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in computer software & applications from Bunker Hill Community College

19
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
62 Computer Software Degrees Awarded
$35,812 Median Starting Salary

Located in the large city of Irvine, UC Irvine is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #61 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means UC Irvine is a great university overall.

There were about 62 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at UC Irvine in the most recent year we have data available. After graduation, computer software degree recipients typically earn about $35,812 in their early careers.

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20
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
224 Computer Software Degrees Awarded
$57,806 Median Starting Salary

Located in the suburb of Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 22nd out of 142 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 224 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at RIT in the most recent year we have data available. Computer Software & Applications degree recipients from Rochester Institute of Technology receive an earnings boost of about $17,386 above the typical income of computer software & applications majors.

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21
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
38 Computer Software Degrees Awarded
$86,350 Median Starting Salary

Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #33 out of 2,217 schools nationwide means University of Virginia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 38 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent year we have data available. Those computer software & applications students who get their degree from University of Virginia - Main Campus make $45,930 more than the standard computer software graduate.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
115 Computer Software Degrees Awarded
$99,745 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 93 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were approximately 115 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at NC State in the most recent data year. Those computer software & applications students who get their degree from North Carolina State University earn $59,325 more than the standard computer software student.

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University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
179 Computer Software Degrees Awarded
22.9% Growth in Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 13 colleges for overall quality in the state of Utah.

There were roughly 179 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at U of U in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the computer software & applications degree program at University of Utah earn $11,602 above the typical graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In TX
67 Computer Software Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized suburb of McKinney, Collin County Community College District is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 22nd out of 115 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were roughly 67 computer software & applications students who graduated with this degree at Collin County Community College District in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top Best Computer Software & Applications Schools

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Academy of Art University
San Francisco, CA

 

Honorable Mentions

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

RankCollegeLocation
27Worcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcester, MA
28Valencia CollegeOrlando, FL
29Drexel UniversityPhiladelphia, PA
30University of Cincinnati - Main CampusCincinnati, OH
31School of Visual ArtsNew York, NY
32Texas A&M University - College StationCollege Station, TX
33Florida Polytechnic UniversityLakeland, FL
33University of California - Santa CruzSanta Cruz, CA
34Neumont College of Computer ScienceSalt Lake City, UT
35Duquesne UniversityPittsburgh, PA

Computer Software & Applications by Region

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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Other U.S. Territories
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Computer Software & Applications is one of 10 different types of Computer & Information Sciences programs to choose from.

Computer Software Concentrations

MajorAnnual Graduates
Web & Multimedia Design5,302
Data Modeling/Warehousing & Database Administration3,461
Computer Graphics2,989
Other Computer Software & Media Applications1,694
Modeling, Virtual Environments & Simulation866

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Majors Similar to Computer Software

Related MajorAnnual Graduates
Computer Information Systems91,113
Computer Science60,631
Information Technology42,900
Information Science17,504
Computer Systems Networking13,795
Computer Programming12,932
Computer Systems Analysis2,261
Data Processing1,981
Other Computer & Information Sciences1,770
Data Entry498

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