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2021 Best Colleges for Computer Systems Networking

Approximately 6,004 computer systems networking degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Computer Systems Networking ranking analyzed 23 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in computer systems networking. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 3 schools for Computer Systems Networking students.

Choosing a Great Computer Systems Networking School

Best Colleges for Computer Systems Networking Your choice of computer systems networking school matters. Important measures of a quality networking 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 good 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 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 25% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 26%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 405 to 134 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

Computer Systems Networking graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average computer systems networking bachelors degree from U.S. schools results in an average starting salary of $47,595, graduates of colleges on this list average $65,233.

Starting Salary  ( 57749 to 69650 )
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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 Systems Networking students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other computer systems networking students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized computer systems networking related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Computer Systems Networking students.

Best Schools to Study Computer Systems Networking in United States

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

Top 10 Best Networking Colleges

Any student who is interested in computer systems networking has to take a look at Wentworth Institute of Technology. WIT is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. This school ranks 445th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are roughly 22 computer systems networking undergraduates enrolled in this program at WIT. Graduates from the computer systems networking major at Wentworth Institute of Technology earn $11,196 above the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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It's difficult to beat Rochester Institute of Technology if you wish to study computer systems networking. RIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Rochester. A Best Colleges rank of 178 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means RIT is a great school overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, RIT also offers a Master's Degree in computer systems networking. Students from the computer systems networking program at Rochester Institute of Technology get $19,296 more than the average college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University is a good option for individuals pursuing a Computer Systems Networking degree. Located in the city Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. This college ranks 270th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There are about 67 computer systems networking undergrads studying this degree at DePaul. Computer Systems Networking students from DePaul University earn a boost of about $7,696 above the average earnings of computer systems networking graduates.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is a great option for students interested in a Computer Systems Networking major. Located in the large city Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 124 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UMN Twin Cities is a great school overall.

There are roughly 46 computer systems networking undergrads enrolled in this degree at UMN Twin Cities. Students from the computer systems networking degree program at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities get $6,796 above the standard graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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DeVry University - New Jersey

North Brunswick, NJ

Located in the suburb North Brunswick, DeVry University - New Jersey is a private for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 1007th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, DeVry University - New Jersey offers a Associate's Degree in computer systems networking. Students who graduate from the networking program earn around $50,100 in the first couple years of working.

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Ohio U is a fairly large public school located in the town of Athens. This school ranks 476th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There are approximately 48 computer systems networking undergrads studying this degree at Ohio U. After graduating, networking students generally earn an average of $54,300 in their early careers.

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Located in the city Duluth, UMN Duluth is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 502nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

With 30 undergraduates, University of Minnesota - Duluth is one of most popular schools to study networking in United States. Students from the computer systems networking degree program at University of Minnesota - Duluth get $3,496 above the standard college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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UNC Greensboro is a very large public school located in the city of Greensboro. This school ranks 688th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, UNC Greensboro also offers a Master's Degree in computer systems networking. Students who graduate from this degree report average early career income of $40,100.

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Stevenson University

Stevenson, MD

Located in the rural area Stevenson, Stevenson is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 743rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There are approximately 46 computer systems networking undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Stevenson. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, networking students usually make about $46,200 in the first five years of their career.

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DeVry University - Ohio

Columbus, OH

DeVry University - Ohio is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of Columbus. This college ranks 1553rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

DeVry University - Ohio offers computer systems networking degrees as low as a Associate's and all the way up to a Master's. Graduates of the networking program earn about $50,100 in their early career salary.

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Computer Science 47,906
Information Technology 33,399
Information Science 17,779
Computer Software & Applications 12,793

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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 Ludovic.ferre. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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