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2021 Best Colleges for Information Science

Approximately 16,703 information science degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Information Science ranking analyzed 75 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in information science. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 11 schools for Information Science students.

Choosing a Great Information Science School

Best Colleges for Information Science The IS program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality IS program can vary widely even among the top schools. 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 good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this 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.

The vast majority of the colleges on this list are in at least the top 22% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 309 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Information Science graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average information science bachelors degree from U.S. schools results in an average starting salary of $53,706, graduates of colleges on this list average $62,436.

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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 Information Science students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other information science students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized information science related accrediting body.

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

Best Schools to Study Information Science in United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Information Science degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list. Of the 75 schools analyzed, only 11 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 11 Best IS Colleges

It's difficult to beat University of Michigan - Ann Arbor if you want to study information science. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor. A Best Colleges rank of 38 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means U of Michigan is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of Michigan also offers 2 different higher degree levels in information science, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Information Science students from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor get a earnings boost of approximately $11,620 above the average earnings of information science majors.

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Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University is a great decision for individuals pursuing a Information Science degree. Syracuse is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Syracuse. This school ranks 119th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There are roughly 413 information science undergraduates studying this degree at Syracuse. Students from the information science major at Syracuse University get $4,320 above the average college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park is a wonderful decision for students pursuing a Information Science degree. Located in the small city University Park, Penn State University Park is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 112 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Penn State University Park is a great school overall.

There are roughly 616 information science undergrads studying this program at Penn State University Park. Soon after graduation, IS students usually earn an average of $59,700 in the first five years of their career.

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Every student pursuing a degree in information science has to look into University of Maryland - College Park. Located in the large suburb College Park, UMCP is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 117 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UMCP is a great school overall.

There are about 452 information science undergraduates enrolled in this program at UMCP. Students from the information science degree program at University of Maryland - College Park get $3,820 more than the standard graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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UMBC is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Baltimore. This college ranks 335th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

For those interested in something more advanced, UMBC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in information science, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Grads of the IS program report average early career wages of $59,800.

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Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. This school ranks 186th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

Drexel University is one of the most popular college to study IS in United States with over 96 graduates last year. Information Science students from Drexel University earn a boost of around $5,620 above the average earnings of information science majors.

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Located in the large city Pittsburgh, Pitt is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 129th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

For those interested in something more advanced, Pitt also offers 2 different higher degree levels in information science, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Soon after graduation, IS students typically earn around $56,400 in their early careers.

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UNC Chapel Hill is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Chapel Hill. A Best Colleges rank of 60 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UNC Chapel Hill is a great school overall.

There are about 126 information science undergrads enrolled in this degree at UNC Chapel Hill. Students who graduate from the IS program earn around $54,500 in their early career salary.

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Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill. A Best Colleges rank of 61 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Boston College is a great college overall.

Boston College is a fairly popular school to study IS in United States exceeding 77 graduates last year. Students from the information science major at Boston College get $5,720 more than the typical graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

U of U is a fairly large public school located in the city of Salt Lake City. This college ranks 180th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Utah.

There are roughly 251 information science undergraduates studying this program at U of U. University of Utah information science graduates receive $2,720 more than the average IS grad.

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Penn State York is a small public school located in the medium-sized suburb of York. This college ranks 706th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

A preferred choice for information science undergraduates, there are approximately 18 individuals studying this degree at Penn State York. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, IS students generally earn an average of $59,700 in the first five years of their career.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for IS students that almost earned our Best Colleges for Information Science award.

Rank College Location
12 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
13 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
14 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
15 Pennsylvania State University - Greater Allegheny McKeesport, PA
16 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
17 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
18 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA

Information Science by Region

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One of 10 majors within the Computer & Information Sciences area of study, Information Science has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Computer Science 47,906
Information Technology 33,399
Computer Systems Networking 14,055
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 The Opte Project. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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