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2021 Best Colleges for Information Technology

Approximately 21,789 information technology 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 Information Technology ranking analyzed 37 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in information technology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of schools for Information Technology students.

Choosing a Great Information Technology School

Best Colleges for Information Technology The IT program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality IT 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

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The vast majority of the colleges on this list are in at least the top 28% of our overall quality ranking.

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Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A information technology degree from colleges on this list usually translates into higher than average income following graduation. While the average information technology bachelors degree from U.S. colleges results in an average starting salary of $48,771, graduates of colleges on this list average $67,240.

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

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

Best Schools to Study Information Technology in the United States

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for information technology majors.

Top 10 Best IT Colleges

Rochester Institute of Technology is a good decision for individuals interested in a Information Technology degree. Located in the suburb Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 178 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means RIT is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, RIT offers a Master's Degree in information technology. Rochester Institute of Technology information technology graduates receive $27,492 more than the average IT graduate.

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Every student pursuing a degree in information technology needs to look into Pennsylvania State University - University Park. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the city of University Park. A Best Colleges rank of 112 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Penn State University Park is a great school overall.

There are about 252 information technology undergrads enrolled in this program at Penn State University Park. Pennsylvania State University - University Park information technology majors make $8,892 more than the standard IT student.

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It is hard to beat Neumont College of Computer Science if you want to pursue information technology as a major. Located in the medium-sized city Salt Lake City, Neumont is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population. This college ranks 656th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Utah.

There are about 42 information technology undergrads enrolled in this degree at Neumont. Information Technology majors from Neumont College of Computer Science earn a boost of approximately $3,492 over the average income of information technology graduates.

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Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University is one of the best schools in the United States for information technology. Located in the city Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 186th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Drexel offers a Master's Degree in information technology. Drexel University information technology students earn $8,392 more than the standard IT grad.

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Michigan Tech is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Houghton. This college ranks 205th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Michigan Tech also offers a Master's Degree in information technology. Students from the information technology program at Michigan Technological University earn $7,392 more than the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Penn State Altoona is a small public school located in the small city of Altoona. This school ranks 602nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

With 21 students enrolled, Pennsylvania State University - Altoona is one of most popular schools to study IT in United States. Graduates from the information technology degree program at Pennsylvania State University - Altoona make $8,892 more than the average college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Penn State Harrisburg is a fairly small public school located in the suburb of Middletown. This school ranks 489th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

With 17 students enrolled, Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg is one of most popular schools to study IT in United States. Students from the information technology program at Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg earn $8,892 above the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Located in the small city Santa Cruz, UC Santa Cruz is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 292nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There are about 106 information technology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UC Santa Cruz. Students who graduate from this program report average early career income of $52,000.

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Texas A&M is a very large public school located in the city of College Station. A Best Colleges rank of 102 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Texas A&M is a great school overall.

There are roughly 80 information technology undergrads enrolled in this program at Texas A&M. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, IT students generally make an average of $47,200 in their early careers.

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Champlain College

Burlington, VT

Champlain is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Burlington. This school ranks 701st out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Vermont.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Champlain also offers a Master's Degree in information technology. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, IT students usually make about $52,700 in the first five years of their career.

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Information Technology by Region

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

Majors Similar to IT

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 76,482
Computer Science 47,906
Information Science 17,779
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 Craig Dennis. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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