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2021 Best Colleges for Information Technology

Approximately 21,789 information technology degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best choice. 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 5 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 typically translates into above average salaries 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 schools for Information Technology students.

Best Schools to Study Information Technology in United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study information technology.

Top 10 Best IT Colleges

Rochester Institute of Technology is a wonderful choice for individuals pursuing a Information Technology degree. Located in the suburb Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 178 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means RIT is a great school overall.

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

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Any student who is interested in information technology needs to take a look at Pennsylvania State University - University Park. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the small city of University Park. A Best Colleges rank of 112 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Penn State University Park is a great school overall.

There are about 252 information technology undergrads studying this program at Penn State University Park. Pennsylvania State University - University Park information technology majors earn $8,892 more than the typical IT graduate.

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It is hard to beat Neumont College of Computer Science if you wish to study information technology. Located in the midsize city Salt Lake City, Neumont is a private for-profit school with a 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 undergraduates enrolled in this program at Neumont. Information Technology majors from Neumont College of Computer Science earn a boost of around $3,492 over the average income of information technology majors.

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Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University is one of the finest schools in the country for information technology. Located in the city Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit college with a very 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 majors make $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 school ranks 205th out of 1,715 colleges 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. Graduates from the information technology program at Michigan Technological University make $7,392 above the typical college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Penn State Altoona is a fairly small public school located in the city of Altoona. This school ranks 602nd out of 1,715 colleges 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. Students from the information technology major at Pennsylvania State University - Altoona make $8,892 above the standard college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Penn State Harrisburg is a fairly small public school located in the large 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 major at Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg get $8,892 more than the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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

There are approximately 106 information technology undergraduates studying this program at UC Santa Cruz. Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career income of $52,000.

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Texas A&M is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of College Station. A Best Colleges rank of 102 out of 1,715 colleges 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. After graduation, IT students usually earn an average of $47,200 in the first five years of their career.

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Champlain College

Burlington, VT

Champlain is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Burlington. This college ranks 701st out of 1,715 schools 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. After graduation, IT students usually make about $52,700 at the beginning of their careers.

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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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