Computer & Information Sciences

2021 Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in California

32 Colleges
8,752 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,632 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Computer & Information Sciences School for You

Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in CaliforniaComputer & Information Sciences is one of the most popular subjects to study in California. With 8,752 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 9th out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 9.5% of all the computer and information sciences bachelor's degrees in the country.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in California ranking, we looked at 32 colleges that offer a bachelor's in computer and information sciences. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. For this ranking, we are identifying those computer and information sciences schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Computer & Information Sciences Schools in California

Check out the computer and information sciences programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Computer & Information Sciences Schools

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California State University - Long Beach. Cal State Long Beach is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Long Beach.

At Cal State Long Beach, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.0 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,708. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Cal State Long Beach is $122,552. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California State University - Chico. Chico State is a large public school located in the small city of Chico.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Chico State is 4.7 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $25,192. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Chico State be around $118,654. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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California State University - Fullerton earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Fullerton, Cal State Fullerton is a public school with a very large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Cal State Fullerton is 4.9 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,794. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton is $135,079. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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California State Polytechnic University - Pomona landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer and information sciences schools. CSU Pomona is a very large public school located in the suburb of Pomona.

It takes the average student at CSU Pomona about 4.9 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,111. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from CSU Pomona is about $137,744. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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California State University - Northridge earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Northridge, California State University - Northridge is a public college with a fairly large student population.

At California State University - Northridge, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.0 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,577. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from California State University - Northridge is $111,982. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

Our rankings recognize San Francisco State University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. SFSU is a fairly large public school located in the large city of San Francisco.

It takes about 4.8 years for the average student at SFSU to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,093. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from SFSU is $123,942. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize San Jose State University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of San Jose, San Jose State is a public college with a very large student population. San Jose State also made our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in California list, coming in at #9.

It takes the average student at San Jose State about 5.0 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $29,311. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State is $147,141. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Stanford. Stanford not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in California list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Stanford is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,464. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Stanford is about $116,722. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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California State University - Sacramento comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Sacramento, California State University - Sacramento is a public college with a very large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at California State University - Sacramento is 5.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,553. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from California State University - Sacramento is $135,951. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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California State University - San Bernardino earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Cal State San Bernardino is a fairly large public school located in the city of San Bernardino.

At Cal State San Bernardino, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,460. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Cal State San Bernardino is $118,473. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Washington 2,714
Hawaii 184
Oregon 1,124
Alaska 44
Nevada 226

Computer & Information Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Computer Science 6,921
Computer Information Systems 1,152
Computer Software & Applications 338
Information Technology 169
Computer Systems Networking 68

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 14,696
Engineering 14,467
Mathematics & Statistics 4,654
Physical Sciences 3,889
Natural Resources & Conservation 3,172

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • 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 Almonroth.

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