Computer & Information Sciences

2021 Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Great Lakes Region

71 Colleges
12,414 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,485 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Computer & Information Sciences School for You

Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Great Lakes Region In 2018-2019, 92,596 computer and information sciences students received their bachelor's degree, making the major the #9 most popular in the country. Out of all those awarded degrees, 12,414 went to undergraduates in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Great Lakes Region ranking, we looked at 71 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 the Great Lakes Region

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 University of Illinois at Springfield. Located in the city of Springfield, UIS is a public college with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UIS is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,739. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UIS is $91,044. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Illinois State University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Illinois State also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Illinois State to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,958. This means that the average student pays around $108,817 to get a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Grand Valley State University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. GVSU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Allendale. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, GVSU also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

At GVSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,233. 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 GVSU is $105,245. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Located in the large suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public school with a large student population.

At SIUE, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and it costs about $17,498 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SIUE is about $79,091. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#5

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Big Rapids, Ferris is a public school with a fairly large student population.

At Ferris, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $15,909. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Ferris is $73,022. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#6

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Our rankings recognize Purdue University - Main Campus as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Purdue is a fairly large public school located in the city of West Lafayette. Purdue not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Great Lakes Region list.

At Purdue, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,495. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Purdue is $124,238. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of La Crosse, UW - La Crosse is a public college with a large student population.

At UW - La Crosse, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $19,185. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UW - La Crosse is $85,373. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Akron Main Campus. University of Akron Main Campus is a large public school located in the city of Akron.

It takes the average student at University of Akron Main Campus about 4.7 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,666. 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 University of Akron Main Campus is $115,437. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Wisconsin - Stout earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Menomonie, UW - Stout is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

It takes the average student at UW - Stout about 4.6 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,392. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW - Stout be around $99,045. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#10

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

Western Michigan University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. WMU is a very large public school located in the small city of Kalamazoo.

The average student at WMU graduates in less than 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,387. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from WMU is about $100,305. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Great Lakes Region award.

Rank College Location
11 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
12 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
13 Bradley University Peoria, IL
14 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL

Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges by State

Explore the best computer and information sciences schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 2,732
Ohio 2,007
Illinois 3,379
Indiana 2,635
Wisconsin 1,639

Computer & Information Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 5,571
Computer Science 3,944
Information Science 864
Information Technology 555
Computer Software & Applications 495

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 21,847
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 17,550
Mathematics & Statistics 4,802
Physical Sciences 4,506
Engineering Technologies 4,359

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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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