Computer & Information Sciences

2021 Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Virginia

13 Colleges
3,198 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,483 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Computer & Information Sciences School for You

Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in VirginiaIn 2018-2019, computer and information sciences students earned 3,198 bachelor's degrees from a Virginia school, making the subject the 7th in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 3.5% of all the computer and information sciences bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Virginia ranking analyzed 13 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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 Virginia

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

#1

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer and information sciences schools. Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. Virginia Tech did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Virginia list.

At Virginia Tech, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $33,298. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech be around $142,182. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#2

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

Our rankings recognize James Madison University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. JMU is a very large public school located in the city of Harrisonburg. JMU also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Virginia rankings.

It takes the average student at JMU about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $33,972. 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 JMU is $146,419. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#3

Radford University

Radford, VA

Radford University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Radford, Radford is a public college with a large student population.

At Radford, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,611. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Radford is $107,058. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#4

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA

Our rankings recognize Christopher Newport University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Newport News, CNU is a public school with a small student population. CNU also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Virginia rankings.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at CNU to complete their degree, and it costs about $34,379 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from CNU is $142,673. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#5

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer and information sciences schools. Located in the large suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public school with a very large student population. GMU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Virginia list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at GMU is 4.4 years, and it costs about $39,365 per year to attend the school. 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 GMU is $172,812. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Virginia Commonwealth University. Located in the medium-sized city of Richmond, VCU is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at VCU, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Virginia ranking.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at VCU to complete their degree, and it costs about $37,651 per year to attend the school. 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 VCU is $165,664. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public school with a fairly large student population. University of Virginia did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Virginia list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at University of Virginia is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $41,266. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia is $167,540. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#8

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer and information sciences schools. Located in the small city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Liberty University to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,839. 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 Liberty University is $119,970. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#9

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA

University of Richmond earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of University of Richmond, U of Richmond is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. U of Richmond did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Virginia list.

It takes the average student at U of Richmond about 4.1 years to graduate, and it costs about $35,106 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of Richmond is about $142,881. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#10

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Mary Washington. Located in the suburb of Fredericksburg, UMW is a public school with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UMW is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $34,879. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UMW is $143,701. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges in the Southeast Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 275
Florida 4,244
Georgia 3,192
North Carolina 2,606
Alabama 942
Tennessee 843
West Virginia 829
South Carolina 844
Louisiana 595
Kentucky 654
Arkansas 470

Computer & Information Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 1,936
Information Science 455
Information Technology 363
Computer Science 336
Computer Programming 90

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 3,561
Engineering 3,378
Physical Sciences 1,070
Mathematics & Statistics 902
Natural Resources & Conservation 539

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 13 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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