Computer & Information Sciences

2021 Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Plains States Region

43 Colleges
6,246 Bachelor's Degrees
$23,561 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Computer & Information Sciences School for You

Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Plains States RegionWith 92,596 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, computer and information sciences is the #9 most popular major in the United States. Of those degrees, 6,246 went to students in the Plains States region of the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Plains States Region ranking looked at 43 colleges that offer a bachelor's in computer and information sciences. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those computer and information sciences schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Computer & Information Sciences Schools in the Plains States Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for computer and information sciences majors.

Top 10 Best Value Computer & Information Sciences Schools

#1

Dakota State University

Madison, SD

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Dakota State University. Dakota State is a small public school located in the town of Madison. Dakota State not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Plains States Region list.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at Dakota State to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,631. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Dakota State is $95,315. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of Minnesota - Duluth as the #2 school in this year's rankings. UMN Duluth is a large public school located in the small city of Duluth. UMN Duluth not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Plains States Region list.

It takes the average student at UMN Duluth about 4.5 years to graduate, and it costs about $22,044 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $98,537 to get a bachelor’s degree from UMN Duluth. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize Iowa State University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public school with a very large student population. Iowa State not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Plains States Region list.

It takes the average student at Iowa State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,749. This means that the average student pays around $118,231 to get a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State. 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 University of Minnesota - Morris. UMN Morris is a small public school located in the town of Morris.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at UMN Morris to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $14,646. 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 UMN Morris is $62,099. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of Nebraska at Omaha as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Omaha, UNOMAHA is a public college with a large student population. UNOMAHA also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Plains States Region rankings.

At UNOMAHA, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,468. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNOMAHA is about $110,300. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

Our rankings recognize Saint Cloud State University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Saint Cloud, St. Cloud State University is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at St. Cloud State University is 4.7 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,909. This means that the average student pays around $102,315 to get a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. North Dakota State University is a large public school located in the medium-sized city of Fargo.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at North Dakota State University to complete their degree, and it costs about $21,224 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University is $96,145. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize Emporia State University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Emporia, ESU is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average student at ESU graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,844. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the ESU is $108,252. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Missouri University of Science and Technology. Located in the remote town of Rolla, Missouri University of Science and Technology is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. Missouri University of Science and Technology also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Plains States Region rankings.

The average student at Missouri University of Science and Technology graduates in less than 4.8 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $29,213. This means that the average student pays around $139,346 to get a bachelor’s degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#10

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, MO

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Central Missouri. UCM is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Warrensburg.

It takes the average student at UCM about 4.5 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $19,956. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UCM is $89,802. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges by State

Explore the best computer and information sciences schools for a specific state in the Plains States region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 1,737
Minnesota 1,901
Kansas 658
South Dakota 254
Iowa 870
Nebraska 614
North Dakota 178

Computer & Information Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 2,404
Computer Science 2,143
Information Technology 699
Information Science 423
Computer Systems Analysis 206

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Majors Similar to Computer & Information Sciences

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 8,828
Engineering 8,809
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 3,688
Physical Sciences 2,486
Mathematics & Statistics 2,243

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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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