Computer & Information Sciences

2021 Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Iowa

6 Colleges
870 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,413 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Computer & Information Sciences School for You

Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in IowaWith 870 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, computer and information sciences is the #11 most popular major in Iowa. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 0.9% of all the computer and information sciences bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Iowa ranking analyzed 6 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in computer and information sciences. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. We are more focused on computer and information sciences schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Computer & Information Sciences Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Computer & Information Sciences Schools in Iowa

The following schools top our list of the Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for the Money.

Best Value Computer & Information Sciences Schools in Iowa

Iowa State University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer and information sciences schools. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a very large student population. Iowa State also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Iowa rankings.

It takes the average student at Iowa State about 4.4 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,749. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State is about $118,231. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#2

Luther College

Decorah, IA

Luther College landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer and information sciences schools. Located in the town of Decorah, Luther is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Luther did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Iowa list.

The average student at Luther graduates in less than 4.1 years, and it costs about $29,834 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 Luther is $122,319. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#3

Simpson College

Indianola, IA

Simpson College landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer and information sciences schools. Simpson College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Indianola. Simpson College also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Iowa rankings.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Simpson College to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,430. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Simpson College be around $124,459. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Cedar Falls, UNI is a public school with a fairly large student population. UNI also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Iowa rankings.

It takes the average student at UNI about 4.4 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,198. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNI be around $107,439. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#5

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

Our rankings recognize University of Iowa as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Iowa is a fairly large public school located in the city of Iowa City. Iowa also made our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Iowa list, coming in at #2.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Iowa to complete their degree, and it costs about $34,062 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $146,807 to get a bachelor’s degree from Iowa. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Drake University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer and information sciences schools. Drake is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Des Moines. Drake also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Iowa rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Drake is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $37,202. This means that the average student pays around $152,900 to get a bachelor’s degree from Drake. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges in the Plains States Region

Explore all the Best Computer & Information Sciences Schools in the Plains States Area or other specific states within that region.

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

Computer & Information Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 502
Computer Science 308
Information Science 14
Data Processing 12
Computer Systems Analysis 12

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 2,208
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 1,425
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 849
Mathematics & Statistics 466
Physical Sciences 395

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 6 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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