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2021 Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Illinois

19 Colleges
3,379 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,445 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Computer & Information Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in IllinoisIn 2018-2019, computer and information sciences students earned 3,379 bachelor's degrees from an Illinois school, making the subject the 9th in the state. This means that 3.6% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Illinois ranking looked at 19 colleges that offer a bachelor's in computer and information sciences. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great computer and information sciences programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the computer and information sciences program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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The computer and information sciences school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Computer & Information Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students.

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2021 Best Computer & Information Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students in Illinois

The following schools top our list of the Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

Top 10 Best Computer & Information Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University tops the 2021 list of our schools in Illinois that are best for non-traditional computer and information sciences students. Located in the city of Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, DePaul has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Illinois ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.1%. Approximately 4,606 students take at least one class online at DePaul. 4,252 of DePaul students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best computer and information sciences schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UIUC has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Illinois ranking.

The student loan default rate at UIUC is lower than is typical, just 1.9% of students default in three years. Approximately 12,503 students take at least one class online at UIUC. 6,389 students are part time. UIUC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Illinois Institute of Technology earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Illinois Tech has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Illinois ranking.

The student loan default rate at Illinois Tech is lower than is typical, just 2.4% of students default in three years. There are approximately 696 students at Illinois Tech that take at least one class online. About 967 of the students at Illinois Tech are attending part time. Illinois Tech does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Illinois at Chicago earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. UIC is a very large public school located in the large city of Chicago. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UIC, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Illinois ranking.

The student loan default rate at UIC is lower than is typical, just 3.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 5,751 students at UIC that take at least one class online. There are roughly 4,566 part time students in attendance at UIC. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Illinois State University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Illinois State is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal. Illinois State not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Illinois list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.9%. There are approximately 3,895 students at Illinois State that take at least one class online. 2,428 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Southern Illinois University Carbondale as the #6 school in this year's rankings. SIUC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Carbondale.

Approximately 2,504 students take at least one class online at SIUC. 2,431 of SIUC students are attending part time. SIUC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Illinois at Springfield comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. UIS is a small public school located in the midsize city of Springfield. UIS also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Illinois rankings.

The student loan default rate at UIS is lower than is typical, just 5.1% of students default in three years. 1,886 of UIS students are exclusively distance learners. 2,206 of UIS students are attending part time. UIS does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as the #8 school in this year's rankings. SIUE is a large public school located in the large suburb of Edwardsville.

The student loan default rate at SIUE is lower than is typical, just 6.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,754 students take at least one class online at SIUE. 3,028 of SIUE students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#9

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Bradley University. Located in the city of Peoria, Bradley is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. Bradley did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in Illinois list.

About 2.7% of Bradley students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 906 students at Bradley are exclusively online. About 1,043 of the students at Bradley are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#10

Dominican University

River Forest, IL

Dominican University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best computer and information sciences schools for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of River Forest, Dominican U is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

About 4.9% of Dominican U students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,160 students take at least one class online at Dominican U. There are roughly 675 part time students in attendance at Dominican U. Dominican U does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Computer & Information Sciences Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

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

Computer & Information Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Computer Science 3,487
Computer Information Systems 1,196
Computer Systems Networking 633
Information Science 581
Computer Systems Analysis 461

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Majors Similar to Computer & Information Sciences

Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 7,275
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 4,992
Mathematics & Statistics 2,277
Engineering Technologies 1,724
Physical Sciences 1,715

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 19 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
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