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2021 Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States Region

42 Colleges
6,246 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,176 Avg Cost*

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

Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 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 Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States Region ranking looked at 42 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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2021 Best Computer & Information Sciences Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States Region

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

Dakota State University

Madison, SD

Dakota State University tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Plains States Region that are best for non-traditional computer and information sciences students. Dakota State is a small public school located in the town of Madison. Dakota State also made our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #5.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.4%. 1,577 of Dakota State students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 1,865 part time students in attendance at Dakota State. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best computer and information sciences schools for non-traditional students. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the city of Minneapolis. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UMN Twin Cities, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Plains States Region ranking.

About 2.2% of UMN Twin Cities students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 13,571 students at UMN Twin Cities that take at least one class online. 10,971 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#3

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Capella University. Capella University is a very large private for-profit school located in the city of Minneapolis.

About 6.8% of Capella University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 37,171 students at Capella University and they are all exclusively distance learners. About 33,962 of the students at Capella University are attending part time. Capella University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Iowa State University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a very large student population. Iowa State not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Plains States Region list.

About 3.2% of Iowa State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 6,215 students at Iowa State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,779 part time students in attendance at Iowa State. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Omaha, UNOMAHA is a public school with a large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UNOMAHA has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Plains States Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.2%. Approximately 6,224 students take at least one class online at UNOMAHA. There are roughly 4,569 part time students in attendance at UNOMAHA. UNOMAHA does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Metropolitan State University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best computer and information sciences schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Saint Paul, Metro State is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.0%. Approximately 2,235 students take at least one class online at Metro State. 4,679 of Metro State students are attending part time. Metro State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Missouri - Kansas City. UMKC is a large public school located in the city of Kansas City. UMKC also made our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #8.

About 7.8% of UMKC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 4,095 students at UMKC that take at least one class online. There are roughly 6,849 part time students in attendance at UMKC. UMKC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Minnesota - Duluth earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMN Duluth is a large public school located in the small city of Duluth. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UMN Duluth, the school also landed the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences in the Plains States Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.0%. Approximately 1,853 students take at least one class online at UMN Duluth. 1,571 of UMN Duluth students are attending part time. UMN Duluth does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#9

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE

Bellevue University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Bellevue University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Bellevue.

About 6.4% of Bellevue University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 7,690 students at Bellevue University are exclusively online. About 4,035 of the students at Bellevue University are attending part time. Bellevue University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#10

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

Our rankings recognize Saint Cloud State University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Saint Cloud, St. Cloud State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

About 4.6% of St. Cloud State University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,478 students take at least one class online at St. Cloud State University. 5,416 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Computer & Information Sciences Colleges by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students 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 3,611
Computer Science 3,453
Information Technology 1,747
Information Science 626
Computer Systems Networking 624

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Majors Similar to Computer & Information Sciences

Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 12,039
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 10,570
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 5,708
Engineering Technologies 4,594
Physical Sciences 3,272

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 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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