As a growing number of undergraduate students each year opt to enroll in computer science, it’s important to know which schools offer the best degrees in the field.
The latest enrollment data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that undergraduate enrollment in computer and information sciences was the only category of accredited programs to continually grow in the last five years without a single year of decline. Not only did computer science survive the pandemic—it thrived. Undergraduate enrollment increased by 6.2% on average with an eyebrow-raising 10.4% increase in the latest 2022 numbers. The program with the second-highest increase was natural resources and conservation at 3%. Similarly, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasted the demand for computer scientists to grow 21% by 2031, which they note is much higher than average.
With a potential salary of over $100,000 and a diverse range of job sectors to work in, it should be no surprise that computer science is an increasingly important program for schools to invest in.
Intelligent, the online news service that guides students on the college application process, administered this ranking. It looked at a school’s tuition costs; faculty; admission, retention and graduation rates; reputation; and on-campus student resources to create the hierarchy. This is their ranking of the best schools to earn computer science degrees from, abridged to the top 15.