Best Colleges For Computer Science Degrees

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Computer Science has become the largest of the tech/engineering academic disciplines. This ranking of the best colleges for computer science is directed to identifying the degree programs that have particularly excelled in the field. We expect the top colleges for this major to inculcate in their computer science students a high amount of analytic reasoning ability – the tools to continually advance the field and question with objectivity the trending assumptions of the day, whether in their careers or daily life.

Why is this particularly important for computer science? Moore’s law says that the speed of computer processors is expected to double every two years. In the long run we cannot expect such a breakneck advancement to continue indefinitely. However, the fact is that the advances in computer hardware and software have been dramatic, and will continue at a rapid pace for the foreseeable future. The top colleges in computer science play an important role in helping advance these developments, training the next generations of thinkers and doers who will advance these technologies and society as a whole. We expect not only academic rigor, but also an atmosphere reflecting the diverse society as a whole creating technologies that serve not hinder the growing human experience.

All these elements are factored into the RealRank analytic techniques we apply in creating this ranking.

Ranking the Best Colleges for Computer Science Degrees

The table below lists the top colleges, with the college name, city and state. If the name is underlined in this ranking, we have created a profile for that institution, which you can find by tapping on its name.

1University of Illinois - Urbana-ChampaignChampaignIL
2Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaGA
3Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeMA
4University of TexasAustinTX
5Stanford UniversityPalo AltoCA
6University of WashingtonSeattleWA
7Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghPA
8Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteIN
9Cornell UniversityIthacaNY
10California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaCA
11University of ChicagoChicagoIL
12United States Naval AcademyAnnapolisMD
13Princeton UniversityPrinceton NJ
14University of California - BerkeleyBerkeleyCA
15Columbia UniversityNew YorkNY
16University of MichiganAnn ArborMI
17Penn StateUniversity ParkPA
18University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaPA
19Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationTX
20University of California - Los AngelesLos AngelesCA
21United States Military AcademyWest PointNY
21United States Air Force AcademyColorado SpringsCO
23University of MarylandCollege ParkMD
24The Ohio State UniversityColumbusOH
25Harvard UniversityCambridgeMA
26Duke UniversityDurhamNC
27University of California - San DiegoSan DiegoCA
28University Of Wisconsin - MadisonMadisonWI
29Virginia Polytechnic University (Virginia Tech)BlacksburgVA
30Yale UniversityNew HavenCT
31University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesCA
32New York University New YorkNY
33Rutgers UniversityPiscatawayNJ
34Rice UniversityHoustonTX
35Northwestern UniversityEvanstonIL
36University of FloridaGainesvilleFL
37University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleVA
38Johns Hopkins University BaltimoreMD
39North Carolina State UniversityRaleighNC
40Brown UniversityProvidenceRI
41University of Massachusetts - AmherstAmherstMA
42Arizona State UniversityTempeAZ
43University of UtahSalt Lake CityUT
44Michigan State UniversityEast LansingMI
45Indiana UniversityBloomingtonIN
46University of California - IrvineIrvineCA
47University of ArizonaTusconAZ
48University of Colorado - BoulderBoulderCO
49University of MinnesotaTwin CitiesMN
50Stony Brook University - SUNYStony BrookNY
51University of California - DavisDavisCA
52University of PittsburghPittsburghPA
53University of Central Florida Orlando FL
54Northeastern UniversityBostonMA
55Iowa State UniversityAmesIA
56Florida State UniversityTallahasseeFL
57Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleTN
58Boston UniversityBostonMA
59University of Illinois - ChicagoChicagoIL
60Clemson UniversityClemsonSC
60University of Notre DameSouth BendIN

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