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Computer Science Program College Rankings

Higher Education Articles January 11, 2013

There are several colleges offering associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degree programs in the United States. Coursework in the best computer science colleges includes training in engineering, computers, physics and advanced mathematics and specialty areas such as computer system security, robotics, and computer science theory. In this article, we will look at some of the best computer science colleges in the country.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – Cambridge, Massachusetts

This is a 4-year private school that was founded in 1861. MIT was ranked as being the best Northeastern Colleges in 2012; the school also featured on Princeton Review’s list of Top Ten Best Value Private Colleges. In 2010, the U.S. News & World Report had the graduate computer science program offered by MIT tied for the top spot in the United States. Doctor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and Bachelor of Science degree programs are offered at the college, in addition to an advanced course for an Engineer in Computer Science degree. The programs are organized by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science through its twenty affiliated research institutes and centers; one of them is the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

Stanford University – Stanford, California

This private research university has more than 15,000 students enrolled. In 2012, the U.S. News rated Stanford as the fifth best overall on its list of top colleges. In 2010, Stanford’s graduate computer science program tied for top spot alongside MIT on the rankings list in the same publication. Students enrolled in the School of Engineering can complete a Ph.D., Master of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Many graduate and undergraduate majors are offered including subject areas like hardware systems, computational biology, software systems and artificial language. Its location in the nationally known technology and computer business hub of Silicon Valley allows graduates and students to have many employment and educational opportunities.

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

This university founded in 1867 when it was known as the Illinois Industrial University, has more than 42,000 students enrolled. During 2008-2010, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was considered by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution with exceptionally high research activity. Students enrolled in the School of Engineering can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science or enroll into a program that is a combination of computer science and statistics or math. Students can choose to major in areas such as networking, graphics, numerical analysis and artificial intelligence. Students can complete graduate programs for a Doctor of Philosophy, Professional Master of Computer Science, Master of Science in Bioinformatics or Master of Science in Computer Science. In 2010, the graduate computer science programs at the school ranked fifth best in the nation by U.S. News.

Ten Best Schools for Computer Science

School Name Location
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts
Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey
Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Jersey
Stanford University Stanford, California
University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois
University of Illinois Champaign, Illinois
University of Texas Austin, Texas
University of Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin

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