School and Ranking Information
Minneapolis features five schools offering computer programming programs. Three of the five schools are private, for-profit institutions. The top school in the area is a public college regularly recognized as the best in its category. Based on rankings, the following public college is the top school in the area to study computer programming:
- Winner : Saint Paul College is a two year community college located just a few miles from Minneapolis. The school was named the best community college in the country by Washington Monthly in 2013 and 2010. The school offers an associate degree in computer programming. Certificates in several specialties are also available.
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School Info Chart
|Category||Saint Paul College|
|Rankings||#1 Community College*|
|Location||Saint Paul, MN|
|School Type||2 year, Public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$5,198**|
|Computer Programming Degrees Offered||Associate**|
|Computer Programming Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||9**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2009 Entering Class||20%**|
|Noteworthy||School offers training geared towards gaining industry certification***|
Sources: *Washington Monthly, **NCES College Navigator, ***Saint Paul College
Saint Paul College
- Students learn foundations of computer science and networking, followed by mathematical reasoning and logic
- Program emphasizes expressing organizational needs through architectural design
- Students have the opportunity to focus on Java, web development, mobile development or gaming after introductory courses
Saint Paul College has been providing vocational programs to the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area for more than 100 years. The Computer Programs Division offers 13 vocational programs in subjects such as computer animation, web design and computer programming. The school offers associate degrees in computer programming as well as certificates.
The Associate of Science in computer programming provides students the ability to code, test and evaluate a computer program. They learn the basics of programming languages while also studying mathematics and communications. The Associate of Applied Science in computer programming requires many of the same courses. However, this degree requires students to complete only 16 credits of general education courses, as opposed to the 26 credits that the A.S. program requires.
A Java programming certificate is also available. The 16-credit course sequence covers basics in Web fundamentals, Java programming, XML programming and application development. Other available certificates include a J2EE application development certificate and a Web development certificate.