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Top School in Boise for a Computer Science Degree

Boise has three schools with programs in computer science. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings, and tuition info.

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School and Ranking Information

There only a few schools in Boise offering computer science degree programs. Due to its number of computer-related programs, high regional rankings, and advanced onsite labs and facilities, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the area for computer science:

  • Winner: Boise State University (BSU) is a 4-year, public research university that offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in computer science. BSU also offers related programs in information technology and computer engineering and is home to award winning faculty and facilities.

School Info Chart

Category Boise State University
Rankings #63 Regional University (West); #20 Top Public Schools (West); #41 Best Engineering School (among schools whose highest degree offered is a bachelor's or master's) (2014)*
Location Boise, ID
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $6,292 (in state), $18,892 (out-of-state)**
Computer Science Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's
Computer Science Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 41**
Most Popular Computer Science Degree Level in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (25 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 38%**
Noteworthy One of only 20 CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture) research centers in the world for parallel computing, and the only one in the Pacific Northwest***; Computer science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Boise State University.

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Boise State University

  • Computer science and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) clubs and societies on campus
  • Cutting edge Windows and Linux labs
  • Host to the Boise Code Camp, a collaborative event for software professionals

Boise State University is a public, 4-year research university with seven distinct colleges in areas like arts and sciences, health science and engineering. As of 2010, it was the fastest-growing college in the state of Idaho. Its College of Engineering includes programs in areas like biomedical engineering, construction management and civil engineering, as well as computer science.

BSU offers a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Computer Science, along with a minor in the field. The curricula for these degrees include classes in algorithms, programming, software engineering, databases, parallel computing and computer architecture. Graduate students must complete either a project or master's thesis in a specific area of interest, such as computer security, software engineering, parallel computing or networking. Other coursework can include studies in operating systems, compiling, computer graphics or computation theory.

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