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Computer Science College Rankings

Find information about top computer science colleges in the United States. Read brief summaries of the degree options at three leading schools, as well as an overview of other top colleges for computer scientists.

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Computer science programs typically include coursework in advanced mathematics, physics, computer technology and engineering. Areas of concentration can include computer science theory, robotics or computer system security. The three top colleges profiled below have previously been cited by U.S. News & World Report for the quality of their graduate programs in computer science.

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge

School Highlight: MIT students can enjoy studying computer science theory, systems and artificial intelligence.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ranked as a 'Best Northeastern College', as well as a 'Top Ten Best Value Private College', according to The Princeton Review in 2015. Additionally, MIT's graduate program in computer science ranked tied for first, as designated by U.S. News & World Report in 2015.

The school offers a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Additional programs can lead to an Engineer in Computer Science or Master of Engineering. Students can also gain practical skills in one of the dozens of research centers and institutes affiliated with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. These include the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

2. Stanford University in California

School Highlight: Stanford Computer Forum fosters collaboration and interaction between Stanford computer science students and area industry leaders.

Stanford University is a private research university that U.S. News & World Report ranked fourth among national universities in 2015. Also in 2015, Stanford was tied for first with MIT as the best graduate program in computer science in the nation, as noted by USN&WR.

Through the School of Engineering, students can earn a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science or Ph.D. in Computer Science. Undergraduate and graduate specialty tracks are available in artificial language, software systems, computational biology and hardware systems. Because of its location in the Silicon Valley, a nationally known computer and technology business hub, students and graduates may enjoy enhanced educational and employment opportunities.

3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

School Highlight: The computer labs in the Siebel Center are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to students.

According to U.S. News & World Report in 2015, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had the fifth-best graduate program in computer science in the country. Based upon 2008-2010 data, it was also cited for its high level of research activity by the Carnegie Foundation.

Through the School of Engineering, students can enroll in a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program or pursue a combined course of study in computer science and math or statistics. Areas of specialization include artificial intelligence, numerical analysis, graphics and networking. Graduate students can pursue a Master of Science in Computer Science, Master of Science in Bioinformatics, Professional Master of Computer Science or Doctor of Philosophy.

Top Computer Science Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Carnegie Mellon University The Robotics Institute has provided education and research in robotic technology since 1979 Pittsburgh, PA
Georgia Institute of Technology Has an entire school dedicated to the study of human interaction with computers Atlanta, GA
Princeton University Students may apply for the Ph.D. program after completing their bachelor's degree Princeton, NJ
Rutgers University Has a Women in Computer Science organization New Brunswick, NJ
University of Chicago Ranked 13th on U.S. News & World Report's list of best computers schools for theory in 2015 Chicago, IL
University of Texas at Austin New home of the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall Austin, TX
University of Wisconsin Undergraduate Project Lab provides a location, equipment and tutorials for students to work on their own programming projects Madison, WI
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