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List of Software Programming Universities and Colleges in the U.S.

Software programming is the process of envisioning, writing and testing the applications that run on computers. Students evaluating schools for software programming often consider the types of degree programs available, specializations within the field and class size.

Degree programs in software programming are often found as computer software engineering or computer science programs. Software programming-related degrees are available from a number of 4-year schools at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; some programs allow students to select an area of specialization, such as in a specific programming language or operating system.

Schools with Software Programming Programs

The table below lists a number of schools that offer certificate and/or degree programs in computer software engineering or computer science.

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered In-state Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's & Master's $6,437 (undergraduate), $7,703 (graduate)
University of Maryland - University College Adelphi, MD 4-year, Public Undergraduate Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's & Graduate Certificate $7,056 (undergraduate), $8,514 (graduate)
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Graduate Certificate, Master's & Doctoral $50,277 (undergraduate), $40,670 (graduate)
San Jose State University San Jose, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's & Master's $7,378 (undergraduate), $8,644 (graduate)
Boston University Boston, MA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $48,436 (undergraduate), $48,082 (graduate)
George Mason University Fairfax, VA 4-year, Public Undergraduate Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Graduate Certificate & Doctoral $10,952 (undergraduate), $13,304 (graduate)
West Virginia University Morgantown, WV 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Graduate Certificate & Doctoral $7,632 (undergraduate), $8,568 (graduate)
Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Graduate Certificate, Master's & Doctoral $8,028 (undergraduate), $7,390 (graduate)
East Carolina University Greenville, NC 4-year, Public Certificate, Bachelor's & Master's $6,580 (undergraduate), $6,857 (graduate)
Portland State University Portland, OR 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $8,034 (undergraduate), $14,100 (graduate)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

College Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for software programming schools:

  • Prospective students can narrow their search by selecting an area of specialization, such as information technology, graphics, or a specific programming language or operating system.
  • Students should consider the degree levels offered in computer programming by each school if they are planning on staying at one school while advancing their education.
  • Students may want to consider how up-to-date each school's technology offerings are.

Several schools around the country offer programs in computer software engineering and computer science that can prepare students for careers as software programmers. When looking for a degree in these fields, make sure to consider factors like the technology options and specializations offered.

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