Top School in Phoenix for Computer Programming Degrees

Nine schools in the Phoenix area have top ranking computer programming programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for computer programming, as well as tuition and degree information.

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School and Ranking Information

Of the schools in the Phoenix area offering computer programming certificates and degrees, about half are 2-year public, community colleges, one is a 4-year university, and the others are private, for-profit colleges, including one of the largest online schools in the nation. The following school is considered to be one of the top choices for students in the area based upon its computing facilities, available degree and certificate options, and its connection with local community schools and businesses:

  • Winner: GateWay Community College (GateWay) offers an Associate in Applied Science and a Certificate of Completion in Computer Information Systems, both of which are offered in a variety of formats, from day classes to self-paced courses. These programs include computer programming coursework.

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School Info Chart

Category GateWay Community College
Location Phoenix, AZ
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $1,974 (in state); $7,758 (out-of-state)*
Computer And Information Sciences Programs Offered Certificate, Associate
Computer and Information Sciences Degrees and Certificates Awarded in 2012-2013 11*
Most Popular Computer and Information Sciences Program Level Awarded in 2012-2013 Certificate (6 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 13%*
Noteworthy First technical school in Arizona and first to install a computer; Courses tailored to local business and industry needs

Source: *NCES College Navigator

GateWay Community College

  • Relatively low student-faculty ratio of 14:1
  • New Computer Commons lab facility
  • Strong advising support to meet students' educational and career needs

In 1968, Maricopa Technical College opened in a former department store. By 1987, the school had moved to its current location in the GateWay corridor, from which it took its new name. Today, GateWay serves more than 16,000 enrolled students and offers more than 125 degree and certificate programs. GateWay is part of the Maricopa Community Colleges system.

In the area of computer programming and information systems, GateWay offers ten computer information systems, Cisco, and Microsoft networking degree and certificate programs. These programs require completion of anywhere from 16 credits for a certificate up to 64 credits for an associate's degree. Available programming courses include Visual Basic, C, Java, and object-oriented programming, and most programs include classes in operating systems and networks. The associate's degree programs also have general education requirements.

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