Top College in Arlington, VA, for a Computer Science Degree

Students interested in studying computer science in the Arlington, VA, area have several schools to choose from. Read about the top local school's degree programs, ranking and tuition info to help you decide if it's the right school for you.

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School and Ranking Information

The majority of schools offering programs in the field within a 10-mile radius of Arlington are 4-year non-profit schools, and many are located in Washington, DC. Based on ranking, program offerings and graduation rate, the following is regarded as a top area school for a computer science degree:

  • Winner: Georgetown University is a 4-year non-profit school that is highly ranked nationally. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in computer science.

School Info Chart

Category Georgetown University
Ranking Tied at #21 for National Universities (2015)*
Location Washington, DC
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $44,805**
Computer Science Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate
Computer Science Degrees Awarded (Bachelor's and Master's) in 2012-2013 15**
Most Popular Computer Science Degree Level in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (9 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 92%**
Noteworthy The university offers a programming team and the Georgetown University Computers and Electronics Club for student engagement***

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Georgetown University website

Georgetown University

  • Students pursing undergraduate studies in the field at Georgetown have opportunities available to them for studying abroad
  • Each PhD computer science student is able to work in the department as a research assistant
  • There are more than 50 students enrolled in computer science bachelor's programs

Georgetown University has a total enrollment of nearly 18,000 students, with more than 7,600 being undergraduates. This institution offers its undergraduate and graduate programs through a total of 9 schools and colleges. Georgetown has a low student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1, and the university's Department of Computer Science has almost 20 full-time faculty who are readily available to help students throughout their course of study.

Students can pursue a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts (allows for more academic latitude by incorporating studies in other fields), Master of Science or PhD in Computer Science. Undergraduate courses can include operating systems and advanced programming, and students have the option of completing a thesis. There are thesis and non-thesis MS programs that feature several electives, including machine learning and security; an accelerated MS option is also available to computer science undergrads with at least a 3.5 GPA. PhD students complete 3 qualifying exams, a teaching apprenticeship and a dissertation as well as explore such topics as information retrieval and algorithms.

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