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Top University in Alexandria, VA, for a Computer Science Major

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

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School and Ranking Information

There eight schools that offer computer science programs within a 10-mile radius of Alexandria, Virginia, are mostly large universities located in the nearby city of Washington, DC. Based on school type, rankings and the programs offered, the following is the best school in the area for studying computer science:

  • Winner: George Washington University is a private, non-profit institution that offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in computer science. The graduate computer science program was ranked in the top 100 in the nation in 2014.

School Info Chart

Category George Washington University
Rankings Tied at #54 for National Universities (2015)*; #82 for Graduate Computer Science Programs (2014)*
Location Washington, DC
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $47,343**
Computer Science Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate
Computer Science Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 173**
Most Popular Computer Science Degree Level in 2013 Master's (146 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 81%**
Noteworthy Student groups at this university include the GW Tech Collective and the Association for Computing Machinery

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

George Washington University

  • The computer science BS is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • The numerous computer science department research areas include bioinformatics, artificial intelligence and software engineering
  • There are scholarships available to computer science students, as well as fellowships for doctoral students

George Washington University's main campus is situated just blocks away from the White House in Washington, DC. The university has one other campus in Washington, DC and a campus and several academic centers in Northern Virginia. Student enrollment at this institution was over 25,000 in 2013 and there were nearly 500 student organizations.

The Department of Computer Science offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, as well as a Master of Science and PhD in Computer Science. The BA allows for students to study interests outside the field, whereas the BS is computer centric. Examples of undergraduate course offerings include operating systems, algorithms and computer architecture. The MS program requires a total of 30 credits, with courses that cover algorithm design and advanced software. MS students may choose between thesis and non-thesis options. Among the focus areas available for computer science graduate students are networks, computer security and information retrieval. PhD students complete coursework across the areas of systems, theory and application.

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