Top University in Denver with a Computer Science Major

School and Ranking Information

Several schools offering computer science degrees are found in the Denver area. These include a number of 4-year institutions, both public and private not-for-profit. The following schools are considered the top three based on rankings, degree options and total number of degrees awarded in computer science:

  • Winner: Regis University, found in Denver, is the top pick for its top-30 regional ranking from U.S. News & World Report in 2013 and its accredited online programs in the field.
  • Runner Up #1: University of Denver in Denver secures second place for its national rankings from U.S. News & World Report in 2012 and 2013 and variety of degree levels offered in the field.
  • Runner Up #2: University of Colorado, located in Denver, is the second runner up due to its tuition rates and cumulative degrees awarded in computer science.

School Comparison Chart

Category Regis University University of Denver University of Colorado Denver
Rankings 29th among regional universities (West) in 2013* 83rd among national universities in 2013;
13th among up-and-coming schools in 2012, nationwide*
189th among national universities in 2013;
108th among top public schools in 2013, nationwide*
Location Denver, CO Denver, CO Denver, CO
School Type Four-year, private not-for-profit Four-year, private not-for-profit Four-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $31,800** $39,177 (undergraduate); $38,526 (graduate)** $7,494 (undergraduate, in-state), $21,006 (undergraduate, out-of-state); $7,358 (graduate, in-state), $20,676 (graduate, out-of-state)**
Computer Science Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's degrees Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees
Computer Science Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 41** 9** 50**
Most Popular Computer Science Program in 2011-2012 Bachelor's in Computer Science (41 awarded)** Bachelor's in Computer Science (6 awarded)** Master's in Computer and Information Science, General (27 awarded)**
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2005 Entering Class 62%** 78%** 40%**
Noteworthy Offers one of the nation's only entirely online computer science bachelor's degree programs accredited by ABET (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) Computer science department holds a seminar series with visiting industry professionals Faculty research projects have focused on distributed computing, algorithms, graphics and software engineering

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

Winner: Regis University

  • Offers campus-based, online and accelerated program versions
  • Graduates have worked for major technology companies, including IBM, Raytheon and Sun Microsystems

The school's physics and computational science department offers a campus-based computer science bachelor's program that prepares students to build computer systems, design databases and write software. Students get the opportunity to pursue an internship after the completion of software engineering coursework. The College for Professional Studies offers on-campus and online versions of the computer science program and gives students the opportunity to accelerate their studies, complete a capstone project and pursue a combined bachelor's/master's degree in technology. Additionally, students have access to three faculty members through the physics and computational science department.

Runner-Up #1: University of Denver

  • Computer science department has an industry board with professionals from companies like Skype, Hewlett-Packard and IBM
  • Small, faculty-led classes with opportunities for lab research from the first year of the bachelor's program
  • Scholarships are available for undergraduates, and both research and teaching assistantships are available for graduate students

UD's Department of Computer Science offers a bachelor's program in computers science, as well as a minor. The four-year program provides students with a strong background in computer hardware and software, as well as including a minor in mathematics. Undergraduate students can participate in a study abroad experience and complete an internship. The master's program has an advanced programming emphasis and features options to complete a thesis or undertake an independent study. The doctoral program can be customized to a student's interest and has areas of focus that include multimedia, software engineering, networks, security and privacy, graphics and algorithms. Doctoral students attend a doctoral seminar, write a dissertation and take examinations.

Runner-Up #2: University of Colorado Denver

  • The computer science department includes computer laboratories, such as the DECENT Lab, Graphics Lab, Mac Lab and Parallel Distributed Systems Lab
  • The computer science bachelor's program is accredited by ABET

The school's College of Engineering and Applied Science offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in the field of computer science. Students in the undergraduate program take science and mathematics courses, along with coursework in electronics, database systems, programming, operating systems, networking and programming languages. A two-part senior design project is required for graduation. Those pursuing a master's degree can choose from several areas of emphasis, including operating systems, simulation, communication networks, artificial intelligence and software engineering. Students can complete a thesis, do a project or only take coursework. Doctoral students complete a combination of computer science and information systems coursework and dissertation research.

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