Top University in Philadelphia for a Computer Science Major

Students interested in studying computer science in the Philadelphia, PA, area have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

School and Ranking Information

There are four universities in Philadelphia offering programs in computer science. The following university is considered one of the leading schools for computer science based on the variety of computer science-related degree programs, number of graduates, and program and school rankings:

  • Winner: The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) is an Ivy League university well known for its academics and research. In the field of computer science, Penn offers bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science and a doctoral program in computer and information science. Penn has an extremely low student-to-faculty ratio of 6:1, providing its students with excellent access to teaching staff.

School Info Chart

Category University of Pennsylvania
Rankings #8 among National Universities (2015); #26 Best Undergraduate Engineering Schools (schools whose highest degree is a doctorate) (2015); #19 among graduate-level computer science program (2014)*
Location Philadelphia, PA
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $45,890**
Computer Science Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees
Computer Science Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 71**
Most Popular Computer Science Degree Level in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (36 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 96%**
Noteworthy Cutting edge lab facilities, including the SIG Center for Computer Graphics, a specialized lab for animation, computer graphics and 3D motion picture special effects; the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), the world's first general-purpose computer, was built at Penn in 1946

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

University of Pennsylvania

  • Wide array of research opportunities, with a research budget of over $800 million (2013)
  • Local and global focus on internship and collaborative industry relationships
  • High school summer programs allow students to explore Penn's programs

The University of Pennsylvania started out in 1751 as the Charity School of Philadelphia and was founded on Benjamin Franklin's vision of a secular educational institution. Today, Penn has 12 schools, and serves just over 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Its computer science programs are offered through The School of Engineering and Applied Science.

At the undergraduate level, students can earn either a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) in Computer Science or a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Computer Science. Graduate degree possibilities include a master's computer and information science, which is also offered at the doctoral level.

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