School and Ranking Info
Within the Sioux Falls, SD, area, there are just two schools that offer programs in software programming; these include a 2-year, public technical institute and a 4-year, private, not-for-profit college. The latter was chosen as the top school for aspiring software programmers based upon its high regional ranking, access to computers and facilities, and high-level research opportunities typically reserved for graduate students at larger universities.
- Winner: Augustana College is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. At this college, undergraduates can earn a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems or Computer Science.
School Info Chart
|Rankings|| #3 among Regional Colleges in the Midwest (2015);
#2 among Best Value Schools in the Midwest (2015)*
|Location||Sioux Falls, SD|
|School Type||4-year; private, not-for-profit|
|Tuition and Fees (2013-2014)||Undergraduate: $28,630**|
|Computer Science and Information Systems Awards Offered||Bachelor's|
|Computer Science and Information System Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||8**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 entering class||66%**|
|Noteworthy||The Parallel Processing Laboratory at the Computer Science Department was equipped by the National Science Foundation (NSF)|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.
- Access to the Parallel Virtual Machine, a software system that allows for the study of similar algorithms
- Undergraduate research with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) or NSF
- Internship opportunities with local businesses
- On-campus jobs may include computer lab assistant or network administrator
Augustana College enrolls approximately 1,770 students a year who enjoy a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. In addition to its U.S. News rankings, the college also made The Princeton Review's 'Best in the Midwest' list, as well as the Forbes survey of 'America's Top Colleges' in 2014. Over 80% of the college's full-time faculty, as well as those on track to receive tenure, have earned the highest degree in their fields. Through the Department of Computer Science, students can pursue majors and minors in computer information systems or computer science.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Information Systems program emphasizes the human and practical side of computing and requires 43-44 credits of core coursework in computer science, management information systems and project management. Topics in accounting, economics, management and statistics are also part of the core. Undergraduates who are interested in software development can take additional courses in computer science and organization. The BS in Computer Science program is more focused on the math and sciences and includes courses in computer architecture, assembly language and organization; computational theory and software engineering.