School and Ranking Information
Most of the schools within 50 miles of Des Moines, IA, that offer degrees in networking and systems administration are 2-year colleges. Looking farther out from Des Moines, there are some 4-year colleges that offer bachelor's degrees in this field of study. Based on rankings, number of programs available and student-to-faculty ratio, the following school is the top pick for computer networking in the area.
- Winner: The University of Northern Iowa, located 86.5 miles from Des Moines, is home to over 12,000 students. The regionally ranked university offers a bachelor's degree in networking and systems administration.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of Northern Iowa|
|Rankings||#20 in Regional Universities (Midwest) (2020); #2 in Top Public Schools (Midwest) (2020)*|
|Location||Des Moines, IA|
|School Type||4-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)||Undergrad: $8,938 (in-state); $21,222 (out-of-state)*|
|Networking and System Administration Degrees Offered||Bachelor's|
|Networking and System Administration Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2018-2019||50 (Computer Science program)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2013 Entering Class||67%**|
|Noteworthy||Students have access to the Innovative Teaching and Technology Center, built in 2006***|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of Northern Iowa
University of Northern Iowa
- The networking and systems administration program is an interdisciplinary degree offered by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Industrial Technology
- Students take three capstone courses in system administration, system security and networking
- Student organizations include the UNI Computer Club and the Computer Science Honors Society
The University of Northern Iowa (UNI), founded in 1876, is a 4-year public university sitting on 910 acres with six colleges offering over 120 majors. The university has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1. The Department of Computer Science, a department in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, offers a Bachelor of Science in Networking and System Administration for people pursuing a career in computer networking.
The networking and system administration program includes courses in data structures, discrete systems, system administration and security, computer organization, signal processing and networking. Successful graduates could go on to pursue a master's or doctoral degree, or career paths as network administrators, computer systems administrators, network security specialists or technical support specialists.