School and Ranking Information
Students seeking an information technology education in or near Lexington, KY, have only two institutions to choose from. Based on ranking, school type and student-to-faculty ratio, the following school is considered a top school in the Lexington area for information technology degree programs:
- Winner: Kentucky State University is located approximately 30 miles from Lexington and is the only public school within 50 miles of the city to provide studies in or related to information technology. Students can pursue a bachelor's degree in applied information technology, which offers two areas of concentration, a bachelor's degree in computer information systems or a master's degree in computer science technology.
School Info Chart
|Category||Kentucky State University|
|Ranking||#38 (tie) Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $6,276 (in state); $15,072 (out-of-state)**|
|Information Technology Degrees Offered||Bachelor's and master's|
|Information Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||21 (includes master's degree program in computer science)**|
|Most Popular Information Technology Degree in 2012-2013||Master's (11 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||18%**|
|Noteworthy||Students can join a chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator
Kentucky State University
- 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Computer science and technology studies provide opportunities for hands-on project development
- Division of Computer Science participates in the Microsoft DreamSpark program, which provides access to the latest Microsoft software and technologies
Kentucky State University began as a training institution for African-American teachers in 1886 and gained university status in 1972. It enrolls about 2,500 students. The College of Business and Computer Science offers bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science, while the College of Professional Studies awards a bachelor's degree in applied information technology.
The Bachelor of Science in Applied Information Technology offers two concentration areas. In the network engineering concentration, students may take courses in website development and design, logic, computer hardware and programming concepts. In the Web engineering concentration, students take courses similar to those studied in the network engineering concentration. They also take courses in multimedia research and development, Internet and intranet administration, data mining and Web engineering.
Core requirements in the Bachelor of Computer Science - Computer Information Systems program include courses in database management, systems design, data structures, operating systems, telecommunications and information security. Specialization courses could include game programming, data mining, computer information systems management and business statistics.
The Master of Science in Computer Science Technology program is a collaboration between Kentucky State University and the University of Kentucky. Students who don't hold a bachelor's degree in computer science are required to take foundational courses in the field before they can proceed to core courses in computer architecture, database management systems and software engineering. Advanced coursework is also taken in programming, data structures and information security.