School and Ranking Information
There are around 26 postsecondary schools within 40 miles of Elgin that offer networking programs. These include city and county colleges, technical institutes and universities. Based on such considerations as rankings, variety of degree programs offered and number of degrees awarded, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the area for network administration:
- Winner: Robert Morris University is a 4-year private, not-for-profit school ranked within the top 100 in the Midwest. It offers an Associate of Applied Science in Networking, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Networking as well as a dual-degree program in networking and information systems.
School Info Chart
|Category||Robert Morris University|
|Ranking||Tied for #80 Regional Universities in the Midwest (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$22,800**|
|Networking and Information Technology Degrees Offered||Associate's and Bachelor's|
|Networking and Information Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||121**|
|Most Popular Networking and Information Technology Degree Level in 2013||Bachelor's (70 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||46%**|
|Noteworthy||Bachelor's program offers emphasis in several study areas, including business, cloud computing, security and mobile technology|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator
Robert Morris University
- Preparation for multiple certifications, such as in Linux +, MCP and CCNA
- Students have access to upgraded equipment and real-world experiences in the classroom
- Outside internships and ICenter projects available
With a relatively small student population and student-to-faculty ratio, Robert Morris University offers specialty education in over 15 fields of study. The Institution of Technology and Media is one of RMU's seven schools, and it houses computer and technology programs. According to U.S. News & World Report, majors in computer, information sciences and support services were among the most popular fields of study at the school in 2013.
The Associate of Applied Science in Networking program prepares students to install and maintain networks. Students complete courses in the basics of internetworking, routing, local area networks (LANs) and database programming. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Networking teaches students how to plan, create, apply and troubleshoot LANs and wide area networks (WANs). The program has six separate areas of focus, which include systems integration, business management and database management. Courses covered in this program include network security, wireless technologies and Java programming. After graduation, students have many options, such as working as network security specialists or technology coordinators.
A dual Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Studies, Networking and Master of Information Systems is also offered.