School and Ranking Information
While several schools near Naperville offer related programs, only a very few have degree programs specifically in information technology. Based on student-to-teacher ratios, on-campus information technology program availability, and proximity to Naperville, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the area for programs in information technology:
- Winner: The University of St. Francis (USF) is a Catholic, liberal arts school located about 15 miles from downtown Naperville. USF offers undergraduate major, minor and certificate programs in information technology.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of St. Francis|
|Rankings||#39 Best Regional University in Midwest (2014)*, #17 Best College for Veterans among regional universities in the Midwest(2014)*, A Best Midwestern School (2015)**|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergraduate: $27,970***|
|Information Technology Degrees Offered||Bachelor of Science|
|Information Technology Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||5***|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||57%***|
|Noteworthy||Internship opportunities with a wide variety of local employers; interdisciplinary computer science department|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, ** Princeton Review, ***NCES College Navigator
University of St. Francis
- IT students can join the student IEEE/Computer Club
- Offers opportunity for high school seniors to take two IT classes for college credit
- Epsilon Delta Pi honor society for high-achieving computer science students
USF offers just over 60 degree programs, and is home to about 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the school has a 79% retention rate, indicating a high level of student satisfaction, and U.S. News & World Report notes that most classes have fewer than 20 students. With an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students have easy access to staff.
Information technology degree programs are offered through the College of Business & Health Administration's computer science department. Information technology is also offered as a minor (combined with business), a concentration, and a completion program for transfer students with an associate's degree. The bachelor's program combines technical courses, such as information systems, Java with data structures, and network security, with business coursework, such as accounting, economics and management.