School and Ranking Information
At least 25 schools offer degrees in the computer sciences in the Philadelphia area. Most of these schools are private, not-for-profit institutions. Among them is the top pick for computer information systems in the area, based on rankings, number of programs available, and student-to-faculty ratio.
- Winner: The School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania offers three bachelor's degree programs in computer information systems. Students may earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a specialization in computer science, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer and Cognitive Science or a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Science.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of Pennsylvania|
|Rankings||#8 in National Universities (2015); #26 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (2014); #10 in Best Value Schools (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year; private; not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||Undergrad: $47,668*|
|Computer and Information Sciences Degrees Offered||Bachelor's; Master's; Doctorate|
|Computer and Information Sciences Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||210**|
|Most Popular Computer and Information Sciences Degree Level in 2013||Master's**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||96%**|
|Noteworthy||Students can choose to declare computer science as a second major***|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
- Students may attend lectures at the new Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences
- All students must complete a writing seminar as part of the department's graduation requirements
- Undergraduate students are highly encouraged to declare a minor, but students can also select courses from approved tech electives
Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1740, the University of Pennsylvania served over 24,000 students in the fall term of 2014. Despite a large student body, the University of Pennsylvania boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1. The University of Pennsylvania has four undergraduate schools and twelve graduate and professional schools.
The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers three 4-year bachelor's degree programs: the Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a concentration in computer science, a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in Computer and Cognitive Science and a B.A.S. in Computer Science.
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering with Computer Science Specialization features programming courses, which focus on the features of various computer languages and how computer hardware is designed to work. The course load is heavy in science and mathematics.
The computer and cognitive science program focuses on the mathematical concepts used in computer theory, including proofs and induction principles. The curriculum also requires courses in physics, mathematics and psychology. The computer science bachelor's program is closely related to the computer and cognitive science program, with a bigger emphasis on computer systems. Students are still required to take science, math and liberal arts courses.