Top School for a Degree in Computer Technology - Nashville, TN

School and Ranking Info

There are six schools in the Nashville, TN, area that offer programs in computer science and technology. Located within a 7-mile radius, they include two for-profit institutions, two public schools and two private, not-for-profit universities. The largest of the private institutions is one of the top national universities in the country and has some of the highest ranking undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering, which can help students prepare for careers in computer technology.

  • Winner: Vanderbilt University is a private research university that was established in 1873. Through its School of Engineering, undergraduates can earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science or Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Computer Engineering; graduate programs lead to a Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science.

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Category Vanderbilt University
Rankings #16 among National Universities (2015);
#11 among Best Value Schools (2015);
#31 among Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (2014);
#34 among Best Graduate Engineering Schools (2014)*
Location Nashville, TN
School Type 4-year; private, not-for-profit
Tuition and Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $42,978**
Computer Engineering and Science Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctorates
Computer Engineering and Science Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 56**
Most Popular Computer Science and Engineering Program in 2012-2013 Bachelor's in computer science (30 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 93%**
Noteworthy The BS in Computer Science and BE in Computer Engineering programs have been approved by ABET

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.

Vanderbilt University

  • Computer science and engineering facilities include digital logic, network, Linux and Windows labs
  • Computer science majors can participate in summer internships
  • Engineering students can pursue for-credit study abroad in Asia, Australia, Europe or New Zealand
  • Undergraduate and graduate opportunities for significant research

Vanderbilt University is home to over 12,760 students a year and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1. The university is composed of 11 colleges and schools, including the School of Engineering. The latter has five departments and a general engineering division devoted to biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, among other closely related fields of study. Training related to computer technology can be found through the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.

Requirements for the BS in Computer Science program include courses in calculus, linear algebra and mathematical statistics; undergraduates also learn about computer organization, data structures, operating systems and programming languages. Similar math and science courses can be found in the design-oriented BE in Computer Engineering program, which includes major coursework in signals and systems, circuitry, embedded systems and microprocessors.

The 30-credit MS in Computer Science program allows for a research-based thesis or non-thesis option, as well as courses in computer systems analysis, artificial intelligence, database management and network security. Exams and research papers in the PhD in Computer Science program focus on one of six areas, including distributed and networked systems, embedded and hybrid systems and software engineering.

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