Top Schools for Computer and Information Services

Read about computer and information science programs, which can lead to careers in networking and communications, computer programming or information technology. Learn about the degree options at four top universities, and find a list of other schools that provide training for computer and information scientists.

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Computer and information science schools are very prevalent across the nation, the following schools are considered some of the best. Highlighted are the four of the best according to national rankings.

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Four of the top schools for aspiring computer and information scientists include Brandeis University, the California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University and Brown University. All four universities have received high rankings from U.S. News & World Report and offer relevant programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Brandeis University in Waltham, MA

School Highlight: Brandeis has consistently ranked among the top 34 national universities by U.S. News & World Report.

The university's graduate program in computer science ranked 82nd among its peers, according to U.S. News & World Report. Brandeis has also been designated as a top research university by the Association of American Universities. Relevant undergraduate programs include a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science. Students who are interested in researching computer technology at either a laboratory or in graduate school can pursue the more rigorous Bachelor of Science program. Graduate students take courses and conduct research in computer networking and programming, database systems and artificial intelligence.

California Institute of Technology in Pasadena

School Highlight: The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) tied at #12 among national universities and tied at eleventh for its graduate program in computer science, as designated by U.S News & World Report.

The California Institute of Technology placed first for its engineering and technology programs, according to Times Higher Education. Caltech's undergraduate computer science program includes specialized study tracks in molecular programming, networks, robotics and graphics. Early on in their studies, students are encouraged to participate in research programs. Summer fellowships are also available. Graduate students can earn a Master of Science, an interim credential required for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Computer Science.

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA

School Highlight: Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a research university that U.S. News & World Report tied at 24th among national universities and tied at first for its graduate program in computer science.

Carnegie Mellon University was ranked #102 in Washington Monthly's list of top national universities. Undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Computer Science can pursue Bachelor of Science programs in computer science and art, music and technology, computer science and computational biology. Graduate programs allow for advanced studies in robotics, machine learning and human-computer interaction. Unique to the university is its Entertainment Technology Center for students who wish to specialize in interactive media.

Brown University in Providence, RI

School Highlight: The school offers Computer Science Teaching Assistant Programs for undergraduates.

Brown University in Providence, RI is a top twenty computer science school as well as number fourteen in national universities according to U.S. News & World Report. The university offers computer science degrees as well as from bachelor's to graduate. Brown's undergraduate program offers CS A.B. as well as CS Sc.B. degrees. The university also offers their master's (ScM) and doctorate (PhD) in computer science as well. The PhD has opportunities for students to fill a spot with selection to the Paris Kanellakis Fellowship allowing students teaching assistant (TA) positions.

Top Schools for Computer and Information Services

Although the four schools above have been highlighted as the best, other schools have shown to be equal to the task of excellence in computer information technology education.

  • College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA contains unique double majors combine computer science with classical studies, theater and women's studies.
  • John Carroll University located in University Heights, OH has the Ohio Access Initiative, a financial aid program that provides free tuition to qualifying Ohio freshmen.
  • Poughkeepsie, NY is home to Marist College, which in partnership with IBM provides opportunities for computer science internships.
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA has a Bachelor of Science in Gaming and Simulation program.
  • College Park, MD contains the University of Maryland whose campus offers nine library locations.
  • Washington University in St. Louis, MO offers minimal class lecture time, which allows student teams to work on open-ended computer science problems.

Brandeis University, the California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University and Brown University offer top-rated education in computer information services. On top of these four schools, others offer equally good programs for a wide variety of degrees in computer information across the country.

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