School and Ranking Information
While the city of Anaheim has few schools with information technology (IT) programs, there are many colleges and universities within approximately 25 miles of the city offering studies in this field. The following area schools are considered the top three based on such considerations as rankings, IT degree options available and tuition rates:
- Winner: California State University in Fullerton is the winner for its multiple regional rankings from U.S. News & World Report in 2014 and its close proximity to Anaheim.
- Runner Up #1: California State University at Los Angeles claims second place for its multiple degree level options in information technology and the total number of degrees awarded in the field.
- Runner Up #2: Los Angeles City College in Los Angeles is the second runner up for its low tuition rates and the information technology department's exclusive computer lab.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||California State University - Fullerton||California State University - Los Angeles||Los Angeles City College|
|Ranking(s)|| 7th among top regional public schools in the West in 2014*
35th among the top regional universities in the West in 2014*
|Location||Fullerton, CA (3.7 miles from Anaheim)||Los Angeles, CA (23.1 miles from Anaheim)||Los Angeles, CA (28.3 miles from Anaheim)|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$6,195 (undergraduate, in-state),
$17,853 (undergraduate, out-of-state);
$7,461 (graduate, in-state),
$17,007 (graduate, out-of-state)**
| $6,101 (undergraduate, in-state),
$17,759 (undergraduate, out-of-state);
$7,637 (graduate, in-state),
$17,183 (graduate, out-of-state)**
| $1,220 (undergraduate, in-state),
$6,160 (undergraduate, out-of-state)**
|Information Technology Degree Levels Offered||Master's degrees||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Associate degrees|
|Information Technology Degrees (all levels) Awarded in 2011-2012||4**||47**||1**|
|Most Popular Information Technology Program 2011-2012||Master of Science in Information Technology (4 awarded)**||Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (39 awarded)**||Associate of Science in Information Systems (1 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time)||51% (2006 entering class)**||37% (2006 entering class)**||12% (2009 entering class)**|
|Noteworthy||Offers a master's degree in information technology through an online program***||Undergraduate program has a 16.5 to 1 student to faculty ratio***||Offers tuition as low as $20/unit for California residents***|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report rankings, **NCES College Navigator, ***Schools' websites.
Winner: California State University - Fullerton
- In 2011-2012, the graduation rate for the program was 88%, according to the school
- In 2013, the program was ranked 14th for admissions selectivity by U.S. News & World Report
- In 2013, the program was ranked 12th for student engagement and accreditation by U.S. News & World Report
- For 2012-2013, the program had 49 students enrolled and 10 full-time instructional faculty
- 100% of the program's full-time faculty members have a terminal degree in their field
California State University - Fullerton's Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences awards a Master of Science in Information Technology. The program is offered in an online-only format. Following a 2-course-per-semester format, the program is designed to be completed in 20 months. The department provides a tutoring center and computer study labs for student use. Qualifying students are eligible to apply for multiple scholarships. Additionally, students may choose to join student organizations within the department or the CSUF Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), an international organization for IT professionals.
Runner-Up #1: California State University - Los Angeles
- CSULA alumni include the CTO of Boeing Company, the CEO of Southern California Edison Company, the chairman and CEO of Longs Drugs Stores, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney
- 56% of CSULA's full-time instructional faculty members have a terminal degree in their field
- For the 2011-2012 academic year, 88% of first-time undergraduates received financial aid, according to NCES
The California State University - Los Angeles Department of Computer Science awards a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a Master of Science in Computer Science, and an undergraduate information technology (IT) minor. The department also offers an option to complete a combined BS/MS program to allow students to complete both a bachelor's and master's degree in an accelerated format. The department's IT minor option allows students in any degree program to gain knowledge of the foundational concepts of IT and focus on 1 of 10 skill areas in the field. The BS and MS in Computer Science both include coursework covering the elements of IT along with all other areas of computer science. Additionally, the BS in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Also, qualified students are eligible to apply for multiple engineering and technology-focused scholarships.
Runner-Up #2: Los Angeles City College
- In the 2011-2012 school year, LACC had 360 students transfer into the California State University system and 81 students transfer into the University of California system
- Graduates of LACC include a Nobel Prize winner, a Congresswoman, a Federal Judge, and Oscar winners
The Los Angeles City College Department of Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) awards an Associate of Science in Computer Science (ASCS) and an Associate of Science in Information Systems (ASIS). The ASIS program focuses on the foundational concepts of information technology and prepares students for a career in the field, while the ASCS provides a broad foundation in computer science and prepares students for transfer to a 4-year university. The department offers a computer lab exclusively for CSIT student use. Qualified students are eligible to apply for the LACC Scholars Program, an honors program, or the Fast Track Scholars Program, which allows high school students to complete college coursework prior to graduation. Additionally, CSIT students may participate in multiple programming competitions or join the student Computer Club.