New York City Computer Application Schools
Computer applications are typically only one component of an overall curriculum in any career field, but some programs provide undergraduate training in variety of computer applications. Many schools within the New York City area offer these programs. This article looks at two, both within a 20-minute drive of downtown New York City. Brief information about another school to consider closes the article.
- At the heart of New York City, Pace University offers computer applications training at the certificate, associate and bachelor's degree levels.
- In Brooklyn, students can earn an associate degree in computer applications at Medgar Evers College, which is about five miles from downtown New York City.
Comparison of Schools
Students who are choosing a New York City area school for their computer applications studies will want to look at several factors, including the school's size, costs and availability of financial aid. The following table makes it easy to compare important facts about these two schools.
|Pace University||Medgar Evers College|
|School Type||Four-year; private not-for-profit||Four-year, primarily associate; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||12,986*||6,652*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)||$45,280*||$7,152 for in-state and $14,822 for out-of-state*|
|% of First-time Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)||95%*||87%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||80%*||N/A*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||80% full-time; 81% part-time*||70% full-time; 67% part-time*|
|Graduation Rate (completed program within 150% of 'normal' time)||54% (students enrolled in 2011)*||12% (students enrolled in 2011)*|
Source *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics
Founded by two brothers in 1906, Pace has grown into one of New York City's largest schools and boasts an endowment of over $100 million. The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems opened its doors in 1983, and today offers computer applications and related programs.
Basic Accounting Certificate
This 20-credit program focuses on computer applications as they relate to the accounting field. In addition to learning proprietary accounting applications, students will also study excel spreadsheets. Students also have the opportunity to study Microsoft Word and PowerPoint as part of their elective credits.
Associate of Science in Applied Information Technology
This associate-level program provides students a survey of all modern computer applications. In addition to classes in word processor, spreadsheet and multimedia software, students also receive training in network technologies, microcomputer troubleshooting and keyboarding. An internship and a 31-credit liberal arts core rounds out the 64-credit program.
Bachelor of Science in Professional Technology Studies
Designed for those who already hold an associate degree, this accelerated bachelor's program offers both a thorough liberal arts core and a wide array of computer applications courses. These courses are designed to support careers in e-commerce through coursework in web authoring, multimedia production and more. Students may also choose to minor in technology systems, adding courses in database and spreadsheet applications.
Bachelor of Science in Professional Computer Studies
This program is offered partially through the Adult & Continuing Education office. Students will need to complete 120 credits of coursework. Electives will comprise 44 credits of the degree program. The computing concentration includes 24 credits.
Medgar Evers College
Founded in the late '60s, Medgar Evers is one of the most recent members of the City University of New York (CUNY) system. The college's School of Science, Health and Technology is located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn and accounts for nearly half of the school's overall enrollment.
Associate of Applied Science in Computer Applications
The computer applications program at Medgar Evers College is a part of the Department of Computer Information Systems. This department offers a range of credit and continuing education courses on computer applications, including operating systems, programming languages and common office applications. The school even offers programs in graphics- and healthcare-specific applications. The associate degree program is designed to prepare students for jobs utilizing applications at an office, as well as providing a foundation for the school's Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems.
Other School Option
The New York Institute of English and Business in Manhattan offers a computer applications certificate as well as individual courses on different computer applications.