Best Online Bachelor’s in Computer Science: Students Before Profits Award 2016

Best Online Bachelor’s in Computer Science - Students Before Profits Award 2016
Our Students Before Profits Award was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line.

For our 2016 Online Bachelor’s in Computer Science award winners, we selected online programs from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities with objectively lower than average tuition cost and have ranked the programs according to their affordability.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a graduate of a bachelor’s program in computer science will likely have one of the most optimistic career trajectories of all recent graduates in a demographically-similar peer group. Projected to increase by 25% in the next decade, available computer science positions consistently list salaries at more than twice the national average. Because all manner of business rely on the variety of skills that computer science professionals bring to organizations, new graduates will have the ability to work in numerous industries. The most popular positions for computer science graduates include software applications developer, computer systems engineer, computer systems analyst, database administrator, systems administrator, network administrator, web developer, computer programmer, and software systems developer.

Affordability, accreditation and nonprofit status are our primary criteria when it comes to ranking these programs, but many of these programs are consistently ranked among the top by other national publications and we believe they deserve to be considered among the best online bachelor’s in computer science justice programs available.

Note that tuition rates listed below are based on total program costs for out-of-state, full-time students. In-state rates are often less expensive, and part-time cost per credit hour is often more expensive.

#1. Fort Hays State University

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Fort Hays State University is a public institution located in Hays, Kansas. The university consists of approximately 11,000 students, over half of which are online. Founded in 1902 and originally located on the grounds of a retired military outpost, Fort Hays State University moved to its current location in 1904. Big Creek, a stream that spans the main 200 acre campus, adds to the beauty of the school and also serves as an occasional outdoor laboratory for students studying the biological sciences.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

A new distance program with upper-level courses slotted to become available the summer of 2016, Fort Hays State University’s B.S. in Computer Science is a 130-credit degree program. Corresponding online general education courses are currently available to students preparing to graduate from Fort Hays with the new degree. Students may choose an emphasis in Business, Mathematics, Geographic Applications, Physics, or Networking. Students of all emphases will take upper-level computer science courses including Foundations of Computing, Computer Operating Systems, Systems Architecture, Java Programming, Software Engineering, and more. A local internship or seminar is required before being eligible for graduation. It must be noted that a few of the general education requirements may be avoided by passing the appropriate CLEP exams.

Accreditation

Fort Hays State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 48%
Tuition: $23,126

#2. Western Governors University

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Founded in 1997, Western Governors University is a private online university with the intention to “expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs.” Students communicate frequently with faculty through phone and internet sessions, and their coursework and testing activities are monitored online. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Western Governors University has been recognized by the United States Distance Learning Association.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Software Development Overview

WGU’s College of Information Technology offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Software Development. The online degree program requires 123-credit hours for graduation. WGU’s B.S. in Software Development integrates industry-recognized certifications into the 123-credit program. These include CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Project+, Oracle Certified Associate: Java SE 7 Programmer, and Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 7 Programmer. The cost of these exams is included in the tuition, and students who have already acquired some or all of these certifications will have pertinent sections of their degree requirements waived.

Accreditation

Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 24%
Tuition: $25,630

#3. Troy University

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Located in Troy, Alabama, Troy University was founded in 1887 with the purpose of training new teachers. The school was given its current name in 1967 upon achieving university status, and is also known as Alabama’s International University due to its overwhelming success in attracting students from around the world.

Online Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science Overview

Students of Troy University’s B.S. in Applied Computer Science have the option of choosing a concentration in either Cyber Security or Advanced Programming. Troy’s Computer Science curriculum emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills and various computer science aptitudes including administering databases and assisting in the administration of networking. Throughout the course of the program, students work together on team projects including game designs, cell phone apps, web applications, and more. After program completion, graduates are prepared to work in the computer industry, in retail, for federal and state agencies, financial institutions, and for the information technology industry.

Accreditation

Troy University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 38%
Tuition: $39,120

#4. University of Illinois Springfield

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Founded in 1969 as Sangamon State University, The University of Illinois at Springfield was originally an “upper-division university” and therefore only offered courses for those in the last two years of their undergraduate program or in graduate school. This changed in 2001, when UIS began accepting freshmen as part of a university-wide honors program, and also in 2006, when freshmen were able to be admitted under the general education curriculum. The public liberal arts university is the newest campus in the University of Illinois system and is part of the American Council of Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

Students accepted into the University of Illinois Springfield’s online B.S. in Computer Science program will begin their first semester with an entrance assessment. Upon graduating, students will take an exit assessment – these two exams function as an evaluation of the Department of Computer Science at UIS, not as a student evaluation. The program’s core requirements are predetermined, but students will have some degree of flexibility when collaborating with their advisor to determine advanced coursework specifics. Optional courses include Computer Organization, Data Structures and Algorithms, Programming Languages, Introduction to Operating Systems, and more. Entrance requirements include completion of one semester of Calculus and Discrete or Finite Math, and two semesters of Java Programming.

Accreditation

The University of Illinois at Springfield is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 49%
Tuition: $39,660

#5. Dakota State University

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Located in Madison, South Dakota and originally founded in 1881 as the first teacher institution in the Dakota Territory, Dakota State University is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents. The university is technology-centric, and requires all full-time undergraduate students to use tablet computers and take an introductory computer usage and programming course as part of the mandatory core curriculum. 25 of their on-campus degree programs are available via distance education.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

Dakota State University’s Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science is offered completely online; required classes include Information Security Fundamentals, Database Management Systems, Networking, Algorithms and Optimization, Operating Systems, and Object-Oriented Design. Alumni have gone on to work as software designers and engineers, system programmers, applications programmers, and analysts. The distance-degree program require 120-credit hours for graduation.

Accreditation

Dakota State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 49%
Tuition: $40,364

#6. Baker College

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Established in 1911 in Flint Township, Michigan, Baker College is Michigan’s largest private, not-for-profit university with 13 locations statewide and an online campus. The college is a four-year vocational school that aims to impart job-specific training to its students while emphasizing broad academic development.

Online Bachelor’s of Computer Science, Bachelor’s of Computer Science in Database Technology, Bachelor’s of Science in Game Software Development, Bachelor’s of Science in Mobile Application Software Engineering, Bachelor’s of Web Development Overview

Baker College offers a host of specialized online undergraduate degree programs in the technological and computer sciences fields. Their computer science-related programs include a Bachelor’s of Computer Science, a Bachelor’s of Computer Science in Database Technology, a Bachelor’s of Science in Game Software Development, a Bachelor’s of Computer Science in Mobile Application Software Engineering, and a Bachelor’s of Web Development. All students are required to complete Baker College’s general education core along with their major core coursework prior to graduation, and the choice of one out of two college success-focused courses must be taken by all new-freshman and online students, regardless of class standing.

Accreditation

Baker College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 22%
Tuition: $40,500

#7. Thomas Edison State College

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Namesake of inventor Thomas Alva Edison, Thomas Edison State College was established in 1972 and is one of New Jersey’s 11 public universities and colleges. The school has been located in downtown Trenton, New Jersey since 1979.

Online Bachelor’s of Arts in Computer Science Overview

Thomas Edison State College’s Heavin School of Arts & Sciences offers an online B.A. in Computer Science with a strong liberal arts core and a comprehensive, basic education in computer science. The 120-hour program includes as requisites advanced math classes Calculus I and II, foundational courses like Data Structures and Introduction to Computer Science, and varied upper-level electives including Artificial Intelligence, Assembly Language, Compiler Construction, Comparative Programming Languages, Computer Arithmetic Algorithms, Operations Research, Software Engineering, and more. Students will leave the program equipped to analyze and troubleshoot computer problems using differential and integral calculus, probability and statistics; utilize knowledge of emerging technologies and their cultural impact; demonstrate capability in software design; and practically employ, at a minimum, two programming languages.

Accreditation

Thomas Edison State College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 15%
Tuition: $43,200

#8. Liberty University

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Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University was founded as Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971 by the Reverend Jerry Falwell. It has long been considered a Christian academic community, the institution’s stated intention being the development of both the intellectual and spiritual nature. When including the number of online matriculated students (90,000 as of May 2013), Liberty University is the nation’s largest private nonprofit university and the world’s largest Evangelical Christian university.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Information Systems Overview

Liberty University’s online B.S. in Information Systems emphasizes basic business awareness along with a thorough grasp of software applications and programming languages. Specializations are available in Accounting Information Systems, Data Networking, Database, and Information Assurance. After graduation from the 120-credit program, students will be prepared to test for Cisco and JAVA certifications, and to use their skills in a variety of businesses. Alumni have gone on to work in business intelligence, database management, data analysis, information assurance, and network and project management.

Accreditation

Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 47%
Tuition: $43,200

#9. Austin Peay State University

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Austin Peay State University is located in Clarksville, Tennessee. The university evolved from a transformation of a mid-1880s Masonic academic institution to an accredited, quickly growing four-year public university. Over 10,000 students are currently enrolled.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems Overview

Recently ranked one of the top fifty programs in the nation by ComputerScienceOnline.org, Austin Peay State University’s B.S. in Computer Science and Information Systems is offered online with three concentrations. Students may choose Information Systems, Internet and Web Technology, or Database Administration. Classes are available year-round, and graduating students leave with a thorough understanding of how to work with computer applications in the business world. Alumni have gone on to work as systems analysts, applications programmers, data architects, web page designers, and more.

Accreditation

Austin Peay State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 39%
Tuition: $44,980

#10. Park University

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Based in Parkville, Missouri, Park University was founded in 1875 as Park College and obtained university status in 2000. In 1996 the school began offering online courses, and is now recognized as a distinguished institution for those pursuing both traditional and distance education. Park University established the Military Degree Completion Program in the 1960’s and is currently recognized as one of top military-friendly colleges and universities in the nation.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Information and Computer Science Overview

Park University’s B.S. in Information and Computer Science prepares students for employment and graduate work in a variety of computer and technology fields. Upon admission to the program, students will choose one of four concentration tracks in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Management, or Networking. Core coursework includes Discrete Mathematics, Programming Fundamentals, Technology in a Global Society, Computer Networking Society, Managing Information Systems, and more. Each specialization has its own distinct prerequisite tree – common courses include Computer Architecture, Data Structures, Web Programming, User Interface Design, and Computer Systems Analysis and Design. After graduation, students will have the appropriate skillset to work as web programmers, applications programmers, IT project managers, database analysts, network analysts, and systems analysts, to name just a few.

Accreditation

Park University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 41%
Tuition: $46,200

#11. Regent University

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Founded by Pat Robertson in 1978 as Christian Broadcasting Network University, Regent University is a private interdenominational Christian university located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In the late 1980s, Regent began offering what is now an extensive distance education program in addition to its on-campus degrees. Full-time and part-time faculty consist of graduates of Yale, Harvard, Oxford, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, and other schools. The university’s current motto is “Christian Leadership to Change the World.”

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

A computer science program with a Christian frame of reference, Regent University’s B.S. in Computer Science requires 120 hours for graduation and is only offered online. Students will take required courses from the Mathematics core, the Computer Science core, and the Information Systems core. These include Computer Architecture, Database Fundamentals, Mobile & Smart Computing, multiple Calculus courses, Linear Algebra, Programming courses, Network and Telecommunications Concepts, and Information Systems Security. After graduation, alumni find work in video game programming, digital arts, engineering, software development, computer information security, database and data mining analysis, and web development.

Accreditation

Regent University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 54%
Tuition: $47,400

#12. Limestone College

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Limestone College was founded in 1845 by Dr. Thomas Curtis and his son, Dr. William Curtis, both esteemed British scholars. Located in Gaffney, South Carolina, it is the third-oldest college in the state. Limestone College began providing online courses in 1997 and now offers 5 majors at the Associate’s Degree level and 19 majors at the Bachelor’s Degree level.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

Limestone College’s online B.S. in Computer Science is offered with four concentration areas: Computer and Information System Security, Information Technology, Programming, and Web Development & Database. Students will take classes in cryptography, microcomputer applications, security architecture, business law, web page development, internet programming, computation, high-level mathematics, scripting, graphics, and more. After completing the core and major requirements, students will choose technology-related electives to meet the 123 credit-requirement necessary for graduation. Alumni have gone on to work as Technology Auditors, Risk Analysts, Database Administrators, Information Systems Security Professionals, and Web Designers.

Accreditation

Limestone College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 39%
Tuition: $47,970

#13. Bellevue University

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Established in 1966 and based in Bellevue, Nebraska, Bellevue University is one of the largest private higher learning institutions in the state. The school enrolls over 10,000 students and has always aimed to provide accessible education to working adults.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Information Systems, Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems, Bachelor’s of Science in Software Development, and Bachelor’s of Science in Systems and Network Administration Degree Overview

Bellevue University offers an array of online computer science-related undergraduate degrees. These include B.S. in Computer Information Systems, B.A.S. in Computer Information Systems, B.S. in Software Development, and a B.S. in Systems and Network Administration. Students enrolled in the Computer Information Systems programs will take courses including Java and C# Programming, Applied Statistics, Information Technology Project Management, Information Security, and Business Telecommunications. Students enrolled in the Software Development degree will take Web Scripting, Object-Oriented Analysis and Design, and Advanced Networking. SNAP students will take Linux 1 and 2, Virtualization of Computing Resources, Cisco Networking, and Administration of Networking Systems. All of the degrees share many courses in common, as well as similar outcomes including potential professional careers.

Accreditation

Bellevue University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 37%
Tuition: $48,895

#14. Southwestern College

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Founded in 1885, Southwestern College is a private Methodist institution located in Winfield, Kansas. Ranked #83 of Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S News & World Report, the school offers online programs through its professional studies programs in addition to its on-campus programs.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Programming Technology Overview

Students of Southwestern College’s online B.S. in Computer Programming Technology will gain the skills necessary to research, document, and develop program applications within the object-oriented programming environments. Graduates will have a thorough understanding of the software-development life cycle, including maintenance and troubleshooting. Students will use HTML, XHTML, Java, and Visual Basics. Core major classes include Microsoft Access, SQL Fundamentals, Java Programming Principles 1 and 2, and a Senior Capstone, among others. 124 credits are required for graduation. All of the foundation and major courses must be completed with a minimum 2.0 GPA – 30 of which must be completed with a C average or higher.

Accreditation

Southwestern College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 53%
Tuition: $52,958

#15. Franklin University

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Franklin University is located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Other branch campuses are located in Beavercreek, Dublin, Delaware, Westerville, and Indianapolis, Indiana. Additionally, Franklin University offers degree programs with two international universities – the Wroclaw School of Banking in Wroclaw, Poland and St. Clement of Ohrid University in Bitola, Macedonia. The university was founded in 1902 under sponsorship of the YMCA in Columbus and acquired its current name in 1933.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

Franklin University’s online B.S. in Computer Science focuses primarily on software development and is a language-independent degree program, meaning students will master many widely-used languages while learning the ins and outs of Java technology. The curriculum’s foundation is built on the five pillars of Object-Oriented Design, Computer Architecture, Coding & Testing, Web Application Development, and Database Management. Constantly-evolving classes are available 100% online and are taught by competent, credentialed instructors – not graduate students or lifelong academics – with the benefit of extensive and applicable professional experience.

Accreditation

Franklin University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 36%
Tuition: $55,680

#16. University of Florida

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The University of Florida is located on 2,000 acres in Gainesville, Florida and is a public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university. Founded in the 1850’s, UF is the third largest university in the state by student population and the eighth largest single-campus university in the nation.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

The University of Florida’s online B.S. in Computer Science is offered by their College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The curriculum prepares students for graduation and a professional career with a strong liberal arts foundation in social and behavioral sciences, the humanities, and foreign languages. 120 credits are required for program completion, and major classes include Analytic Geometry and Calculus, Computational Linear Algebra, Programming Fundamentals, Information and Database Systems, Numerical Analysis, Digital Logic and Computer Systems, Digital Design, Microprocessor Applications, and more.

Accreditation

The University of Florida is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 85%
Tuition: $57,000

#17. Regis University

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Formerly known as Regis College, Regis University is a private Jesuit university located in Denver, Colorado. Founded in Las Vegas in 1877 by a group of exiled Italian Jesuits, the school adopted the name Regis in 1921 in honor of John Francis Regis, a 17th-century Jesuit who worked with the poor in Southern France. Regis has a long history of charity and community service and has hosted Bill Clinton, Pope John Paul II, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams, and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

Regis University’s B.S. in Computer Science prepares students to create innovative computational solutions to the world’s complex problems and to do so from a socially aware perspective. Social justice is a highly valued aspect of every degree program at Regis, and their technological programs are no exception. 128-133 credits are required for graduation, with foundational coursework including Computational Foundations, Introduction to Programming, Statistics, Calculus, and more. Upper-level coursework includes Principles of Programming Languages, Software Engineering, Computation Theory, Ethical Leadership in Computer Science, and Artificial Intelligence. Concentrations are available in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Computer Information Systems.

Accreditation

Regis University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 58%
Tuition: $58,880

#18. University of Maryland University College

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University of Maryland University College is a development of the University of Maryland’s evening program for adults that began in the 1920’s. UMUC is an open university and one of the largest distance learning institutions in the world. The school serves over 90,000 students worldwide in a combination of on-campus courses and online courses and has campuses located all over the world. UMUC offers face-to-face courses to deployed military at bases in Afghanistan and Djibouti, Africa.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor’s of Science in Digital Media and Web Technology Overview

Students in UMUC’s online B.S. in Computer Science will graduate with extensive knowledge regarding programming, algorithm optimization and enhancement, and the modern theories behind professional computing. Coursework will cover data structures and analysis, image and signal processing, and computer systems and architecture; students will become proficient in Java, C++, OpenGL, Octave, and MATLAB. 120 semester credits are required for graduation, after which students will be prepared to test for certification exams including Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert and Oracle Certified Java Programmer. UMUC’s related online B.S. in Digital Media and Web Technology walks students through the particulars of design and the varied platforms of digital media; graduates will be proficient in Adobe Creative Suite software – InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and After Effects. Classes include Interactive Design, Fundamentals of Digital Media, Current Trends and Projects in Digital Media and Web Technology, Image Editing, Fundamentals of Electronic Publishing, Illustration Graphics, and more. Throughout the course of the program, students may choose to focus their degree by choosing one of two specializations: Digital Design or Web Design.

Accreditation

The University of Maryland University College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 10%
Tuition: $59,880

#19. Herzing University

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Founded by Henry and Suzanne Herzing as a computer school in Milwaukee,Wisconsin in 1965, Herzing University now includes campuses in eight U.S. states as well as an online campus. The school has always been a non-profit, professional institution aimed at non-traditional students, or working adults. The institution offers programs in business, technology, healthcare, design, and public safety. Herzing’s online campus was created in 2003.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Software Development Overview

Two specialization tracks are available for students in Herzing University’s undergraduate Software Development program: Computer Applications and Computer Systems. Over half of all software engineers specialize in computer applications software and develop applications software in Java, C, and C++ languages; whereas computer systems software engineers analyze the technological needs of an organization, then cooperatively construct and implement appropriate solutions. 121 credit hours are required for graduation, after which students will have earned or prepared for the following licensures: Oracle Certified JAVA Programmer (formerly SCJA), Oracle Database Administrator Certified Associate, CIW Database Design Specialist, CIW Web Design Specialist, CIW Site Development Associate, C++ Certified Associate Programmer, MTA: Security Fundamentals, MTA: HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals, and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer.

Accreditation

Herzing University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 38%
Tuition: $61,515

#20. Champlain College

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Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private undergraduate college located in Burlington, Vermont. Along with its on-campus programs, the school offers non-traditional distance-learning degrees. Champlain College has been distinguished by the U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review and was recently named the number one “Up-and-Comer” regional college in the North.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Software Development and Bachelor’s of Science in Web Design Development Overview

Students of Champlain College’s online B.S. in Software Development will take coursework focusing on a variety of software languages, cybersecurity, mobile and handheld device technology, systems analysis, and interpersonal and business skills. Up to ninety related credits from a separate institution can be transferred in and applied; a minimum of thirty credits must be taken at Champlain. Core coursework consists of Technical Writing, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication, Ethics in the Professions, Writing in the Workplace, and more. Professional coursework includes Networking Fundamentals, Web page Development I-HTML, Enterprise Database Systems, C++ Programming, Linux/UNIX Programming, and Cloud Computing Security. Champlain’s B.S. in Web Design and Development shares core coursework with the B.S. in Software Development, yet the professional coursework is predominantly design and marketing-focused. Students will study Designing Digital Images for the Web, Web Media, Website Design, Usability in Website and Software Design, Digital Marketing, The Strategic Marketing Process, Retail Internet Business, and more. After completing all required coursework, students may choose one of three concentration tracks: Web Design, Web Programming, or Internet Marketing. Both undergraduate programs require 120-credit hours for degree completion.

Accreditation

Champlain College is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 60%
Tuition: $61,580

#21. Eastern Florida State College

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Located in Brevard County, Florida, on Florida’s Space Coast, Eastern Florida State College is part of the 28-member Florida College System and has four campuses in Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and Titusville. an online campus, and an Aerospace program at Kennedy Space Center. Originally Brevard Junior College, EFSC opened in Cocoa in 1960 with less than 800 students. In 2013, Eastern Florida State College simultaneously obtained its current name and began offering four-year degrees.

Online Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems Technology Overview

Eastern Florida State College’s online B.A.S. in Computer Information Systems Technology is a flexible program with classes offered on-campus and online, both night and day. EFSC offers three specialization tracks representing current in-demand skills in the IT field: these include Computer Project Management, Networking Systems, Program Development and Software Development. Students will information security, hardware and software architecture, modern programming languages, data structures, and more. Alumni have gone on to work as Computer Network Architects, Network Administrators, IT Managers, Computer Systems Administrators, Software and Web Developers, and Computer Support Specialists.

Accreditation

Eastern Florida State College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 45%
Tuition: $61,070

#22. Murray State University

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One of the top-ranked regional universities in Kentucky for the last quarter-century, Murray State University of Murray, Kentucky enrolls approximately 12,000 students. Extended campuses include Paducah, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, and Henderson. Murray State University was founded in the early 1920s as a normal school, evolved into a state college by 1948, and achieved university status in 1966.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Business: Computer Information Systems Overview

Murray State University offers an online Bachelor’s of Science in Business: Computer Information Systems through its partnership with Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Lower-level requirements for all distance degrees are available online through KCTCS, yet students will finish their degree and receive a diploma from Murray State University. A cross between a business degree and a technology degree, this particular B.S. emphasizes creation of software, design, and human resources management. Graduates will be as adept at working with people in various capacities – marketing, managing projects, and training newcomers- as they are at the design and implementation of computer systems. Requisite courses include Micro and Macroeconomics, Issues in the Global Economy, Business Statistics, Principles of Finance, Business Ethics and Environment, Data Analysis and Modeling, E-Business Technology, Enterprise Resource Planning, and more.

Accreditation

Murray State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 54%
Tuition: $65,364

#23. Mercy College

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Mercy College is a private, nonsectarian liberal arts college located in New York State. Founded in 1950, Mercy College’s main campus is located in Dobbs Ferry, New York and spans 55 acres alongside the Hudson River; there are three additional campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Yorktown Heights. The college began including distance education in the late 1980’s, and now offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degrees that can be completely entirely online.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

Mercy College offers a 120-credit online B.S. in Computer Science with foundational and advanced requisite courses including Calculus I and II, Discrete Structures, Foundations of Computing, Software Engineering, Computer Architecture, Operating Systems, Computer Networking, and computer programming classes covering Java and C++. The department frequently and carefully revises their Computer Science curriculum to follow the current guidelines set in the Report of the ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Curriculum Task Force. Mercy’s B.S. in Computer Science is primarily a program design major, whereas their comparable online B.S. in Computer Information Systems prepares students to manage companies who employ technology to keep track of the particulars of the business itself, including finances, archived data, etc.

Accreditation

Mercy College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 35%
Tuition: $68,664

#24. Florida State University

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A space-grant, land-grant and public research university, Florida State University was founded in 1851 and is located in Tallahassee, the state’s capital. FSU is renowned for its prestigious faculty which includes recipients of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellowships, and Academy Awards. A diverse conglomeration of Florida State’s academic programs are nationally ranked – the school has received accolades in the sciences, social policy, engineering, film, theatre, dance, business, political science, psychology, social work, medicine, and law. Florida State University is considered a “Budget Ivy,” and has been recently recognized by USA Today, the Princeton Review, The Academic Ranking of World Universities, and U.S. News & World Report. Most of FSU’s degree programs rank nationally among the top 25 public universities.

Online Bachelor’s of Science and Bachelor’s of Arts in Computer Science Overview

Florida State University offers both a B.S. and B.A. distance degree in Computer Science. The two online programs prepare students for a variety of diverse careers as computer professionals. Students will study computing with an emphasis on object orientation and design, and will take a variety of classes ranging from basic software to systems design. After becoming competent in computer organization, programming, and database structure, students will have the option to study other aspects of computer science and information technology, including data communication, information security, software engineering, networks system administration, and more. Both degree programs require 120 completed hours for graduation; the B.A. puts a greater emphasis on history and the humanities.

Accreditation

Florida State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 76%
Tuition: $86,532

#25. Old Dominion University

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Old Dominion University is located in Norfolk, Virginia. Established in 1930 as the College of William and Mary, the school acquired university status and its current name in 1969. ODU enrolls approximately 24,000 through on-campus and online programs, and is recognized as a national leader in distance learning.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

Old Dominion University’s BSCS is an online degree completion program offered by the College of Sciences’ Department of Computer Science. 71 completed credit hours are required from ODU, 120 in total. Students will study experimental theory, problem-solving techniques, and engineering methodology in an interactive, project-intensive environment. The laboratory component is strongly emphasized, along with advanced courses in the sciences and in mathematics. ODU is intent on producing highly qualified, hard-working, talented graduates who have progressed beyond the errant concept of internet and video game accessibility and simplicity into the rigor and complexity of the field.

Accreditation

Old Dominion University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 50%
Tuition*: $18,840

#26. Indiana State University

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Established in 1865 in Terre Haute, Indiana, The Princeton Review has named Indiana State University on of their “Best in the Midwest” for more than eleven continuous years. ISU has also been named an environmentally responsible “Green” school by the same company, and has been a constant member of the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Located in the downtown business district, the the growing campus covers 200 acres and is in a process of restoration, renovation, and beautification that will span the next fifteen to twenty years.

Online Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Technology Overview

Indiana State University’s online B.A.S. in Technology is a degree-completion program designed for students who already hold an A.A.S. in Technology or have related transfer hours. Classes are flexible and are offered completely online; campus visits are not required. Students may choose from concentrations in Electronics Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Human Resource Development, Packaging Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology. After graduation, students will be competent in project management, workplace law, supervision, communication, and team-building. Required courses for all students include Industrial Computer Systems Management, Work-Life Integration, Workplace Law for the Technical Manager, and more.

Accreditation

Indiana State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 42%
Tuition*: $20,540

#27. California State University, Monterey Bay

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California State University, Monterey Bay is a small, public university located in Seaside, California. CSU Monterey Bay is one of 23 campuses that make up the California State University system. The school was founded as the 21st CSU university in 1994, with its slogan being “The 21st campus for the 21st century.” One of the first universities to earn a gold STARS rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, CSU Monterey Bay has been recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the most eco-friendly schools in North America.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

California State University, Monterey Bay’s School of Computing and Design offers a fully-online B.S. in Computer Science. The undergraduate degree is a degree-completion CSIT program, meaning that a combination of both computer science theory and hands-on information technology courses make up the two-year curriculum. Students will complete courses including Software Engineering, Internet Programming, Ethics in Communication and Technology, Multimedia Design and Programming, and more. Prospective students must have a minimum of sixty transferable credits upon applying to the program and be in good standing with their last college or university; G.P.A. must be at least a 2.0. Online classes are usually taken individually and in eight-week segments. Alumni have found work as software developers, mobile app developers, and project managers.

Accreditation

California State University, Monterey Bay is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 45%
Tuition*: $22,320

#28. Oregon State University

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Founded in 1856 as Corvallis Academy – a primary and preparatory school – and then later Corvallis College, Oregon State University quickly became an agricultural school, going through various incarnations before obtaining university status in 1961. OSU has been ranked highly by Washington Monthly, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, QS World University Rankings, and Academic Ranking of World Universities; the school is considered a “selective” university. Oregon State University boasts a number of notable alumni across various fields and disciplines; these include Nobel prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling; Donald Kerr, wildlife biologist and founder of the High Desert Museum; computer scientist credited with the invention of the computer mouse and the concept of e-mail, Douglas Engelbart; many local and national politicians; numerous founders and CEO’s of major corporations; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet George Oppen, and more.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Software Development Overview

OSU’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers an online post-baccalaureate undergraduate degree in computer science. The degree is intended for those who already have a bachelor’s degree in any field, and allows full-time, accelerated students to complete their B.S. in Computer Science in as little as a year, though some students may take as long as four years to complete the degree. The curriculum is an intensive combination of various computer science courses – coursework from other disciplines is not available as part of the post-baccalaureate degree plan. After graduation, students are prepared to work in computer programming, information systems management, computer systems analysis, database administration, computer networking, web development, software engineering, robotics, artificial intelligence, and information security.

Accreditation

Oregon State University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 61%
Tuition*: $28,200

#29. Arizona State University

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Founded in 1885 and located on several campuses across Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona State University is a national space-grant institution and the largest public university in the country by enrollment. Arizona State University’s online campus was ranked #1 in online Student Services and Technology by U.S. News & World Report and offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Online Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Internet and Web Development Overview

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University offers an online B.A.S. in Internet and Web Development. A degree-completion program, the B.A.S. in intended for students who have already completed an Associate of Applied Sciences from a regionally-accredited institution. Prerequisites for admission include graphic design, graphic arts, fine arts, or significant work experience in a technical field. B.A.S. classes to be taken at ASU include Computer Systems Technology, Enterprise Planning and Implementation, Planning and Storyboards, and Website and E-Commerce Strategies. Online students are assigned an advisor – as are on-campus students – to assist them in the planning and organization of a degree plan.

Accreditation

Arizona State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 57%
Tuition*: $30,780

#30. DePaul University

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The eleventh-largest private, not-for-profit university in the nation, the largest Catholic university in the nation, and the largest private university in Chicago, DePaul University emphasizes recruitment and enrollment of students from under-privileged backgrounds – often first-generation college students. Namesake of 17th-century priest Saint Vincent de Paul, DePaul University was founded in 1898 by the Vincentians – a group of priests and other Catholics inspired by the works of Saint Vincent – with the initial purpose of serving the Roman Catholic children of immigrants. The university has been favorably recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly, and has a long and controversial history of prioritizing ethics and social justice, often in the form of promoting and sponsoring organized student activist groups. The list of notable alumni is long and varied, and includes prominent businessmen, national politicians, professional athletes, writers and artists, actors and media personalities.

Online Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science Overview

DePaul University’s College of Computing and Digital Media offers a completion degree in computer science, meaning new transfer students with a minimum of thirty transfer credits can complete the program entirely online. Prospective students must have completed one semester of Java or C++, and have G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher. Along with the university’s core requirements, students of DePaul’s B.S. in Computer Science will take classes including Python for Programmers, Discrete Mathematics, Data Structures in Java, Applied Computing, Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Object-Oriented Software Development, Introduction to Compiler Design, and more. It must be noted: some of the required core composition courses and major labs will have to be taken locally and transferred into the program.

Accreditation

DePaul University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

6 Year Graduation Rate: 71%
Tuition*: $35,100

*This is a degree completion program.