Students Before Profits: Online Bachelor’s in Computer Science 2018

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 2018 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.

Computer Science is an area of studies that involves software, digital storage and retrieval, networks, human computer interaction, information security, digital design and electronic media.  Computer science is transforming our world. Its effects are felt in every industry and benefit all people. From medicine to manufacturing, entertainment to engineering, the technology that defines our global society is developed by computer scientists. Graduates of computer science bachelor’s programs will be prepared to enter careers as applications and software developers, computer systems analysts, computer systems engineers , database administrator, systems administrator, network administrators, web developers, computer programmers, and software systems developers. Within these fields, there is typically a shortage of qualified professionals across industries and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, software developer jobs are expected to grow much faster than average, 24% through 2026. Computer systems analysts made $87,220 in 2016 and the field is expected to grow by 9% through 2026. These statistics are indicative of the entire spectrum of computer science related positions and as such now is an excellent time to pursue a bachelor’s degree or higher in computer science.

#1. North Carolina A&T State University

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Founded as a land-grant university in 1890, North Carolina A&T State University is a public, historically black university with award-winning faculty, intensive research programs and community-focused initiatives. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, NCAT enrolls over 12,000 students and is the nation’s leading producer of African American engineers, in addition to being the leading producer of African-American women engineers at the bachelor’s level. The School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is the largest agricultural school among historically black universities, and the nation’s second largest producer of minority agricultural graduates.

North Carolina A&T offers a fully online Bachelor’s of Science in Electronics Technology designed to equip graduates as well-rounded technology specialists. In this program students will lean on systems that prepare them for the future. This program provides students with the core skills needed to enter and be successful in careers requiring a knowledge of electronics. Students will have the opportunity to learn the foundations of circuits (AC/DC), foundations of networks, power systems, energy, and digital computing environments. The program has a focus on mainframe education. This niche area was identified because of: 1) the department’s acquisition of a z9 Enterprise system, 2) the scarcity of mainframe education programs in the country, and 3) the high demand for talent in this area. Graduates will be prepared for careers in automation, computer electronics, network installation, and more.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 100

#2. Daytona State College

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Founded in 1957 as one of the State of Florida’s first comprehensive colleges, Daytona State College has since grown into an academically superior multi-campus institution providing educational and cultural programs for the citizens of Volusia and Flagler counties. Today, Daytona State offers more than 100 certificate, associate and baccalaureate degree programs, with graduates serving in critical fields that include health care, emergency services, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology and more. The college also offers the Associate of Arts University Transfer degree, which provides students the first two years of a four-year bachelor’s degree. DSU enrolls over 16,000 students.

Daytona State College’s School of Engineering Technology offers several fully online bachelor’s degree programs in the computer science field, including a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. This program Prepares graduates for technical positions in the expanding fields of information technology, network security, digital forensics, databases, and programming. Graduates of this program will have a broad understanding of processes that support the development, delivery, management and security of information systems. The program includes detailed course work in all aspects of the IT field including operating systems, networks, programming, digital security and forensics, databases, and web systems. Daytona State’s online bachelor’s are degree completion programs, requiring an associate’s degree or the equivalent for admissions.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 99

#3. University of South Florida

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The University of South Florida is a large, public 4-year university offering undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral level degrees. The USF System includes three, separately accredited institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 50,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.7 billion and is ranked 45th in the nation for research expenditures among all universities, public or private. USF is comprised of 14 colleges offering more than 180 undergraduate majors and concentrations—with some of the most populated colleges being USF Health, Arts & Sciences, Business and Engineering. We also have numerous degree programs at the graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. USF prides itself on being a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success.

USF’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers coursework and study in all areas fundamental to Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, and Cybersecurity. The department offers an online bachelor’s completion degree in Information Technology from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The Information Technology program focuses on programming, databases, networking, human-computer interaction, web systems, and cybersecurity to meet the technology requirements of business, government, healthcare, education, and other organizations. Students in this program acquire a combination of fundamental knowledge and practical expertise to solve computing technology problems and meet user needs.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 95

#4. University of North Carolina Pembroke

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The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is a Master’s-level university with a spirited community of more than 7,100 students. With a wide array of bachelor’s and master’s degree offerings, fantastic Pembroke faculty, and a diverse community of cultures, ideas and organizations at their fingertips, UNCP students are poised to excel in life. Located in the Southeast North Carolina town of Pembroke, UNCP has a rich American Indian history and is one of the safest campuses in the University of North Carolina system. With small class sizes, a low student-faculty ratio and one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, UNCP is a growing university that empowers students to go on to live vibrant, fulfilling lives.

UNC Pembroke offers an online Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Applied Management Information Systems builds upon computer programming skills as core requirements, and augments such proficiencies with management of information technology and communication skills. Courses in decision sciences such as operations management, statistics, and project management enhance these skills. Graduates will be ready for a variety of practical careers requiring application of computers and computing/statistical skills to managerial decision making.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 94

#5. Florida State University

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One of the nation’s elite research universities, Florida State University was founded in 1851 and is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is dedicated to the preservation, expansion, and dissemination of knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. FSU’s welcoming campus is located in the capital city of Tallahassee within a community that fosters free inquiry and embraces diversity, along with championship athletics. FSU enrolls nearly 42,000 students.

Florida State University is a known leader in STEM fields and thus offers a number of reputable online degree programs in these in-demand fields. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree is a degree-completion program requiring students to possess an associate’s degree or equivalent in prerequisites earned from an accredited institution of higher learning. This major develops core competencies in programming, database structure, computer organization, and operating systems. It allows opportunities to study a range of other aspects of computer and information science, such as information security, data communication/ networks, computer and network systems administration, theoretical computer science, and software engineering. Every student can expect to become proficient at programming in C, C++, and Assembly Language. Additionally, students will be exposed to other languages such as Java, C#, Ada, Lisp, Scheme, Prolog, Perl, and HTML. The degree can be completed in as little as 2 years.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 94

#6. University of Maine

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A small, regional liberal arts college in the University of Maine system, the University of Maine at Augusta is the third largest public university in Maine. In addition to its main campus in the state’s capital, UMA also serves students at its campus in Bangor (UMA Bangor) and through UMA Centers around the state. With its multiple locations and long-term expertise in online and distance learning, UMA is generally considered the university of choice for Mainers of all ages who want to attend college without uprooting their lives. With opportunities for traditional and non-traditional students at the associate’s and bachelor’s level UMA has been recognized as a top regional institution for the North, and especially in online education.

The Computer Information Systems department at UMA in cooperation with the OnlineMaine—an initiative of the University of Maine System that offers fully online degree programs across the University System—offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. Students who graduate with the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems will be prepared for careers as programmer/analysts, network administrators, information system developers, and information technology managers. Students can choose from among concentrations in data science, software development, web-design and development, networking, or information systems security.

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 94

#7. Fort Hays State University

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Located in Hays, Kansas, Fort Hays State University is a leading forward-thinking, entrepreneurial university of the Midwest. FHSU was founded in 1902 as the Western Branch of Kansas State Normal School, which is now known as Emporia State University. The institution was originally located on the grounds of Fort Hays, a frontier military outpost that was closed in 1889. The university has an enrollment of more than 15,000 students and offer certificate and degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels through 31 academic departments (we also offer a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree). FHSU attracts goal-oriented students who want premier learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom combined with extraordinary one-to-one attention and support.

Fort Hays State University’s Bachelor of Science 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. The Computer Science program is offered on-campus and online. Graduates are prepared to work with complex information and computing systems and have the skills and knowledge necessary to advance steadily in their careers.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 94

#8. Oregon Institute of Technology

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Located in Klamath Falls, Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology is an institution founded on the principles of excellence through hands-on knowledge. OIT believes in giving students a rigorous, practical education while applying cutting-edge concepts for real-world solutions. Oregon Tech is dedicated to its mission to deliver technology education and continually partners with industry leaders to ensure that its programs and classes are at the top of the board with adapting to new technology and preparing students for workforce demands. This real-world focus gives our students a competitive edge: 97 percent are either employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months after graduation with an average starting salary of $58,000 per year.

Oregon Tech is known has a reputation for its quality programs in computer science and engineering. It’s computer science programs are among the best in the region. Available online for working professionals in the field of IT, Oregon Tech’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree provides the much needed flexibility to compliment their busy working schedule and personal life. Oregon’s Tech’s online bachelor’s program provides a thorough, experiential education in the fundamentals of information technology, from web development to systems analysis. By earning a B.S. in Information Technology from Oregon Tech students will be prepared to begin, or advance their careers with the knowledge and skills that employers across the country and around the world are looking for in this high-demand field.

Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Tuition Score 1-100: 93

#9. Lamar University

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Home to over 15,000 students, Lamar University, located near Houston in Beaumont, TX, is among the fastest growing Texas colleges and universities, and is a member of The Texas State University System. LU offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university has been nationally recognized for the quality of its core curriculum and the diversity of its student body. Compared to other universities near Houston. Lamar’s small class sizes and low student-to-faculty ratio allow students to build meaningful relationships with expert faculty who truly care about their success.

LU Online offers a fully online, 4-year Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Computer Science at Lamar is a broad-based program emphasizing programming languages, data structures, information systems, theory of programming languages, software engineering, networking, database, multimedia, applications of computer science and computer architecture. The program requires 48 hours in computer science, 20 hours in mathematics, 12 hours in laboratory science, and 6 hours in free electives as well as the general university requirements for a bachelor’s degree. Students are required to take the ETS computer science field exam during the semester in which they are graduating. This program will provide graduates the knowledge and skills needed to confidently enter into their careers.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 93

#10. Western Governors University Indiana

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WGU Indiana is an online, competency-based university designed to expand access to higher education for Indiana residents. Established by the state of Indiana in partnership with Western Governors University, WGU Indiana is designed to serve the needs of Indiana citizens. WGU Indiana offers more than 50 accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in high-demand career fields. WGU Indiana offers rigorous degree programs in Business, Information Technology, Teacher Education, and Health Professions (including Nursing) that are relevant to the needs of Indiana employers.

WGU offers a wide variety of online Information Technology degrees including its Bachelor of Science in Computer Science designed to prepare students to make their mark on the technologies of tomorrow. Graduates of this degree program will be ready to apply their knowledge and skills to design, develop, and optimize systems that can meet current and future industry needs. Graduates will also pick up certifications from CIW, CompTIA, Axelos, and Oracle along the way! Graduates will be equipped with prowess in logic, architecture and systems, data structures, artificial intelligence, algorithms, and computer theory, among other things that will make them highly in-demand professionals in a diverse and promising workplaces.

Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Tuition Score 1-100: 93

#11. California State University Monterey Bay

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Cal State Monterey Bay provides over 7,500 students an extraordinary opportunity to learn on a residential campus just one mile from the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. Our diverse student body receives personal attention in small classes while pursuing degrees in 25 undergraduate and seven graduate majors. Founded in 1994 on the former site of Fort Ord by educators and community leaders, Cal State Monterey Bay faculty and staff build on that legacy exploring innovative ways to meet the needs of a new generation of students while simultaneously powering the Monterey County economy.

California State University’s System provides online education through all of its campuses integrated into its online division. Online students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Monterey Bay, through a degree completion program that requires students to have completed an Associate’s degree or equivalent in college level coursework prior to admission in the program. The Online degree completion program from California State University, Monterey Bay offers a unique blend of computer science theory and hands-on information technology practice. Graduates are exceptionally prepared to participate in the fast-paced information economy in jobs like: Software engineer, Mobile app developer, and Technology project manager.

Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 91

#12. Southeast Missouri State University

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Southeast Missouri State University is a comprehensive university located in Cape Girardeau, the largest city between St. Louis and Memphis. In addition to offering more than 145 undergraduate majors, 100 minors, and more than 75 graduate programs, Southeast continues to focus on staying ahead of changing market demands. Using technology to find new ways to feed the world is a top priority in agriculture, and industry professionals turn to our cybersecurity team to help defend against the latest cyber threats. With nearly 12,000 students, Southeast is an ideal size to take advantage of critical learning and extracurricular opportunities. Internships and experiential learning are available in 100 percent of majors.

SMSU offers a fully online Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. Getting a CIS degree online prepares and educates software developers – the people who create the software tools and systems that are used by others. Students in this major undertake intensive computing and mathematics courses, and complete the requirements for a minor in Business Administration and will be well prepared to enter the workforce and apply their computing skills. BSCIS students take a 124-hour program which includes, apart from general education courses: 40 semester hours of a required core of information systems and computer science, 6 hours of mathematics courses (applied calculus and probability and statistics), and 33-36 of supplemental courses and either a minor or a set of advised courses.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 91

#13. Dakota State University

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Located in Madison, South Dakota, DSU was founded in 1881 as a school for teacher education in the Dakota Territory. Today, it is one of the most technologically-advanced campuses in the Midwest. DSU specializes in computer management, computer information systems, and other related undergraduate and graduate programs. The university stays true to its roots by placing special emphasis on the preparation of teachers with expertise in the use of computer technology in the teaching and learning process. DSU offers more than 45 majors plus a robust graduate program.

Dakota State University offers a wide variety of online degree programs, taught by the same faculty as their on-campus counterparts. Students can earn an online Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree, (offered on campus and online) empowers students with the tools, knowledge, and vision to build systems and applications enriching whatever domains interest them. DSU is also home to the Center of Excellence in Computer Information Systems which is an honors program that prepares students to take the lead in the development and application of information technology tools in business, industry, government and education. Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter careers as software engineers, systems administrators, software developers, tech startup entrepreneurs, programmers and more.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 91

#14. Kennesaw State University

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Located in Kennesaw, Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a leader in innovative teaching and learning offering more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit, draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe.

Kennesaw State has made its reputation in part on their excellent online programs; with more than 70 degrees, and the largest Department of Continuing Education in the US, KSU’s dedication to working adult students is clear. The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree at KSU has the primary objective of meeting the high demand for professional degrees in the strategy, development and administration of integrated computing, management, and information technology systems. The program offers four specializations: Enterprise Systems, Information Assurance and Security, Health Information Technology, and Mobile and Web Development. The major contains those courses considered fundamental to the information technology field and the technical electives give the student flexibility in choice of concentration.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 90

#15. University of Maryland University College

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The University of Maryland University College is a public university located in Adelphi in Prince George’s County, Maryland in the United States. UMUC offers classes and programs on campus in its Academic Center in Largo, and at satellite campuses across the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, throughout Maryland, as well as in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. UMUC serves over 90,000 students worldwide and is one of the largest distance-learning institutions in the world. University of Maryland University College was founded more than 70 years ago to serve working adults and servicemembers. It is an online state university that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in fast-growing and in-demand fields. With no-cost digital course materials in nearly every course, and locations in Maryland and at military installations around the world.

UMUC offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Computer Science that is designed for traditional undergraduates, working adults, and experienced professionals alike. In the online bachelor’s program in computer science, students learn programming, algorithm optimization and enhancement, and the theory, science, and math behind modern computing. Specifically, students will learn about Java, C++, OpenGL, Octave, and MATLAB. Courses will include data structures and analysis, computer systems and architecture, image and signal processing, and more.

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Tuition Score 1-100: 90

#16. Missouri State University

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Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs. Our purpose is to develop fully educated persons with a focus on ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement. Headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, MSU has three additional campuses across the state. MSU enrolls over 26,000 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate majors and over 45 graduate programs.

Missouri State’s online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Service Management has been designed especially for working adult and professional students. Online students are guided by Adult Student Support and have all of the advice and mentoring necessary for completion of the program. Students in this program will be equipped with knowledge of software, database administration, and systems development, as well as skills such as tech support, education and training, and consulting. Graduates will be prepared to enter careers in database administration, education/training, network administration, systems development, technical software, computer support/help desk, and more.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 90

#17. Columbia College

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Founded in 1851, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, coeducational liberal arts and sciences college, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. Located in Columbia, Missouri and with its network of campuses in 35 nationwide locations Columbia College offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees at the main campus, selected extended campuses and online. Founded by and retaining a covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since its inception, the college is a nonsectarian school welcoming students of all religious denominations.

Columbia College’s Computer and Math Sciences Department offers an online Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems degree designed to equip students with a rigorous theoretical background in information systems along with the practical skills needed to go on to graduate school or pursue their careers. The program also requires completion of several business courses. With a wide range of elective courses, you will also be able to tailor a program of study to fit your specific interests. Students may also pursue a minor in Computer Information Systems through Columbia College.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 90

#18. Southwestern College

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Southwestern College is a four-year private higher educational institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church located in Winfield, Kansas, United States. It was founded in 1885 as Southwest Kansas Conference College and graduated its first class of three in June 1889. The main campus is a laptop learning community, with laptop computers provided to all incoming students. An emphasis on service learning has led to nationally recognized programs in leadership, discipleship, and sustainability (green issues). In addition to bachelor’s degrees, several master’s programs give undergraduate students the option of completing a graduate degree. Its doctoral degree in education started during the summer of 2012.

Students of Southwestern College’s online Bachelor of Science 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: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 90

#19. Rogers State University

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Rogers State University is a regional four-year university serving northeastern Oklahoma and the Tulsa metropolitan area. The university operates three full-service campuses in Claremore, Bartlesville, and Pryor. In addition, RSU provides innovative distance learning options for students through RSU Online, RSU Public Television, and other delivery methods. RSU offers a variety of bachelor’s and associate degrees to assist students in achieving their academic goals. Rogers State University is dedicated to its mission to ensure students develop the skills and knowledge required to achieve professional and personal goals in dynamic local and global communities.

RSU offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology with the option of two specializations: Computer Network Administration, or Software Development and Multimedia. This program is geared toward the use of technology in business and industry, with emphasis on data, security, and finance. The Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology is designed to meet the growing demand for information technology specialists who are able to communicate effectively and are knowledgeable of business needs.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 89

#20. Champlain College

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Founded in 1878, Champlain College® is a small, not-for-profit, private college overlooking Lake Champlain and Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlian’s career-driven approach to higher education prepares students for their professional life from their very first semester. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and master’s degree programs, in more than 80 subject areas. Champlain enrolls 2,000 undergraduate students from 41 states and 22 countries.

Students of Champlain College’s online Bachelor of Science 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. The software development bachelor’s degree program is composed of online software development courses, professional courses, and general education courses that provide foundational knowledge and immediate take-aways that can be applied on the job. These online courses are focused, relevant and most are delivered in an accelerated 7-week format.

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 88

#21. Southern New Hampshire University

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Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 3,000 on-campus students, over 90,000 online students and an alumni network of over 84,000, making it one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. Since its founding in 1932, the University has transformed from a school of accounting and secretarial science into an institution offering over 200 programs, from certificates to doctoral level degrees including business, education, liberal arts, social sciences and STEM. By reinventing higher education to fit the needs of today’s students and workforce, SNHU ensures that students are keeping pace with new technologies and professional requirements. SNHU is located in Hooksett, New Hampshire.

SNHU’s online Bachelor of Science in Computer Science utilizes experiential learning and applied lessons to develop students’ real-world problem-solving skills and prepare them for the challenges they will face on the job. Online computer science degree students will work to solve real-world problems in courses that emphasize the design and development of computer software. Key courses include: Software Development Lifecycle, Advanced Programming Languages, and Object Oriented Analysis & Design. Students can choose to concentrate in either Information Security, or Software Engineering. Graduates will be prepared to enter careers such as applications and software developers and computer systems analysts—jobs of which there is typically a shortage across industries.

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 88

#22. Brigham Young University Idaho

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Brigham Young University-Idaho is a private, four-year university affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Located in Rexburg, Idaho, BYU-Idaho seeks to create a wholesome learning environment in which students can strengthen their commitment to their faith and receive a quality education that prepares them for leadership in the home, the community, and the workplace. BYUI enrolls over 34,000 students and more than 15,000 additional students in an extensive array of online programs.

Buy Idaho offers an online Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology as an online degree-completion program.This program is designed to develop students understanding of design, development and management of systems within an organization and will support graduates career readiness in a wide variety of computing environments. The BS in Computer Information Technology degree can be taken entirely online. Students must complete the 40 credits of required Foundations courses, 51 credits of major courses (listed below) plus 29 additional elective credits to reach a total of 120 credits. Minors or concentrations in the Business Department are also available.

Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Tuition Score 1-100: 88

#23. Old Dominion University

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Old Dominion University is Virginia’s forward-focused research university with rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, entrepreneurial research and collaboration. Located along the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, Virginia, the ODU campus boasts state-of-the-art academic facilities, 14 residence halls and amenities such as the Student Recreation Center. Students at ODU can choose from over 120 undergraduate programs, over 130 graduate programs at the master’s, education specialist and doctoral levels and a wealth of certificate and professional development programs. They learn from experts in their chosen field, as our award-winning faculty bring their real-world expertise to classrooms that foster innovation and collaboration.

Old Dominion’s online Bachelor of Science in Computer Science engages students in projects that investigate each stage of problem solving in computer science. Students who graduate with our bachelor in computer science benefit from a strong conceptual and demonstration based curriculum founded with hands-on laboratory experiences. This degree program is scientifically and mathematically intensive in order to produce qualified and talented graduates. The number of students lured by the promise and implied simplicity of the internet and computer games quickly find that they are not prepared for the level of rigor required to be successful. ​To earn this degree from ODU, students must complete at least 30 credit hours with us. The degree requires 120 total credit hours total.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 88

#24. Troy University

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Troy University is a public institution comprised of a network of campuses throughout Alabama and worldwide. International in scope, Troy University provides a variety of educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels for a diverse student body in traditional, nontraditional and emerging electronic formats. Academic programs are supported by a variety of student services which promote the welfare of the individual student. Troy University’s dedicated faculty and staff promote discovery and exploration of knowledge and its application to life-long success through effective teaching, service, creative partnerships, scholarship and research. Troy University serves the educational needs of students in four Alabama campuses and 60 teaching sites in 17 U.S. States and 11 countries enrolling over 18,000 students.

Troy University’s Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science can be completed completely online, from general education to upper-division coursework. Taught by a talented and dedicated faculty that combines quality academic standing with real-world skills and expertise, the curriculum equips graduates with the ability to solve problems with computer programs, think critically, administer databases and assist in the administration of networking. With specialties such as cyber security and advanced programming, you will be trained in the skills necessary to engage in this constantly changing and evolving field.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 87

#25. Colorado State University Global

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An independent online university connected with the Colorado State University System, CSU-Global Campus is committed to advancing student success in a global society, investing in human capital, expanding the state economy, and enhancing the quality of life for citizens in the state of Colorado and beyond by providing access to dynamic degree programs characterized by academic excellence, innovative delivery technologies, and strong stakeholder engagement. CSU Global is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado, and enrolls over 19,000 students.

CSU-Global offers an online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology designed to prepare students for real-life situations so they can actively apply an extensive knowledge of computers, programming, and all IT-related tasks to the professional world. The program is designed to train individuals for information technology jobs and prepare graduates for professional certification exams (such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Project+, Microsoft SQL, Microsoft Server 2012, etc.) that enhance student job-market value. Specializations in multiple subject matters will provide enhanced targeted skills and additional certification preparation. Upon completion of the degree program, students will have a foundational and practical knowledge across the field of information technology. Note: The IT program prepares students to work with, administer, and operate a variety of operating systems. To be successful in the program, students must have access to a Windows-based operating system and the Microsoft Office Suite. Throughout the program students will acquire technical skills in programming and technology troubleshooting, learn to recommend software and hardware systems for organizations, and learn to work both independently and with others to meet the technology goals of an organization.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 86

#26. University of Illinois Springfield

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The University of Illinois Springfield is a public university in Springfield, Illinois, United States. The university was established in 1969 as Sangamon State University by the Illinois General Assembly and became a part of the University of Illinois system in 1995. The University of Illinois Springfield provides an intellectually rich, collaborative, and intimate learning environment for students, faculty, and staff, while serving local, regional, state, national, and international communities. UIS enrolls over 5,000 students in 27 undergraduate majors, 20 master’s programs, and a doctorate in Public Administration.

UIS offers an online Bachelor of Science in Computer Science as a degree completion program for students who have completed an Associate degree or equivalent in college level general education. This program will familiarize students with the various areas of knowledge that make up the field. Students will develop a firm understanding of the fundamental skills and core theories that will endure the rapid technological change we experience daily. A bachelor of science in computer science, more importantly, prepares a student for graduate studies in computer science or in other fields that are strongly associated with computer science. UIS’s Department of Computer Science has been recognized as one of the best in the region.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 86

#27. Austin Peay State University

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Austin Peay State University is located on an urban campus that for more than 180 years has been used for educational purposes and on which the buildings of five colleges have stood. APSU is located in Clarksville, Tennessee, the state’s fifth largest and youngest city. The school is named after former Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, a Clarksville native. Austin Peay is a four-year public, masters level university offering more than 62 majors and 108 different concentrations. Austin Peay State University is a comprehensive university committed to raising the educational attainment of the citizenry, developing programs and services that address regional needs, and providing collaborative opportunities that connect university expertise with private and public resources.

The Department of Computer Science and Information Technology at Austin Peay offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, with four possible online concentrations: Systems Development, Information Assurance and Security, Internet and Web Technology, and Database Administration. Students in this program will gain the skills and knowledge needed to work with computer applications in the business world while enjoying the convenience of online classes, course registration, advising and discussions.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 86

#28. University of Massachusetts Lowell

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell is a nationally ranked public research university committed to excellence in teaching, research and community engagement. We strive to prepare students to succeed in college and to become lifelong learners and informed citizens in a global environment. UMass Lowell offers affordable, experience-based undergraduate and graduate academic programs taught by internationally recognized faculty who conduct research to expand the horizons of knowledge and sustainable practices. The programs span and interconnect the disciplines of business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences.

UMass Online has available a fully online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program that provides a high degree of flexibility and convenience for busy adult students and working professionals. With UMass Lowell’s wide array of IT course offerings, students are able to study a number of different subjects including programming, networking, database management, website design, multimedia and more. Courses are available in topics such as Java Programming, Web Development, Linux / UNIX Systems Administration, Network Security, and Relational Database Concepts.

Accreditation: New England University of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 85

#29. Northern Arizona University

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Founded in 1899, Northern Arizona University is a public university located in the town of Flagstaff. Its academic programs, research, public service, and creative endeavors enrich lives and create opportunities in Arizona and beyond. The university develops solutions to challenges and drives innovation in a supportive, inclusive, and diverse environment. NAU is committed to a “student-first” foundation within all of its activities putting the education of its students as a top-priority. NAU enrolls over 30,000 students in over 150 degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level. It’s faculty members, experts in their fields, provide personalized mentorship to help ensure students achieve academic excellence, perform meaningful research, and change the world.

NAU offers several online degree options in computer science at the undergraduate level. Its Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Technology or Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology; a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Technology Management; or a Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology Management. These programs are designed to be affordable and is customized to what you know and how you learn. These unique competency-based degree programs ensure students also learn what is needed to know by requiring demonstration of understanding of course lessons. Each of these programs will develop graduates into well-rounded technologists prepared to be leaders in the multi-faceted information technology industry.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 84

#30. Park University

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Park, a four-year, private, nonprofit, liberal arts institution has helped students break barriers to education since 1875. Located in Parkville, Missouri, Park University’s 700-acre, wooded flagship campus is nestled within an historic town on the banks of the Missouri River, just minutes from the cosmopolitan center of Kansas City. Park University transforms lives through accessible, student-centered, quality higher education.

Park University’s online Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems is designed to encompass technology solutions across all fields including networking, security, and business analytics in an evolving global environment. This program provides students with the critical thinking and computer technology skills needed to produce technology solutions in a range of professional fields and academic settings. In this program, students will learn to apply problem-solving and critical thinking skills to practical experience and use popular computer technologies to produce technology solutions. Students will also learn how to identify and incorporate appropriate information technologies for a given organizational context. In addition, students will learn to communicate effectively, ethically and professionally in a team environment.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 84

#31. Central Washington University

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A public, four-year university located in historic Ellensburg, Central Washington University’s commitment to hands-on learning and discovery and individual attention takes students beyond the limits of the classroom and books. Each year CWU graduates thousands of well-educated citizens who are ready for high-demand careers in the workforce: construction management, accounting, engineering technology, teacher education, wine business, paramedicine, aviation, and more. CWU prepares students to succeed in a global economy through strong partnerships with 30 colleges and universities around the world. Last year we welcomed more than 400 students from 36 countries to our campus.

Central Washington University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Administrative Management. This program bridges the gap between information technology and administrative management creating career-ready graduates. The program blends high-demand technical skills with soft skills such as leadership and supervision. A cutting-edge, relevant curriculum prepares students to act as leaders in their chosen fields. Students can choose from two specializations: Administrative Management, or Retail Management and Technology. This is a degree-completion program, requiring either an associate’s degree in a technology field, or credit equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Tuition Score 1-100: 83

#32. Regent University

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Regent University is a private Christian research university located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States. The university was founded by Pat Robertson in 1977 as Christian Broadcasting Network University, and changed its name to Regent University in 1990. A satellite campus located in Alexandria, Virginia, was sold in 2008. Regent offers traditional on-campus programs as well as distance education. Through its eight academic schools, Regent offers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in over 70 courses of study.

Regent University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Computer Science—a highly marketable degree that graduates can utilize in a variety of in-demand career fields. Students learn to solve sophisticated computational problems, improve processing efficiencies, and explore ethical and social challenges connected to careers in tech and computer science—all from a Christian worldview. Regent’s online-only BCCS degree prepares students for all aspects of computer science careers, with skills to analyze, design and develop computing systems and networking infrastructures; understand programming languages, database management, operating systems and computational processes; and apply logic and mathematics to verify correct, complete and secure solutions.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 84

#33. Thomas Edison State University

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Thomas Edison State University has a national reputation for academic excellence and educational integrity. The University is one of New Jersey’s 11 senior public institutions of higher education and one of the first schools in the country designed specifically for adults. The University provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults and offers degree programs and certificates in more than 100 areas of study.

Thomas Edison State College’s Heavin School of Arts & Sciences offers an online Bachelor of Arts 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: Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Tuition Score 1-100: 84

#34. Baker College

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. Baker College only offers programs for career fields showing high rates of growth. Baker programs are shaped by industry leaders, ensuring that our students enter the workforce with the skills and education today’s employers want.

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: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 84

#35. Bellevue University

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Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit, open access institution with more than 50,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong career success while making college affordable. Baker’s “Real Mastery” approach helps students not only learn, but master, the knowledge and skills employers expect. Students apply learning to real world situations, giving them the confidence to showcase their talents to a current or future employer. The university is located in Bellevue, Nebraska.

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: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 83

#36. Campbell University

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Campbell University is a coeducational, private university in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Its main campus is located in the community of Buies Creek; its law school moved from Buies Creek to a new campus in the state capital of Raleigh in 2009. It is a university of the liberal arts and sciences, offering both theory and vocational education and hosting several professional schools. It is affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

Campbell offers many fully online Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Applied Science degree programs including an online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree designed to provide education and training in information technology management emphasizing the changing role of IT in the 21st century, introducing the fastest-growing educational program in information assurance – information security, safe computing, information privacy, and internet safety – emphasizing its role in personal and corporate computing, and educate students about intelligence creation, storage, and distribution to take challenges created by new positions in IT industry.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 83

#37. Indiana State University

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Established in 1865 in Terre Haute, Indiana, Indiana State University is a public institution of higher learning offering more than 100 majors, 60+ online programs, and endless opportunities for our students (undergraduate and graduate). 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.

Indiana State University’s online Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology is designed for students who already hold an A.A.S. in Technology or have credit equivalent transfer hours from an accredited college or university.. Classes are flexible and are offered completely online with no campus visits required. Areas of specialization offered online include automotive technology management, construction management, and human resource development. 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: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 83

#38. National University

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National University is a San Diego-based nonprofit founded in 1971 by retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. David Chigos. As the largest private nonprofit university in San Diego, our mission is to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. A pioneer in the digital space, we’ve offered online classes for more than 20 years. Today, we educate students across all 50 states and from 65 countries, offering over 100 on-campus and online programs through a unique four-week class format.

National University’s online Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science provides a strong technical background for students planning to begin careers upon graduation and for those interested in graduate study in computer science. Degree requirements include courses in object oriented programming, data structures and algorithms, operating systems, computer communication networks, software engineering, and computer architecture, as well as mathematics, statistics, and the natural sciences. The program features a rigorous academic foundation that is complemented by realistic programming assignments. Emphasis is placed on developing both the technical and design skills necessary to begin and enhance an individual’s career. Graduates of this program are well prepared for immediate employment in either the computer industry or many other businesses that increasingly rely on computer science.

Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 82

#39. Limeston 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.

Limestone College’s online Bachelor of Science in Computer Science is offered with three concentration areas: Computer and Information System Security, Information Technology, and Programing. 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: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 82

#40. Upper Iowa University

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A private university in Fayette, Iowa, Upper Iowa University has been preparing students to succeed—in the classroom and in the world since 1857. That rich history, coupled with a student-centered mission, has created a springboard for UIU to become a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced study. The university offers distance education programs that include 15 centers in the U.S., an online program, an independent study program, and centers in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. UIU has a total student enrollment of more than 6,000.

UIU’s School of Science and Mathematics offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, designed to prepare students to meet the computer technology needs of business, government, health care, schools, and other kinds of organizations. Eight-week terms allow students the ability to focus on a few courses at a time and get the most out of each learning experience while at UIU. Small class sizes allow students to directly interact with the professors both inside and outside the classroom.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 82

#41. University of Minnesota Crookston

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As a four-year, public university with an enrollment of more than 1,800 students (approximately 900 on campus and 900 online), UMC proudly carries on a tradition of a century of educational service to Northwestern Minnesota. Since its establishment as an institution of higher learning in 1966 and its transition to offering baccalaureate degree programs in 1993, UMC has been a small campus offering big University of Minnesota degrees. UMC equips all students and faculty with laptop computers; provides individual attention and mentorship; and offers an active, hands-on approach to teaching and learning that puts students ahead of the competition!

University of Minnesota Crookston’s online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management focuses on integrating new and advanced computer technology into an organization’s existing infrastructure as well as managing daily operations. With an Information Technology Management degree, students will be involved with mastering new technologies and solving complex problems. Among UMC’s program benefits are academic initiatives with technology companies like Microsoft that provide access to leading industry software free of charge and the chance to work with that software directly.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 81

#42. George Mason University

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Founded in 1952 as a branch of the University of Virginia, George Mason University has quickly become one of the most prestigious universities in the United States. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, GMU is setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of students and communities. To that end, GMU has 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of areas of study. George Mason University is located in Fairfax Virginia.

GMU offers a fully online Bachelor in Applied Sciences in Technology and Innovation. Mason’s online degree program is an adult degree completion program designed especially for community college AAS graduates in the areas of business or technology. The BAS concentration in technology and innovation takes people who have completed an AAS in a technology- or a business-related field and helps them achieve workplace and industry-wide technical competencies. Being competitive in the current job market is an important program goal. Classes such as Information Security Fundamentals and Managing Information in a Global Environment blend business know-how and information technology to help prepare business people for state workforce demands and the global marketplace.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 80

#43. Gardner Webb University

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Gardner-Webb University, a private, Christian, Baptist-related university, provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate education that is strongly grounded in the liberal arts while offering opportunities to prepare for various professions. Originally founded in 1905 as Boiling Springs High School, Gardner-Webb has steadily grown its academic programs, student body, physical campus, and community relationships to become a nationally-recognized leader in Christian higher education.

Gardner-Webb offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems degree completely online or as a degree-completion program. This program provides students with comprehensive training in information management using today’s technologies, and prepares for successful careers helping companies efficiently and effectively manage data and other resources. Students will explore such topics as computer programming and networking, database and information management, and software engineering.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 80

#44. 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. Oregon State is an international public research university that draws people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

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: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Tuition Score 1-100: 79

#45. Regis University

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A private Jesuit University, Regis University is located in the Mile High City with the unmatched backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. Regis aims to develop students as a whole person. Students from all faith backgrounds are bonded together by the common purpose of building a better society and are shaped by Jesuit, Catholic traditions, which emphasize the importance of critical thinking, having a global perspective and standing up for those who do not have a voice. With a small student-to-faculty ratio, Regis’ award-winning faculty is dedicated to empowering graduates with the skills and perspective needed to harness their passions and talents and spur change on a local and global scale.

Regis University’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Science  degree empowers students to expertly design and implement computational solutions that tackle the world’s most challenging social, political, environmental, scientific, medical, economic, and business problems in a socially just manner. This program exposes students to a broad balance of theory and practice. An extensive focus on the theoretical foundations, possibilities, and limitations of computation provides students with the ability to model and craft efficient computational solutions to problems. As graduates are expected to be proficient software developers, the CS degree also provides the greatest breadth and depth of experience related to software development, which includes the ability to utilize multiple programming languages, paradigms, and platforms when implementing the computational solutions they design.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 79

#46. St. Leo University

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As the oldest Catholic institution of higher education in Florida and one of the top universities in Central Florida, Saint Leo University has a century-long tradition of welcoming students of all faiths. The liberal arts campus—located 30 miles north of Tampa in St. Leo, Florida and educates just over 2,200 students. Total enrollment across all campuses, regional locations, and online programs is nearly 15,000. Saint Leo offers over 50 undergraduate degrees, programs and endorsements as well as master’s, doctoral and certificate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, and College of Education & Social Services.

Saint Leo offers a fully online Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, that provides students skills and knowledge to solve real-life problems involving the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services. Students practice computer techniques in a stimulating classroom environment that uses the latest state-of-the-art tools and technology and gain marketable skills in programming, computer forensics, information security, internet applications, and artificial intelligence. The program also requires a specialization in Information Assurance for specialized skills in computer forensics, as well as internet, intranet and network security, and penetration testing.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 79

#47. 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. Franklin is dedicated to making a college degree possible for everyone. We thrive on providing a high-quality, for-the-real-world education to ambitious learners and working adults like you so you can reach your personal and professional goals and enrich the world.

Franklin University’s online Bachelor of Science 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: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 78

#48. Western Kentucky University

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 Western Kentucky University is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, approximately 110 miles south of Louisville and 65 miles north of Nashville. WKU’s Regional Campuses are located in Glasgow, Owensboro, and Elizabethtown-Fort Knox. WKU’s offers Over 240 degree programs from the associate’s through the doctoral level. Western Kentucky University prepares students of all backgrounds to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen-leaders of a global society. The University provides research, service and lifelong learning opportunities for its students, faculty, and other constituents. WKU enriches the quality of life for those within its reach.

Online students at WKU can earn an online Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology designed to educate students to be leaders in a changing technical landscape, to provide solutions to the problems facing the modern high tech society, and to provide a workforce to support the technological complexity of industry.  Among other things students will be trained in the efficient transmission of information and the storage and analysis of information. This program is available fully online from general education requirements through upper division and all elective course requirements available through online coursework.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 78

#49. Northeastern University

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Northeastern University is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts, established in 1898. NU offers undergraduate and graduate programs on its main campus in the Fenway-Kenmore, Roxbury, South End, and Back Bay neighborhoods of Boston. The university has satellite campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina; Seattle, Washington; and San Jose, California that exclusively offer graduate degrees. An additional satellite campus opened in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in late 2016. The university’s enrollment is over 25,000 students. Northeastern’s programs are uniquely driven by an experiential and co-operative model of education designed to develop students capacities in the real world.

Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. The program provides students with the opportunity to develop strengths in the analysis, applied design, development, implementation, and management of information technology systems. Courses cover the critical technology areas of programming for traditional, Web, and mobile applications, and for networking, database, and information security. This provides the breadth of knowledge needed to develop, maintain, and support modern applications. In addition, the curriculum includes courses focused on key business areas needed to integrate and manage technology and technology projects in the workplace. The entire degree is offered online from general education requirements through upper division.

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 77

#50. Florida Institute of Technology

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Located in Melbourne, Florida, Florida Institute of Technology was founded in 1958 as an engineering school and has developed itself over the years as a leader in aeronautics with strong relationships between the school and NASA. Florida Tech’s mission is to provide high-quality education to a culturally diverse student body in order to prepare students for entering the global workforce, seeking higher-education opportunities, and serving within their communities. The university also seeks to expand knowledge through basic and applied research and to serve the diverse economic, cultural, and societal needs of our local, state, national and international constituencies.

Florida Tech offers two online options of study leading to a bachelor’s degree in computer science: a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration Computer Information Systems, for those with more interest in the intersection of business and computer science; and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, for those interested in a more traditional technical degree. The Business Administration program offers a broad base of technical knowledge combined with a strong foundation in business administration. The computer information systems major gains practical experience in various strategies and formats when communicating in an organization setting, learns about decision-making processes and their implementation in a global setting and examines various software systems in terms of roles, significant features, and advantages and disadvantages. The CIS program provides a solid foundation of technical skills, business knowledge and computing technologies necessary to design, develop and implement business solutions for today’s complex systems. The computer information systems major offers comprehensive coverage of CIS concepts, theories and practices in key technology-driven areas of programming languages, database and software systems, network theory and design, decision analysis, Internet and Web applications and systems analysis and design.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 77