Best Value Colleges For Technology Careers

A career in tech is a smart choice if you want to see maximum return on investment for the money you spend on your education.

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School Name
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
Total 4 Year Cost
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Total 4 Year Cost
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Graduation Rate
% of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students who began their studies at the given school and graduate within 6 years. Source: IPEDS
Typical Years to Graduate
# of years it takes for at least 65 percent of graduates from a given school to receive their diplomas. Source: IPEDS
Average Loan Amount
Received by full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students, multiplied to represent amount over four years. Includes all Title IV loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored student loans. Source: IPEDS
% Grant Money Received
% of full-time, first-time undergrads who received local, state, federal, or institutional grant aid in the 2012-2013 academic year. Source: IPEDS
111.8%12.8%16.2%18.5%$1,167,000$1,189,000$1,242,000$1,263,000$139,000$118,00092%4$23,90023%
1University of California-Berkeley(In-State)
Annual ROI11.8%
Annual ROI12.8%
Annual ROI16.2%
Annual ROI18.5%
20 Year Net ROI$1,167,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,189,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,242,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,263,000
Total 4 Year Cost$139,000
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad Rate92%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$23,900
Grant Money Received23%
28.9%N/A16.7%N/A$1,146,000N/A$1,337,000N/A$255,000N/A94%4$32,20013%
2Stanford University(Private)
Annual ROI8.9%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI16.7%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,146,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,337,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$255,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate94%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$32,200
Grant Money Received13%
38.9%N/A15.1%N/A$1,120,000N/A$1,287,000N/A$249,000N/A93%4$30,20015%
3Massachusetts Institute of Technology(Private)
Annual ROI8.9%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI15.1%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,120,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,287,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$249,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$30,200
Grant Money Received15%
48.4%N/A12.2%N/A$1,086,000N/A$1,221,000N/A$272,000N/A93%4$25,50011%
4Harvey Mudd College(Private)
Annual ROI8.4%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI12.2%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,086,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,221,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$272,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$25,500
Grant Money Received11%
58.9%9.4%11.0%11.8%$1,070,000$1,091,000$1,144,000$1,166,000$236,000$215,00092%4$23,90023%
5University of California-Berkeley(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI8.9%
Annual ROI9.4%
Annual ROI11.0%
Annual ROI11.8%
20 Year Net ROI$1,070,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,091,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,144,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,166,000
Total 4 Year Cost$236,000
Total 4 Year Cost$215,000
Grad Rate92%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$23,900
Grant Money Received23%
6N/AN/AN/AN/A$1,056,000N/A$1,056,000N/A$0N/A86%4N/AN/A
6United States Military Academy(Service Academy)
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,056,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,056,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$0
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4
Loan AmtN/A
Grant Money ReceivedN/A
78.7%8.7%11.5%11.5%$1,055,000$1,054,000$1,154,000$1,154,000$247,000$247,00087%4$33,30025%
7Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art(Private)
Annual ROI8.7%
Annual ROI8.7%
Annual ROI11.5%
Annual ROI11.5%
20 Year Net ROI$1,055,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,054,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,154,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,154,000
Total 4 Year Cost$247,000
Total 4 Year Cost$247,000
Grad Rate87%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$33,300
Grant Money Received25%
88.3%N/A11.8%N/A$1,011,000N/A$1,133,000N/A$260,000N/A90%4$32,00011%
8Carnegie Mellon University(Private)
Annual ROI8.3%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI11.8%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,011,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,133,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$260,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate90%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$32,000
Grant Money Received11%
912.7%12.2%16.3%15.3%$1,006,000$997,000$1,054,000$1,044,000$101,000$111,00086%5$33,50011%
9Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus(In-State)
Annual ROI12.7%
Annual ROI12.2%
Annual ROI16.3%
Annual ROI15.3%
20 Year Net ROI$1,006,000
20 Year Net ROI$997,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,054,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,044,000
Total 4 Year Cost$101,000
Total 4 Year Cost$111,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$33,500
Grant Money Received11%
108.4%8.5%13.3%13.4%$1,004,000$1,007,000$1,151,000$1,154,000$250,000$247,00094%4$30,90011%
10California Institute of Technology(Private)
Annual ROI8.4%
Annual ROI8.5%
Annual ROI13.3%
Annual ROI13.4%
20 Year Net ROI$1,004,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,007,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,151,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,154,000
Total 4 Year Cost$250,000
Total 4 Year Cost$247,000
Grad Rate94%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$30,900
Grant Money Received11%
118.0%7.6%14.3%13.0%$994,000$972,000$1,179,000$1,156,000$272,000$294,00094%4$35,90017%
11Columbia University in the City of New York(Private)
Annual ROI8.0%
Annual ROI7.6%
Annual ROI14.3%
Annual ROI13.0%
20 Year Net ROI$994,000
20 Year Net ROI$972,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,179,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,156,000
Total 4 Year Cost$272,000
Total 4 Year Cost$294,000
Grad Rate94%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$35,900
Grant Money Received17%
128.5%N/A16.0%N/A$989,000N/A$1,165,000N/A$240,000N/A97%4$18,10017%
12Princeton University(Private)
Annual ROI8.5%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI16.0%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$989,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,165,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$240,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate97%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$18,100
Grant Money Received17%
138.1%N/A15.5%N/A$970,000N/A$1,163,000N/A$261,000N/A98%4$21,50017%
13Yale University(Private)
Annual ROI8.1%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI15.5%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$970,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,163,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$261,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate98%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$21,500
Grant Money Received17%
1411.4%11.6%16.0%16.5%$965,000$970,000$1,034,000$1,039,000$125,000$120,00087%4$22,80026%
14University of California-San Diego(In-State)
Annual ROI11.4%
Annual ROI11.6%
Annual ROI16.0%
Annual ROI16.5%
20 Year Net ROI$965,000
20 Year Net ROI$970,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,034,000
20 Year Net ROI$1,039,000
Total 4 Year Cost$125,000
Total 4 Year Cost$120,000
Grad Rate87%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$22,800
Grant Money Received26%
15N/AN/AN/AN/A$958,000N/A$958,000N/A$0N/A83%4N/AN/A
15United States Air Force Academy(Service Academy)
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$958,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$958,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$0
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4
Loan AmtN/A
Grant Money ReceivedN/A

* N/A indicates school does not have an on campus living option.

According to PayScale’s College ROI Report technology careers can lead to some of the highest returns on investment for your dollar — but choosing the right school can mean a difference of up to one million dollars over the first 20 years of your career.

Tech jobs, which include job titles such as software developer, product manager, program manager, IT administration, web developer, UX designer, data scientist, statistician and more, are in high demand in today’s economy. You don’t have to major in computer science or math in order to work in tech either — many tech jobs are held by people who studied a wide variety of subjects other than computer engineering in college. So even if you earn your bachelor’s degree in humanities, communication, or even and design, as long as you also take classes (or teach yourself) in technical skills like programming, coding, statistics and engineering, you can land a high-paying tech career.

Since Northern California’s Silicon Valley is the heart of the tech industry, it isn’t surprising that many of the College ROIs seen by technology workers come from the surrounding area. Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, consistently provides high 20-year ROIs for students who attend the school. Despite the fact that Stanford is an expensive private school, Stanford students usually do so well, especially in the tech field, that it is one of the best college values around for math and science careers. In nearby Berkeley, California, alumni of UC Berkeley also usually see an extraordinarily high college return on investment if technology careers are in their future. Even out-of-state residents, who pay significantly more to attend a University of California school, get a great value.

On the East Coast, Ivy League school Columbia University typically delivers a robust 20-year net ROI for tech students. Located in Manhattan in New York City, Columbia equips students with a strong network of both established blue-chip employers and up and coming tech start-ups.

Other schools to consider if you want the highest college return on investment technology careers can offer include Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Carnegie Mellon University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. In fact, it’s hard to find a college with a low return on investment if you end up working in tech.


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