Best Value Colleges For Computer Science Majors

According to PayScale's College ROI Report, computer science majors have the best 20-year net return on investment out of any degrees on the list, which can probably be credited to the high earning potential a computer science degree warrants in today's technology-driven world.  Read More

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331 (tie)Fitchburg State College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$646,000
Total 4 Year Cost$83,400
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,900
331 (tie)Purdue University - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$646,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,700
Grad Rate73%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,200
333Lamar University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$645,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,600
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,200
334 (tie)Colorado State University (CSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$644,000
Total 4 Year Cost$158,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,500
334 (tie)Southeastern Louisiana University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$644,000
Total 4 Year Cost$120,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,700
334 (tie)Southwestern Oklahoma State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$644,000
Total 4 Year Cost$97,300
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$15,100
334 (tie)University of Alabama - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$644,000
Total 4 Year Cost$109,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$36,800
338 (tie)Keene State College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$643,000
Total 4 Year Cost$100,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$38,300
338 (tie)Northeastern University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$643,000
Total 4 Year Cost$237,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,400
338 (tie)Pacific Lutheran University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$643,000
Total 4 Year Cost$197,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,100
338 (tie)Texas A&M University - Commerce Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$643,000
Total 4 Year Cost$72,800
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,100
338 (tie)University of New Orleans (UNO)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$643,000
Total 4 Year Cost$81,600
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,900
338 (tie)University of North Texas (UNT)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$643,000
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
344 (tie)Northern Illinois University (NIU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$642,000
Total 4 Year Cost$151,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,300
344 (tie)Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$642,000
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,500

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

In case you hadn't noticed, technology is ubiquitous these days, permeating every facet of our world, from the iPhone in your pocket to Google's self-driving cars roaming the streets outside your office. This explosion in tech means there's a relative scarcity of employees who can invent, code, develop build it all, and computer science and math majors are poised to cash in on that shortage. PayScale's College ROI Report provides expected return on investment for different majors based on expected 20-year earnings for alumni from top universities across the nation, and the return on investment for computer science majors is the highest overall. And by using the College ROI Report, computer science majors can use the findings to make an informed decision of which computer science programs offer the best return for their educational dollar.

Perennially coming in as one for best value colleges for computer science majors is Stanford University in Silicon Valley, home to some of the largest high-tech companies and startups in the world. Stanford might top the charts for best college for students to pursue a computer science degree, but it, unfortunately, is also at the top of the list for having one of the worst college mascots; a tree ('Cardinal", if you're feeling fancy). In fact, Stanford doesn't actually have a mascot, the school unofficially reverted to "Cardinal" because it was the university's color. Official mascot or not, Stanford's graduation rate is still near perfect at 96 percent.

New York City's Columbia University, is a prestigious Ivy League school that was one of the nine colonial colleges founded before the Revolutionary War, and was also the school where -- among other US Presidents -- President Barack Obama earned his undergraduate degree.

Another high-ranked school for computer science majors in our College ROI report is a consistently high performer across the board: UC Berkeley.

All three top-tier best value colleges for computer science majors prove to be wise investments. One thing's for sure, computer science majors can expect one of the most lucrative ROIs out of any degree on the College ROI Report. Use PayScale's College ROI Report to see how well a computer science degree from your current or potential university pays its alumni back in the real world.