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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374 (tie)Pittsburg State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$634,000
Total 4 Year Cost$70,200
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
374 (tie)University of Central Oklahoma (UCO)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$634,000
Total 4 Year Cost$104,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,000
378 (tie)Eastern Illinois University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$633,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,700
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,900
378 (tie)Johns Hopkins University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$633,000
Total 4 Year Cost$250,000
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,800
378 (tie)University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$633,000
Total 4 Year Cost$75,200
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,200
381 (tie)Bowie State University (BSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$631,000
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,400
381 (tie)CUNY - Bernard M Baruch College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$631,000
Total 4 Year Cost$113,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,900
381 (tie)Fort Hays State University (FHSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$631,000
Total 4 Year Cost$102,000
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,200
381 (tie)Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$631,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,700
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,700
381 (tie)Texas State University - San Marcos Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$631,000
Total 4 Year Cost$121,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,400
381 (tie)University of Oklahoma(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$631,000
Total 4 Year Cost$146,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,200
387University of Wisconsin (UW) - La Crosse Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$630,000
Total 4 Year Cost$72,100
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,900
388 (tie)Bryant University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$629,000
Total 4 Year Cost$218,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$46,200
388 (tie)Clemson University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$629,000
Total 4 Year Cost$185,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,500
388 (tie)Harding University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$629,000
Total 4 Year Cost$108,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,400

*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.