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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418 (tie)Portland State University (PSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$622,000
Total 4 Year Cost$155,000
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,600
418 (tie)Radford University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$622,000
Total 4 Year Cost$133,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,400
418 (tie)University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stevens Point Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$622,000
Total 4 Year Cost$68,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,000
424 (tie)Austin Peay State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$621,000
Total 4 Year Cost$146,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,400
424 (tie)Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$621,000
Total 4 Year Cost$147,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,500
424 (tie)University of Memphis (U of M)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$621,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,400
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,300
427 (tie)Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$620,000
Total 4 Year Cost$232,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$45,500
427 (tie)Santa Clara University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$620,000
Total 4 Year Cost$243,000
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,400
427 (tie)West Texas A & M University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$620,000
Total 4 Year Cost$80,300
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,600
430University of Colorado at Colorado Springs(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$619,000
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,000
431 (tie)Iowa State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$618,000
Total 4 Year Cost$127,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,500
431 (tie)Rutgers University - Camden Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$618,000
Total 4 Year Cost$172,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,400
431 (tie)SUNY - College at Plattsburgh(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$618,000
Total 4 Year Cost$125,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,100
431 (tie)Temple University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$618,000
Total 4 Year Cost$162,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$34,000
431 (tie)University of Louisville(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$618,000
Total 4 Year Cost$150,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,200

*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.