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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31Stony Brook University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$832,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,900
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,300
32University of Delaware(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$828,000
Total 4 Year Cost$175,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,400
33University of Virginia (UVA) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$826,000
Total 4 Year Cost$220,000
Grad Rate94%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,300
34Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$823,000
Total 4 Year Cost$259,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,300
35California State University - Northridge (CSUN)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$821,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,900
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,800
36University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$818,000
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,000
37 (tie)San Jose State University (SJSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$815,000
Total 4 Year Cost$99,200
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,900
37 (tie)University of Maryland - College Park(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$815,000
Total 4 Year Cost$176,000
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,200
39University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$811,000
Total 4 Year Cost$97,100
Grad Rate90%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,600
40University of Texas at Dallas(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$809,000
Total 4 Year Cost$99,800
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,500
41San Francisco State University (SFSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$807,000
Total 4 Year Cost$143,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,400
42University of Utah(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$804,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,700
Grad Rate62%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,900
43Sam Houston State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$802,000
Total 4 Year Cost$116,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,800
44Dartmouth College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$801,000
Total 4 Year Cost$257,000
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
45University of California - Davis (UC Davis)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$800,000
Total 4 Year Cost$133,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,700

*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.