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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89 (tie)University of Minnesota - Twin Cities(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$744,000
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,300
89 (tie)University of Missouri - St. Louis Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$744,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,900
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,100
93Park University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$741,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,500
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$21,800
94New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$740,000
Total 4 Year Cost$184,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,900
95Cornell University - Ithaca, NY(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$739,000
Total 4 Year Cost$250,000
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,200
96University of Houston (UH)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$738,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,400
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,500
97 (tie)University of Utah(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$737,000
Total 4 Year Cost$156,000
Grad Rate62%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,900
97 (tie)Weber State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$737,000
Total 4 Year Cost$108,000
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,000
99 (tie)SUNY - Binghamton University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$734,000
Total 4 Year Cost$137,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,800
99 (tie)University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Lowell Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$734,000
Total 4 Year Cost$161,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,500
101 (tie)California State Polytechnic University - Pomona(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$733,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,500
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,700
101 (tie)Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$733,000
Total 4 Year Cost$240,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,200
101 (tie)Northern Kentucky University (NKU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$733,000
Total 4 Year Cost$79,200
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
104University of North Dakota(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$732,000
Total 4 Year Cost$83,300
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$36,300
105California State University - Long Beach (CSULB)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$730,000
Total 4 Year Cost$90,900
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,000

*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.