Best Small Colleges for Computer Science
Many of the best computer science schools are housed within large universities. Among these schools, undergraduate populations vary greatly from MIT (4,600) to Carnegie Mellon (6,900) to Cornell’s (14,000), but they are all still much larger than your average liberal arts school. High schoolers looking to study computer science at a top program while simultaneously enjoying the intimate and supportive environment of a liberal arts college often have trouble locating a list of best CS schools meeting this unique criteria; that will no longer be the case. The schools making College Transitions’ list of Best Small Colleges for Computer Science Majors all have expert faculty, top-notch facilities, and strong graduate outcomes.
Click the links below for more information about each college's computer science program. We also included the undergraduate enrollment of each school, the percentage of overall degrees conferred in computer science, and the number of alumni employed at top tech companies (Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook, and IBM). We recognize that not every alum employed at these companies was necessarily a CS major but we believe this will give prospective CS students a good idea about industry and alumni connections in the field.
|Institution||Percent of Total Degrees (CS)||Number of Alumni at Top Tech Companies||Undergraduate Enrollment|
|California Institute of Technology||25%||830||948|
|Grove City College||4%||40||2,373|
|Harvey Mudd College||23%||412||889|
|Mount Holyoke College||7%||157||2,208|
|Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology||13%||134||2,085|