Computer Science Programs for “B” Students

Future programming gurus and tech geniuses often line up for a chance to be accepted at a school like Stanford, Berkeley, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, or Georgia Tech. Unfortunately, students with blemishes on their transcript and imperfect SATs are not going to have much luck making it through the admissions process at these uber-elite institutions. On the positive end, there are a number of CS programs that are happy to take non-straight “A” students and cultivate their talents for four years, eventually sending them to the many of same highly-desirable tech firms as their ultra-selective peers. These include many exceptional publics like Cal Poly, the University of Central Florida, and UNC-Charlotte as well as private institutions like DePauw (Indiana) and Rochester Institute of Technology. For each school we will provide you with an acceptance rate, percent of students in the top 50% of their high school class, as well as middle-50% SAT and ACT data so that you can better assess your personal admissions chances.

InstitutionAdmission RateSAT R/W (middle 50%)SAT Math (middle 50%)ACT (middle 50%)Rank (Top 10%)Rank (Top 25%)Rank (Top 50%)
Arizona State University
Cal Poly - Pomona
DePauw University
George Mason University
Georgia State University
Illinois Institute of Technology
Indiana University
Iowa State University
Michigan State University
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Oregon State University
Rochester Institute of Technology
San Jose State University
Stony Brook University
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
University of Arizona
University of California, Riverside
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Central Florida
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Iowa
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Massachusetts
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of Oregon
University of Tennessee
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Utah

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